Tuesday 3 April 2012Posted: April 3, 2012 Filed under: Random Workout | Tags: crossfit, exercise, fitness, health, hipster, intensity, jogging, kettlebell, life, marathon, motivation, natural, paleo, perspective, recovery, rest, running, walking, yoga 31 Comments
Benjamin is nobody’s friend. If Benjamin were an ice cream flavour, he’d be pralines and dick-
Spring is in the air and nothing quite captures or so eloquently describes the essence of what it means to us here…This Dude, We worship at his feet:
We have a dirty little secret we need to confess to you this morning: We genuinely do not like weight training. More specifically, destination weight training like driving to a gym to pick up stuff and gently put it down. Long time readers know why this is true: Its tedious, limited and boring. Scientific studies have shown that exercising helps you live a longer life…A longer life to spend in the gym!?!
Ask yourself this morning as you drive off to the gym in your fancy new yoga pants that scream look at my glorious rear(this applies to you as well chico)…Why do I want to live longer in the gym?
As always: Outside in the elements, with the kids/family/friends…
Spend 10 Minutes Tumbling (Forward rolls-Backwards etc…Loosen Up)
10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 Inverted Rows (Playgrounds are full of spots to do these) followed by:
10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 Feet Up Perfect Push Ups (Park Bench? Swings…?!?) followed by:
3-5 Perfect Pull Ups
And now the fun part! Look off into the distance, not through the trees maybe right up to them? Ready…Walking Lunge’s all the way until you finally reach a pine tree and want to give it a big hug!!! 400 to 800 Meters maybe?
If you are feeling frisky feel free to pick up little Jasper and carry him in a Rack Position or Over the Shoulder? And why would Inverted Rows and Walking Lunges be important…Feel free to comment if you have an idea?
As always play around with the rep scheme this morning to something that may suit you better. It truly is awesome to do this stuff outside…Granted there are more people looking at you like you are insane and delusional. The albóndigas at the gym miss you right now. Be safe and ENJOY!!!
So true…seeing people running on the treadmill at the gym reminds me of hamsters in their wheels.
Thanks for destroying my belief in my weight training, LMAO it is boring and if you’re alone it’s lonely, love your posts,
Sorry about that 😉
Thank you for reading and commenting, it really does mean a lot!!!
I don’t need fancy new yoga pants for people to look at my glorious rear! (it’s a joke, not a dick….haha!)
I fully agree with this post! It sounds corny to say it, but stepping off the treadmill and into “nature” to run changed my workout life. …For the better, of course.
Could not agree more…
What you have written today is simply amazing on so many levels that not sharing it with others would be a shame.
Thanks for the confidence boost!
hehe, great stuff! gonna have to give this a go. how long do you leave between sets of reps for the pyramid inverted rows and pushups?
It depends…Ideally you would want to roll them together and press on if only doing the push up and row: Just knock them out (10 mins or so is a fair time). Today due to the pull ups its a bit different…Probably the only place that you will hear the words Rest and Pull Up together! Lengthen your body and nice even chest to bar pulls, pull ups as rest not a struggle (no more than 1-5). You are digging into the inner workings here by asking “really good” questions…There is a method to the madness!
Great! thank you, will give it a bash 🙂
Forgot to mention this…As a climber you have to give this a go: Thick grip inverted rows (if in a gym using a bar simply wrap a towel or something else around it to increase its diameter)…You can also go false grip or our preferred method: No thumbs! On most playground equipment (or at least the ones near here) the structural bars are around 4 inches in diameter, perfect for doing this movement! There are so many different ways to go about doing these! Let us know what works for you.
Great tips! Thank you so much! I am always on the prowl for new ways to direct my workouts to help my climbing, it needs it 😉 I’ll let you know how it goes.
Maybe another cool way to do the pyramids would be to alternate, like this:
10 inverted rows
9 inverted rows
8 inverted rows
1 inverted row
Maybe? Full disclosure: I got this idea from a similar CrossFit routine.
That’s great! As you know the key is finding what works best for you. In the past we have done “On the minute…” routines which work great to take one out of their comfort zone in a controlled manner.
what is an inverted row? What is a feet up perfect push up?
Can one do the two alternately? row/pushup/row/pushup
Inverted Row (Horizontal Pull-ups): http://articles.elitefts.com/training-articles/five-fun-inverted-row-variations/
Feet Up Perfect Push Up…Simply having your feet elevated on a park bench or something similar. If you step back and look at the movement its the complete opposite of the row.
Can one do the two alternately? Yes, absolutely! 10 rows turn over 10 push ups all the way down to 1…Don’t forget about the Pull Ups as well! Thank you for reading and asking for clarity, its important we all do these smart and safely.
Just saw the educational video. Great — in addtion to all the other crazy props I’ve had to discover, now I’ve got to find a low bar. Working out these days looks more like a scavenger hunt. 🙂
My only hope is that I spend more time in the gym than in the toilet.
LOL No kidding, good point!!!
Hey, thanks for checking out my blog! I LOVE your fortune – scary what that might say about the Chinese food, though.
Here here! I’m with you – people would be more inclined to stick to a workout regime if it was interesting, varied, outdoors and didn’t require lifting weights in gym the same way every single time. Loved the suggestions for incorporating parts of a park into your workout!
Snorkelling is phenomenal in that regard – chase fish, dive down to watch slow moving things… man, I wish I still lived in Florida!
Love you focus on the outdoors. I recently moved my workouts outdoors and it’s making a huge impact on my satisfaction and sense of well-being. What is lonely at home and suffocating in a gym can suddenly become freeing in wide open spaces. I find being outdoors requires more courage (because of the attention it draws), but, for me, it makes life so much fresher, exciting, dynamic — and interactive. Today I was doing Sun Salutations in the sand and noticed moving clouds as I bent back. How cool is that? By the way, up to five, 45-second handstands and beefed up the planks — thanks to your inspiration and guidance!
You captured exactly why simply poking your head out the door and having fun outside is the perfect blend for a healthy mind and body. Keep up the awesome work and good on you for not passing out while bending backwards…Still get crap here for falling over doing the same thing a few weeks ago: Insert lame excuse here___________
Would love to see a video of that. There’s something about (non-fatal) falls that totally cracks me up.
You’re going on the assumption that all of the reader’s have an outdoor space that is condusive to your workout. Alas, my landscape is covered in FEET of snow, so I shall attempt my FEET UP Push Ups in the dungeon…err…gym basement. I dream of sunshine.
The sun still shines when there is snow on the ground…It may be -15f outside “but”…It sucks. No denying that! Although stepping waaaaaay back and looking at where you are at: The service you are doing for the children and local community trumps push ups in the snow, everyday. There is no way to sugar coat being pinned down indoors, press on with your great work. Could be worse…64f and stormy in East Lansing?!?
Even better to run off the road and into the woods.
haha i love all the pictures you post!