Some weeks, it’s work that kicks my butt and makes me wait to write stuff up. This week? A birthday and a high school graduate! Wow, crazy times ahead! But I’m happy to have taken some time off so I can (maybe) relax a little. Eventually. 🙂
Wednesday – Push Press Strength Day
It’s been a while since I’ve hit a push press strength day at the box. I’m sure they’ve had some, but apparently I’ve missed them or somehow forgotten to log them since 2017. 🙂 Last numbers for a one rep I had were 195# in 2014 and 185# in 2017. We’re now in 2019, so where’d 2018 go?!?
Ev had the day off, so the two of us went in with Coach Drea – and we had Lisa G and another new gal whose name is escaping me today but was very nice! The four of us chugged through the warm-up (all body weight stuff, including “seal jumping jacks,” regular jumping jacks, push-ups, and more.
We got into the push press with some skill work first, focusing on strict press and then push press. And then we warmed up and were off to the races…
Here’s how it went:
- 95# x5 (warm-up)
- 115# x5 (warm-up)
- 125# x3 (warm-up)
- 135# x3 (warm-up)
- 135# x2
- 145# x2
- 155# x2
- 165# x2
- 170# (dropped, couldn’t convince my body to push out of the front rack)
- 145# x2
- 155# x2
And Ev hit 95# at least twice, maybe three or four times. Her old one rep is 105# from 2017, so she did pretty well. 🙂
So that was a fun day. Not bad doing strength work on my birthday. 🙂
And then today, Ev and I got to go in together again! We had Coach Lara and she had a bunch of us to contend with: Nick & Lisa, Nicole, KB, and Todd joined us. As you might imagine, we injected more than a little sarcasm into the mix. 🙂
The warm-up involved a 200m run, some Cossack squats, push-ups, and then kicking up on the wall. As always, kicking up is always a bit entertaining for yours truly – my body lately has decided it wants to kick into a free standing handstand when I try to kick up at the wall — so my feet drift in mid-air for a moment or two before gravity takes over and I either hit the wall or hit the floor. 🙂
We also did some ankle and wrist mobility to get ready for the day’s workout… a lot of reps of kettlebell swings, pistols (one-legged squats), and handstand push-ups. For me this was a continual downgrade… I can do KBS ok, pistols I have issues with, and handstand push-ups are hairy these days. Woof!
Our goal was to get things done in 15 minutes or less. Spicy!
I warmed up with a 45# kettlebell, but quickly dropped to 35# — we were shooting for 30 unbroken KBS out of a set of 80. I was going to be hard pressed to pull that off plus all the rest. So dropping was the good choice.
Next were the pistols. I did a modification that Coach Nicole showed me a year or so ago – where I put one leg behind the other. Not my favorite movement and I’m slow at them, but I’d give it a go.
And last were the handstand push-ups, which have been giving me issues for a while now. I used to be able to bang out strict HSPUs in sets of 5 for a while — but lately, strict or kipping, they’re hairy. I did three strict and three kipping during warm-ups and already knew they were going to fail pretty quickly.
So we did 80 kettlebell swings, 60 pistols, and 40 HSPUs. I was already scaling, so I scaled the 40 HSPUs to 20 at Lara’s suggestion. Good thing, too!
Took me 14:56 with my modifications. I got through 5 kipping HSPUs and then my body rebelled. I ended up doing Pike push-ups from that point forward to round out the 20 reps — and only barely got done ahead of the 15 minute time cap.
Plus, holy cow it was humid today. I was dripping sweat the whole time — and though I was working hard, I wasn’t working THAT hard (or so I thought). 🙂
I wasn’t trying to keep up with anybody else, but there were some battles going on. Ev did everything she could to beat Nicole (and did by a little bit, I think). I was just trying to get done. 🙂
Great work everybody and thanks Lara for the fun workout!