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in: Samantha; Samantha > 2015-12-14

Dec 17, 2015 1:50 PM # 
I've been careful to tell the coach that everything is "exhausting" on their little slidey scale, and that the quantity was "ok" or "too much", so it doesn't ramp up too fast. I don't like that it'll throw in a new exercise, like pushups, and have you do a gazillion of them, rather than knowing, hey, we haven't assigned this exercise before, maybe we should try starting with a smaller number.

I guess the algorithm isn't perfect yet.
Dec 17, 2015 2:19 PM # 
Sure sounds like crossfit!
Dec 17, 2015 4:25 PM # 
Yes, I haven't been choosing exhausting before this week because frankly week 1 and 2 were too easy. But this was week 3 and they ramped up hard. Well, too hard on the pushups. Everything else was ok. This week it had me do 68 push-ups in one session, then 80... and then 200. It was a big jump.

Next week looks like burpee week for me, with 220 burpees assigned for day 2 and another 165 spread out in 2 other days. I'm not complaining really :) Just griping with someone who understands. I also have all standard workouts next week, so maybe I'm moving up!

I've never done crossfit, but that's what I've heard. Except you do this with no equipment at home. Though when I renew my gym membership I may go there to do some sessions if I don't look too silly.
Dec 17, 2015 5:41 PM # 
That's a lot of pushups. If it provides perspective, a top score for Army women in their early 30s is 45 regular pushups in 2 minutes (not necessarily continuous, the resting position is somewhat similar to down-dog in yoga). To be able to do that, I never had to do much more than 50 in a given training session, often with half of those from my knees. 68, or even 200 sounds like what the guys would plan for training, and I always used to roll my eyes at that because I saw no point in doing more than 45!

Anyway, way to go - amazing how doing workouts like this pays off in power, speed, and injury resistance in the woods.
Dec 17, 2015 10:29 PM # 
Seems over the top to me, I mean 200 pushups, real pushups? Kinda like training at 5 miles then running a marathon.
Dec 18, 2015 10:42 PM # 
I have come to believe that doing 20 or 30 really good pushups is more beneficial than 200 crappy ones. Trying to do them for time may not hurt a young strong person, but is playing rotator cuff roulette for someone who is either out of shape, or just older.
Dec 19, 2015 6:19 AM # 
Well, this is a program for everyone - it doesn't know I'm a runner and I don't know if it cares that I'm female. And they are knee pus-hps at the moment.
Dec 19, 2015 12:47 PM # 
That makes more sense, then - probably doesn't take into account the impact of a lower center of gravity. You can always try changing up hand position to hit different muscle groups.

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