If you follow the garage workout postings, you know that I’ve said before how tough it is to get us all out there on a regular basis. Even this week, just two of us participated. Everyone else was traveling. The prior week, I wasn’t able to attend and lead due to a work obligation, so one of the other members picked up the mantle and ran the troupe through a modified version of “the tower.” But, even with just two of us, we were chomping at the bit to get back on the horse and dominate that parking garage.
I will note that this workout was the first of the post-summer workouts that required us to wear SLEEVES since it was a brisk 48 degrees F at workout time. No worries – after 300 jump ropes, the sleeves came off.
Quick aside related to it being almost fall — Trader Joe’s now has its pumpkin spice coffee. That isn’t a paid endorsement. I just love the stuff. This is ME – informing YOU that this pumpkin spice gold is on the shelves and it won’t be there forever. Get it, stock up, enjoy. I’ve been known to make a nice stout out of pumpkin spice coffee. I did it with Wawa Pumpkin Spice Coffee last year, and will most certainly do it with TJ’s this year. If you don’t like pumpkin spice stuff, you probably don’t like Nickelback either.
I hadn’t done a HIIT style workout in a little while since I’ve been keeping it simple with push/pull/yoga/mediate. Again – I agree on paper its boring, but it’s oddly satisfying. The yoga is making my body feel oh-so-good. I feel like I’m progressing along in my meditation “journey” because now the 10 minutes disappears before I know what hit me (whereas when I first started, I was fidgeting and counting the seconds). I will most certainly continue to meditate.
Anyway – back to today’s workout. It is a HIIT style workout. I found it via an interesting website called JenReviews.com. The cool thing about having a hobby like fitness blogging is you get to see the community that is out there of like-minded people that just enjoy fitness-type endeavors and sharing their experiences/information with the world. I was emailed the link by a member of the Jenreviews.com staff, and spent some type surfing around the site.
Long story short – the website covers a whole host of topics (not just fitness), and the information is both interesting and useful. I’ll certainly spend some more time there. The section that reviews sports equipment is very intense. There is a LOT of information in that article. The discussions about cricket and rugby were interesting. In addition, the section that talks about baby “stuff,” was helpful to me as a fairly new father. I enjoyed reading about the myriad of details you should take into account when selecting your baby supplies. With regards to fitness & exercise, I was impressed by the editorial staff based on their bios. The session we did this AM was crafted by a two-time Olympian (pretty cool).
Today’s workout is aptly named “House of Pain.” Here is a directly link to the site and Nick Catlin’s YouTube video.
The prescribed protocol is to cycle through the exercises one after another as a circuit (minimal or no rest). Once you finish the 6th exercise in the circuit, rest for 3 minutes, and repeat between 4 and 6 times. The exercise list is:
- Jumping lunges x 20 reps
- Push up to sit up combo (this was cool and I’ll definitely use this move again in other workouts) x 10 reps
- Burpees x 10 reps (note – Nick’s protocol did NOT have a push up into the burpee – we decided to add that for 3 of the 4 sets we did)
- Jump squats x 20
- Push up + squat thrust (aka in/out abs) x 10 reps
- Bear crawl 15 meters up and back
First, we warmed up with 300 jump ropes (mixed styles) to get the blood pumping. Then, it was GAME ON!
Initially, I was skeptical that this workout would wind me or get my blood pumping. Right around the jump squats on the first set, I started thinking that I underestimated Nick’s workout. At the end of the first set, both my workout partner and I were happy we had 3 minutes rest. My HR came in around 110 bpm after that first set. Not too shabby.
On the 2nd set, I timed how long it took us to get through the circuit. We clocked in around 3 min, 30 sec. So with 3.5 min to 3 min rest, Nick programed just over a 1:1 work/rest ratio. I’m totally on board with that. Our wind was still very hard to reclaim. We tried discussing our fantasy football rosters, but only managed some broken words in between gasps of air.
We finished the 3rd and 4th sets, and decided to stop since we were under a time constraint, and wanted to get to the pull up bar to squeeze in three sets of pull before calling it a day. I think we could have clawed our way through two more sets. But, it would have been a challenge. For the 4th set, we stopped doing the push up with the burpee and defaulted to what Nick programed – certainly tired our arms out a little less, but was still impactful.
Overall, I’m very pleased with this workout, and I’m grateful that Nick shared it with the world. This will be a workout I revisit when I’m traveling as its perfectly suited for a hotel room (no equipment, minimal floor space needed – you could just bear crawl up a step or two and back for the duration of the “15 m” requirement).
We then proceeded to hit First Watch and enjoy our victory omelets (or other applicable breakfast food). For me it’s the omelet. Love me some omelets. Omelets are such a simple and perfect food. Just scavenge your fridge for anything you want, saute it in butter, and then make it the filling for a folded over omelet. Cheese, sausage, bacon, veggies, sour cream – you name it – it’s probably omelet worthy! Do me a favor – put your fruit on the side – fruit inside an omelet would be weird.
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