I (box) jumped back into the fray this week, after taking a break from intense workouts as part of my Healing Experiment. In addition to my yoga classes, I hit the craptastic gym twice for strength training and two mini metcons that involved box jumps, kettlebell swings, cleans, lunges with a plate overhead, and jump rope. It was exhilarating to work up a serious sweat.
My new Saturday morning plan includes a backyard CrossFit-style WOD, followed by my Hatha yoga class. See? I’m learning balance: hard work, then stretching. Good, right?
This morning, I decided my inaugural Saturday WOD would be four rounds of 400m run + burpees… but then I got the news about the Reebok CrossFit Games Open workout for the week. The Open is a competition for athletes around the world to take on weekly CrossFit workouts to quality them for Regional competitions. There are more than 55,000 athletes signed up this year. I am not one of them… but the Week One workout tempted me into giving it a go: max burpees in 7 minutes
I have this funny thing where I convince myself that “burpees aren’t that bad” — and something about it being one simple movement makes it seem like a low-stress workout… plus, it’s only seven minutes. How hard could that be?!
I joke, of course, because seven minutes of all-out burpees is the work of Satan.
And I’m so into it right now.
In preparation, I watched this video from Breaking Muscle; there are some really good ideas in these four minutes.
So, there you have it. My warmup starts at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow. At 7:45, I’ll start my timer, and by 7:52 a.m., it will all be over. I pledge right here, right now, to shout “Yay, burpees! on every rep.” I’ll post my final number here as proof of my torturous fun. Feel free to place wagers in the comments for how many burpees you think I can knock out in seven minutes. (Can’t get enough on my yammering about burpees? Check out the list of all my previous burpees posts.)
Anyone want to (virtually) join me for burpees tomorrow morning? Post to comments and lemme know…
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