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This Week’s Workouts: Double Unders FINALLY + A Bear of a Workout

Hi! Hope you’re all having a great Sunday. I am co-hosting a baby shower for a friend this afternoon so I’ve been prepping for that today. I can’t wait to show you a picture of the cake. It’s pretty special! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s last week’s workouts…

Monday

REST

Tuesday

Hot Yoga

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Wednesday

CrossFit

6 rounds for time:ย 

8 pull ups
35 double unders
400 meter run

This WOD crushed me and was amazing all at the same time and something incredible happened during it. I was counting my first round of double unders and had gotten to 20 when I realized that I wasn’t doing my normal single, double, single, double pattern but I was actually stringing them together. It was the first time EVER! And I continued to be able to do them consecutively for the rest of the WOD. I credit having so much other crap on my mind that I couldn’t over think it. I guess I can finally bid farewell to these lovely double under lashes!

I also felt great on the pull ups and did all of them unassisted with kipping and got my chin over the bar every time. It was a great workout. And really challenging from a cardio standpoint! I finished in around 23 minutes.

Thursday

3 mile run

Friday

CrossFit

For time:

35 bear complexes with 4 burpees on the minute, ever minute

I was super excited about this WOD. I love the bear complex and I loved the idea of the burpees for some extra kick. For those of you who are not familiar with the bear complex, it’s a combination of barbell movements including a clean, front squat, push press, back squat, push press. Here’s a video:

I decided to go with the competition option for my scaling which was a heavier barbell and 1 extra burpee on the minute so I used a 65 pound barbell instead of 45 and did 4 burpees instead of three. I loved this workout. It was very mentally challenging because the first minute I knocked out the burpees quickly and was able to get in 5 bear complexes. That number went down minute by minute and at the end I was only getting 2 per minute. I can’t remember exactly but I think my finish was 11-something. I was sprawled out on the floor after this one and my triceps are SO sore. The cleans get me every time.

Saturday

Hot Yoga

Sundayย 

REST

It was a great week of workouts. The two rest days were necessary given the change in my schedule and overall energy levels. I know that I workout a lot in general but I really try to listen to my body and do whatever workout feels good on that day versus putting a lot of parameters around how many runs/yoga practices/WODs/etc that I get it. Keeps me happy, motivated and healthy!

Tell me about your hardest workout of the week?ย 

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  • 1
    Kait July 13, 2014, 2:40 pm

    You make those bear complexes look so easy!

  • 2
    Katy Fabrie July 13, 2014, 4:20 pm

    Hey Jen! I really enjoy reading your blog. I’m also a lover of Peanut Butter and working out so I’d say we’re kindred spirits. I was wondering what your take was on arm strength. Your arms are FABULOUS and look great! I was just curious if you’re part of the high reps low/no weight or low reps high weight camp. Thanks for your cheerful spirit ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 3
    Julie @ Running in a Skirt July 14, 2014, 7:22 am

    My hardest workout of the week was actually just my 3 miler after work Thursday. I was so tired and worn out that it seemed like a marathon, but I stayed with it and finished. Sometimes the easy ones are hard! Congrats on those bear complexes! killer moves!

  • 4
    Brittany @ Proteinandpumps July 14, 2014, 9:02 am

    complexes are so much fun and a great way to sneak cardio in. You are looking so strong!!!

  • 5
    Samantha @ The Faithful Runner July 14, 2014, 10:52 am

    Great job! Double unders are something I struggle with, but it’s so great to see you pushing through and also completing the bear complexes!

  • 6
    Kari Fortner July 15, 2014, 7:25 pm

    I did this workout today! I used 55# and did 4 burpees on the minute. My time was over 11 minutes also, I was dismayed that I had to do that many burpees. Holy smoked shoulders!! That one hurt. Thanks though, so fun, wait no it wasn’t.

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