Sunday, July 29, 2012

AWF Iceland Day 2

Workout of the Day
WOD 1 – in the morning…
Rope climb technique-15 minutes practice
WOD 2 – in the morning…
“Tabata Something Else”
:20 work/:10 rest intervals of pull ups, push ups, sit ups, and air squats
Perform 8 intervals of each exercise then move immediately to the subsequent movement.  Least number of reps completed for each exercise is your score.
WOD 3 – in the afternoon…
In teams of 3, establish a group total for snatch and jerk
Day 2 in Iceland saw 2 of the most unique training sessions I have ever taken part in.  The first appears innocuous on paper: tabata intervals of classic bodyweight exercises pullups, pushups, situps, and squats.  Lost in translation, however, is the fact that this was performed onboard a ferry whilst making the 2 ½ fjord crossing in choppy water.  We used 3 inch square channel piping for the pullups and a constantly tilting deck for the pushups, situps, and squats.  Needless to say, numbers were lower than usual.  But the element of balance, coordination, and spontaneity made this a special WOD.  26 people tucked amongst countless bystanders pushing themselves to repeated failure isn’t something you see every day.  And finding a way to train and be active while trapped aboard a ship transport for nearly 3 hours certainly qualifies as anywherefit. 
If the tabata was unique and resourceful, our max effort session was simply breathtaking.  In front of what is unquestionably the most beautiful waterfall I have ever seen, our party lugged, carried, and drug 400 kilos of bumper weights, 4 bars, and 4 sets of clips to set up our lifting stations.  There were no perfectly flat spots, but the stone slabs offered just enough of a hard surface to make it possible to find solid footing.  Picture 70 meters (220 feet) of water crashing down behind you as you try to set up for your lift.  Before you the landscape drops away another 150 meters (500 feet) to the cliffs and sea.  This was our environment.  Without doubt, the coolest spot I have ever attempted to move a barbell.  Despite these conditions, multiple people hit PRs on this day.  I personally had 115 kg overhead in the snatch and lost it behind.  Can’t be displeased with that effort in the least.
Will hopefully post some pictures the next few days to give everyone out there a better idea of what we’ve been doing and where we’ve been doing it.  Stay tuned.

1 comment:

  1. Haggis and beer afterward? Now that's a meal to brag about! Dad