TGIF! It's been a busy week for me, exercise wise. I did four good workouts between Monday and Friday. Today was not the exception (Thursday was).
Today at CrossFit we warmed up with our usual 1/4 (400 meter) run and three rounds of various fun moves. Jumping up to the 8 foot high bar is easier once you get over the (I wonder if I can do it) uncertainty. I showed up ten minutes early and got right into the warm up. So I finished before the rest of the group. I grabbed the Olympic rings hanging up above my head a little higher than arms length and proceeded to pull my knees up to my chest and then flip my legs over, and then I dropped to the ground on my feet after I flipped through the rings.
Mark came over and said "Skin the Cat." I'm thinking....what is he talking about? He then showed the class what Skin the Cat was and how to do it. Before I tried it, He warned me that this was dangerous and if I let go of the rings or they slipped out of my hands it could result in serious injury. (Safety first!) I said, that ain't going happen. I wasn't about to let go.
So after he did it, then I did what he did, only not as perfect. He said I was swinging my legs. So I tried it again. Not perfect but better. Not counting Mark (instructor) I'm the young guy in the class (hah!)
The video below is what it looks like when done correctly:
Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Np_s2fnYjso
Our WOD today was fun! For an older guy, I'm really getting into the high intensity training mode. It gets my heart rate up, I'm gasping for air, and I get a really good sweat on in minimal time. Plus the time goes quickly and then you're finished. Go home, take a shower and be about your day.
Here was the WOD for the CrossFit Seniors for me today:
16 Deadlifts with 65 pounds - followed by
16 dead hang one arm waist touch - Okay...I'm not sure how to explain this one. You get horizontal underneath the two ring rows. (One ring for each hand) You release one hand off of one of the rings and quickly tap your waist and then grab the ring again. Then you release the other hand from the ring and touch the other side of your waist and then alternate for a total of 16 waist/hip taps. This was for us old folks. The kids get to try it hanging from the pull up bars. This was followed by -
500 meter (1/3 of a mile) run with a 15 pound (6.8 kg) kettle bell in each hand.
When you came back to the building from your run, then you started round two and finished after round three. I can't remember my time, I just finished first, as Dennis and wife weren't there today.
This workout was for the senior crossfit class. The other classes did double the count (32 instead of 16) and twice the distance (1000 meters each time).
I am enjoying this time in my life! I'm getting fit. I'm getting stronger than I've been in many years. I feel very blessed to be alive and healthy! Health is a gift to treasure.