My heart grew three sizes that day.

In the past it has taken me 17:10 to complete The Grinch as prescribed and it took me 16:58 to complete the workout Rx+ (having opted for heavier deadlift) last year. I chose to complete as prescribed to see just how fast I could do the work. Seventy-eight reps of three activities isn’t a walk in the park. Or is it? I joined the small group of athletes who got their lazy asses out of bed and attended the 8:30 session.

grinch“The Grinch”
12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 of the following for time:
Deadlifts (225)
Ring dips
Wall ball shots (20 & 10)

I set up my workstation near the front of the box and completed deadlifts with my back to the other athletes. I could nonetheless hear the dead-lift reps. As always, my goal was to complete all rounds of reps unbroken. I missed a wall ball shot during the very first round. Dammit. I completed deadlifts. ring dips, and remaining rounds of wall ball shots unbroken.

I worked at a steady pace and only rested between activities. I need to rest less between activities. I truly do. I marked off completed rounds through 6, knowing that I could keep track of rounds 5 through 1.

I determined that once I began round 5 that I would not rest between activities. And that’s what I did, i.e., I worked and didn’t rest. My heart rate skyrocketed!

I finished in a time of 13:51 — and was quite surprised by and pleased with my time!

Brad thought that there was a workout at 9:45. Silly Brad! As Barbell Club was held yesterday so that Coach James could travel to NY today, ’twas just Jeff and I — and then Brad — at the box. Brad decided to complete “The Grinch” and I decided to join him so that he wouldn’t have to workout alone. I didn’t, however, complete with prescribed activities.

12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 of the following for time:
Box Jumps (24″)
Russian KB swings (60)
GHD sit-ups

I chose these activities to work legs, arms, and (of course!) core. I also knew that the time domain would be similar, so I set goal to complete unbroken reps and in a time of 13:51 or less.

This wasn’t easy, as my legs were very tired. I didn’t miss a rep, worked at a steady pace, and finished in 13:16.

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I coached the 11 am session, and it was a full house! We also had two visitors, and both enjoyed the workout and were complimentary of my coaching. Yay! Jeff and I then treated Evelyn to lunch. And Thom. But mostly Evelyn. I need to purchase new cupcake trays, and I’m not sure of the best way to purchase. Online? Department store? Craig’s list? Yard sale? I guess you could say that I’m buy-curious.

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