One of my best friends from high school opened a crossfit gym in Boston in Decemeber of 2011. Ever since then I have made a habit of stalking their website and borrowing workouts to do at my gym’s crossfit room. Well, last night around 11:45pm I was winding down from a particularly brutal soccer game of no women subs and decided to paroose the Rugged site. During this particular stalk I came across a little ole work out called ‘Angie’. I was feeling particularly badass because I had played well and ran my butt off so I thought hey lets give this a shot, so I sent the work out to the manfriend and forget about her and went to bed.
Well non crossfitter friends… ‘Angie’ is cruel. Like I said I forgot about her as soon as I hit my pillow, BUT when I got to the gym manfriend goes okay you said ‘Angie’ today right? (woof.) I couldn’t back down so I enthusiastically agreed. ‘Angie’ goes as follows:
For time w/ a 30 min cap:
After reading up about ‘Angie’ post work out I learned a few things: A) I did the work out wrong, B) ‘Angie’ is considered one of the “Benchmark Girls“, and C) That while crossfitters love push-ups, I hate them with a bloody passion.
The rules for ‘Angie’ is that you need to complete all reps of each exercise before moving to the next. I was unaware of this prior to doing the work out so I did:
And by push-ups I mean a healthy dose of knees down push-ups and by pull-ups I mean assisted on a machine. BUT I did finish. I was thinking about doing a lil research on how to perfect a pull-up. It’s something I have just never been able to do. I have multi-directional-instability-of-the-ligaments thanks to swimming at a young age for many years, so my shoulders are anything but lovely. When I do pull-ups there is a mix of shoulders popping out and just overall lack of strength. I can do the assisted but still feel super weak and know I can do better. I’m assuming that practice makes perfect so I think to start I will try to lower the weight I use on the assisted machine and try to do 5 a day at the end of my work outs. See if I can’t get myself weened off that machine eventually. I think at this point I have it set to about half my weight, definite progress to be made.
ANYWHO – doing this work out sucked, but I felt pretty awesome after, I had one of those “Holy shnikeys, I just did 100 push-ups and 100 pull-ups!!”. I wasn’t super proud about the number of squats and sit-ups just because I’m pretty bottom and core heavy when it comes to muscle so that part wasn’t wildly difficult.
In other news – I had mentioned that I was getting a bike recently. Unfortunately when I went to check out the bike it would have been more to fix up than it was worth. BUT I spoke with my parents today and they have finally decided to give me back my old mountain bike!! I couldn’t be happier. I rode that bike while I was home a few weeks ago and was in heaven. I’m stoked to not have to buy a new bike and that mine is still in great shape. After talking with some cycling friends I have decided on a new set of tires for whenever the set I have crap out. I am going to my parents for the weekend and will have my bike back in DC with me come Monday!!
On top of having my very own bike I joined DC BikeShare. Basically there are stations all over the DC metro area (they have this in other big cities too) and you use a key, unlock a bike, get 30 minutes to go where you need, lock the bike back up, and go on your merry way. After the 30 minutes you get charged by the hour so I will be using the BikeShare bikes solely for getting from point A to point B. My personal bike will be for fitness! Its perfect really! I have a bike now for every occasion and can say goodbye to a metro! I plan to try to avoid my car as much as possible for a couple of reasons. I’ll save money on gas, save money on parking, won’t have to worry about parking, and my legs will thank me. I don’t expect to all of a sudden be magically thin-tastic but obviously the little things help. An extra for miles of exercise a day / week / month add up!
Q – Are they any gym moves you have struggled with in the past? What did you do to conquer them?
Q – Do drive a bike, car, airplane, moped, scooter, tennis shoes, skateboard, public transportation…. What’s your main mode of transportation? And would you change it if you could?