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I live in Nebraska.  You live where you live.  Profound thinking going on here.

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Extreme Fitness Works...in Nebraska

 

15 years ago we had a smattering of running road races, occasional swim events, cycling criterions and weight lifters did their thing.  It was a quiet life in 1996.  Plus Nebraskans were basking in the glow of back-to-back National championships in college football and getting ready for a third (oh, those were the days).

Fast forward and in the last year or so there’s been an explosion of extreme events and challenges rising up in our location, smack dab in the middle of the United States:

  • Adventure races sponsored by Angry Cow Adventures racing through Wilderness Park in Lincoln or Indian Cave State Park near Peru.
  • Related Mud Runs, Hero Runs, Survivor Runs, Trail Runs, even 8k runs through golf courses — Beer and Bagel Run at Quarry Oaks.
  • The organization that sponsors the Mud Run in Lincoln, Nebraska Sports Council, also conducts one of the most successful state games in the U.S.
  • Running up sky scrapers – yes we have a few and the event is the First National Tower Trek in February of each year.
  • A marathon through the Sandhills – a truly unique place and event (my bucket list for 2012)
  • Birthing our first Olympic course triathlon in Omaha.
  • A third Xterra Bolt triathlon in August
  • Expansion of CrossFit and CrossFit games to two affiliates with more on the horizon
  • Bootcamps and body shaping classes springing forth from Omaha, Lincoln, Fairbury, Hastings, Grand Island and in almost all 93 counties.
  • Visits by Tony Horton and other BeachBody luminaries, not just once, but three or five times.
  • Situp, push up, burpee, pull up changes spontaneously busting out on Facebook

The essence of this is there’s a movement a foot – towards a higher intensity exercise and nutrition lifestyle.

I’ve created a Facebook page and am working on a fun social networking site to help crossover and get the message out.  Please “like” the XFAN Facebook page. We want 100’s, then 1,000’s, even 10,000 strong! There’s so much going on it’s easy to lose track. Whether you participate (been there), volunteer (done that) or cheer on (done that to), there’s something every week of the year.  Jump in!  And if you live in another State or Country – do the same there!

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CrossFit Logo Baby!

Slate Magazine is on a roll.  After digging deep into the beginning of the 20th century, Annie Lowery jumps into 2011 with a quick, somewhat superficial review in her January 20th “Work Out So Hard You Vomit, The rise of P90X, CrossFit, and the “extreme” exercise routine.”

 

The article focused more on the business models of Beachbody (parent company of many professionally produced exercise video series such as P90x, Insanity, etc) and CrossFit (the open source, “bootcamp” oriented fitness movement).  There was a brief review of each program (P90x and CrossFit) and then a contrast between the two.

I pipped in a little bit in terms of my direct observation over the last year.  CrossFit’s founder, Greg Glassman, tends to evoke an either powerful positive or negative response in terms of style and CrossFit affiliates are painted in an extreme light.  P90x was cast in a generally more favorable light but with a “campy” label and focus on Beachbody’s ever-expanding revenue motivation.

Here’s my quick thought – either program is a powerful introduction for someone leading a sedentary lifestyle or a training boon for someone (like myself) who had been out-of-balance in terms of aerobic only exercise.   Those two along with the emerging “bootcamp” approach to training and maintain High Intensity Interval Training/ Circuit Training, Pilates, etc., are far better than the alternative – nothing, sitting, eroding health.

And as I shared in my comment to Lowery’s article, I have not been pushed to beyond what my capacity or into “pukey” land by any of the seven CrossFit trainers I’ve learned from.  Each one has stressed form over load (weight).

So go out and workout hard!  You’ll have fun.  Even if you’re 45 years old or older/younger!

An ode to pull-ups would not be complete without a nod to Mr. P90x Pull-Up, Tony Horton. This video was captured by Beachbody coaches, Kristin and Pat Hain, before Tony’s Super Saturday event in Lincoln Nebraska in October of 2010. Tony cranks out 20 switch grip pull-up/chin ups (with a slight kipping swing)!

Weekly stats

* Running – 40.3 miles
* Bike/spinning – 10.5 miles
* Swimming – 0 miles
* P90x – Week 12 workouts – Chest, Shoulders and Triceps, Back and Biceps, Legs and Back, PlyoX, 2 Ab Riper X, YogaX and XStretch
* Snow Shoveling –NONE – YES!

Somehow was able to notch 40 miles running this week, aided by 2 long runs: 12 miler on Sunday and 18 miles on Saturday. First YogaX session in 4 weeks – actually was my best attempt at so far. Have to love the ab work at the end.

Sunday, Day 78 – 12 mile run from the Lincoln Children’s Zoo with friends Laura (run) and Tony (bike) Ceraolo. Nice to get out and run over 10 miles – felt great. Stiff wind from the SW – we ran into of course. The 26 degrees felt so much better than minus 11!

Monday, Day 79 – P90x Chest, Shoulders and Triceps at home. First time seeing the DVD’s in a while – have been using the book and YMCA for the pull up bars and better weights. Was nice to get the moves going again and see how on target or off target I was for the routines (fortunately, on target for the most part). Ab Riper X to wrap up a tough workout. Oh those push ups! 😉

Tuesday, Day 80 – 3 mile run in the afternoon with the dogs – icy still but that’s life. Nice to enjoy the 20 degree thaw this week. Plyo X to finish it up. When I go through a P90x routine after a run/swim/spin I skip through the warm up – figure I’m pretty lose. Plyo is still a blast – not too much stress on heart rate even with skipping the water breaks. In reading www.fitbomb.com, another P90x inspired blog, skipping through the water breaks and fast forwarding from time to time helps condense the workout.

Wednesday, Day 81 – Another 3 mile run in the late afternoon (morning runs with the snow melt and icing are dicey at best). Wrap it all up with Back and Biceps at the YMCA during kids’ swim team practice. Spied another guy doing some P90x moves and behold, he was. Very cool. Seeing improvements on pull ups – starting out first 2 to 3 “solo” and limiting weight support on the machine. Biceps felt like rubber afterward but a good kind of rubber. One benefit of taking P90x to the gym is the expanded weight options, ironic a home DVD series plugs me into the gym more. Ha ha!

Thursday, Day 82- YogaX to begin the day. What a way to begin, still leaves me trembling at end. If PlyoX, which normally is one of the toughest workouts, is the easiest for me; YogaX has been the hardest. But it’s been enjoyable to watch my improvement from completely inept to just slightly laughable! 4.1 mile late afternoon run with the two dog friends.

Friday, Day 83 – Legs and Back at Bellevue University during a late lunch. Was fun to work out in a small but nice Div 2 gym – nothing like seeing a couple of young soccer and baseball players hitting it hard. Great discovery during a wonderful consulting gig and taught me value of “take gym bag and towel with you every where”. Debated whether to swim or spin, but opted for spinning at night. Spin instructor Tom was a P90x grad and had a glossy picture with Mr. Tony Horton on the wall from earlier in person love tour in Lincoln Nebraska to show for it. Wow, legs are sore and there’s an 18 miler tomorrow…. Oh Snap!

Saturday, Day 84 – Ran 18 miles in 3 hours 29 minutes – longest since Des Moines Marathon and start of this P90x journey. Felt good the whole way with running friends Heidi (faithful running dog), Michelle, Laura and Julie. Icy in places and a wee chilly to start. Wasn’t fast but in ice and temps of 16 to 22 degrees, an 11:45 pace is just fine. Rule of thumb is 90 seconds slower in hard winter conditions compared to ideal Spring or Fall running. Going to crack open XStretch right as soon as I publish this, and maybe some Ab RiperX!

Back at the end of Week 13 and completion of this round of P90x. Now thinking about what’s next? Insanity on top of triathlon disciplines? Or continue the money of P90x upper body/core, occasional yoga/plyo and the Triathlon disciplines?

Weekly stats

  • Running – 23.25  miles
  • Bike/spinning – 13.2  miles
  • Swimming – 0 miles
  • P90x – Week 11 workouts – Chest & Back, Shoulders and Arms, Legs and Back, 4 Ab Riper X and KenPo
  • Snow Shoveling –45 minutes

Talk about a challenging week to run outside.  I made it 3 times outside and 2 track workouts inside.  Temps dipped into minus 14 range overnight Thursday – Saturday.  Brrr… 

Sunday, Day 71 –  Walk/jog 1+ mile to get the car parked back at church, chest and back as well as 5.7  miles on bike and Ab RiperX at the Y.   Great to have P90x in the inclement weather.  Not making gains on every routine, but overall better workout.  The push up bars (used since week 4 at home or at Y) really stress the form.   Pull up routines benefit from the Precor pull up machine (allows a little weight to boost) as well as straight out trying it.  Still not above 12 in one shot.  Really enjoy the chest/arm/ab workout!

Monday, Day 72 –  3.2 miles – with last 2 at an elevated track at Faith Lutheran during boy scouts.  Felt great to just run without worry of footfall on ice/snow.

Tuesday, Day 73 –  Ran 6 from Lincoln High at night (good footing on the trails) and Ab Riper X core (all exercises except for the sit up modified). 

Wednesday, Day 74 – Ran 6 from home with dogs Heidi and Cash.  Much slower.  In advance of another, thankfully lesser, snow fall.  Spikes held up well.  Went from 9:50 pace on Tuesday night to 11:10 mile.  Yuck!  Shoulders and Arms at the Y afterward.

Thursday, Day 75-  7.3 miles on bike at the Y – much faster than Sunday.  Maintained a 15mph pace.  Then Legs and Back, Ab RiperX!  Tony Horton comes to town on Friday so better look good!

Friday, Day 76 –  2 miles running in minus 5 weather, with dogs, then KenpoX.  Met Tony Horton and other area coaches tonight!  What a blast of encouragment.  Nice to have him stop in right after a flight when he could have ducked and crashed in the hotel to rest.  What an inspiration!  I’ll be with my kids on Saturday at a swim meet, so will miss out on the group work. 

Saturday, Day 77 – Ran 5 miles at 8:30 clip at a nice indoor track at Norfolk YMCA during the kids’ swim meet.  Joshua and Annaliese rocked during their swim events!  Also Ab RiperX (4 times this week)!  Mason Twists with medicine ball on final 10.  Probably my biggest improvement in P90x has been the Ab Riper X.  The first workout I had to take 2 minute breaks between each of the 11 routines, fading and falling to match the reps on final 5.  Now I can actually add to each one. 

Back at the end of Week 12 which kicked off with a great 12 mile run on Sunday!