It is nearly impossible to get a workout in without an interruption when you run a gym. Today was no different, except I couldn’t respond to the interruptions. It was both liberating and frustrating.
Today’s workout was a breathing ladder with kettlebell swings. You start with one swing and work your way to 20, once you’ve reached that point it’s time to head back down the ladder. The catch is that you only get as many breaths between sets as you get reps. So, say, after the set of 5 you get 5 full breaths before it’s time to hit 6. And on, and on, until you’ve finished all 450 reps.
It’s a sweaty mess that usually ends in ripped hands and panic breathing. All are usually present but the later, as a 53 lb. kb just isn’t enough to elicit the kind of respiratory stress I need to break into that panic breathing state. So I kept my mouth closed to see if that made it any more difficult.
It did, and unfortunately for everyone who attempted to start a conversation with me today got the same response: blank stare.
Breathing through my nose is terribly hard, so I found out. I have all sorts of clogs up there, the air doesn’t flow freely like it should. Not sure why, but I need to get it checked out.
Regarding the image above, you can see a photo of the beginning of my workout routine. Here’s how it goes:
– Shake up a BCAA (branch chain amino acid) drink to ensure I won’t be too sore the following day, drink half
– Go pee
– Begin the foam/pvc rolling process: glutes, quads, IT bands, lumbar, lats and hamstrings
– Use “The Stick” on the gastroc and soleius
– Stretch my quads and IT bands (both are chronically tight)
– Go pee
– Finish the BCAA drink
– Go pee
– Start WOD
I do this routine every day. It helps me get in the mood, helps put the game face on. I think startup routines like this can be handy and dangerous. One can get too attached to a routine and when said sequence can’t happen, chaos can ensue. So, I suppose the takeaway is that you should create a process by which you prepare to do your very best, know thing that it may be unavailable someday.
Don’t hang on to it too tightly.
That being said, if I couldn’t pee 3 times before a workout I’d be in trouble.