In my quest for lean superhero-ness, I’m following the Wendler 5/3/1 strength training program. Twice a week, Dave and I are hitting the craptastic gym in our Converse to lift heavy and crank through a mini-metcon.
Tomorrow is my birthday.
I’ve never been that jazzed about birthdays. I know there are people who declare Birthday Weeks (and Birthday Months!), but that’s not me. Despite the fact that in most situations I will do everything I can to be the center of attention, I really don’t enjoy the fuss of my birthday. It’s not sensitivity about getting older, I just prefer regular days — that somehow become special all on their own— to days that are declared Important for some external reason. Yes, I can be somewhat Scrooge-y.
But this morning at the gym, I thought to myself, “I don’t feel 44.”
True, I’m not sure what 44 is supposed to feel like, but for an old broad, I can move around pretty damn good.
Today, I picked up some heavy stuff, put it down, then picked it up again. Because I wanted to. No one was keeping score to be sure I did it. No trainer was yelling at me to do it. There was just me, feeling more 14 than 44 — especially when Rick Springfield popped up on my iPod.
Then I jumped on a box a whole bunch of times and did some push presses. Because I wanted to. Take THAT, 44.
I love the idea of being the crazy old lady at the gym, inappropriately wearing ponytails and knee socks twice a week, to pick up heavy stuff and put it back down. Just because I want to.
PVC shoulder mobility
10 slow PVC back squats
10 slow PVC OH squats
10 behind-the neck press + 10 good mornings
5 @ 65% of max = 110#
5 @ 75% of max = 135#
max reps @ 85% of max = 145# – I did 10.
5 @ 65% of max = 55#
5 @ 75% of max = 65#
max reps @ 85% of max = 70# – I did 6.
SWEATCON – Not for time, just because
30 box jumps, 20″ + 10 push press, 50#
20 box jumps + 20 push press
10 box jumps + 30 push press
(Thanks, CrossFitNYC, for the workout idea!)
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