A bit of a climb

We looked at the sky, and at 18F said in unison “this feels warm”. Yes, out loud and it didn’t even phase us. Getting up to head outside and get our workout in has made it being in colder temps and make statements like that common between us RuFF regulars.

I mean how often do you really make it outside in below freezing weather while wearing one or two layers to get on icy covered ground for a workout? Turn around the next day and do it again. It is challenging to begin a process as physically demanding as getting up that early (0400) for the general population.

Once you have step one covered then getting yourself outside with us is Huge! You’ll find yourself in the company of others that refuse to do regular things and be okay with it. You will be challenged to do things that inside the gym are uncomfortable.

Today one of the consistent hints was a 200m run between exercises on an icy hill. Like run up there hill, lunges (2 laps) up the hill, burpees, goblet squats, push ups, bear crawl up the hill.

Oh, I also forgot to mention that we were not able to take off our rucksacks for the entire time we rucked to the park, worked out, and rucked back to our starting point CF Spero.

Today the rucks needed to be on the heavier side than usual which meant that ladies had to put extra weight inside them while the guys put extra-extra weight to get this done.

A little confession- my butt cheeks almost cramped while doing the lunges up the hill! Those are tougher than they look. Especially with the extra weight added.

These are pics of Selene getting the last exercise in

Feels more like…..

The forecast last. Igbo made it sound like everyone should be wearing more than usual because the weather turned downward and things were frozen quickly.

Well it is Chicago after all. Today after a thorough warm up, we tucked up and briskly walked fast to Barrie Park once more. Not feeling the cold since we were warm to begin with, but beginning to breath a little heavier since the rucks a few of us wore were on the heavy side.

We had the soccer field lapped then began a pyramid up and down worth of exercises to contend with so we were not going to feel the cold.

Ever been outside when it’s so cold everything coming out of your nose or mouth steams up? Well with my beard, it did just that plus froze on my face. I was wondering why my beard felt stiff during the Bear crawl ruck drag.

We had a chance to teach the loaded crab walk, loaded Cossack and we ran with the rucks also. Pretty darn fun, except them tri’s were burning up a storm!Today felt like this:

Cold? What’s that?

We had fun, and our new inductees Eleni, and Sarah had a blast. They learned a few new things today and they’re coming back for more.

Hope to see you out there with us soon.

One cold dry morning

Baby, it’s cold outside! No songs were sung nor tune played for our pleasure this morning. Out the front door into the fray with a temperature of 22F.

Good thing there isn’t a wind chill or we’d be popsicles right from the get go. We’re going to be at Roos Athletics Field for this week.

Come and join us, so we can help you get you back in gear.

Mobility-

⁃ jumping jacks x 40

– leg/arm swings x 20/ea

⁃ Trunk twists/ Torso bends x 20 ea

WOD – ruck 10/20# dry

  • 400m ruck
    • 50 x walking lunges
    • 20 x burpees w/ruck
    • 50 x flutter kicks / leg
    • 20 x dive bombers/ Hindu push ups
    • 50 x step ups w/ruck
    • 20 x goblet squats
  • 400m ruck
  • Cold, and sandy!

    We’re going to make it through today in the sand while it’s scheduled for a dark, dry, cold morning at 40F. Not really cold enough to freeze anything, but bring gloves due to the sand. It’ll be good for you to move with a purpose today for the added resistance provided by the sand.

    The kb used today should be of challenging weight, but not so heavy that you break up the exercises into more than one set. Start and finish the entire exercise without putting the kb down. Get through this AFAP.

    • 20 x alt kb swings
    • 20 x cossacks
    • 120ft bear crawl
    • 120ft crab walk
    • 120ft long jumps
    • 120ft lunge walk
    • 20 x kb snatch
    • 20 x kb russian twists
    • 20 x kb pp

    Skillz in foot work

    Spent this Sunday programming, eating, and running errands while also sitting and watching runners reach their goal of finishing the Chicago Marathon 2018! Testament of mental and physical endurance. Well done finishers! They put in he work to run that distance and they persevered.

    Along those lines I was also really blown away by the efficiency of the elite runners in a sub 2:10:0.0 finishing time for the marathon. Holy cow! Yes, they worked their butts off year round to maintain that Skillset of power, endurance, mental focus for the entire time running, not jogging but truly running very fast!

    Skillset must be trained, not a hit in the dark if you want to truly succeed. You must put in the work of leg speed, turnover and strengthening the muscles that maintain your body whilst you go fast or faster during the training periods and tapering periods of the training schedule you maintain.

    Hence there is the racing schedule you must take into account also. There is a lot going on in he realm of injury prevention, nutrition and improving time(s) during the races. Everyone wants to be on the podium, don’t lie or deny it. I know I do, but reality sinks in extremely fast when you look at your training log and notice the lack of time spent putting in the work to acquire, and hone such skill to even consider being close enough to finish fast, or faster than the last race you ran.

    This week there will be plenty of running, but today we’ll work not on speed, but on foot landing, followed by a pull, and a pose. Technique takes time to learn, and it should be practiced very often to get the connective tissue stronger especially if you’re not strong enough for a lot of endurance foot work. Injury prevention is job one.

    Today we’re at Mayfair Park, Westchester, IL

    Soccer field x 1 lap

    1. Slow run x 100m
    2. High knees x 100m
    3. Med run x 100m
    4. Heels to butt x 100m
    5. Fast run x 100m
    6. Soccer field x 1
    • 20 x leg levers
    • 20 x superman
    • 100 x mountain climbers
    • 50m bear crawl
    • 50m crab walk
    • 50m lunges

    Gonna be dragged

    I was wondering how many people can take it one step higher by adding a little more suck to their workouts. How? Drag something, anything with or without a sled, and I guarantee that it will be a different type of suck.

    Today it’s gonna be our turn to add such a suck to our workout. We’ve used the sled once before on cement, and today we’re going to use it on a soccer field. This is going to be so much fun!

    Today we’re at Mayfair Park, Westchester, IL

    Sb (44/50), mb (14/20) sled (53/35)

    – 1 x soccer field

    • 20 x sb cleans
    • 100m sled drag
    • 100m run
    • 30 x cousins mb
    • 30 x mb burpees

    – 1 x soccer field w/sb

    • 100m sled drag
    • 50 x flutter kicks (sb)
    • 50 yd lunges
    • 50 yd bear crawl