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June’s Barbella Box

June 2016 Barbella Box

June’s Barbella Box has arrived!  June and July’s boxes are curated by Miranda Oldroyd, a badass fitness chick.

What this box contained:

WOD Gear Booty Shorts

The shorts are a fabulous color and they are so very comfortable.  However I am not yet that comfortable wearing booty shorts to the gym so at the moment they are for home only.  My goal is to be able to wear these to the gym or when I’m out for a run.

Progenex Trucker Hat

Eh, the hat is alright. It’s big and doesn’t really fit my tiny head.  I’m going to give it to Scott to wear when he does yard work.

Rock Tape

I recently found out that I’m allergic to this tape! So unfortunately I can’t use it.  The concept of it is pretty cool though, using tape to help tight and sore muscles.

Progenex Shaker Bottle

Basic shaker bottle. I already have a bunch of shaker bottles but it doesn’t hurt to have another on hand.

Progenex Force Samples

A pre-workout energy supplement.  Energy supplements aren’t my thing.  My body doesn’t handle stimulants too well, even the all natural ones.  So I have to pass on these samples.

Rocksauce Chill Sample

Cooling gel to help sore muscles.  This will come in handy when I have a heavy workout day!

Overall I was just OK with this box. Since Miranda is affiliated with Progenex, getting so much of that brand in one box seems a little much. Losing the trucker hat would have freed up some space for another product that could have been more workout related.

That said, I’m still enjoying getting these boxes each month and I can’t wait to see what is in this month’s box! If you lift or do Crossfit, definitely check out Barbella Box for fun goodies each month!

None of the links in this post are affiliate links.

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Fitness Friday: Work Hard

Flexing

Monday:

Was all the running:

  • 800M Run
  • 3 min Rest
  • 400M Run
  • 1:30 min Rest
  • 200M Run
  • 45 sec Rest
  • Repeat

It took me just over 30 minutes to complete this routine. I’m still getting back into running and I’m so slow.  But I did it and my hip did alright!  A little tenderness afterwards but nothing that stuck around or impacted daily life.  Thank goodness!

I worked on strength after class and was able to pull 155lb deadlift for 5.  Whoo!  Deadlift is my strongest movement and always improves my day when I get to do them.

Tuesday:

Tabata Tuesday!

8 rounds, 20 sec work 10 sec rest:

I didn’t think I did all that well until I put up my time with everyone elses’. I was pretty much right in with the group with made me pretty stoked.  Normally I’m the slowest (which is fine) but when I see that I’m in line with others then I know that I’m improving.

Wednesday:

Ugh this was a rough one and got to me mentally.  I tried not to let it but my score was so low and I let that get to me. Meh.

4 sets of each: 30 sec work, 30 sec hold

  • Push Press – Hold is bar overhead
  • Ring Row – Hold is upright position
  • Pushup – Hold is in plank position
  • Squat – Hold is in squat

So hard and I had to take a lot of breaks.  I was able to keep the bar overhead for each 30 seconds but had to break after that before starting push presses again.  I could not hold the squat for very long before needing to stand up. Every time a break was taken, 1 point gets subtracted from your overall total and that’s what got me in the end.  I had to take the most breaks during the squat and that ate up my total points.  Ah well.

On the upside, I did banded pullups today with only one band where I had previously been using two.  So that’s some progress!

Thursday:

Our workout consisted of two AMARPS.  It was definitely challenging!

1st AMRAP for 12:

  • 7 Hang Cleans
  • 7 Front Squats
  • 7 Thrusters

I think I’m going to have to get some wrist wraps.  My wrists fatigue so quickly causing me to need to take breaks. I could power through more squats and thrusters but my wrists tire out easily.

2nd AMRAP for 5:

Whew! I was sweating buckets at the end of this workout.

Friday:

DEADLIFTS! I was so excited to see this on the board!

  • 5 Deadlifts @ 135lb
  • 5 Handstand Pushups (That I modified)
  • 1 Rope Climb (That I also modified)

135lb used to be my 1 rep max on DL and now I can do that for a workout.  Whooo!  Progress and gainz,  I can see them!

After the workout we had to carry a 55lb sandbag for 400m.  Which was much nicer than having to carry a 55lb barbell for that same distance.

This week definitely had some ups and downs and some moments when I started second guessing myself.  But I powered through and am still seeing some progress which is exactly what I want.  Slow by steady, I’m getting there.

 

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Fitness Friday: Tired Legs

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Monday:

Rough night of sleep Sunday evening lead me to playing catchup all day.  I slept late and hit the 9am class.  It was all running for the workout.  I was nervous about how my hip would hold up since this would be the longest run I’ve done in months.

  • 400m Jog
  • 300m Sprint
  • 50m Jog
  • 50m Walk
  • x 4

I was slow AF and my sprint was more like a faster jog but I made it through all four rounds. My hip did amazing! It was slightly sore after the workout but nothing major and was gone after a few hours.

YES! This means I’m making progress and can start doing longer runs on the weekends!

Because I went to a later class I wasn’t able to get in any additional strength training that day.

Tuesday:

Much better! I slept well and had plenty to eat to fuel me through this workout.

Cindy  AMRAP for 20

  • 5 Pullups
  • 10 Pushups
  • 15 Squats

I did ring rows instead of pullups.  I was able to get through 4 rounds of pushups before having to switch over to being on my knees.  We were told that this workout we had to pace ourselves instead of trying to blast through the whole thing.  I ended up with 11 rounds + 19.  I was about 2-3 rounds behind everyone else.  Which is fine but maybe my pace was too slow? Perhaps I should have tried to bump that up a bit.  I’m happy with the workout and my results though. I thought for sure I would get gassed on all the squats but those are getting stronger and I’m able to do them for much longer.

Wednesday:

We worked on snatches today and I’m still plugging away at a lower weight on this one. I’m making progress though and have been able to increase weight slightly.  Increasing ladder of:

  • 5 Power Snatches
  • 5 Burpee Box Jumps
  • 10 Power Snatches
  • 10 Box Jumps
  • 15 Power Snatches
  • 15 Burpee Box Jumps
  • 20 Power Snatches
  • 20 Box Jumps

Took me 9:23 at 25lbs. Not too shabby! I was worn out by the end!

I did some light squats after the workout.  My legs and hips were so achey and tired that I could only do a few reps at 65lb before calling it quits.  My body just wasn’t having it.

Thursday:

Partner workout today, not for time, just had to grind through.

  • Row 250M
  • 20 KB Front Rack Walking Lunges

Then

  • 20 Push Presses
  • 20 Bent Over Rows

So one partner does one set and the other partner works the other set, then you switch.  In total, we had to do each set twice.  Weighted lunges are still very challenging for me.  I used 20lb kettle bells and still had trouble getting back up after lunging.  Someday I’ll be able to do weight lunges without even thinking about it.

Friday:

UGH.  I can’t even fully explain the workout because it was a crazy partner workout.  But it boils down to doing 90 reps of push presses at 50lbs and then rowing 2500m.  Yeah.  Coach told me to pick a pace and stick with it so I did just that.  I got through it, slowly, but I did it.  Wiped out.

Over all this week was just alright.  I was feeling really run down and tired the early part of the week.  Wednesday I was a wreck and thankful I had the day off.  I was feeling like such a slug this week and it was really starting to get to me mentally.

Right now I’m happy the week is done, it was a long one!

 

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Mental Blocks and Hangups

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Training definitely has its ebbs and flows.  Sometimes you feel like you’re making progress and riding the gainz train like a pro.

Then sometimes things feel off and you feel like a slug in gym clothes.

This week I’m the slug.

I’m doing OK and I’m still seeing progress with my training.  But I’m also having A WEEK where my energy is low, sleep is being a bitch, everything hurts, and I’m riding the struggle bus.

Maybe it’s PMS related.  Maybe my body is just asking for me to take a break and slow things down.

Maybe it’s all in my head and I’m just being a wuss. And there it is, THE DOUBT.

Because an off week can just throw you for a loop and doubt starts to creep in.  I start questioning all my movements, life, and wondering if I’m on the right track.

Doubt has no place under the bar.  Confidence is what gets that bar to move.

But this week I’m second guessing everything and asking all the questions that doubt makes us ask.

Why can’t I lift XX amount yet?

Why hasn’t the scaled moved at all?

Will I ever be able to run 6 miles again?

Will I reach my goals or are they all just pointless?

And on and on and on.

I’m trying not to let it eat me up too much but you know how that goes.  My gym had a great article up today and it has helped so much.  It talks about this very thing and also talks about making sacrifices to achieve those goals. You can read it here.

This paragraph in particular is everything right now:

Just because you can’t do something today, does not mean that you won’t be able to do it one day. If you can dream it, you can achieve it.

So I’m going to keep working and keep plugging away because I have goals and I want to reach them.

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Cherry Jalapeno Simple Syrup

It was cherry season and I was trying to come up with some new way to highlight them.  I have made a cherry simple syrup before (and it’s also great with bourbon) but I wanted to put a little twist on that.  I decided to add in some jalapeño for a little earthiness and heat.  I wasn’t sure if the combo would work but I was hopeful.

Thankfully the combo turned out great! You can use this for margaritas or just to kick up some seltzer water.  It provides an amazing color to drinks and adds some uniqueness to your cocktail menu.

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Andrea’s Cherry Jalapeño Simple Syrup

  • 1C Water
  • 1C Sugar (Cane or Coconut works)
  • 15-20 Cherries, pitted
  • 1 Jalapeno, sliced in half

In a medium sized sauce pan, combine all ingredients and bring to a simmer.  Simmer for 5 minutes and turn off heat.  Allow the syrup to cool and the ingredients to steep for about 1/2 an hour.

Pour all ingredients in a blender (See note at bottom) and blend until everything is smooth.  Strain mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a glass jar.  Will keep for two weeks in the fridge.

NOTE: You can control the level of heat of this syrup by removing the seeds before simmering.  I wasn’t sure how spicy this would turn out so I only blended in half of the jalapeño.  It was a mild spicy, for more heat blend both halves.  Even more heat, keep the seeds in and blend those as well.

Perfect to bring along to cookouts and gatherings because people can use it to mix their own drinks and it can be at room temperature for a few hours.

You can also try using some frozen cherries to make this syrup in case you can’t find any fresh at the markets.

Enjoy guys, and remember, always play with your food!