The gear load out

This week is gonna be dark, and cold so please dress appropriately. On very cold days I’ve worn various amounts (layers) of clothing, and brand names. A few brands I really trust due in part to fit, comfort, warmth, and its ability to maintain heat.

Icebreaker’s flexi chute – This little gem has a dual purpose. Keeps my nugget warm, and dry. Also works as a neck gatter when you’re wearing a dedicated hat, or use it as a hand warmer also. Trust me I’ve ran the gamut with item!

Icebreaker’s LS zip top – I’ve worn it for cold freezing morning WOD’s and it’s stellar. Warm enough under a fleece and windbreaker, or under just a windbreaker. Dries fairly quick, long enough sleeves with thumb hole to keep it from bunching up and useful as a nose wipe (really good wipe)😜

Icebreaker’s Ultra Sport Light Mini sock – This sock is cushy, warm and wool! I mean what else can you ask for? This sock I’ve used on cold days, hot days, wet days…… it just works!

2XU Thermal Accelerate Comp Tights – I’ve used three other brand name tight/ leggings for running, hiking, working out in the outdoors that have not met the prerequisites of maintaining heat, quick drying, wind proofing without an added shell. These fit the bill for me. I can wear another layer atop it and it’s incredible how it makes me feel even near zero temps! Toasty, compressed, and dry!

Mechanix The Original Grip Glove – Wearable equipment all year long! Grip to last you a while even when wet. Also, good while using a touch screen (surprising added benefit)

Altra Superior 3.5 – Started wearing these shoes on a recommendation by Selene, she wears the Lone Peak 3.5. Great traction, wide toe box, and zero drop. I’ve run, and rucked in them without a problem. They’re very breathable, but you’ll need to try them on yourself for the proper size. I found them a tad short, so I had to go up a half size.

With this much info you’re prepared for this week, and we’re kicking it off today @Mayfair Park, Westchester, IL

Rucks On!

2 rounds – Baseball Field

    30 x leg levers
    30 x burpee to OH
    30 x lunges
    30 x push ups
    30 x sit up & press
    30 x swings
    1 x Lap track (400m)

Perform all of the exercises with your ruck, including the runs!

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

Strengthening the hips

Leg and hip strength is very important as you get older. Watch people and their posture long enough you begin to see some form of rounded back with loss of lumbar curve! That folks is what people end to look like a darned candy cane!

I like candy canes as a treat not as a human being who really has a choice to change for the better. Sitting causes so many derangement to the mechanical form of the body if you let it!

Make the decision to stop deformity, and get on board to getting stronger!

Today we’re fixing that derangement at Mayfair Park, Westchester, IL

Soccer field x 2 laps

• 50yd Lunge walks

• 50 x leg levers

• 50 x alt lunges

• 50 x long jumps

• 50 x push ups

• 50 x mountain climbers/ leg

• 50 x superman

• 50yd Lunge walks

Soccer field x 2 laps

Mats, you mean sissy pads!

Well, today you’ll need those sissy pads to help you on a couple of movements to save your elbows. Why? Moving from low to high planks hurt on cement. So, that’s why you’ll need the pads/mats.

After a Memorial WOD on Tuesday this is a little recovery movement day so that you can get through the rest of the week with us.

Hip mobility is critical for your whole system health. You need to get the system entirely ready to go for healthy movement patterns to proceed. No link too weak to get stronger so we need balance, and mobility.

Today we find ourselves at Roos Recreational Field, Forest Park, IL

Bring yoga mats – steps

• 10 x cossacks (bw)

• 50 x mtn climbers

• 10 x cossacks (mb)

• 50 x flutter kicks

• 10 x alt lunges

• 20 x low to high planks

• 10 x alt lunges

• 50 x flutter kicks

• 10 x cossacks (mb)

• 50 x mtn climbers

• 10 x cossacks (bw)

Man your sweaty stations!

Every single time I tell people to man their stations the tendency is to look as lost as possible as if I’d asked them to look for the corner in a square room! It never fails, that after description of exercises, movement standards, and walk through I would often ask the crew do you have any questions?

All would shake their collective heads and reply No. once the proverbial 3,2,1- Go is announced they start with the questions! Okay, what gives?!

This day you’re in the volleyball court at Mayfair Park so make sure you bring change of socks, and shoes.

5 rounds

Stations – @vb court

1)kb, 2)bw, 3)mb, 4)bw

1. 10 x kb snatches

Run to next station

2. 10 x Superman’s

Lunge walk

3. 10 x mb sit ups

Bear crawl

4. 10 x push ups

Crab walk