Well here we are, the week of Christmas, I hope you are all excited and have super plans coming up!
I am here with my last CrossFit recap of the year! Yes I am CrossFitting this week but I’m sure you would rather know about my foodie Christmas next week rather than my CrossFit action! Ha!
Last week was officially the hardest, most challenging week of CrossFit I have EVER had. And it was meant to be! In the run up to Christmas, Coach wanted us to experience some of the most challenging WODs ever created, and they certainly lived up to that expectation.
Look, these were hard, both mentally and physically. It pushed me to my max and beyond. I would only ever do 4 of these WODs together with my Coach present. Yes please see the below as inspiration for how to work out, but I would never advise to do these WODs without a professional Coach or trainer present/ if you are not experienced with CrossFit.
Ok, little warning/ rant over! Now down to the details!
Monday Morning (15th)
The WOD was performed like the song, start with the muscle up, then the HSPU and Muscle Up and so on and so forth. My substitutions included – jumping pull up plus kettle bell ring dip for the muscle up, box HSPU, kettle bell ring dips and jumping pull ups. Everything else was as was. I used 22.5kg for the barbell work.
We had a 45 minute time cap for this one and I got 341 reps in total, which equates to up to 5 push ups in the final round! Gah I must have only been 3-5 minutes left from completing it! This was not easy and took its toll on your body due to the variety of movement.
Tuesday Morning (16th)
Coach took a deck of cards and we had to complete every movement in a pack – i.e. 4 of clubs = 4 burpees. The only stipulation was that you could not move on to the next card until everyone in the group had finished their moves. We could all help out too – say you were finished and someone still had 5 deadlifts, you could do 3 of them for them etc.
This was non stop. And if you stopped to rest, the rest of the group suffered! The block runs for us came at a great time, about half way and ¾ of the way so were great for a slight rest! So glad to run outside and get some air!
We finished in 45 minutes 13 seconds, and then all fell to the floor!
Oh weights – KBS = 12kg, Deadlifts = 42.5kg – and Jacks, Queens, Kings and Aces counted for 11, 12, 13, 14 reps respectively.
Thursday Morning (18th)
As expected, I was sore on Wednesday and still sore on Thursday. I did not like seeing ‘Whitten’, a hero WOD, on the board!
The combo of these moves made them all so difficult. The block run in the middle is so unusual for a WOD (normally at the beginning or the end) and it was made even more difficult by the howling wind and rain outside in the pitch darkness!
Again we had a 45 minute time cap and I completed 3 rounds plus 4 wall balls. Darn those wall balls, wall balls plus burpees always slow me down. I was shattered after this!
Friday Morning (19th)
For many, Kalsu is the most difficult WOD created. It may sound so simple but sometimes the more simple a WOD the more it takes its toll on you.
I have done Kalsu before and had horrible memories of how tough it was. Last time I did it in 30 minutes with 15kg. This time round I went with 17.5kg. Coach had the scaled option of 3 instead of 5 burpees but I started out with the intention of 5.
Well, after the week of WOD hell, my biceps and shoulders were on fire and felt very sore. Half way through the WOD (50 thrusters) I made the choice to go down to 3 burpees per minute. I know I made the right choice for me and my body at the time. It had gone through a lot this week!
I completed it in 19 minutes 49 seconds so a lot less than last time, and with a heavier weight! Do I regret not trying to push on with the 5 burpees? Yes and no. No because I know I could have hurt myself, yes because although my time would have been much longer, I could have tried to push it? Hmm, no think I did the right thing!
I wanted to cry! It was over! For now….
CrossFitters, what’s the most difficult WOD you have ever done?
Do you prefer singular or team work outs?
Would you run in the cold and rain?