Anvil or Hammer


Ladder Circuit

Posted in Uncategorized by Mike on August 11, 2008

Time 28 min
Weight 12K kettlbell

Snatch 5/5 10/10 15/15 20/20 15/15 10/10 5/5
Squat 5 10 15 20 15 10 5
Push Up 5 10 15 10 N/A N/A N/A
Row 5/5 10/10 15/15 20/20 15/15 10/10 5/5
Crunch 5 10 15 20 15 10 5
T Crush 5 10 15 20 15 10 5

I conceived of this little bit of nastiness today. I kept the weight light because I’m still tuning back up. I’m glad I stayed light too. As seems to be the case with my simplest workouts, it was harder than anticipated. For me the simplest and the easiest seem to be at opposite ends of the spectrum. The basic idea here was to get a full body workout, laddering up by 5 reps until I failed at one exercise and then ladder down. Before I started, I expected the pushups to be the first to go. After I got going, I realized it was a mistake to include them at all, I was seeing ample front delt, pec, tricep work with the kind of crunch I was doing (small crunch, press then further crunch), the Triple Crush and even the squat a bit. If/when I do this again, I’ll leave it out. I think the triple crush will be my failing point but it’ll take me to 30 reps to get there. Then I’ll have to try and bring my time under 30 minutes again.

I have my food diary written down. The biggest thing of note today was that I did permit a couple cookies at  midday. They were left over from the Friday potluck (still in their cellophane) and of a particularly delicious brand, Berger’s, which I assume is local. The package officially lists them at 140 calories, per cookie. They are delicious and my officemates at the rest, thank goodness. Other than that, I behaved myself.

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  1. Scott Styles said,

    Looks painful.

    I continue to be impressed at how quickly people devour the free food at work. It’s rare any temptation persists more than 90 minutes.

  2. Mike said,

    not painful, just hard. It was kind of fun.

    People devour food pretty well here but they also bring waaay too much. For example, at our potluck, about 15 people bring food, however, they each bring enough food for 20 people. So you end up with enough food to feed 40-60 people. I intentionally only brought about 5 serving of potato salad, and it was the only clean dish to go home. They also order a full sheet cake monthly for birthdays, it takes about a week for it to disappear. It’s such a stupid form of self sabotage.


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