Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Today was my second PT (personal training) session with Abby. She walked over to me while I was warming up on the treadmill and told me we were doing a workout called, Mary--can someone please explain to me why crossfit workouts are names after people? The workout consists of 5 handstand pushups, 10 one-legged squats, and 15 pullups. "You want me to do WHAT?" She has a lot of faith in me to think I could do ANY of that. Of course, that's her job.
I wish this was one of those stories where I didn't think I could do something and I surprised myself by doing it. It's not. We tried for 5 minutes to get me in the handstand position. She tried putting me in an elastic harness thing and lifting my leg up around the band. I got into position, but was shaking and knew that as soon as she let go that my face would be on the floor. Her next approach was to stack abmatts against the wall and have me just spring myself into a handstand position. I couldn't work up the courage to flig my legs up. NO WAY! I had this image of myself breaking my neck. Maybe once I get a stronger upper body I'll have more confidence to do that move. It's just not working for me right now.
So, instead of doing those we did elevated push ups. Those weren't too bad. Then we moved on to one-legged squats. OW! My hips suck. I have zero support in my lower body. I'm pretty sure I pulled something in my lower back doing those. She had to keep me in the proper position most of the time, but I managed to get through my reps, grunting and snarling with each push.
Pullups came next in the rotation. I did them last week, but for some reason I just couldn't pull them out today. So she had me do ring rows (holding on to suspended rings and pulling yourself up). I did 15 of those and screamed with every one of them.
We repeated that rotation (pushups, squats, ring rows) 4 times in 15 minutes. Then we did suspended abs. She had me go back a little further today. I was frustrated because I could do situps all day if it weren't for my freakin' hips! They were on fire! I suppose that's a good thing, but OMG. OW.
It didn't help that the gymrats were in the room with me, deadlifting 300lbs and comparing their times during their 14mile runs the day before. But my friend, Ben,, who's apart of that group would walk by and whisper encouragements to me when I seemed to be struggling. That really helped. It helped me push through the pain a bit.
I'll be able to join that group some day. It was cool just being in the same room during their workout. They're really nice folks and encouraging.