Today, in a fit of brilliance, I brought 4 workouts to the gym. You see, I was unsure what all the gym buddies would want to do now that we’ve wrapped up CrossFit and I like to have options. I brought two days worth of CrossFit, the WOD from Monkey Bar Gym and, for my new experiment, a workout called The Bar Method – a workout based around the way ballerinas train.
We decided that The Bar Method looked really easy so we decided to do CrossFit instead. It was 7 sets of 1 rep of the clean and jerk. (I know, I can’t even type that with a straight face. You can totally snicker. We’re all middle schoolers at heart.) That was tough. Actually, make that TOUGH. But it was over relatively fast.
We weren’t up for another CrossFit so we went to MBG which was intense, but not grueling. And this is where the Bad Idea comes in. Already having completed two entire workouts, we decided to give The Bar Method a try. Their website doesn’t give enough information to do an entire 30-day experiment but they provide a sample workout and I really wanted to give it a go.
Ballerinas are tough.
My legs were shaking not even halfway through. And then my butt started. Followed quickly by my calves and hamstrings. Finally my abs joined the Jell-O party. The moves look easy but they sure work you hard.
After finishing the third workout of the day, a Yoga Teacher friend of mine lead us through “4 minute walking plank on a bosu” – a kind of torture I still can’t find the words to accurately describe. When we finished she said “Now, repeat.” We would have laughed in her face except that we were laying curled in the fetal position at her feet. We did not repeat.
Gym Buddy Mike (who took the ballerina workout like a man) summed it up thusly, “You reduced me to a pulp of my former self, but I remain intact with my dignity!!”
I am sore all over. Seriously, what was I thinking?!? I don’t know if I’ll even be walking tomorrow. Have any of you ever done this? Tell me your worst over-worked stories. I need some sympathy. Or a good giggle.