Thursday, September 9, 2010

Public Transportation WOD

Workout of the Day

6 rounds on a moving train:

7 OH squats right arm (24 kg)

7 OH squats left arm (24 kg)

7 Russian swings right arm (24 kg)

7 Russian swings left arm (24 kg)

50 meter bear crawl

Today I did my version of September’s Public Transportation theme, using the Sacramento Light Rail System as my canvas. I lugged my 24 kg kettlebell to the Folsom station at around 3:30 to try and avoid any major rush hour passenger traffic and set myself up on a relatively empty train. My dad agreed to come and be the film guru, so big thanks for that.

This workout wound up being even more fun than I expected. First, I definitely underestimated how hard it would be to keep my balance as the train moved side to side. I had to use my off hand to stabilize myself on the OH squats and the Russian swings otherwise I would’ve fallen. I also felt my legs working harder to fight against the swaying of the car, making the fatigue set in faster. At each stop a few more people loaded into the car so the bearcrawls got a little funny towards sets 5 and 6. Overall though, I kept my pace high and finished in13 minutes flat.

Deciding to go and do a workout like this was exciting because the elements were so unpredictable. I didn’t know what type of people would be on the train, whether I’d get booted by transit authority, or if I’d even be able to keep my balance. I’m really looking forward to seeing what other people come up with during the rest of this month. I’ve heard some good ideas, but have yet to see any of them done yet. Remember, just upload the video footage to vimeo or youtube and send me the link. Videos should be 5 minutes or less.

The link to mine from today is below.


  1. I´ll send this to the first person who says they can´t find time to train because they are commuting :)

    Good stuff, looking forward to the "high seas-wod" :D

  2. Love it bro. Remember the freako who hissed at me like a Liger on the metro in Paris? I'd love to execute a bear crawl with double leg take down action on that strange Parisian. So I see the list is extedend; Things that dad's do #11 - video son doing anything (including train ride workouts.

  3. Jay, thank you for reminding me about the French hissing... ideal candidate for a double leg takedown. Curious what would happen to you if you tried this workout on a Frankfurt commuter train.