Tuesday, March 9, 2010


Changing my training focus yet again. My workouts, my rules :). Recently discovered the Crossfit protocol: a mixture of weightlifting, gymnastics, running and whatnot. I'd always been a fan of  "functional" strength, e.g. being able to unload a 20-lb. grocery bag from your car trunk without throwing your back out. However, my training is a tad more demanding than that.

Doing two different workouts on alternate days, three times a week. Workout A is basically weightlifting. Not Olympic style, though. More like the old-time lifts of the late 19th and early 20th century: overhead press, Turkish get-up (that's not a costume, folks!), overhead squat, suitcase deadlift, coupled with chinup bar work and rope climbing. Workout B is lighter and more bodybuilding : various dumbell presses, rows, curls, calf raise. On the non-lifting days I do chin-up bar work, more rope climbing and beginner's gymnastics.

It's still pretty new, but I'm having a good time and even getting stronger (press=93 lbs. /my bodyweight 132). I'll probably be introducing other Crossfit-type exercises eventually, but for now the weightlifting/gymnastics combo is quite challenging enough.