Posts Tagged ‘Pillar Strength’

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Have been kicking and hitting it the last month or so with TITLEBoxing in West Omaha (Oakview mall). Literally on the kicking and hitting in terms of workouts. Helping a bit on the business side too.

The core workout mixes boxing and / or kickboxing over 8 rounds (4 minutes each). It’s a perfect program for metabolic, body strength building.

Warm up and cool downs of 15 minutes bracket the core workout – hitting core, abs, lateral and vertical movements.

The pace and fun of learning how to hit well, then applying those skills makes the time fly. It’s a blast!

Menu of exercises includes:
Dozens of and core exercises
Lunges
Burpees
Squats
Med ball varations
Shuffle
Planks
Push-ups
Sit-ups
All four punches (jab, cross, upper cut and hook)
All kick combos (front, roundhouse, back)
Hammer strikes, elbows, knees and other nasties.

Check it out! It’s a solid stand alone program and hits enough body, rotational and skill development for a killer marathon / triathlon cross training workout.

Yo Adrian!!

Summer time of S/B/R/S – Swim/Bike/Run/Strength and what a
fun summer it’s been! Last weekend capped it off with a second
Pikes Peak Double – truly a life defining experience.

Pikes Peak Ascent  - finish cries out for a handstand!

Pikes Peak Ascent – finish cries out for a handstand!

Along the way I’ve been
blessed to snag some bling at our State Games (swim and run), gain
a new 15 year PR in a 5k (21:49) and find that balance among
swimming, biking, running and strength that propels the run
side. There are times in a year where those four legs of a
fitness table are used to propel another side; such as a USMS one hour
postal swim in January or CrossFit Open Games in March to April
Here’s the workout numbers since June 24. Weekly run average of 35
miles per week is something my prior run only focus would have been
proud to attain. Not going carry that the whole year, but
it’s good to know, when a ramp is needed, it’s there. And of
those 280 miles, over half were at a high intensity level – so not
a slog easy run.

Activity
Type
Count Distance Time Elevation
Gain
Avg Speed
Running 68 280.47 – 35
per week av
53:34:52 22,233 5.2
Lap Swimming 13 3.09 1:45:27 0 1.8
Walking 11 4.15 1:32:08 211 2.6
Strength Training 10 0 1:55:19 7
Cycling 8 83.37 7:09:43 1,869 11.6
Open Water Swimming 1 0.28 12:05 1.4
Summary 113 371.36 66:13:23 24,320 5.8

Death by Prowler.

Have been exploring alternatives for metcon/chipper work to balance out s/b/r (swim/bike/run) and structured Olympic lifting training.  Need to get my hands on this.  The concern with high rep barbell training is form breakdown.  The run/bike/row repeats (200,400,800 meters, mile) with body-strength and appropriate loaded weight (kettlebell at 35-52lbs) have been great for me.  At times I’ve questioned the wisdom of same with OHS, Cleans, Snatches where I’m still mastering the form.

Darndest drill - looks nasty

This statement on page 3 of by Matt Reynolds and Stef Bradford’s article struck a nerve, chord with me – in a good way.

It would be irresponsible of me to fail to note that the Prowler can be effectively used and programmed for regular people, non-competitors active in a strength program but who want to work for “metabolic conditioning.” I believe that “metcon” work with the Prowler is far superior to that performed with barbells (using strength exercises, or even worse, Olympic lifts), because the point of the exercise is to appropriately condition the metabolic processes without the systemic inflammation, muscular microtrauma, and CNS frying of the typical Crossfit “metcon” workouts. This can be done efficiently and effectively with the Prowler, since you literally cannot use bad technique – as opposed to barbell-based “metcon” where form breakdown with ultra-high reps leads to a relearning of incorrect motor patterns, as well as a highly increased chance of injury from performing barbell movements under extreme fatigue. Be smart. If you want to do “metabolic conditioning,” then condition the metabolic processes. Don’t destroy your body with mindless high-rep barbell movements using horrific form.

The last sixteen weeks have included an intense cycle of swimming (Jan-Mar) and CrossFit (Jan-end of April).  Time spent for those two almost equals running time.  Of 92 hours working out since the glistening on a new year, 50 were spent on something other than running.  Additionally about an 1/8th of Lincoln Marathon preparation has been spent on other activities – rowing, cycling, hiking (snow shoveling and camping) and walking.

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CrossFit Games 13.5 – Fran, yet even nastier than her normal bad self!

Tomorrow is the moment of truth.  This sixteen weeks has been most similar to my 2011 Lincoln Marathon preparation.  Differences this time – more strength training (CrossFit Starting Strength and WODs for CrossFit Games Open) and less speed work on the track (Spring that was more like a Winter!).  I hope the results are similar to 2011’s 4:00:16, maybe even a shade faster!

Activity Distribution Report for coachdavek
2013 – 16 weeks – 1/1 to 5/4
 Activity Type Count Distance Time Avg HR
 Running 104 253.5 42:58:07 146
 CrossFit 74 0.2 20:39:57 113
 Lap Swimming 22 22.13 14:28:42
 Rowing 21 12.67 1:42:26
 Walking 15 14.31 4:34:30 120
 Hiking 10 7.42 3:37:28 107
 Cycling 7 16.44 2:20:37
 Indoor Cycling 6 23.99 1:54:16
 Track Running 1 4.69 43:42
 Summary 260 355.34 92:59:46 141

Some other links
2011 Lincoln Marathon Recap
CrossFit / Anaerobic Training Stuff n Skillz

The time over distance, speed/strength over LSD (long slow distance) and intensity of effort over “logging miles” has sunk in deeply now.  In looking at January I could feel a few different ways:

  • Down because my running miles were low (67) and almost 1/2 of a year ago.
  • Excited because I had over 300 aerobic miles and several anaerobic sessions (the aerobic miles inflated due to indoor bike/spinning)
  • Steady because I hit a target time goal of 26-30 hours each month or 50-55 minutes each day.

I’ll chose steady.

Daily mile allows a nice quick summary for both time and distance.  I’m hoping to see some drill down ability for

Time

Time is my primary outcome measure now

Rowing and CrossFit/Fitness categories – but I’m not picky.  It’s nice to have a utility that lets me track it all.

Here’s January’s summary

  • Total miles: 301
  • Cycling (trainer, spin, rinse, repeat) – 222
  • Running – 67
  • Rowing – 10
  • Swimming – 2
  • CrossFit WOD’s – 11

February may have a different mix of aerobic miles.  My plan though is a little more swimming, less spinning, running up to 90-100 miles, same row and 12 CrossFit WOD”s.  The idea is flexibility, intensity and consistency.  I would rather hit  rowing/bike/swim at 100% than just log miles on ice (though sometimes I’ll use the mental discipline and crank some miles in -10 weather).

distance

My primary exercise outcome measure from 1992-2009, no longer the case.

Similarly if my shoulders are screaming after a CrossFit WOD (lets say pull up, thruster or wall ball intensive one)  I’ll rest from swimming and rowing for a day or two.  I’ll bike or run instead.  Over the last year I’ve found rowing to be the closest substitute for running in terms of distance and effort.

Quick question for you all, how do you gauge your exercise outcome and success?

Daniel Martinez shares a three prong of Olympic weightlifting techniques for speed, strength and power.   That range includes:

  • Ballistic/Plyometric – max speed, bodyweight to light load;
  • Speed-strength – speed is dominant, light load;
  • Strength-speed – strength is dominant, moderate to max load.

Check it out!

Sit-ups

Posted: January 17, 2011 by Dave Kohrell in Crossfit, Strength Training
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Google sit-up, situps or sit up and you’ll find the first 20 websites are against the sit-up.  Why the hate?  The majority of those sites have some product to peddle or magic pill to sell.  A few references are good and provide substantive caution regarding sit-ups and crunches.

I include a variety of sit-up forms and other ab exercises 3-4 times a week.  One of my first blog posts addressed core and pillar strength.  As we continue the exercise exploration in 2011 – I hope to share that core and pillar strength is so much more than just strong 6 or 8 pack abs.  It’s your entire trunk which benefits from complex, whole body movement

For now, situps are OK.  Shine some love on them.  No hate!

Summary

If you’re an aerobic athlete (runner, swimmer, cyclist, triathlete) who’s reached a plateau, has found more miles does not translate into success and wonders if strength training might help – please read. I’m not offering a quick fix, food gimmick, shake, or simple  trick.  Over the last year I’ve ventured into a different way of getting to a goal – it may not be for everyone.  But I have found an incredible payoff from it and embrace it.

It’s a few simple things

  • Incorporate the right kind of strength training (read more in this blog) 2-4 times a week
  • Cut back your miles for miles sake
  • For your existing mileage look toward performance, speed and stamina
  • Chart your progress over 12 months and see what happens!

Detail

Proof.  Data.  Trends.  Statistics and data gathering can mislead and interpretation of results requires wisdom as well as raw analytic power.  That clarification and limitation declared, I do think there’s enough evidence that a combination of Strength Training + Aerobic Training is far more powerful than Aerobic Training alone.  Modify that aerobic training to focus on stamina, speed, flexibility and burst, and alongside the strength training, your results will be strong.  Hone that further with improved nutrition and those strong results become powerful.

Two years ago, during one of my worst marathon experiences (4:52 at Twin Cities), I thought about punting it.  Pack it up.  Give it up. It was miserable weather day, but I had endured worse.  It seemed though a goal of getting to Boston (or 1 hour and 22 minutes faster) was an impossible hope. Rather than give up I decided to push it harder.  So in 2009 I ramped up the training.  I knocked off a Pikes Peak Double and some “ok” marathon times (4:30 range).  The price of that ramp up was high: a strained, torn sartorius tendon.  By October of 2009 I was hobbling at the start of the Des Moines Marathon.  Sure, lots of miles in the bank, toward 1,500 running for 2009.  But hobbling still.

That began my entry into cross training – had done that in triathlon terms for several years.  But serious cross training, or more properly strength training, nope, nada, avoided it.

P90x was Stage 1.  It was perfect for torturing my aerobically fed and strength dead body into shape.  All the Tony Horton’isms, pull ups, sneaky lunges, gut cracking ab routines, yoga twisting/humbling sessions and push ups a guy could hope for.  I saw some nice results.

A chance encounter with a surly but dedicated athletic trainer, Mike Livergood, at Bellevue University in January of 2010 led to Stage 2 – CrossFit and CrossFit Endurance.  Similar in many regards, the difference between the Beachbody DVD fed programming and organic CrossFit approach was significant. CrossFit is a better fit for my performance goals.  Step by step, coaching from a great box and set of trainers at the Lincoln CrossFit box (Cole, Jeremy, Kelsey Phil and Tanya) and staying with it on my own have led to the best fitness base in my adult life.

Stage 3 involved extending a wonderful speed group of like minded, er like age, friends to a group of Freaky Fast Runners I had no business trying to chase.  From June until present, this group has been an evolving network of fast people who have fun.  Not quite the same every time, but always putting the hammer down for speed, hills or a Saturday run.  Love you all!

So what does this mean?  Big deal?

I’ve been blessed to achieve 15 year PR’s in 5 mile, 15k and marathon races.  This has been my best year of racing since 1996-98.  There’s been some learning curve and minor injuries: a hamstring pull in late May from performing too many deadlifts a day before a 5 mile race and calf pull in July as my body adapted to move towards a “pose” esque running style, lots of hills, etc. From beginning to end – I’ve been pleasantly surprised or more apropos, shocked!

While a 3 hour 30 minute marathon for Boston or a Full Ironman triathlon are not a sure thing, I can at least place those in the realm of possibility.  I’ve been able to shave 24 minutes off my aerobicly training injected marathons of 2009, and now have only 37 minutes to go.  The table below lists the results for marathons.

I’ve also cut 15lbs, from 176 to 161, increased muscle strength and burst across a variety of tests.  My “vitamin I” (ibuprofen) fix has been cut dramatically (not pounding the body and actually strengthening muscles, ligaments and connective tissue).  I am to do things I didn’t image possible – a kipping pull up, jumping up with confidence to a 8′ pull up bar height, over 250lbs for deadlift, 40 unbroken knees to elbows. This still a ton of other goals to still drive me; for example, why not try to attain the Navy Seal standard for 40-50 age males?

More distinctions:

  • In 2010 I will run 66% the amount of running miles compared to 2009  (1,000 to 1,500) with the same biking and swim miles.  Total aerobic miles will nudge 1,550 to 1,600 versus 2,000 in 2010.  New aerobic miles have been introduced through rowing.
  • In 2010 that 66% running miles will have been done at much more efficient and faster pace.
  • In 2010 my anaerobic training (CrossFit) will reach 140 Workouts Of the Day (WODs), not including the aerobic oriented WOD’s.  Overall training hours will be the same as 2009.
Marathon State Date Place Overall Place % Pace Time PR +/-
Route 66 Marathon – Tulsa
Marathon
OK 11/21/2010 422/1648 25.61% 9:27 4:07:55 P.R.
Lincoln National Guard Marathon & Half-marathon 2010 – Run -Marathon NE 5/2/2010 667/1154 57.80% 9:51 4:18:29 +10:34
Brookings Marathon – RUN – Marathon SD 5/15/2010 119/203 58.62% 10:02 4:22:57 +15:02
Lincoln Marathon – Run :: 26.2Mi NE 5/4/2003 523/785 66.62% 10:02 4:23:14 +15:19
Siouxland Marathon And Half Marathon – Marathon SD 10/20/2007 107/166 64.46% 10:07 4:25:11 +17:16
Scheels And Adidas Fargo Marathon, Half-Marathon & 5K – Marathon ND 5/19/2007 819/1191 74.81% 10:18 4:30:02 +22:07
IMT Des Moines Marathon 2009 – Run*Marathon IA 10/18/2009 922/1374 67.10% 10:21 4:31:27 +23:32
Lincoln National Guard Marathon & Half Marathon 2009 – Run -Marathon NE 5/3/2009 768/1142 67.25% 10:26 4:33:23 +25:28
Go! St. Louis Marathon & Half Marathon 2008 – Run-Marathon MO 4/6/2008 1106/1617 68.40% 10:36 4:38:00 +30:05
Lincoln Marathon 2006 – RUN – MARATHON NE 5/7/2006 775/959 80.81% 10:44 4:41:28 +33:33
11Th Annual Gobbler Grind Marathon,Half-Marathon, 5K & Marathon Relay – 26.2Mi Run KS 11/18/2007 175/244 71.72% 10:54 4:45:46 +37:51
Oklahoma Marathon 2003 OK 11/22/2003 205/308 66.56% 10:57 4:47:15 +39:20
Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon & Medtronic Tc 10 Mile 2008 – Run-Marathon MN 10/5/2008 6172/7967 77.47% 11:04 4:50:09 +42:14
Pensacola Marathon And Half Marathon – Marathon FL 2/17/2008 175/263 66.54% 11:09 4:52:24 +44:29
Community First Fox Cities Marathon WI 9/24/2006 510/706 70.96% 11:13 4:54:10 +46:15
Pikes Peak Marathon 2007 CO 8/19/2007 551/773 71.28% 18:28 8:04:03 +3:56:08
Pikes Peak Ascent 2009 – Marathon CO 8/15/2009 668/711 78.48% 21:31 9:23:49 +5:15:54
Lincoln National Guard Marathon – 1995 NE 5/1/1995 NA NA 9:38 4:12:22 +4:27
Lincoln National Guard Marathon – 1994 NE 5/1/1994 NA NA 9:03 3:57:11 -10:44
Lincoln National Guard Marathon – 1996 NE 5/1/1996 NA NA 8:59 3:55:36 -12:19

5 Weekly stats + a Sunday – Day 148 to 184.

Week ending 6/27 7/4 7/11 7/18 7/25
Running 12 21 21 12 21
Walking / Hiking 0 0 0 6.95
Cycling/spinning 0 7.5 2.25 2.25 21
Swimming .17 .2 .2 .45
Rowing 1.0 .25 .5 0
CrossFit WOD’s 2 1 3 2 2
Total miles, Time. Workouts (WODs), Highlights 13 miles
3:02
10WODs
1,000’s and Obs. Hill
28 miles
4:19
6 WODs
MS Run
25 miles
5:09
12 WODs
5k Timed Run @ NE – 23.41 & CF Fran
23 miles
5:24
13 WODs
Hiking @ Camp Cornhusker
42 miles
6:25
13 WOD’s
Repeat 400’s on Monday – 92-1:42 & balance of bike/run

Drats – another multi-week catch up.  Am just including highlights below and will get back into the full swing of things from August on.  Also am changing up weeks to a Monday to Sunday format – this fits with the Daily Miles tracking.

I used to be far more obssessed about weekly mileage totals – especially for running.  I’ve modified and mellowed a bit.  I try to attain three simple goals now.

  • Monthly total mileage at 140 (swim, bike, run)
    • 3 hard running workouts each week (generally aligned with CrossFit Endurance and broken into speed, hills/threshold and longer medium pace), recovery run and 1 to 2 bike or swim sessions each week.
  • 3 CrossFit/Metcon (metabolic conditioning)/ P90x workouts a week
  • 5 to 6 hours of exercise each week done at a high intensity of anaerobic and aerobic burst (so heart rate above 145).

Highlights over last five weeks.

  1. Mixing in each week a speed workout (Monday nights) and hill/threshold run.  The group is growing by leaps, bounds and sometimes limps!
  2. Give and you’re given back to.  Had hit a lull after June racing, time each week was going down and speed seemed to evaporate.  Then Michelle encouraged running with Ashley Kumlien’s MS Run Across America.  That and inspiration from Prefontaine snapped me out of a slump (July 1).  Also led to meeting new running peeps who keep on adding on!
  3. My CrossFit Fran, Murph and Angie’s are improving, both in time, form and closeness to the “rq’d”.
  4. Hit a nice 5k time trail with Rachael in mid July – was very encouraging.
  5. Can hiking through hills/woods in the heat of day qualify as workout?  Absolutely and did it with my son Joshua at Webelos Camp.
  6. Sometimes an old bike can still do you good!  Love the new Trek Alpha 1.2.  But for biking and running with a dog alongside, the old hybrid and simple pedals works perfectly
  7. Exercise time is going up!  And will need that for the Pike’s Peak Ascent on August 21st!
Weekly stats – total miles 30.2,  total time –  6 hours, 6 minutes
* Running – 21 miles
* Walking – .6 miles
* Bike/spinning – 8 miles
* Swimming – .57 miles
* Rowing – 0 miles
* Crossfit – WOD (workout of the day) – 4

13 weeks of Crossfit infused training completed.  It followed 13 weeks of P90x.  So here I am, pondering in a slightly hopeful yet nervous state the impact of 26 weeks of cross training.  The test to come is Sunday at the Lincoln Marathon (May 2, 2010).  So far on the 10k’s I’ve pushed the window of time back 12 years to 1998 for 47-48 minute times.  I feel stronger, more functionally fit and healthier than any marathon since 1996 (PR of 3.55).

Yet a little voice says “hey, you only had 400 running miles since January – a wee bit under what you should have and 100+ less than last year”.   I’m confident, yet not overly so.  In the place of the 100+ running miles, over 45  Crossfit WOD’s have stacked up along side 150 miles of cycling and 8 miles of swimming.  I need to confirm data but overall exercise time is higher.

So I’ll see the results in 6 days 😉

Sunday, Day 85.  A little two’fer.

  • Nice 4 mile plus recovery bike ride with Heidi – only about 9 mph and let her two me a bit.  But for a fit yellow lab, going fast is perfect!
  • Crossfit Endurance  WOD.  2 x 12 front squats (used 30lb dumbbells for 60’lb load) then 3 x (10 left & right dumbbell snatch – 30lb, 10 clap push ups and 10 knees to elbows).

Monday, Day 86 – Two’fer Monday.

  • Who let the dogs out?  I did – they needed some fast work (5k) on a cooler day.  8.58 pace.
  • Crossfit WOD  – 3 rounds of 100 feet walking lunge, 50 squats and 25 (back ext, scissors and frog – mod on that). 12.11 time. Right after run.

Tuesday, Day 87 –  Two’fer Track Tuesday.  8.5 miles.

  • Yasso 800’s – a quiz before the Lincoln Marathon Exam on May 2.  3.35 average for 10 x 800 meters w/ 200 recovery (2 min). 3.33, 3.29, 3.35, 3.31, 3.23, 3.41, 3.31, 3.38, 3.39, 3.36.  The same quiz in January  and late February at the indoor track at UNL yielded 4.01 and 3.50 average 800’s.  The premise of the Yasso 800’s (named for Runner’s World Bart Yasso) is that 10 800’s with limited recovery (200 meters in 2 minutes) yields a good predictor to marathon time.  Some will add 10 minutes.  So my Lincoln Marathon target is 3.35 + 10 minutes or 3.45 hours.
  • Tuesday night track group.  Not much with this group but did munch on a Wendy’s frosty – ah the joy of protein ;-).  Ran about 600 meters with them, 200 meters during Annaliese’s soccer practice and walked .6 miles barefoot with Heidi to cap a 8.5 mile day.

Wednesday, Day 88–  Two’fer Wednesday that proved much  tougher thought it would.  Swimming – 1,000 yards.  Back to back tough days will call for a little easing tomorrow and Friday.

  • Crossfit Endurance WOD – Part 1: Deadlift. 155 x 5, 175 x 5, 195 x 3, 205 x 3; Split jerk 95 x 3, 105 x 3, 115 x 1, 115 x 1, 125 x 1 fail/ 115 x ; 10 minute rest then Part 2: 5 rounds of ( hold breath 30 seconds, 15 pull ups, 15 push ups – to deck, 15 situps, 15 air squats). Subtracting 30 seconds of breath hold would net 53.41 in time.
  • With 3 hours of rest took up the CF Endurance aerobic challenge.  swimming 1,000 total – 50 yd warm-up, then 3 x(50, 100, 200). 51, 1.56, 4.13, 56, 2.02, 4.24, 54, 2.04, 4.19. Rest approximate to interval time (shorten rest due to time constrain). Felt a bit tired 3.5 hours after the anaerobic/strength part of the day, that’s where streamlining comes in helpful 😉

Thursday, Day 89 –  Easy 2 mile bike ride to get Heidi out.  Burned out a bit after Tuesday/Wednesday.

Friday, Day 90 –  On Day 90, I paid a tribute to Tony from P90x with Ab Riper X and staying true to Crossfit 50 chest to deck pushups without break.  Was a good confirmation that my abs had not suffered through the situp and GHD centric Crossfit approach.  Could keep up the “big dogs” of Tony’s group.  Still a good workout, pre 10 race tomorrow.

Saturday, Day 91 – A final quiz.  Eagle 10k. Nice course starting 1st mile in town then Mopac trail. Kept steady 7.45 splits with pick up on final mile.  7.43,7.47, 7.36, 7.56, 7.54, 7.32, 57. 23.58 1st 5k, 23.59 2nd 5k

Next week taper before Lincoln Marathon!  Then the final exam for Spring.