Push Me, Pull You

Team workouts on Saturdays are usually a blast at Crossfit Continuum. They may come close to killing you at points, but you’re in the company of friends. And you’re all dying together. 🙂

This weekend we had two options – yoga or team workout – and we were asked to attend one over the other. Not me, mind you, but the girls’ presence was requested by their friend Kaila – so hey, who am I to object?

So I arrived with Mickey and AJ (Ev was working) and we were treated to another insane two part workout from Coach Stacy. But we were definitely not alone. All together there had to have been 15-20 of us

We started with a 400m run in the beautiful weather we had here in Colorado today and then broke into groups of 4. Though there was some debate over where our friend Robert would go (the girls really wanted him to join us and would have thrown me under the bus) but he fell in with Coach Drea and Coach Bill to help fill out a team of 3.

If you’re keeping score, that was me (age 45) with AJ (10), Kaila (12), and Mickey (15). The height differences were entertaining along with strength and flexibility. You’ll see why in a minute.

In our teams of 4, there were two parts to today’s madness…

January 23, 2016 at 0551PMFirst we had to work as a team in 20 minutes to complete:

  • 15 team worm push-ups (or 30 synchronized push-ups)
  • 40 team burpees
  • 60 med ball team squats (behind the back)
  • 80 arm linked sit-ups

Now this was VERY entertaining. We struggled to figure out how to do the worm push-ups as a team of 4 and then Coach Bill had the idea that we should do it as a whole group – essentially in one big ring of people. I had Dan behind me and Mickey in front of me. My feet were on Dan’s shoulders. Mickey’s feet were on mine. And we all tried to synchronize going up and down together. We laughed a lot!! The first three or so were pretty easy, but damn it got harder and harder with each push-up!

So we got that out of the way as a group and then started into the burpees when the time started. 5 at a time we got through those.

Then we started on the team squats. We got through a couple of rounds of 10 without too much trouble and then we couldn’t start them again. We collapsed as a group in a heap twice (laughing our butts off) before Mickey declared we should do the rest of the squats without the ball. That helped a bit. 🙂

And the sit-ups went fairly smoothly. All in all we got through the burpees, squats, and sit-ups with 3 minutes to spare in the 20 minutes.

That’s when the next part of this craziness began.

For the next part we had 20 minutes to complete:

  • 100 double-under buy-in (or 200 singles) – each
  • 100 box jumps
  • 100 goblet squats
  • 100 wall balls
  • 100 ground to overhead (95/65#)

The fun part is that once we all did the jump rope part, we each got to pick one of the other movements to do 100 of. Mickey did box jumps (20″ box) and was done by 9:10. AJ did the goblet squats with a 15# kettle bell (no idea of time). Kaila did the wall balls with a 8# wall ball. And that left me for the ground-to-overhead part.

To say that it sucked would be an understatement. I managed to do 5 snatches or clean & jerks (really push press) at a time until I hit 25, but I was struggling to breathe. I couldn’t get a full breath to go to the bottom of my lungs it seemed. I did 5 more and struggled. Then Coach Bill jumped in – he did maybe 30 or so snatches with the 95# bar. Mickey and AJ jumped in with empty bars and did another 20. And Bill and Robert just kept telling me to do 5 more. Just 5 more. I think I maybe got to 50 but damn.

Even if I did 45 or 50 with the bar, it was killer. I watched Dan behind me chug through 5 to 10 at a time and he was struggling towards the end. Later I heard from Bill that only one of the teams made it through that movement in the time we had.

January 23, 2016 at 0551PM (1)

To say that I was happy that everybody helped out at the end would be an understatement. To say that I was happy that my kids joined in would be an even bigger understatement. I was a proud papa and thank everybody who was there for all the support and help.

Breathing is one of those things you take for granted until you can’t do it any more.

We finished up, chatted with folks, and headed out on our way… And AJ played a game of indoor soccer (Futsal) afterwards. After all of that, she played 40 minutes of soccer.

Yes, it was a full day. And I’m exhausted – I can only imagine that my girls are too. 🙂

I wish I could share the video they took of the wormy push-ups. It was hilarious.

Thanks go to everybody who came today. It was a challenge. We need more of that. 🙂

The last thing I want to mention is the CrossFit Open.

I signed up for the 2016 Open. Foolish, I’m sure. But I did it a couple of years ago and want to see how I’ve changed. We’ll see how it goes.

Have a great rest of your weekend, folks! If you’re stuck in the snowstorm – stay safe.



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