A little late log action…
I’d completely forgotten what it feels like to be on a regular training schedule. Wow, how I missed it! Though I am quite spontaneous in other aspects of my life, when it comes to training, I am a creature of habit and routine. I like to plan out in advance what I will be doing and eating every day of the week. It’s perhaps the only thing in my life that I can actually schedule, and that brings me a certain sense of peace.
I began my new 5×5 strength training program today. A 5×5 program centers on gradually building strength using the 5 basic movements: back squat, bench press, overhead press, deadlift, and barbell row. You are to do 5 reps of 5 rounds (except for the deadlifts, which are one set of 5 only). At the beginning of the program, the weights are almost embarrassingly low, but I know that in a couple of weeks that will change. I really look forward to making my way through this program and seeing how much strength I can gain in the next couple of months. You only do 3 movements each day, and I started with the squat (which is done every day), bench, and row. Because the weights were so low, I actually did the MetCon before it. I definitely started my week off right!
I came back for more MetCon punishment on Tuesday, busting out as many rounds as possible of 15 overhead squats, 10 knees to elbows (which is more like knees to triceps for me) and 5 handstand push-ups, which I also need to scale. The HSPU is definitely a weakness for me, and one I plan on working on over the long Cleveland winter.
My second day of my 5×5 included more back squats at a slightly increased weight, the push press, and the deadlift, a favorite lift of mine. Again, since the weights are so light, I feel like I should do additional work, so I spent a good chunk of time working on my hip mobility as well. I’ve been experiencing what feels like a tightening in my quads, but my PT was sure that it was actually stemming from my hip flexors. He gave me a couple of stretches to work on and lo and behold, he was right!
Normally I get a little antsy on my days off, but not this one. I thoroughly enjoyed doing absolutely nothing.
My third 5×5 session saw a return to the bench and row, in addition to the regularly scheduled back squat.
The Saturday CF workouts are notoriously grueling, and this one was no exception. After a warm-up that was essentially it’s own mini-workout, we moved into the MetCon, which consisted of 3 rounds for time of the following movements: 30 toes to bar and 15 clean & jerks. Now, I love me some clean and jerks, but I do NOT enjoy toes to bar, mostly because I can’t do them and they tire my arms out. In each of the three rounds, I did a completely different scale of the TTB, beginning with v-ups, then knees to elbows, then finally toe touchers. After the last clean and jerk, you were to note your time, then run out the door to clock a mile. It took me a few moments to get my legs back under me, but I still managed an 8:35 minute mile. I then collapsed to the ground and laid in a pool of my own sweat for a solid 10 minutes.
Sunday: Active Recovery
I took my juniors on an hour-long hike in the Metroparks as part of our Transcendentalist unit. It was a beautiful day, and I could not have been happier spending it with some of my favorite people. We hiked for about and hour, including a few hills, and we all had a blast!