I’m not going to dwell on the fact that my workouts haven’t been going the way I’d like lately. Nor am I going to complain that my left shoulder is totally ganked. I think it’s just one of those weeks for me. Things aren’t going my way. I need to rest my shoulder and regroup. I realized this after my failed attempt at bench last night. I set out to do 3×3 at 140….which I’ve totally done before. But no luck, and it hurt. I had a whole list of things I was supposed to do afterwards, but I knew it was going to pain my shoulder even more and…..I was seriously intruiged by the workout that a bunch of the other folks in the gym were doing. Don’t ask me why. I guess I just like to punish myself. And the trainer challenged me. “Enough with all this resting between sets, why don’t you try a real workout?” That combined with the fact that I’ve been feeling like my cardio is in the toilet AND the fact that an entire group of 50+ year olds just did the workout and lived to tell the tale….brought me to the conclusion that this was something that I HAD to do.
And so began “Uncle Jeff’s 12 Days of Christmas”. I went through it with the NFL hopeful (aka fairly out of shape/overweight guy) for a slight self esteem boost. Before we started, Uncle Jeff informed us that he had done the workout this morning in 27 minutes and almost puked. Great….sounds like fun. The workout is as follows:
Hanging leg raises
Medicine ball thrusters
Completed in a circuit starting with 12 reps each then working your way down- 11 reps each, 10, 9, and so forth. Lunges were doubled so that each leg got the appropriate number of reps. In the end, we did 78 reps of each exercise. The first round was easy, of course. It was the second and third that started to burn. By the 9 rep round, I informed Uncle Jeff that I was done….throwing in the towel. He told me to toughen up and keep going, so I did. I think it was in the 6 rep round that I started getting full body cramps (they were actually just in my toes, but they felt like they were taking over my entire body). In the 5 rep round, I lapped overweight NFL guy and then it was home clear from there. The last few rounds were cake. Don’t get me wrong though, that was the most intensive cardio work I’ve done in almost a year. My throat literally felt like it was bleeding when I was done. It was fantastic. All in all, it took me 35 minutes of pure bliss. And I started getting sore after about 37 minutes.
This is pretty much how it went down only the kid is “Uncle Jeff” and I’m the bloodied santa….
I told Uncle Jeff that I was going to be “toilet sore” (thanks Charlotte for coining the term!) tomorrow and he thought that was just hilarious. Sure enough….I’m hobbling like an old lady today. It’s kind of nice for a change though. And it’s good to know that I still have some athletic ability outside of picking up heavy things. However, Jeff did remind me that earlier that night a 56 year old woman had completed the circuit in 27 minutes. Eh….whatev. At least I tried.