Rested yesterday and came up to my parents’ place for the holiday. Happy Thanksgiving.
Continuing my new tradition…
- 25->1 Burpees
- 1->25 Russian KBS (53#)
Went with no shoes again, which is nice for sliding on the carpet. Forgot my knee sleeves, so I wore wants, and eventually ditched the shirt. Felt much better with both movements this year. Started breaking up the swings in the last 4-5 rounds because my forearms were blowing up and the kettlebell was just getting too sweaty. Finished 4:02 faster than last year with a time fo 39:32. Feels good to earn my feast!
- 41:38 – 2012/04/19
- 38:16 – 2012 Thanksgiving
- 43:34 – 2017 Thanksgiving
- 39:32 – 2018 Thanksgiving
Nice rest day yesterday and beat the traffic. Had a bright idea to do the “Sissy Test” this morning, but left the kettlebell in my car overnight so I needed to warm it up first.
- 25->1 Burpees
- 1->25 Russian KBS (53#)
Never stopped on the burpees. I started breaking up the swings around 18 or so because the handle was so sweaty and I didn’t want to drop it in my parents’ upstairs room. “Happy Thanksgiving, here’s a kettlebell through the ceiling.” Finished in 43:34 which is the worst I’ve done for this workout, but I’m also 20 pounds heavier than I last did it 5 years ago on Thanksgiving.
Bring on the feast!
I’m up at my parents for a few days so figured it would be a good time to do the Sissy Test. I missed out on it at Survival Fitness a couple of weeks ago. The only time I’ve done it was back in April, when I used a 55# KB and finished in 41:38.
- 25 -> 1 Burpees
- 1 -> 25 Russian KBS (53# KB)
For clarification, you do 25 burpees and 1 KBS swing, then 24 and 2, and so on down until 1 and 25.
I made a ghetto KB using my 50 pounder, some duck tape, and a 2.5# plate. It worked for the most part. I finished in 38:16, which is an improvement of 3:22. Could have even been better, but the handle on my KB got so slick towards the end and I had to keep putting it down to wipe the sweat off my hands otherwise it would have went flying.
Bring on the Thanksgiving feast!
Around 11pm I was bored and everyone was in bed. Death by Chest to Deck Push-ups sounded like a good idea. I got through the 18th minute and 16 reps of the 19th for a total of 187 reps. Not bad after doing 325 burpees earlier today. The only other time I did push-ups was last December when I completed 14 + 12 but was not getting my chest to the ground and had to resort to kneelers.
Yesterday was my first real day off since the previous Monday. Unless I count last Friday, which was a light day with some snatch work and HSPUs. I did walk 9 holes of golf yesterday, but that’s nothing intense. This morning I realized my neck is really starting to loosen up. I can almost crack it on my own again, which I haven’t been able to do for over 2 months. I think the big reason for the recovery is that I haven’t done DUs at all in the last 2 weeks. Whenever I get back to them I’ll have to make it a priority to keep my neck in a good position, without chicken-necking.
Only one part in the class today, the Sissy Test.
Burpees & Russian KBS
- 25 – 1
- 24 – 2
- 23 – 3
- 3 – 23
- 2 – 24
- 1 – 25
You can start with 25 burpees or 25 KBS, whatever suits you. Burpees were recommended and I think that’s what everyone did. I might go with the KBS next time for the hell of it. No need to get out your calculators because I did the math in my head before we started. 325 reps of each!
I used a 55# KB and finished in 41:38! I nearly met Pukie for the first time in the round of 24 KBS. This was definitely an endurance WOD. I kept going with as short of breaks as I could. My knees aren’t feeling the greatest and I can tell my back is going to be wrecked. Cardio-wise I felt great after a few minutes of rest. The only time I watched the clock was early on because I wanted to compare to Open Workout 12.1, which was the 7 minutes of burpees. I completed the first 4 rounds of this in just under 7 minutes, so that was 94 burpees and 10 KBS with a paced effort and some small breaks between rounds. These burpees weren’t up to the strict standards of the Open workout when I did 92 burpees, but it’s a pretty good indication of how much I’ve improved in my fitness since then.
Can you complete the Sissy Test?