I began climbing the staircases primarily to gain strength in my legs. Building up my v02 max was just a plus. I didn’t realize how effective climbing the stairs would be until I started running again.
Before, when I used to run the slightest incline, my calves would immediately tense up and my lungs would hurt. It’d feel like a cramp, only in my lungs, and was awful I’d end up breathing so heavily that I’d have to slow down significantly in order to regain control of my legs and breathing.
Now, running what I consider to be fairly steep hills doesn’t phase me at all. At the end of a 10km jog (which takes me roughly an 1hr), I find myself not even needing any recovery time. It almost makes me feel invincible!
I went from climbing the stairs 5x (sets) = 3,620 steps, to 7X (sets)= 4,564 steps.
Instead of recovering once I reach the top, I’ve trained my body to recover as I go down the stairs, which saves a lot of time.
Tomorrow, the goal is to tackle 9X (sets) = 5,868 steps
These little accomplishments have given me a great deal of confidence, in both my ability as well as my body
The most brutal part of last years tough mudder was climbing the slopes multiple times. In order to prepare for it (the best one can anyways…) we decided to start climbing the stairs again. Although it’s a weak simulation of what to really expect, it’s an excellent way to build your V02 max and develop some serious strength in your calves and quads.
Going up the stairs = 326 steps one way
326 X 2 = 652 (one set, up & down)
We started off with 5 sets.
The goal is to continue to increase the sets, decrease rest periods and climb the stairs more quickly.
I’ve been eating much cleaner, smaller, frequent meals throughout the day while maintaining my regular workouts.
Although the changes in my body are subtle, I feel great none-the-less! I’ve discovered that my body now has a difficult time digesting foods like Wendy’s, and eating anything high in carbs for dinner also makes me feel incredibly sluggish. The best part about the changes in my meals is that I don’t feel bloated anymore!! yayy
On another note, I’ve got exactly 1 month before my doing my second tough mudder. Time to beef up my training!
I knew that sprinting against the wind would be tough..
but sprinting against the wind with the resistance of the parachute left me with a burning sensation in my lungs as I tried to stabilize my breathing (it didn’t help that it was incredibly cold outside either). It was a feeling I hadn’t experienced in a long time. I felt so defeated and exhausted by the end, I just wanted to curl up into a ball.
Even so, having finally tried this, I’m pretty excited to be able to incorporate it into my workouts! The amount I struggled today proved that I’d gotten pretty weak and slow over the winter…it’s time to step it up now
→ leg raises-centre (targets lower abs) x10 reps
→ leg raises-left (targets lower abs + obliques) x10 reps
→ leg raises-right (targets lower abs + obliques) x10 reps *do 2 sets of these exercises (making it a total of 60 reps)
→ jack knives (targets core) x50 reps
→ russian twist (targets core + obliques) x30 reps
→ kettleball raise (targets core) x 30 reps
→ alternate 10 crunches (targets upper abs) + 10 bicycle crunches (targets core) *do 3 sets of these exercises (making it a total of 60 reps)
Complete a total of 3 sets (this includes leg raises right down to the bicycle crunches)
Minimize taking breaks between the exercises unless absolutely necessary. When your abs starts to feel tense and painful, DO NOT STOP. The pain is an indication that your exercise is becoming effective. Before you know it, you’ll have a much stronger core, and will be able to double your reps pretty easily.
ALSO! Remember, doing straight ab exercises will not necessarily get you noticeable abs! Eat clean, and incorporate weights and cardio into your workouts as well!
BTW! Just wanted to share my sexy new trainers with you guys! <3 <3
This is definitely one of my favourite crossfit exercises!
It’s a really effective way to build your forearms, and target your core + quads
My form is still a working progress.
I find it incredibly difficult to hold my stance when my feet hit the bar (when doing multiple reps)
In any case, some of you may be able to do this with ease!
Remember! The slower you do it, the more challenging and effective it becomes.
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