Paul and I, though we have differences, in general subscribe to similar fitness philosophies. our differences allow us to test each other and stretch our view points and therefore make us better.
Today’s workout was one of those times.
This workout, with a little modification, came from the folks over at gymjones.com. I like their idea of fitness being an ever changing adapting aspect of training from general conditioning down to the sports specific. I also like the science that they put into their exploration. You can read more at their site if you’re interested but for now, we’re going to focus on today and the results.
The workout was deceptively simple.
6 TGU (Turkish Get Ups) @ 3 on each side (25# KB) followed by 60 sec of FLR (or Front leaning Rest Position – the start of a pushup). 5 rounds total. Then 2 rounds of 1 min All-Out on the AirDyne and rest 1 minute while you’re partner works.
Paul thought this might be too easy. I was cautious as I felt we were both in for a surprise.
Here’s the result.
As you can see from the obliteration both of us felt it was humbling, a good sign of a strong conditioning workout as it demonstrates and reveals weaknesses while at the same time pushing you forward to the next ‘level’. Our legs were dead at the end. They were on fire. We talked about why and believe that the fatigue that the TGU’s and the FLR induced in our arms prevented our arms from being remotely a factor during the AirDyne. The fatigue in the legs from the TGUs was then accelerated by the torching they received during the AirDyne All-Outs. Couple that with the fact that there was only 1 minute rest in the whole training session, our energy systems never had a chance to recover. Lactate far exceeded its ability to be reconverted into fuel and by that very last minute of all-out we were both looking to pass out.
The end result was, unanimously, that this was one of the hardest workouts we’ve ever done.
This is not a prescription. It’s not for the faint of heart. That doesn’t mean that you can’t attempt it, but do so with a clear understanding of your fitness level. Talk to your trainer, have them help you tailor the workout to your current fitness level. That also doesn’t mean it should be part of your current fitness level. This is a step up workout. Something to take you to the next step. Something that can help revel those ever present weaknesses and understand the power and beauty of the human body (both mentally and physically) under high-level stress.