There’s nothing like a shredder to bring a team together.
Zach hosted our first I AM team workout Saturday morning at the Red & Black gym. I expected it to be just us, but there were a ton of people and coaches there, working on private training. It was cold outside, and even colder inside. And to be honest, the place was kind of intimidating at first. The gym is designed for elite athletes, and I certainly don’t feel elite.
Zach had been telling us all week that we should show up “ready to work” and he wasn’t kidding. He sent us off on a run for our warm up — which was just under a mile. When we got back, we did our usual 2×10 squats/pushups/rotations. Then, for grins and giggles, he gave us a mini-WOD.
20 jumping squats
20 sit ups
That was just the warm up.
The WOD was a partner WOD, and I teamed up with Beth. Zach told me to get 25# dumbbells, and I wasn’t sure I could do the weight when I looked at the workout:
100 DB Thrusters (M 45# / W 25#)
150 ring pushups
200 DB swings
We were told to split up the exercises evenly — no partner was to shoulder the burden. I grimaced when I looked at those dumbbells. 25# was something I had been working toward, but I wasn’t there yet, I thought.
Turns out I was wrong.
Don’t get me wrong — this was an extremely difficult workout. We had to go by 5’s during the thrusters AND the ring pushups. But we DID it. I had to do the pushups on my knees — I’m not quite able to be on my toes when I’m using the rings. They fried my arms. The swings were a piece of cake after everything else. Beth and I are both used to swinging 1 pood, which is about 35#, so the 25# DB felt so light. We sailed through the swings.
We were the first to finish, and it felt good.
After stretching, we started talking about nutrition and what was expected. I remember being where many of my teammates are — brand new to the whole idea of paleo. I made the transition much more gradually than they are expected to, and I kind of have it easy with a whole family on board.
In a couple of weeks, I’m hosting a dinner for my team. Andy and I have decided to share some of our favorite dishes. It should be great fun. I’m starting to get anxious, though. Only 2 weeks to get my house in order?! Yikes!