Let’s start with the warm-up. I had a few minutes on the treadmill, which is becoming pretty standard on a couple days a week. It’s only a few minutes and I’d really like to be able to jog it, but my legs are being uncooperative at best. Basically within 60 seconds my lower legs start screaming. Both my shins and my calves start to burn and hurt. I will poll my running friends on this issue and report back at a later date. I have a feeling this is a stretching issue.
You’d think that as a martial artist, stretching would be a general part of my daily routine, yea, no! I openly admit that in general, I don’t stretch. Yes I know I should, yes I know it’s important, no I don’t do it. It’s uncomfortable and I don’t like it, so I generally find excuses not to do it. I supposed I’ll throw that on the growing pile of things I need to work on.
This is the first workout I’ve had that included a YouTube video, from here on out, such attachments will induce a certain level of anxiety. There are so many comments and jokes that one can make based on the name, but it’s just too easy. These are basically like burpees on steroids, with weights. If you’d like to know the specifics, use YouTube and look up Man Maker.
This is the first workout I really questioned my ability to complete. It really didn’t help that several of my friends were calling dibs on everything from my dogs to my Jeep and my house! HAHAHAHA! Everyone who saw the video had the same general reaction “OMG!” I even went so far as to apologize to KB a day in advance, I was pretty sure that her name was going to be intermixed with a plethora of profanity! She reassured me that everyone takes her name in vain with these.
As I mentioned, these sadistic little monsters require weights. I really wasn’t sure what weight to use, so I opted for the 20lb dumb bells. To make this even more exciting, I’m doing this for time. The first one taught me a few things. One, the pushups were gonna be girly pushups. I took this option for a few reasons, my pushups are extremely weak and my range of motion with regular pushups is pretty limited. So I figured it was more beneficial to work a full range of motion. The next thing I learned was that I was going to need to be extremely careful with the squats and presses; my back is better, but still a little cranky.
There was no way I was going to be able to do 50 of these things straight, I focused less on that and more of just finishing. I did sets of 5 and that was a challenge. In order to keep track of my count I was sending a text message to CK after every set. It also helped keep me motivated. These are one of those exercises that leave no place to hide, everything gets worked and everything hurts. I both love and them! I wasn’t expecting the pain I had in my hands, but they just matched everything else.
In the end I did 50 Man Makers. And as silly as it may seem, it was a big deal. It’s the first time so far that I’ve really pushed farther than I honestly thought I could. I would add 5 minutes to my time because I forgot to start my watch until my second set. But the time is less important than the fact that I finished.