Jump rope & Ashtanga

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Warmup: (10/30×6=4min) jump rope Wasn’t aware how sore I was from yesterday until I started my warmup. It was SO HARD to jump rope I had to talk myself into finishing, mainly between rounds 3 & 4. But ya, I was glad I did it b/c it makes such a difference to the practice, those four, little minutes.

Yoga

95min

  • Suryas & fundamentals. Same way as here and here.
  • Primary+ @ 23:45Finished setu bandhasana @ 57min
    • 2nd to laghu vajrasana, hanuman, kapo B
  • @1:11 Back Bending. Urdhva D, 3 drop backs, 3 ticks
  • @ 1:19 Finishing Full 5min savasana (corpse) today. I almost always practice this relaxation after every workout, but usually for 1min. It only seems kind of important after (what I think of as) a full practice.

NO EQUIPMENT Full Body Vacation Workout #7 by Kristin R & Yoga

I’d planned on doing this workout maybe Monday or Tuesday, depending on when the next rest day happens, but to my surprise I didn’t wake up feeling sore at all from yesterday. Also the relentless Portland heatwave finally ended, and it’s cloudy and cool today, the Pacific Northwest, gothic gloom expressed full force, at about four days, according to current predictions.

Also decided to do my 4min jump rope warm-up before the routine, since it starts with a banded set. Was happy to see it when I first read the breakdown though! I love using these bands.

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Warmup: (10/30×6=4min) jump rope

NO EQUIPMENT Full Body Vacation Workout #7 by Kristin R

SET 1: 20:10 3x (6 min) ppl band
1. Banded Lateral Walks
2. Burpee Plank Jacks (band on legs)
3. Banded Squat jump Alt Knee to Elbow Cross Crunch
4. Banded Double Mtn Climbers

SET 2: HIIT 50:10 each move 2x before going to the next (20 Min)
1. Lateral Tuck to Plank Thruster
2. Pistol Rollback to Front Kick /Roundhouse Loved this move! I can get back up on the pistol squat pretty much no prob both sides. Put fingers down 1x only on the weaker, left side.
3. Tricep Pushup plank tuck to Alt Shoulder Taps
4. Bunny Hops Fwd Squat + front kicks Bunny Hops back
5. Oblique V-ups to V-up
6. Switch Lunges 3x to Runners Lunge Toe Taps 3x
7. Pushup Alt T-Stand Leg Raise
8. Handstand to Kickthroughs
9. Around the World Abs This is the 1 move I’d change, for some oblique crunch I can feel better.
10. Dynamic SL Pike Pushups Would be good w/ ankle weights!

SET 3: 40:10 2x (5 min)
1. L Curtsy Pulse to Lateral Lunge Leg Lift
2. Alt Pendulum & Kickunder Pushups
3. R Curtsy Pulse to Lateral Lunge Leg Lift

SET 4: 30:10 2x (5:20 min)
1. Commando and flip Cross Toe Touch
2. Tricep Pushup + 2 hip dips
3. Squat Pulse to Failure then do 2 Groiners, repeat
4. Tricep Pushup Alt Supermans (opps arm and leg straight raise)

SET 5: No Rest Tabata Pair: (4 min)(Jugglers in 10 seconds) If I repeat this wo, I’ll do this as reg tabata & with my 5lb ankle weights, skipping the getting up & down to the floor every interval.
1. Supine Oblique Heel Reaches
2. Straight Leg Bicycles

Booty Banded HIIT: 30:10 x1 (4 min) ppl band
1. Right SL Bridge
2. Knee Trap RIGHT Donkey Kick
3. Squat Jumps
4. Left SL Bridge
5. Knee Trap LEFT Donkey Kick
6. In & out Squat Touchdown

Total time so far including warm-up & all breaks: 58:15

I skipped the yoga flow cool down in favor of my own, non-vinyasa yoga. 

Yoga

About 31min of my own, easy, restorative yoga. Well… not flattering but SO BORING (from the outside – felt good in the doing) no one is ever likely to watch it, lol.

 

Long, slow ashtanga

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Points of practice 

  1. Starting the standing arches from the pelvic tilt.
  2. Starting updog lower to avoid the clunky-clunk in the right hip. It’s an audible noise. I’ve been figuring out how to lessen it.
  3. Right hand / thumb area, a bit cranky. Was careful to reposition hands before updogs as often as it felt beneficial.

Yoga

  • Suryas & fundamentals. Same way as this recent time.
  • Primary+ Got to setu bandhasana @ 1:01 and then took a blog break & changed the music (from Pandora Classical Indian). Did my tiny bit of 2nd (and one Linda modified 3rd pose, the hanuman) in 14min
  • Back Bending. Urdhva D, 3 drop backs, 3 ticks
  • Finishing, @ 1:29. I took the whole five minutes in savasana today.

Tomorrow! Was going to do Julia’s 5,000 seconds celebration workouts, but then I remembered I’m helping load a truck. This is what I can do in the local “economy” of PDX for spending money, manual labor for friends.  The corporate things don’t work out because they are SO rape-y. I’ll have to save this special workout for Friday.

Ashtanga, Ashtangesque

I didn’t want to work out at all today, never mind the cardio warm-up. I’m glad I did it though. I got a decent yoga workout and a needed tune-up. I’ll take a rest day either tomorrow or Wednesday. I’ll need it. I think this is the 4th consecutive day.

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Warmup: (10/30×6=4min) jump rope

Yoga

  • Suryas & fundamentals. Keeping the handstands out of surya A for awhile, so I can focus more on following through with the ticks. Also moved the hanuman out of the fundamentals & between laghu vajrasana and kapo B. Did it closer to the traditional way, which is also how I’d been practicing it (in the context of 3rd, my last few years of regular advanced.

    Kapo b is still enough for me. I don’t need try for the full expression of the pose. There’s something going on in my back. It’s not a tweak and I hate the word “opening”. More like a loosening, I think.

  • Primary+
  • Back Bending. Urdhva D, 3 drop backs, 3 ticks
  • Finishing, with a bit of rollering on the upper back right before savasana

Bicep and Tricep Burst by Christine Comeau & my own Yoga

Yep, right knee is sensitive. I’d already decided to do more of a split between working out & yoga, and with the situation the former has to be upper body. No problem! Went to J’s channel & did a search. Now I feel awesome, especially since I know I didn’t strain the tender area in any way.

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A workout that’s roughly split bet the fat burn & fitness zones always feels restorative to me.

Warm-up Stretch,15min: Normally I don’t start the timer if I do some warm-up stretching, which funny enough seems to only happen if I’m doing yoga. But since today is a “recovery workout”, I thought I’d do it. It’s not about the burn today.

  • (10/60) single, timed intervals
  1. Virasana, supta virasana, malasana, uttanasana
  2. Block A – upper back stretch 2, 5lb weights
  3. Block B – lower back / hip flexor
  4. Hanuman w/ strap, upavistha konasana, baddha konasana A, supta konasana

Bicep and Tricep Burst by Christine Comeau

Tricep Tempo Set (50:10:40:10:30:10)
1. Skull crushers + bridge holds 2, 10lb weights
50 second interval- 4 count down and up
40 second interval- 2 count down and up
30 second interval- 1 count down and up

No Rest Tricep Tabata Pair (20:10 x 8):4 minutes
1. Decline tricep push up (on weights)
2. Tricep kickbacks 2, 10lb weights
No rest move = decline tricep or plank hold

Tricep Burnout 2 min
1. Tricep makers- tricep push up (on weights) + SA tricep kickback in plank + kickback at the top

Bicep Drop Set (15 reps, 12 reps, 8 reps)
As the reps decrease, increase your weight
1. Bicep curl 2, 10lb weights / 13lbs ea hand / 2, 15lb weights

Bicep curl burnout (20:20:20:15 x 6)- based off workout by relentless jake
Go through all 3 moves- 6 times  2, 10lb weights
1. Right arm T- bicep curl + left arm ½ way hold
2. Left arm T-bicep curl + right arm ½ way hold
3. Both arms ½ way hold

Bicep burnout 2 minutes
1. Bicep makers- reverse grip push-up + bicep curl in plank + hammer curl at the top

Yoga

  • Surprisingly my arms felt fine for Suryas & fundamentals. Did the handstands in the As this time & held the last one 10 breaths
  • (10/30) 3x urdhva D & savasana / ardha matseyen
  • Finishing (sarvangasana to sirsasana & a couple more minutes doing an inner body scan in savasana.

rest day ashtangesque

Workout wise, I could’ve really used a warm-up of 4-6min jump rope intervals, but after yesterday… I tested out a bit of jogging in place earlier in the day and my body was all, Nope! So I went with ease. I did a full practice but scaled back.

  • Suryas & fundamentals. Lately I’m not doing the handstands in the surya As.
  • My reg primary+
  • 2nd to laghu vajra but no kapo hang or kapo B
  • Urdhva D, 3 drop backs & only 1 tick
  • Finishing
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Only 6min of “fitness” in all that!

But of course the yoga is a different kind of fitness. For me, practicing at this much reduced, less ego-driven of a level, it’s most often more a meditation than a workout. But the fact that I practiced makes it much more likely that I’ll be ready & able to do a super long & intense Julia workout tomorrow. I’m planning on her latest. I’ll likely be at it a good 2-hours

High Burn Astanga! & my new kitten

Now that I no longer practice the “advanced” series, my full 3rd & partial 4th, which would’ve gone further if the teacher situation in NYC had been different, it’s rare to get a good workout from my ashtanga, or “astangesque”, as I like to call my personalized pose line-up. It’s basically just a primary+, though practiced at a respectable level of expert. But every now & then I burn high. Today it’s because my emotions are running strong with my new kitten. She is AMAZING.

The images and clips are all from our pick-up and bring-home day, last Friday, July 21st. I have more of course!

I really ought to learn some video editing. I like to put little montages together just because it’s the best way to archive stuff into graspable memories for me. Even though I have creative cloud 2017, I haven’t learned Premiere. I’d want to do that on a 22″ monitor iMac. Video editing is complex with lots of panels. Even with Illustrator, Photoshop & InDesign I spend a lot of time looking for shit on my 15″  laptop. I’d have bought another 17″  if they hadn’t stopped making them. They were good for designers who had to “pick one”. So many times clients will require you provide your own laptop, which has to have current levels of balls & software. If you’re self employed, quite often you can’t afford to keep up two Macs. When I had to replace my last laptop, right after paying for cross country moving expenses in March 2015, I spent $3,300. I digress…

Yoga

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My usual ashtangeque with chop-chop & gusto. Amazing how good it felt when I’ve been HIITing like crazy while neglecting the yoga… It HAS been warmer and more humid lately, especially for Portland which has really dry summers compared to the northeast USA. This was a short workout for me, but to have that high a HR average for primary means I was definitely “excitable”.

No Equipment Vacation Workout 3 full body HIIT & no-rest Tabata

Well… I was thinking to do either a rest day or mostly yoga day, but then I got news that there’s a delay in Lady Theodora leaving the Ukraine. This is the new kitten… Any delays make me anxious which means I need to sweat, even if my muscles are a well-deserved tired & I might hit failure.

No rest tabatas are BRUTAL: You wouldn’t think the omission of a 10-second rest could be sooooooo much of a bfd if you’re doing 20-second intervals, but the way Julia & crew write them, they certainly are. It takes some endurance to do a round of 4-min for sure.

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No Equipment Vacation Workout 3 full body HIIT & Tabata

Hiit Lunge set 1: 50:10 2x Had 2 pause to sign for FedEx
1. Pistol to Lunge back touch down hitch kick
2. LL Lunge 4 hops 4 back leg toe taps These were killer, both sides both rounds. I guess tomorrow is DEF either full rest or full yoga
3. Alt curtsy Lunge hops to burpee in the middle
4. RL Lunge 4 hops 4 back leg toe taps
5. Switch Lunge burpee

No rest Tabata Brutal! In a good way
Switch Lunge + front kicks I did these: switch – tap back knee to floor – high front kick touching toe w/ opp hand: switch, keeping back knee off floor this time::lateral touchdowns

Hiit Upper body set 2: 50:10 2x My upper body was so maxed out I pushed pause in the middle of this set. I’ve never paused a Julia in the middle of a HIIT set but that’s ok, lol.
1. Flying leg push-ups 2 + updog to down dog
2. Yoga tricep pushup + dolphin pushup Love this one but it was SO HARD today, especially right after the first move.
3. Prisoner jacks
4. Plank jacks shoulder taps 4 + kick through 4
5. Sl pike pushup to spider knee pushup

No rest tabata 
Frog push-ups and twisted piston::plank hop squat jump

Hiit abs set 3: 2x Oh my! I paused this in the middle too. My legs are just SO DEAD today, probably b/c I was bad & barely stretched yesterday.
1. 2 knee drives + side kick
2. 10 Flutters and 5 sec holds
3. mat hops
4. Suitcase crunches
5. Jugglers These really killed me but I was better at pace on the 2nd round. I started up 1/2 time, then kept up w/ J for a little bit & then dropped back to 1/2 time. That was good enough for me!

No rest Tabata 
Leg ups toe touch::candle leg lifts LOVE this one. So much fun & a great cool-down tabata.

Yoga

  • 15/30=13:30
  1. Standing Arch A
  2. Forward Bend
  3. Standing Arch B
  4. Forward Bend
  5. Standing Arch C
  6. Uttana
  7. Standing Arch C
  8. Seated Moving Twist (rest)
  9. Standing Arch D
  10. Uttana
  11. Standing Arch D
  12. Seated Moving Twist (rest)
  13. Urdhva D, 1
  14. rest
  15. Urdhva D, 2
  16. rest
  17. Urdhva D, 3
  18. rest
  • Finishing poses to matsyasana
  • Savasana

Had intended to do normal urdhva D to standing & 3 drop backs but my body was DEAD! Yoga / rest day tomorrow for sure-zi-were-zi.

Anna’s Christmas in July Workout Video

Last time I worked out with Michele I basically followed all the way through, except for doing some of my own yoga things in the cool down. This time I decided to skip the warm-up in favor of my usual (10/30×6=4min) jump rope intervals. And then I skipped the video cool down in favor of my own, ad-lib asana.

Anyway my quads were sore, which I only discovered during the my jump rope warm-up. I felt the strain in the first combo too. I guess tomorrow I might not want to do the legs routine I’d planned… I could either do a real rest day or another more yoga centric something. We’ll see.

Went to find Henry before my shower. He stays outside almost all day if it’s nice out. In that case I don’t feel bad about making Rocco stay outside with him. I don’t worry about a desperate coyote getting brave enough to jump the back fence if she’s out there too.

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Warmup: (10/30×6=4min) jump rope

Anna’s Christmas in July Workout Video

Part 1: *AMRAP

Michele calls these “combos”, but even tho you wouldn’t be counting rounds (b/c it’s hard enough just to learn the moves & keep the sequence straight) I feel like anything you repeat for a specific length of time is automatically “as many rounds as possible”.

I think the necessity of concentration to get the moves right is actually a good thing – mind-body focus. Anyway you do it is good.

Combo 1 : 5 minutes starts @ 6:54
2x Switch lunge. On the floor. My lowest choice of elevations is 13″ , higher than I’d want here. Sometimes I use a yoga block for jump-overs, but for switch lunges I’d be to focused on placing my feet. Lower back knee 1st to surrender down & back up. 2nd foot steps up knee lift. Reverse lunge down to wide squat to the side. Criss cross jack. Wide squat to heel click. 3x plank jack

5/30 3 rounds
1. Standing Dumbbell Curl 13lbs each hand
2. Kneeling right arm tricep kickback 10lbs each hand
3. Close hand push-up
4. Kneeling left arm tricep kickback

10x Surfer Burpee (Repeat 1 more time, after 30-sec brea) Hadn’t previewed & I realized I was doing these slightly differently but that’s ok.

Combo 2 : 5 minutes (Widow Maker)
Push-up, row, T-stand both sides, reg deadlift (for me) 3x. Bent over row 3x, 1 clean & press 2, 15lbs weights

5/30 3 rounds2, 15lbs weights
1. Virasana Rear Delt Raise 2, 10lbs weights all 3 round
2. Kneeling Overhead Shoulder to Shoulder Raise 1, 15lbs weight 1st round, then 2, 10lbs weights 
3. Kneeling Tricep Overhead Extension (Down 3/Up 1) 2, 10lbs weights
4. Overhead Shoulder Press (Up 2/down 2) 2, 15lbs weights 1st round, then down to 13lbs each hand rounds 2 & 3

10x 2x Squat Pulse to Stand with Overhead Press (Repeat 1 more x) 2, 15lbs weights

Combo 3: 5 minutes +8lb vest
Round house Kick Right to 2x Squat Pulse & Left Reverse Cross over lunge/Left Side lunge to leg lift & Right Side arm out (hold) 3x Right Arm overhead pull with Squat Jacks (repeat with left leg) 10lb weight

5/30 3 rounds
1. Lay on Right Side (bent knees) on right elbow – knee raise toward shoulders
2. Lay on Left Side (bent knees) on left elbow – knees raise toward shoulders
3. Butterfly legs on floor Crunch up
4. Butterfly legs in air – opposite hand to foot

20x Pendulums or Plank side to side hops (repeat 1 more time) 1st round I did as the bench hops (13″ bench). 2nd round I put on 2 5lb ankle weights & did tap downs, 2=1 for both rounds

Combo 4: 5 minutes
1x Dive Bomber (hold Plank) right knee to right elbow then to center then to left elbow with glute raise between. Plant right foot on floor and kick through. Pull back to a side plank and 3x Side Plank hip raise. Repeat from Dive Bomber with left leg

5/30 3 rounds 2, 10lbs weights for all
1. Hold dumbbell in left hand (45 degree) Curl Right dumbbell
2. Hold dumbbell in right hand (45 degree) Curl Left dumbbell
3. Alternate Upright Rows, 1 hand closer in than the other, alt I modified this slights
4. Alternate Front/Side Raise

10x Thigh Burner Burpee (repeat 1 more time) 2nd round I added my orange band for fun. Was good! Might try heavier / harder purple band next time.

Bonus: Abs 15/45 2 rounds
(during the 15 seconds flutter kick legs)
1. Crunch up
2. Crunch up with alternating knee lift
3. Knees Bent or straight leg/pull in and push out 3lbs bet feet
4. Buzz Saw Plank
5. Elbow Plank – drop knees to floor

Yoga

Virasana, supta v, malasana, paschimo, bhujangasana, 1/2 bheka both sides, savasana