I have yet to see the scale move any great amount but I am finding that my clothes are fitting a lot different. Whenever I have lost weight in the past I have noticed that I lose weight from head down and feet up. In other words, my mid-section is the last place I lose weight. I don't know if this is "normal" but it seems to be the way my body works. I know I have more energy than I did before and I can tell that I am doing something right because I am getting definition in my arms and legs.
We learned some new moves this past week and I must say, I was not a fan of most of them. Monday I was feeling great when I got to the gym. I had lots of energy for a Monday morning...at 6:30! Then I walked in and saw the board. 3 rounds...okay that's not new...no running or rowing...OK, even better...40 double unders...hmmm, what are those?...30 front squats...what the what?...20 ring dips...I can only imagine.
We go through our warm up and Jay is asking how our weekend was and how we are feeling. The 3 of us are in good spirits as we head over to hear all about our WOD. Today is a partner workout. Everything is listed as a total, so we each do half the numbers on the board. Double unders = jump rope. If you can't do a double under you need to do three times the amount of singles, which means 60 for each of us. Front squats are basically squats holding the bar in the rack position, 15 each. Then we get to the ring dips. Are you freaking kidding me? Jay demonstrates...I contemplate walking out right there. It is basically a push-up on the rings without the rings moving away from you. All of that energy I had when I walked in, that good mood I was in, out the door. Laura and I team up. We start with the jump rope at the same time. We can't move to the bar until we are both finished with the rope. First round of rope and bar are pretty easy. The rings, not so much. We decide to break it up and do 5 at a time, so we each go twice before we move back to the rope. Round 2 was a little harder since we are racing the clock and we don't have much time to rest. We actually did better with the rings since we have figured out how to do them by now. The last round we were basically just cheering each other on to get through. We finished strong and we were happy with our time. I still have bruises on my arms from those rings. I never want to see them again...but I know I will.
Wednesday I was cautious walking in. I did not want to look at that board. My arms were hurting and I had developed a pain in my left shin from the jump rope. To my surprise it actually didn't look that bad. And then Jay explained it to us. 10! reps of push press and knees-to-elbows. 10! means you start with 10 reps the first time and then you do one less each round until you get to 1. Push press was pretty easy. OK maybe easy isn't the right word but compared to what was coming, it was a piece of cake. Basically you hold the bar in rack position do a quick dip down with your legs and as you stand back up you raise the bar over your head. Then Jay explained knees-to-elbows. You hang from the pull-up bar and do a reverse crunch basically. How about no? A. I cannot reach the pull-up bar and B. My hands and wrists cannot handle that. Of course, Jay wouldn't take no for an answer. He allowed us to stand on a box to reach the bar and he gave us chalk for our hands so we wouldn't slip. Even in typing this it doesn't seem that bad but let me just say by the time you are half done you are wishing it was over. The lesser the reps, the less time to rest. Oh and on my second round, when I was supposed to do 9 each, I actually did 10 push press because I forgot. So I had a bit of a bonus for the day. I learned that the easier the board looks the harder the workout will be.
Friday we had Maleah coaching us again. She had us start with a lovely run. I am already regretting getting up. We get back inside and she explains our lovely WOD. First exercise is call sumo deadlift high pass. Basically stand with your legs apart like a sumo wrestler, deadlift a kettlebell and then bring it up past your chest with your elbows pointing up. The second exercise...burpees! I just knew they were coming sooner or later. If you have never seen or done burpees, Google it. So we have to do 6 rounds of each exercise. Each round is 30 seconds of each exercise, as many as we can do total between the two. Then we rest for 1 minute and start the next round. Compared to the burpees, the rings were a walk in the park and the knees-to-elbows were a breeze. I officially have my new least favorite workout ever. But I made it through and I was officially half done with bootcamp.
I am sure the next two weeks will be hard and I will find another exercise that I like even less than burpees but I know it will all be worth it in the end. My family is eating better. I am feeling better. I can't wait to look better! I hope you will continue to follow me on my journey. Until next week, stay strong :)