Sunday, December 11, 2011
Spartan Crossfit Wimp to Spartan 18 from Peter Murphy on Vimeo.
Katy Mccabe has been known to take it upon herself to suggest (dictate) what work-outs I should be doing. This day was one of those "suggestion" days. She suggested that I do "Smoking Gun," which is actually an AWESOME workout and is one of my favorites to date. It's honestly a full-body workout, and something that Joe D. would appreciate very much, due to the burpee-esque movements.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Spartan Crossfit Wimp to Spartan 17 from Peter Murphy on Vimeo.
I've always tried to be "a runner." Running is a free, effective way to maintain great cardio health. It's also an amazing supplement to any other kind of sports training... duh. My trouble with running is that I have horrible knees for whatever reason. Long runs and I just don't get along, and such was the case the day before this video was shot. I had intended to go on a 10-12 mile run. For me, that's a remarkable distance. At mile 7, almost exactly, my knee sent shooting pains up my leg and into my soul. I had to stop. The problem with stopping has always been that I won't start again. I couldn't run with a locked-up knee though, so bye bye mileage. I went home and was diligent about icing it and keeping it elevated as I had done the millions of other times I had lock-knee/ pirate-leg. Previously, if my knee locked up, I had considered myself down for the count for 3 or more consecutive days. This time, however, I didn't have that option. I had to train the next day.
I started walking around on it a bit, trying to get a feel for what I could do. I realized a couple of things: I could go up stairs, but not down stairs, and I could squat with ease. I told Shane about my knee issues before training, so we were both aware of it, but during the course of the session, any aches were completely tolerable. It definitely didn't lock-up again.
Upon some post-workout reflection, I determined that if I had taken the steps to make sure I was ok everytime my knee flared up in the past instead of just assuming that I was not ok, I would never have missed out on so many training days. I used my flimsy assumption as an excuse. I'm glad I learned that about myself. I'll be tougher with myself and my knee during training times. BUT I won't beat myself up over lazy mistakes I made in the past, because I don't want to discourage myself from learning more and making more necessary thought-shifts. Isn't self-discovery a part of transformation anyway?
Friday, December 9, 2011
Spartan Crossfit Wimp to Spartan 16 from Peter Murphy on Vimeo.
For those of you who don't know, the filthy 50, when done correctly is a one set of 50 reps of everything Shane could think of: wall-ball, burpees (please feel free to pause the video at 00:31 and check out that shoulder definition-- send me a hardcopy of the screen shot and I will happily autograph it for you), double-under ATTEMPTS (I'm getting much better at them), box-jump Ninja training, jump-pull-ups, kettlebell swings and others.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Spartan Crossfit Wimp to Spartan 15 from Peter Murphy on Vimeo.
Welcome, Sparta, to a world without fashion police, the world in this video. While I know that it doesn’t matter what I wear to work out, only that I’m actually working out, I still feel the need to justify this appalling ensemble. I was moving. Clearly, I had the foresight of a gnat, and packed all my matching workout clothes before I should have. So I apologize for causing any offense. Anyway, this workout and it’s components are nothing you haven’t seen me do before in previous videos/posts, but I would like to call attention to one part of this video: Murph’s excellent music choice. He transformed this video from a simple and potentially boring work out video to an episode of the 90’s WB smash- hit, Charmed.