Sunday, January 25, 2015

01252015 Sunday Workout

Had a pretty good workout today.  Here is the damage...

BACK SQUAT
Warm Up:
Stretches
Empty Bar - good mornings, squats and torso twist
135lb x 8 (2)
185 x 5 (2)

Working Set:
225lbs
5 x 3 Pause Squat w 3 sec hold at bottom

Beltless

"Enrique Especial" - LOL Inside Joke

Dips using boxes - 5 x 5 = 25 reps

Strict Pull Ups - 4 x 5 = 20 reps

Pendlay Rows 3-3-3-3-3
Loads =  185lbs, 195lbs, 205lbs, 225lbs, 235lbs


Saturday, January 24, 2015

01242015 Saturday FGB

Today we did FIGHT GONE BAD

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I have not done this workout in a minute.  Here is how the morning went.

WARM UP
EMOM 10 min

5 x Burpees

SKILL

Bench Press
2-2-2-2-2-2
Max - 275#

WOD
Fight Gone Bad
as Rx
220 reps.

Friday, January 23, 2015

01232015 Friday Fun

Tonight's WOD was pretty good. I am happy with the outcome.

WARM UP
1 min - 150m Row
2 min - 10 x Squats + 10 x Lunges + 10 x Sit Ups
3 min - 30 sec plank hold + 5 x Push Ups
3 x

Stretch

SKILL

Deadlift
3-3-3-3-3
Max Triple - 345lbs
I did this beltless,,,and it felt good. I think I can go heavier...I would like to try 355 or even 365.  Not bad without a belt.




WOD
21-15-9

Shoulder to Overhead

Front Squat
+ 200m run

Rx - 155lbs
L3 - 135lbs

I did L3....and finished in 14:12

I was pretty happy,  I was able to get 10 then 11 reps then 15 and 9 was able to go unbroken for each movement.  The run sucked..luckily it was only 200m.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

01222015 Thursday WOD

Always great to start the workout with a PR right?


BENCH PRESS
I came in just to work my chest before the wod...but I felt strong and good so I kept going.

135 x 5 (2)
155 x 5
195 x 5
225 x 3
255 x 3
275 x 1
285 x 1
295 x 1
305lbs x 1  ***PR BABY!!!***

So very very happy.  I think I can get 315lbs.  Man it felt good.  With this PR. my total has grown.
Deadlift - 405#
Squat - 365#
Bench - 305#
TOTAL - 1075lbs

WARM UP
1 min - Row 200m
2 min - 5 x Burpees + 15 x squat jumps
3 min - 15 x sit ups + 15 sec plank hold
3 x

WOD
3 Rounds For Time - 15 min time cap

400m Run
10 x Clean and Jerk @ L2 = 95lbs
DONE - 13:43

I scaled down to L2 for the simple reason that I am a poor runner. I know my running would slow me down. I know it would take forever for me to run around that damn block.  If the WOD was say 20 min I could of done it L3 at 115lbs or Rx at 135lbs.  No way I can finish in that short of time with a run.

I think I scaled it correctly...I finished in time.




Tuesday, January 20, 2015

01202015 Tuesday WOD

Happy Birthday to my sister!  Today is her bday!  So I will dedicate tonight's workout to her.

WARM UP
So I came in early again and see what was grooving.  We decided to hit "RANDY."


RANDY is
75 x 75lb Snatches for time
DONE - 6:53

Not bad...I am happy I got it under 7 minutes.

Then I joined the class...

1 min - leg raises for 30 sec
2 min - Row 200m
3 min - med ball toss x 10 + 5 burpees

Stretch

WOD

3 Rounds For Time

10 x Renegade Rows @ on knees
20 x Front Squat w DB
10 x DB Push Press
200m Farmer's Carries w DB

L3 @ 30lb dumbbells.

DONE - 17:22

Pretty good...I wanted to maybe hit 16 min...but I got gassed on the Renegade Rows.  I am happy over all.  Good night!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

My Supplements

I occasionally get questions regarding supplements. I get asked what I take...so I figured I would post up after I finally took some recent pics of the stuff I am taking.

***WARNING***
I am NOT an expert in anything. I know nothing I am nothing.  PLEASE do your own research before trying anything.  That is why I am not going to link any research or make any recommendations. I am just going to show what I take and what amounts...

Here are my goodies...

DAILY. This is what I take every day...

FISH OIL

I know there are different takes on quality vs krill oil or sardines or this or that.  I am not 100% sure, so I just buy the most reasonably priced capsules with the most in it. I admit I do not eat enough fish so taking this helps. I dont need to take a certain brand, I just want the most possible.  I do alot of shopping on Vitacost and they have the best prices and their house brand is pretty comparable.  So Fish oil...every day.


It is pretty well studied and accepted...A LOT of people do not get enough vitamin D.  Esp if you are an office drone. You are inside all day and get zero sunshine.  D has also been linked to helping you not get sick or recover being sick faster.  This is the highest dosage available in one pill.  I take this 5 days a week. I dont take on weekends why? Because on weekends guess what....I GO OUTSIDE.  

DAILY STACK
I take all 3 in a large glass of cold water every morning....

CREATINE - 5 grams
I take CREAPURE which the "brand name" creatine monohydrate.  I take 5 grams every day so my body can absorb it without cycling.  Here is my opinion.  Creatine is one or the most studied supplement in fitness, period.  Tons and tons of studies that show it works. It simply works.  The study shows that there are maybe 10-15% of athletes are "non responders."  But look..it is so cheap why not take it?  Just take it...

BETA ALININE - 6 grams
This is ON's brand of Beta Alinine.  But the name brand of this is CARNOSYN.  This aids in recovery and in a lot of pre and post workouts.



There is no name brand of this...so just get it from anywhere.  I get this and the Carnosyn above from TRUE NUTRITION.    True Nurtrition allows you to buy supplements raw without marketing no fancy ads or containers. It comes plain jane and you save money that way.  You can even order your own custom protein mix.  Citrulline is what they call the "Fatigue Fighter."  It is pretty much in ALL good Pre Workouts..it is what gives you the weird tingling you get all over your body.

I mix all 3 in a glass of water...and drink it every day.

Now..on to the workout stuff....the stuff I take on training days only...

2 types of Pre Workout


So if you dont want to take a Pre Workout drink..you can just take these and you have a base pre workout.  All pre workouts have BCAA and Caffeine.  I will take this when I dont want to carry powder with me or lazy to bring a shaker and powder.

PRE JYM - my latest Pre Workout



I have taken many.  I used to take N.O XPlode, I have taken GAT's and even MP's Assault.
Now that I am a tad more educated...I am staying away from "proprietary blends." I want to know exactly what is in there and how much.  That is why Pre Jym is good.  All ingredients are listed clearly and in the correct clinical dosages.  Plus it was a crap load of caffeine that I like. 300mg of it.  Pretty awesome.  I love my caffeine.  I like the stimulant.

I experimented with a non stimulant based PWO...and although it was great I really needed the pump.
I tried HVOL which is pretty good...using that made me realize that I like the caffeine.

INTRA WORKOUT AMINOS

I discovered this BCAA mix a few months ago and I fell in love with it.  It is ALL MAX's AMINOCORE.  I really like it because you drink it AS you are working out;  Not before or after. You drink and able to supple the BCAA during a workout.  This is good as another alternative to a traditional PWO powder.

ZMA - Sleepy Time!

This is another Vitacost brand of ZMA.  It is said many athletes or pretty active people lack these vital minerals.  It helps recovery and sleep.  Plus it works when you sleep so on training days I take this before bed.  It does give some pretty crazy dreams.  I read it is because of the vitamin B.  Also...for us guys...this helps in testosterone development.  Us guys need testosterone.

So that is it...all the crap I take to help.

I have to admit...in the last 3-4 months...MY RECOVERY IS INCREDIBLE.  Before starting the stack above...I would train 3 days a week and be beat. Super tired and no energy. NOW...I train 5x a week. I take Monday and Wednesdays off but I workout/lift the rest.  I know 1000% I could never do that before.  So if it is placebo...or not. Something is happening...something is working.  There was no way I could workout like this. I am not stopping now. I love it.

So here it is..what I take...love it or hate it...please no flames.  No hate or extra advice.



01182015 Snatch Sunday



Technique Work on Snatch today with some friends.  Good stuff.

As I told my pals, you can literally work on Snatch Technique only for a week and it still wont be perfect.  Practice practice practice.

WARM UP
Shoulders and Squats
Bands and empty bar

Burgener Warm up
x 5


Snatch Grip Deadlifts
5 x 3
135#
155#


Hang High Pulls
5 x 3
135#
155#



Complex
1-1-1-1-1
Power Snatch + Hang Power Snatch + 2 Overhead Squats
95#

Plus other random stuff at the box....good day.

I did not Squat this weekend because we did a lot of squats over the week.  Esp for the mash yesterday I did 225# for 25 reps...so I skipped squats.

I wanted to hit chest...but did not get to it...def plan on benching sometime this week.

Happy Sunday all...

and apparently the Seahawks came back and smashed the Packers this afternoon too!  =)


Saturday, January 17, 2015

01172015 Saturday MASH

Gut Check....Reality Check.



That is what I will call this workout.  It was a big hammer to my brain and ego and body.  I will explain below.

Here is the MASH in its glorious Rx form.

And here is what I did...my ugly scaled modified horrible version of this WOD.  Another note...NO ONE did this WOD as Rx.  4 of us did it...and everyone scaled it a little bit.  I just scaled it the most.

This is me:


4 Rounds for time
400m Run
10 x Pull Up + 10 x Banded Ring Dips
Done - 20:33

Rest 10 min

3 Rounds for time
15 x Bar Facing Burpees
1 Round of "DT"
 - 12 x Deadlift
 - 9 x Hang Power Snatch
 - 6 x Push Jerk
@ 135#

Done - 42:40 - ONLY COMPLETED 2 ROUNDS.

*I only completed 2 rounds.  More on that later....

Rest 10 min

200 x Single Jump Ropes
75 x Wall Balls @ 16#
50 x Pull Ups - as Rx
25 x Back Squats @ 225# - as Rx

DONE - 72:19

Let me open my heart here...wow. Since starting the MASH with the group...maybe 4-5 months?  I have always found a way to get through the workout.  Either by scaling, modifying or lower the reps.  I can find a strategy that works.

NOT TODAY

When I started the second workout it was already hard doing the burpees.  I stepped over the bar, I did not do it properly, as Rx which is both feet start and both feet end on the jump.  I stepped over..and felt drained.  After doing 1 round,...after a whole year of being a part of this box and doing the mash I WANTED TO QUIT.  Not just rest...but QUIT. I wanted to just stop everything and sit down.  I forced myself to finish that 2nd round and STOPPED.  I just could not finish.

It was such a mental block.  My brain just wanted my body to quit.  I have not felt that way in a long time.

I scrubbed together everything I could to just finish that 2nd round.  It was a bad place for me.

After my 10 min rest I did the 3rd and final workout and it was not as bad.  Worst part was the pull ups. Although I can kip and string together a few. When you are taxed and so drained and tired trying to get through was so hard.  I had to break them down into 5s.  I did sets of 5....it was so slow and bad.  I pushed through...and weirdly the best workout was the Back Squat.  I was able to get 10, then 9 and then 6.  I was able to "catch up" while everyone was done...in the backsquat.

This was one of or thee toughest for me...mentally, physically, emotionally. I really had a gut check today.  I need to be better mentally...and get over. I failed myself..and it felt weird.

I want to be better next time...



Friday, January 16, 2015

01162015 Happy Friday

TGIF friends!!

WARM UP
400m run
3 x 10 of Push Ups, Squats + 15 x Jumping Jacks
Stretch

SKILL

Max Rep Thruster - 95#


So...since I dont have a front rack I cannot hold the weight in front of me with any "real" weight...so yeah it is pretty pathetic and embarrassing.  I have nothing to say about that.

WOD
12 Minute AMRAP
100 x Wall Balls @ L3 = 16# ball
90 x Double Unders @ L2 = 180 Singles
30 x Pull ups @ Rx
Completed = 1 Round + 20 Wall Balls

*My goal was to at least complete 1 round...so I was happy I was able to finish.
As you can see above since I mixed up my scaling, technically in the Crossfit cult you have to call my workout level at L2.  You must take the lowest scale you did.  So for example let's say I did everything as prescribed (as Rx) but had to do L2 single jump rope..my whole workout is considered L2.  Even if I used a 100lb ball and muscle ups instead etc.  Doesnt matter...the lowest scale you used is the scale for your workout.  Sigh...so I did this WOD L2.

I am OK with that...HAPPY FRIDAY!!!

PS. My pull ups were OK.  I completed 8 first time on the bar...then did 5 and 5 and then random 8 then 7 and so on. I found under stress I would lose the rhythm.  Again, this is a skill like tying your shoes or coloring within the line in a coloring book.  Practice makes perfect.  I need to keep practicing so that the pull ups stay fluid in any and all workouts.  I rush it and get too crazy and lose the momentum.  I have to remember that moving forward.  I know I can string together 10 at a time.  I need to work on that.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

01152015 Thursday WOD

"Almost DOUBLE Grace" ugh...

SKILL

Back Squat 10-8-6-4-2
Loads: 155 - 185 - 225 - 275 - 315

WOD

50 x Clean & Jerks
Rx - 135lbs
12 min time cap

DONE - 10:24

I wanted to finish in 10 mins...so that did not happen.  I tried.

I was happy that I beat my previous Grace time.  My best was 6:47 or something like that.  When I was gong this, I finished 30 around 6:20 or so.  I am pretty happy.  Plus if I was really doing Grace I would of pushed it more in the beginning since it would only be 30 reps.  I think I maybe able to break 6 mins in Grace...maybe.  Maybe one day I will try it "for fun."

Then we did 4 x 10 Reverse Hyper Extensions on the GHD. WOOHOOO!!!




Good night!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

01132015 Tuesday WOD

Today was a good day....like really good.

WARM UP
Stretching

SKILL

Deadlift 5 x 5
Work to a working set.
135 x 5
225 x 5
275 x 3
295 lbs - Working Set 5x5

WOD
10 minute AMRAP = As Many Rounds As Possible
20 x Box Jumps
15 x Kettle Bell Swings
10 x Push Ups
as RX!!!!
24" Box
53# KB

I completed 4 rounds + 4 reps.

My goal was 4 rounds...so I reached it.

BUT...

The best part...

I stayed to work on some Pull Ups.  Did some stricts for practice...I needed help to LINK my KIPS.

I jumped on the bar...and I GOT IT!!!

I did an easy 6...then 10...YES 10!!!!  I GOT 10!!!!

I am a KIP MONSTER!!!! I have video on my Instagram!!!

FOB - ABC's New Show is ME!



I have always been a fan of Eddie.  Ever since his VICE videos of food travels I just liked him. I saw myself in this guy. He was an Asian American kid that grew up the same time I did in Hip Hop and Street Culture. Sure he is more an "East Coast" Asian vs West Coast but I could very easily IDENTIFY myself to him.

When he first published his book I bought it immediately.  In fact I took it and read it on my 40th birthday vacation to Mexico. I read it cover to cover.  If you are Asian American or love food or like funny stories about 90s life...I think you need to pick it up.  FRESH OFF THE BOAT.  its now on Paperback so you cheap bastards can get it. I am proud that I have a hardcover from last year.

Next time I am in NYC I vow to eat at Baohaus and bring my book just in case in the off chance he is there that night so I can ask him to sign it for me.

He is a hero to me...speaking his mind and representing a specific Asian American....again I see so much in me.  I was born in Chicago and raise in LA.  Moved to Cypress Park and started K and 1st grade at Loreto St Elementary School.  My family then bought a house is 90042 Highland Park off of Ave 52 and York Blvd.  Now known as Hipster Central. I attended Buchanan St. Elementary School, then to Luther Burbank Jr High School.  HLP is in my heart and soul.  But...we were like one of 4 Asians in the whole neighborhood.  Maybe more...but I can pretty much count on one hand how many other Asian families there were at that time in my hood.  I am not going to give my whole story no one cares.  But I grew up being called a Chink and Chino all my life.  I learned about gang life, cholos, low riders, graffiti..and yes even Disco, Funk and Freestyle music.  I understand George Lopez' specific Chicano humor.  Hip Hop, urban culture is what I grew up on.  But...I was still Chinese. Proud to be...and wanted to represent.  I always cheered for ANY Asian faces in media.  Film, TV or other.  Eddie's new show is one of these.  I will watch...tweet, blog and Facebook about it...I will support my fellow Chinkstronaut.

Here is his article..it is a bit long but well worth the read....where is the modern Asian American today in 2015 in media?  No heroes, no stars no one.  We are invisible...and its ok to ignore us.  Not anymore...I hope this show is a hit. I want it to be...I need it to be.

Fresh off the Boat.

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