My workout with Ian this morning was focused on vertical pressing the bulk of the stress was placed on the shoulders. For the most part the session was mentally taxing, as many of the movements involved actions which I don’t do often or have never done before. This was for the most part a low intensity workout, then towards the end Ian tells me you’re not going to like this, so get water and be prepared.
He called it the 12 minute meltdown, or perhaps he should have called the 12 minutes of hell. The prescribed movements of hell included 20 burpees, with 2 steps forward and 2 steps back of a bear crawl, and 1 minute of sprinting on the treadmill. I would do this for 12 full minutes.
During the first round of this misery the burpees took a long time. I’m not sure if I was still sore from the day before, or if I was just too stiff to work. I’m not sure how long it was taking but I do know through Ian’s body language and the words used in his encouragement that he thought it was taking longer than expected. My first sprint was at 6.5 mph. I figured at this point I would most likely finish 3 full rounds.
Round two, the work clearly was speeding up; I could feel that I was getting the reps done faster. It’s at this point Ian tells me that we are going to do 4 full rounds regardless of the time. I sprinted 30 seconds at 6.5 mph, and then finished at 7 mph.
Round three, I was moving faster than my first round but slower than my second. The bear crawls at this point became tedious, each step forward, and back felt like I was lugging around deadwood. The sprint for 1 minute was done at 7 mph.
The fourth and final round was the slowest one I had, but the output was everything that I had left in the tank. My final sprint was at 8 mph.
Overall I spent 16 minutes doing the four rounds, this was about as intense of a workout that I’ve felt. It’s surprising how taxing it is to give everything you have for less than 20 minutes. When I finished my initial plan to do an hour of cardio at the end of the day was thrown out the door.
In the evening I was walking the dog, and I had a few moments of dead leg those steps where your leg wants to give out.
When watching the video below, I would like to make sure Kent aka Dark Ninja, Sherri, and Dwayne watch the entire video.
I did something very stupid as well, while cooking a roasted chicken, I touch the handle of the hot pan which had just come out of the oven with my bare hand. You can see the indention mark of the end of the handle. I’ve been icing it all night, put burn crème on it, and have taken 3 Motrin, my hope is that it will feel good enough that I can keep working out. If need be I am going to tape my hand with some moleskin on the spot that was burned the worst.
I almost think I did it subconsciously to create an additional challenge in my life.