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  • #91
    A thought on the exercise shirt: I don't know what materials are best for breathability while working out (cotton, but it'll get pretty soaked with sweat), but I would imagine a fairly well-fitted shirt, without being tight, and sleeveless, would be the best option. Maybe you could wear just a tank-top style under-shirt? I vote for something skimpy, so you are technically abiding by the rules, but bare enough to be comfortable
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    • #92
      Yeah that's a good idea. I need some good 'A-Shirts' for stuff like that. The problem with most A-shirt undershirts from Hanes and Fruit of the Loom are they stretch out a ton - so maybe a running store will have something that works better. Thanks for the ideas
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      • #93
        Yesterday Kakes put together a HIIT/Tabata/Crossfit type workout for us to do with my sister and her husband. She is a wimp so we're getting her to do harder things, but it was somewhat made so she could do it too...
        4 stations, 4 workouts, do each workout for a minute, then after that station is done switch to the next station. Worked out Fantastic and we got a great sweaty workout in.
        Station 1:
        Knee hops, Ring Push ups, Aussie Ring Pull ups, Pull ups or flexed-hangs (This one was probably the hardest to just 'do each exercise for a minute'!)
        Station 2:
        KB Swings, Weighted Squats (we had a 75lb curl bar), Planks, Headcutters
        Station 3:
        Mountain Climbers, Back and Forth's (see picture below), Tire Flips, Walking Lunges
        Station 4:
        Burpees, Back and Forth's, Tire Slams (16 lb sledgehammer), Medicine Ball Toss


        Back and Forth's with the big tire!


        Tire flips across the yard


        Not one of the workouts, but fun!

        Today for the Wednesday lunch we went to Cracker Barrel. We go there too much, but at least they have a good low-carb section of the menu. I got the Low Carb Rib Eye with the House Salad and Green Beans. Pretty good, but more money than I wanted to pay today... I need to find a way to make more or make some extra to pay down more of the debts and actually be able to DO stuff.

        Did my free credit report thing and it's looking pretty good. I wish you didn't have to PAY for your score. I'm hoping to get my last credit card debt onto one of those 0% interest 0 fee balance transfer cards for a while to pay it down faster... but I applied for the card I wanted before the earlier payoff had fully gone through, so I'm not sure if I can try that same company! Doh!
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        • #94
          6.8-7.2 mile trail run last night (depending on whose GPS data you use!) We bombed that trail passing pretty much everybody. I think only 2 bikers passed us going DOWN and none passed us on the way up. 37 minutes to get to the top, 24-25 minutes to get back down!


          At the top, doing some Astavakrasana!


          At the bottom with my gorgeous wife Kakes!

          After Kakes' HIIT workout on Tuesday and the run last night (and staying up too late) my body did NOT want me to get out of bed this morning. Ugggggh. Almost made me break my 'Don't Buy Mt. Dew' rule...
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          • #95
            Oh yeah and before we ran I hung my rings up in my sister's tree (we were based at her house for the running night) so we could play around on them, or so the kids could. I think they stayed inside and played video games most of the night though...

            After the run we played around on them for a while. I would like to be able to do the harder strength routines - I mean not like the stuff we'll see at the Olympics here in the next few weeks, but I would like to be able to do that type of movement/hold. At least some of it! It's amazing how much strength it takes just to stabilize your body to hold yourself up!


            Have I mentioned my wife is amazingly awesome? She is.





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            • #96
              Crossfit Friday was a Deck of Cards workout
              Warmup!
              20 Wall Runs (handstand against the wall, alternate hand to shoulder-touches)
              20 Air Squats
              20 Bicycles
              20 Superman's
              2 Stairs
              Workout:
              Draw a card, workout is suit, number of reps is number on card (Aces 15, Kings 13, etc) - deck split with a teammate
              Clubs - Renegade Rows
              Spades - Pushups
              Diamonds - Deadlifts
              Hearts - Weighted Russian Twists
              Joker - Both team members do 25 burpees

              I did WAY too many renegade rows. My back is STILL kind of sore from that. Good back sore in the upper part, not so good in the lower, but not all bad back pain, some of it is the good muscular development kind.

              Saturday was my family reunion. This used to be a week-long crazy event with close to 200 people, but as everybody gets older and my cousins all have kids (and some of my cousin's kids have kids!) we finally changed it to a one day thing. There were still almost 90 people there. My younger brother is a trail-ultra-runner guy and wanted to see the finish to the Speedgoat 50k that was in the canyon next to the canyon our reunion was in. So we went down to see the finish. Cool to see some big name world class trail runners like Kilian Jornet, Anton Krupicka, Max King, etc in their element.
              Here's me with Anton Krupicka (who is very Primal/Grok looking, except for the recent addition of hipster sunglasses and upside-down visor...)


              Later we decided we would hit our run that was planned for earlier in the day, but didn't happen. My dad decided to come along and that slowed us WAY down... which was not good considering we were already crunched for time with Reunion activities and had gotten in trouble for taking too long to go see the 50k finish! Beautiful trail run ended up being just under 11 miles, longest I've gone in a while, but what's awesome is my body CAN do that if I want to! Even up at almost 10,000 feet elevation for more than half of it!
              My younger brother and I ended up leaving the other 3 behind since we were in charge of the evening entertainment program - and rushed down to make it. The others took another TWO hours!





              Desolation Lake. Beautiful little lake with an ominous name!

              Food-wise at the reunion was interesting. I didn't have any problems, my allergies make it easy to say no to certain things, but I didn't eat anything for Dinner because a)I missed the main dinner-time while running and b)didn't feel up to eating so quick after running and had things to do c)Bean-heavy Chili over Fritos is NOT primal and didn't appeal to me at all! You know that meal is definitely a tradition at that family reunion... Kind of weird (but awesome!) to be part of the most FIT and Healthy sub-family there!
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              • #97
                Nice to be back to Yoga today. There is a new gym intern who is a yoga teacher - so she's going to start doing classes soon too, so I'm looking forward to that. I'm going to learn the handstand for sure!

                Played around some with Ganda Bherundasana - I was showing the teacher and it was new to her, so that's fun. In the class we did pigeon and a ton of back stretching and opening because that's what I asked for (those Renegade Rows, Deadlifts and Superman took it out on my back big time!). One of the better classes this teacher has done, so I was happy about that.

                Tonight I get to go get a Piano from my cousin who is getting rid of it. Hopefully it fits in our house somewhere!
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                • #98
                  So I just saw a picture of Kakes and I from July 30, 2007... Almost exactly 5 years ago!

                  I might even have to put this on the Before&After boards!
                  2007:
                  2012:

                  Still room for improvement but DANG it feels good to be healthier!
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                  • #99
                    Finally made it back to a Jujitsu class yesterday! Learned some armbars from Guard and escapes. Gotta keep going so I can retain this info. It took me a while to remember some of the stuff I've learned previously.

                    Then went for a nice little run with Kakes, hiking up to an old mine and exploring a bit. 3 miles.





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                    • Crossfit today!!

                      Warmup:
                      15 pushups
                      20 air squats
                      20 step throughs
                      20 more pushups
                      One more I can't remember (all the participants chose a warmup exercise and I'm missing one!)

                      Workout:
                      1 lap around parking structure (about 1/5 mile)
                      1 kb snatch, 1 kb rack squat with the right arm
                      2 kb snatches, 2 kb rack squats with left arm
                      continue switching arms and going up 3, 4, 5, etc until 20
                      Finish with 1 more lap around parking structure.

                      I finished in 41:06, about 1 minute behind the fastest, 45 seconds behind the 2 fastest guys including the trainer.

                      I'm going to be sore tomorrow!
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                      • Can you recommend somewhere to find more information online about what Crossfit is and how it works? I think Boyfriend might really like it (plus, I'm secretly hoping it will make him go paleo) and I suggested it to him today, but he knows nothing about it, and I don't know much either. It looks like some of the gyms around here do a free first session, but I think he needs to know enough to make it intriguing before bothering with that
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                        • Well their main website "CrossFit: Forging Elite Fitness" is an okay place to start - along with their 'What is Crossfit?' and their library of Crossfit Exercises - I don't LOVE their website setup, but there is a lot of information there.

                          Probably the BEST place is to see if a local affiliate (crossfit gym) has a website, they usually explain how THEY work, what their schedule is, their philosophy on workouts, etc. You can find a local affiliate on their Official CrossFit Affiliate Gym Locator

                          I'm really lucky that my company pays one of the owners of a local Crossfit Affiliate to come into our gym and have classes almost every day. I think that's too much for my goals, so I usually just go Fridays to shock my system with a crazy workout. Crossfit memberships are expensive so without that I don't think I would do it.

                          HOWEVER, once you are familiar with the workouts and proper mechanics - there are a LOT of things you can do on your own equipment, in local parts, wherever. Then there are things like The WOD Shop - Online CrossFit Workout of the Day (WOD) Generator that can help you put together your workout.

                          Uh... hopefully I put something useful in there somewhere
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                          • That video is pretty good.

                            Crossfit is definitely not as good for weightloss and other normal fitness goals for people (it can work... it's just they might get injured before they see the benefits because they aren't ready for the level of intensity required) - it's more for people who are already in pretty good shape who want to challenge themselves.
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                            • nameless,

                              Crossfit is badass. That's all he needs to know
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                              • So I figured I'd be pretty sore today - but I still wanted to do something more than yard work or house repairs today. (Finally climbed up on the roof replacing some flashing that flew off in a windstorm a while - HOT and tiring, but DONE!)

                                After a while watching the Olympics I decided I wanted to go for a run. An easy run because my legs are tired and sore from yesterday's Crossfit workout.

                                5.5 miles up and down a canyon later... YIKES! My legs are really beat now! A slow but decent 13 min/mile up and a 7 min/mile average down for a total average of 10.5 min/mile. I'm pretty happy with that considering how my legs are. Felt good, got some sun, and even took some comparison shots.
                                Here I am a bit over a year ago in May, and then today (well Saturday since it's after midnight here)


                                You'd think with all the sun I've been getting (although it doesn't help I was sunburned in the May '11 picture!) I at least wouldn't look so pasty! It's all about lighting folks. I still am pasty but sheesh.

                                Well namelesswonder I joined Fitocracy too! http://www.fitocracy.com/profile/warlordblade/
                                Put my workouts in for Friday and Saturday and jumped up to lvl 7... that was fast! If anybody else is on there and follows me, let me know so I can follow you back!
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