We're back with another Workout Wednesday post and in news probably only I care about, this week was huge for me because I did my first unassisted pull up! This is crazy because the last time I attempted an unassisted pull up wasn't that long ago - maybe five weeks or so - and I wasn't able to go further than halfway up. This week I had no problem getting up on the first one, and then I'd try to do two in a row and the second one was a sloppy mess but hey, still huge for me! So proud!
I've been trying to know my role and slow the eff down with my workouts because when I do too much, I wind up feeling extremely run down. I think that has to do with the fact that I'm still doing this liver cleanse and immunity boost thang (will write a full update on that soon) and my body is feeling good but cannot be pushed too hard. So I've been being more conscious about taking full days off and letting myself get some solid rest time in. I swear it's just as important - if not more so - than all the other things that go into being healthy - eating well, sleeping enough, drinking enough water, and exercising.
On Saturday, I got back to business after two days off (although I really only counted it as one day off because one of those days was spent walking all over NYC and not eating/drinking enough so I was feeling ROUGH on my actual day off). I started with heavy back squats which I haven't done in a while and then did 21 - 15 - 9 deadlifts, burpees and overhead squats. I can't wait to get a bit stronger - those overhead squats were killer on my upper body and I had to rest after every three or so - yikes!
I took another day off on Sunday because I spent the entire day working on the YBC Mantra Boxes, and then Monday I got back to work and had a major breakthrough! I did my first unassisted pull up! I was so happy I could've danced a jig at the gym! Haha. Here was my workout:
Warm up roll out with a foam roller.
Strict pull up work
Then, ten rounds as fast as possible without compromising form - 5 assistant handstand push ups coupled with 5 sumo deadlifts increasing the weight of the DLs with each round.
Ending with core work and handstand work.
My friends at Sweaty Betty sent me this tank and I love the back of it because it lets your torso breathe when you're sweating buckets. Yesterday's workout was a beast. It was:
Warm up with five minute jump rope. Then, 50 clean and jerks, 50 push ups (I alternate between regular push ups with the arms wide and elbows out to the side and like chaturanga), 50 box jumps, 50 deadlifts. 50 wall balls with 14 lbs medicine ball, 50 burpees over the bar, 50 kettle bell swings. Then did about 10 minutes of restorative yoga.
Today I am so excited because I brought the dog to the park and decided to run for the first time since April, when I sprained my ankle. That sprain was no joke. It happened at the end of April and even just three weeks or so ago I'd finish a yoga class and my ankle would swell up (that 45 degree for warrior 1 was ba-rutal on it!) Today, though, I went for a short jog (maybe 15 minutes? 20?) and my ankle feels fine! So I think I am finally in the clear and 100% healed up from this sprain. Only took a solid four months! Pro tip: Do not sprain your ankle.
Later today I'll go to a yoga class as an active recovery day, and I'll see how I feel the following day and decide whether I'll workout or take a day off.
Let's talk: What are you working on in your workouts?
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