Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Frankensteins and Mountain Climbers

The coach has me hitting four areas of my life with a tight regimen:
      • Running
      • Drills
      • Cross-Training
      • Nutrition
Running varies between weekdays, with cardio and endurance advances every week.  The routine is interesting (sometimes hard to remember once I leave the computer) and definitively challenging.

I am getting pooped though, on the drills and some of the cross-training exercises - anything that makes my HR jump to a maximum and drive me to be out of breathe rather quickly.  I still finish this and I do see an advance in holding-off the "pooped-ness", so I'm not disappointed.  Drills always made me tired - even throughout my whole 8 years of football.  

So here are two drills that poop me and one that gets me a lot of looks on my street when I return from my runs.

Mountain Climbers:



When I read the description quickly, the only thing that came to mind is this:



I usually do these at the end of a long run and all the stored fuel in my thighs has been spent, I get down on the ground to start these and the first thing I want to do is curse Jill, but I just don't have enough air inside so I just do them and shut up!

Burpees:

We used to do these in the air force, and I can't stand them! "I didn't join Cirque du Soliel Sarge - I joined the Air Force!" Haven't been assigned these yet, but they have been mentioned.



I only have one word for you Jill: "NO!"

Frankensteins:

Similar to the Nazi goose-step but a lot less subtle!



The Frankensteins are a little touchy because I have two retired Germans on my street, as well as a recent immigrant from Italy and it took me a little time to explain to them I was not trying to insult them from something in their national histories or to make them feel uncomfortable.

Oh the things I do because I'm a Wannabe!

I love all this work, my only worry for running over winter is to find the proper foot gear and a place to run where the snow is cleared.  Any advice would be gratefully accepted.  I don't own a treadmill BTW (the elliptical and the weight benches and mats take up most of my exercise room's space).

21 comments:

Matty O said...

Drills will make you solid, stick with them. Tell your neighbors to get over it... unless you are wearing the arm band... if you have gone that far, an apology may be in order then haha!

Keep up the good work, your gains will come soon enough!

Teamarcia said...

Why can't I see the pics? I feel like I'm missing out on some real entertainment!
As much as I love winter and all, you need to get a mill!

Emz said...

YAY TMarcia -- MILLS!!!!

Burpees ---- these rock. Especially in heels.

Anne said...

You are so right!!! I always feel that way when someone says they ran slow and it's way faster than me...which, is almost always, so I should know better than to ever qualify my run. Speed is so freaking relative :) :) You are doing amazing Andrew!!

5 Miles 2 Empty said...

Ha ha! Frakenstein offends your neighbors. That is funny!
and the burpees...ugh. No thanks.

Stick with this stuff really though! It helped me out back in my hay day too!!

Still Running said...

Good for you for doing drills on your own. I have to sign up for bootcamp so I am shamed into doing burpees. They really do get easier, but I don't think I'll ever be flying down into them like the guy on your video.

Luke said...

never seen the frankensteins before- I LIKE 'EM!

Nitmos said...

Danke schön.

Alanna said...

I'm pretty sure that I'd look like a pathetic mess trying to do burpees... Zero coordination to look like that guy.

Kovas Palubinskas said...

Soo no more high heels? I guess they'd be slippery in winter.

Jennifer said...

Remind me NOT to get coach you-know-who.

Kudos to you for keeping up the workouts, you will be stronger for it!

Adrienne said...

Your doing awesome! Just be careful you don't get burned out. Do you have a local gym? Sometimes you can buy punch passes and just use their mill when outside is really bad. Good luck.

bobbi said...

You are doing fantastic! And I am mill-less, like you. Someday....

termite said...

don't get burned out, andrew! those floor sprints are a killer!

xo

misszippy said...

You don't need a treadmill! Get a pair of yaktrax...strap them on and you are good to go. Get a nice shell to wear on top when it's really cold or windy. Go run.

Great job on all your training!

Liz said...

hilarious.
and i hate mountain climbers with a passion. too bad there's nothing to really direct my anger and hatred toward when i have to do them...

Julie said...

I agree with Zippy...run outside with the proper gear:)

You are doing awesome with your training! I am so jealous and want a coach too!

Chris K said...

Regarding running on ice.... I suggest you move to San Diego and run with me at the beach. Was that mean?

Johann said...

Fantastic Andrew! I admire you for pushing through with this. I'm not good with anything that includes drills or repeats. Sorry, can't help with anything snow related!:)

Jill said...

I can't believe I have forgotten burpees! They're on everyone else's todo list. I'm glad you enjoy the jump squats though...since they weren't on the hatred list. I'll be sure to put them on next week :). (I can't look at the pics at work...my school must be related to your neighbors!).

Goose said...

I love burpees. Those suckers make you work. You're doing amazing though- just keep chugging.