Coach S. led today’s session, and the skill session focused on “strict”, 6-count burpees. Let me begin by saying this was an awesome session, as the 615ers completed 5 rounds of 10 burpees as a group—and we got to shout the number of completed burpees after each one, i.e., “One!”, “Two!”, etc. (Uhm, I shouted the loudest, and some didn’t shout at all. I think they should be made to do burpees). We stretched between rounds, and this was also very beneficial.
8 rounds for time, with a 1 minute rest between rounds:
My goal was to run all 200m intervals in even splits and to complete as many rounds as possible of unbroken pull-ups while still maintaining proper form. I did complete all intervals within 2 seconds of each other, and managed to complete the first 6 rounds of pull-ups unbroken. Pull-ups did become more challenging as the workout continued, but when you’re doing 80 pull-ups in that short amount of time, well, they should get more difficult.
My time goal was to complete the entire workout in 16 minutes or less; thus, 11 minutes of work and 7 minutes of rest.
1 – 56 sec
2 – 54
3 – 54
4 – 56
5 – 1:00 min
6 – 1:07 (6 & 4 pull-ups)
7 – 1:20 (5, 3, & 2)
8 – 1:13 (5, 3, & 2)
While standing outside preparing for one of the last intervals, I said to Renee, Will, and Troie, “This is tough!” Troie said, “Running and pull-ups are right up your alley.” “Perhaps,” I said, “but this is still tough.” Renee then said, “It’s because you’re fat.” I nearly peed my pants, and had a difficult time starting the next interval because I was still chuckling as I was beginning to run.
In an earlier post, I mentioned one of the issues I have with CrossFit, namely that coaches seldom treat running as a skill. Here’s my second issue: the music. I do not like ANY music performed by Metallica, AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Black Sabbath, Kiss (I detest Kiss), Judas Priest, Led Zeppelin, Quiet Riot, Rush, Van Halen, Eminem, and the list goes on and on. (I do like Linkin Park.) Yet this type of music is almost exclusively played during workouts.
Coach S. was kind enough to allow me to play my own playlist this morning, and the bitching and moaning began almost immediately. Between the skill session and the met-con, I was asked to not play my tunes, and instead to play the same damn playlist that is on an endless loop at CFD. If I hear “We’re Not Gonna Take It” one more time, I’m going to punch someone in the throat. I mean it. I will. If I must listen to this music the overwhelming majority of the time, then I think it’s only fair that I (and I know that there are others) get to listen to music that I like on occasion. Can I get an “Amen”?
(Troie did say that he liked the song “Funky Town”, as it remins him of his favorite movie, “Dumb and Dumber.” I told him that I thought the name of that movie was “St-w and St-wer”.)