The week before the quarantine

Well, one week prior to being shut indoors in IL we were rucking and working out very hard. Parks are now off limits, especially at Chicago’s lakefront path. Mayor Lightfoot ordered the lakefront closed until further notice and people are going to get a warning, a fine, and then possibly tossed in the brig!

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot! This is gonna piss more people off, but I get it. I’m mostly an introvert so being alone is not a big issue. Having time to catch up on audiobooks, read books, and reach out to people I’ve not heard from in some time.

Now as you sit there contemplating your life in the new age of being cooped up inside many people that I’ve spoken with have stated a truth that was missing in everyone’s life. People contact is important. A meaningful conversation, or a handshake or bro hug goes a long way to make people connected.

Stay in touch using a product called zoom, Skype, or FaceTime. Anything, or smoke signals….. not kidding. (J/k)

Our pics from the workouts – enjoy:

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.

Who ran up, and fell down the hill?

Run! Get your arms swinging fast, and get your butt up that hill! You have things to do in between, and get them done correctly and fast!

So, which one do I want you to do? How about all of it correctly? Oh, by the way wear your ruck. The weight should be 20~30# men, 10~20# women.

Rucks On!

Hill x 2

  • 20 x push ups
  • 30 x Mountain climbers
  • Hill x 2
    • 20 x oh lunges
    • 30 x flutter kicks / leg
  • Hill – ruck drag up, OH carry down
  • Hill run down
    • 20 x thrusters
    • 30 x knee to elbow

    Time to freeze!

    Well the temps are dropping in October which means break out your winter running gear kids, because it’s going to be a warm workout. You’ll be running the bridge today, and it’s sure to get the blood circulation up and will keep your wheels rolling.

    Bring your rucks for this one to give you the little bit of resistance you’ll need to complete the exercises, and reap the benefits.

    Rucks On!

    Bridge lap x 1

    • 20 x step ups
    • 30 x ruck swings
    • 20 x dips
    • 30 x leg levers
  • Bridge lap x 1
    • 30 x push ups
    • 20 x hello Dolly’s
    • 30 x butt biters
    • 20 x k2c

    Bridge lap x 1

    Hero WOD Moreno

    Today we Honor Captain Jennifer Moreno

    US Army

    KIA 131006 Afghanistan while responding to help fallen soldiers wounded by explosives.

    • 2km run with vest/ruck
    • 20 x burpee pull ups
    • 100 x flutter kicks
    • 20 x burpee bj
    • 100 x flutter kicks
    • 20 x burpee pull ups
    • 100 x mountain climbers
    • 20 x dips

    It’s a loaded run

    Early this week we spoke about the bridge, and repeats that suck the life out of you when they’re a long distance and high reps.

    Today is such a day where mental fortitude is built. Days like today you need to have in your schedule so that like the marathon finisher that has covered many miles just to run 26.2 in one day has the fortitude to see their training come to fruition.

    Physically everyone can do this, mentally we’re going to see who begins, and then completes the training today. I know you will if you’ve followed our training for over a month.

    Today we’re at our lovely hill in Westchester Woods, Westchester, IL

    Vests/Rucks runs

    • 1 x hill (walk/run)
    • 800m run
    • 2 x hill
    • 600m run
    • 3 x hill
    • 400m run
    • 4 x hill
    • 200m run