What happens when you combine Crossfit and yoga?
Sunday morning started bright and early with an hour and a half combination workout; half Crossfit, half yoga. Rochester, Auburn Hills, Royal Oak and the surrounding communities have a large-ish Crossfit population with boxes everywhere. We headed to New Species Crossfit in Royal Oak; one of the assistant managers and educators trains there and both were leading us through the Crossfit portion.
We started with a timed-5 minute warm up of 15 seconds each:
- “air” squats
- mountain climbers
- hollow rock
14 tuck jumps
The burpees were different from the ones I usually do; they had us come all the way to the ground, then almost peel ourselves off to come to standing, clapping overhead. When I do them, I either perform a push-up or hold a plank, then jump my feet back in and jump up. The Crossfit burpees were more challenging since pushing up from the ground is the hardest part-NO MOMENTUM.
Burpees have 6 movements:
hands to the ground
- walking or jumping feet back to plank
- push-up, hold plank, or drop completely on the floor
- pushing up from the ground to a full extension
- walking or jumping feet back in to a squat
- standing/jumping up or clapping arms overhead
Another reason they’re so challenging? Think about the amount of mass (your entire body weight) you move over a distance (your full height plus the height of your vertical jump); transitioning from a squat to plank to squat to a vertical jump requires tons of muscles and lots of energy. Breaking a burpee down makes us quickly realize why burpees are a functional exercise and calorie/fat burner! Please add them to your workouts; yes, they’re hard and test every aspect of you but there are SO many variations to make them easier/harder!
How do you burpee?
Well hello football friends! Who’s excited about the season starting tonight?! Okay- it’s only the preseason but still..football is football; it means the real season starts soon which indicates fall is right around the corner! Scarfs, UGGs, and pumpkin lattes oh my!
Back to reality.
Thank you for all of your kind words on my last post; reading your thoughtful responses on how you too are dealing with balancing life reassures me I’m not in this alone! I can learn from each and everyone one of you, keep them coming .
Vertical BOSU Lunges.
Simply line 2 BOSU’s up, the behind one slightly to the right of the front one (hip-width apart) and stand on top. Lunge away!
This is NOT an easy exercise! You’re on unstable surfaces so your core has to work overtime, balance is an issue
or two, coordination, strength, and the observers around you who are mad they didn’t come up with an exercise this cool and functional are factors too. Beginners could hold onto a wall or bar to the side of the front BOSU.
The rest of the circuit: 3X-15 reps.
vertical BOSU lunges
It’s sad when it gets to this point:
- wake up at 6:15am
- pack-up my kitchen
- eat breakfast and pack my lunch/snacks for the day
- out the door by 7:30am
And why you may ask? It’s nothing more than I.Don’t.Have.Cable.Or.Internet. I wouldn’t say I’m dependent on technology, but I’m a routine kinda girl; a typical day for me goes:
- in the morning, wake up, shower, turn the morning news/GMA on while I beautify myself
- watch the news/GMA as I prepare lunch and snacks, turn my laptop on to check emails and blogs
- make breakfast, continue blog reading and facebooking
- in the evening, I always watch E News because I simply need to know what important and life-changing things are going on in the world
- watch various shows; Monday’s-Diners, Drive-ins, & Dives (new episodes!) and the Bachelorette (guilty pleasure); Tuesday’s-Teen Mom (if I can stay up); Wednesday’s, Thursday’s, Friday’s are whatever catches my attention (Sex & The City never disappoints); Saturday’s and Sunday’s are random too with the exception of Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition.
So you see, not having cable or internet really puts a damper on my sched. I will be okay though, I know you’re so concerned .
Body Sculpt & Balance went very well last night! I had 6 regulars so I tried to keep the workout challenging yet doable, focusing on balance and core stability as much as I could.
**Fitness instructors- do you ever feel when the class you’re teaching has a certain name (i.e. body sculpt and balance, back to core, guts and butts), you don’t want to teach to that format? I always struggle with this! I think I put too much pressure on making the exercises coincide with the name of the class that it becomes a daunting task rather than something I enjoy. I love to create new workouts and never do the same workout twice (may be similar but something’s changed) but when I need tailor the exercises to incorporate a component (i.e. balance, a BOSU, resistance bands), it becomes a duty. Classes like Total Body Sculpt, Group Strength, Boot Camp, etc. are always fun to teach because you’re not limited in what you can/cannot use. Maybe it’s just this particular environment I’m in with the internship, there are so many rules pertaining to each class that it almost takes the enjoyment out of it.
Back to BS&B, I did 2 exercises, back to back, three times through for the entire 60-minutes. Time flew!
- reverse lunges into a front kick/ alternating biceps curls
- stationary lunges into a rotating lateral raise/ triceps kickbacks
- squats with knee lifts/ shoulder presses
- dead lifts (single-leg)/ bent-over rows
- inchworm push-ups/ plie squats with calf raises
- chest flies/ glute bridge
- side leg lifts/ inner thigh lifts
- back extensions/ crunches
Yoga Challenge is my WOD! Off to plan my cycling class!
Yes I’m aware I spelled Linkin Park wrong.