I realised today, that this year I have climbed more in the great outdoors than stuck in a climbing gym. This is big, and I mean epic. I have never been able to say that before, and I say a lot of things.
Could be the totes-amaze weather, or the easier access to a car. Could just be that nothing compares to the feel of proper rock. I am still a total scaredy-cat, but that’s OK with me. A quick panic half way up is not unusual to make sure I am tied in properly, even if my knot has been checked, twice. In retrospect, I did get halfway up a route once to find I hadn’t tied in at all… We’ve all been there though… haven’t we? right?
I have, however, decided that roadside crags are not for me. Thank you, but no.
The plan: Super-set me today, hitting the legs and butt!… only in a good way… Warm up, not really a problem since it is about 30degs out there, then:
The plan: HIIT, short and snappy, your gonna love this! Today, three different sets of HIIT only 6 minutes each. For each set complete 6 rounds of the two exercises, 25 seconds per exercise with 5 seconds to get ready for the next (plenty of time!). All you need is a timer, kettle bell or sandbag, and a skipping rope!
High knees skipping
Single leg push ups, alternating legs
Side plank hip raises, alternating sides
Single leg dead lifts, each round alternate the leg so you get a total of 3 rounds per leg
It has been ages, and I mean simply way too long, since the last time I went climbing. My hands are soft and feet comfortable… not for long! Tonight is the night!
The plan (till then): 8 x 2 minute fast as possible sprints for the whole duration with 1 minute recovery. Dig deep, those seconds make trickle by as slowly as treacle from a spoon, but they will pass. Warm up good and proper first!
It’s Friday. A time to kick back, grab a drink, and let the weekend roll!
The plan: HIIT, you know I missed you. I am not just about sprints these days! 15 minutes consisting of 3 rounds of the following 5 exercises (perform each exercise for 50 seconds, then give yourself 10 seconds to, erm, nearly recover):
90 degree medicine ball touch (lie on your back, feet off the ground, shank parallel to the ground and balance your med ball/sandbag/something weighty on top. Lift your shoulders off the ground and reach forward to touch it and back down. Repeat).
these are my new Vibram Bikila fivetoes (10 toes total, I did the math) heavily subsidized by gift vouchers received 4 years ago for my ehum-th birthday (thank you, guys!).
First shop impressions: not so easy to get on. My poor toes are used to being crammed into climbing shoes small enough to make them curl under. Took 5 minutes to find my little toe hiding behind its neighbor.
Once on, how cool can you get? These rock like pebbles in the surf! After a run on the ‘mill (‘are you tying to get a work out in?’) I was politely asked if I would take them.
Excited for a test run later today, yay!
The plan: Test run shiny new Bikila! Then, HIIT: 4 rounds of the following 5 exercises, 10 seconds rest and 50 seconds work:
It’s all a bit mellow around here. What’s the rush anyway? Turn it on, switch it up and just melt into some relaxed beats. After working from home for the past few days, I decided to head back into the office. Apparently, I was ‘moving into territory past kooky‘ being left to my own devices.
I hadn’t noticed.
A little disconcerting.
The plan: 18 minutes worth of HIIT! 50 seconds working with 10 seconds getting to the next exercise in the circuit. Six exercises so that would make it three rounds. Lets do it!
High knees skipping
Thrusters (with weights, or not, you choose)
Medicine ball mountain climbers
Jump lunges with a medicine ball twist over the leading knee
Press ups with a side plank hip raise after each one, alternate the side
To all American peeps, Happy Thanksgiving! Have a fun pumpkin pie filled day, with lots of (American) football! Is that how it goes?!? I just don’t know…