Thursday, September 17, 2009

Thursday, September 17, 2009

We tried something different yesterday afternoon: maximum height box jumps and…vaulting? Victory was Rebekka’s, as she bested Melody by half a bumper plate. From the 24-inch plyo box, Mel cleared eight 45-lb. plates plus a 25-lb. plate, and Rebekka cleared nine 45’s. That was five feet tall, which got us to thinking—at this height, Rebekka could clear Kris C. by an inch (or three). Maybe we will try this soon.
“Physical strength is the most important thing in life. This is true whether we want it to be or not. As humanity has developed throughout history, physical strength has become less critical to our daily existence, but no less important to our lives. Our strength, more than any other thing we possess, still determines the quality and quantity of our time here in these bodies. Whereas previously our physical strength determined how much food we ate and how warm and dry we stayed, it now merely determines how well we function in these new surroundings we have crafted for ourselves as our culture has accumulated. But we are still animals—our physical existence is, in the final analysis, the only one that actually matters. A weak man is not as happy as that same man would be if he were strong. This reality is offensive to some people who would like the intellectual or spiritual to take precedence. It is instructive to see what happens to these very people as their squat strength goes up.”
–Mark Rippetoe, from Starting Strength, Basic Barbell Training, 2nd Edition

thruster (max attempt)


  1. Mrs. Finkenstadt | September 17, 2009 at 8:17 am

    That is so friggin’ awesome! Love the Riptoe quote. I’ll be carrying that with me into Saturday!
    I also like this quote about strength: “How about a small, simple definition for strength? Ability. To be strong is to have ability. In life, in the gym, and in relationships. The ability to overcome the physical, emotional, or subjective obstacles that hinder our progress as human beings. That is strength.” ~Chip Conrad

  2. Ted | September 17, 2009 at 8:24 am

    Great Birthday thrusters, Kim – Happy Birthday! I don’t know how anything today can top the 100 birthday burpees Mike and Caitlin did in your honor!
    Happy Belated Birthday, Mayra! Great work, everyone.

    • Kimmie | September 17, 2009 at 9:22 am

      Thanks Ted!

      Myra, I don’t know who your sources were but thank you very much!

      Mike, Caitlin you guys were KILLING those burpees back there.

      Alex you are my hero…you never say never!

      Today’s work out was a great one Coaches. Thank you for always being in my corner, even when I am not in my corner.

      We ROCK yall!

  3. coach | September 17, 2009 at 10:51 am

    Borja G.: 135-135-140-145-145-lbs.
    Mike S.: 155-160-165-165-170-lbs.
    Kim H.: 105-100-105-105-105-lbs.
    Alex M.: 105-105-105x-100-100-lbs.
    Caitlin F.: 85-95x-85-90-90-lbs.
    Amy D.: 80-85x-80-85-85x-lbs.
    Ted K.: 85-85-90-90x-85-lbs.
    Mayra C.: 80-85-85x-80-80-lbs.
    Jessica H.: 70-70-70-70-70-lbs.
    Sidra C.: 90-90-90-90-95-lbs.
    StuLu.: 130-135-135x-135-135-lbs.
    Neil A.: 165-170-175-170-170-lbs.
    Meghan M.: 125-125-130-130-135x-lbs.
    Roselena R.: 105-100-110-115x-110-lbs.
    Jeff W.: 125-125-130-135x-130-lbs.
    Josh Mc.: 175-180-180-185x-175-lbs.
    Joe P.: 175-175-180-180-165-lbs.
    Mike M.: 80-75-75-80-80-lbs.
    John C.: 85-90-95-95-95-lbs.
    Ravi S.: 80-75-75-80-80x-lbs.
    Alise F.: 90-90-90-95x-90x-lbs.
    Glenn C.: 125-125-125-130-130-lbs.
    Sean M.: 145-150-155-160-165x-lbs.
    Tod C.: 145-155x-150x-135-145-lbs.
    Jenn J.: 75-80-80-80-80x-lbs.
    Jeremy N.: 115-115-115-115-115-lbs.
    Ricky B.: 125-130x-125-130-130-lbs.

  4. themunchkin25 | September 17, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Happy Birthday Kim and Mayra!

    B-Kay that’s awesome! But no squishing the little person! You need to clear a least another inch or two. 😉

    • Kimmie | September 17, 2009 at 12:51 pm

      Thanks Kris!

  5. swimdra | September 17, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Congrats B-kay, that’s impressive!

    Happy Birthday Kim and Mayra! I hope it’s a good one.


  6. mchofia | September 17, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Thank you all for the birthday wishes. Jeff W. also had a bday last week.

    I think the max box jumps would be like leap frog-osauras. You guys have ups that’s all I’m saying.

  7. jwood30 | September 17, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Happy birthday ladies. JW

  8. eyechip | September 17, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Happy Birthday to all…One day I will remember who you “all” are if we can start doing evening classes together given that I am far from coherent and social at the few AM classes I participate in. May I suggest the 5:00PM class to anyone? It is a great one with typically 2-4 people max meaning a guarantee of Melody standing over you and critiquing every movement you make! Take an hour from work like I do and then go back to finish said work.

    Also, I am giving my vow to John and Melody and all of you (whoever you are) that I will not “game them” – “or you” and thus check for metabolic workouts the night before. My commitment to the next day is regardless. No matter what. Even 500 Burpees for time. That is, unless they post a WOD for 200 pushups using only the big left toe while blowing a medicine ball 100 yards down Church St for time. This would be where I draw the line and feign a pulled groin!


  9. jwood30 | September 17, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Hey Stu. I think I could do an evening workout or two. I look forward to meeting you. Jeff W.

  10. eyechip | September 17, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    As well here Jeff!


  11. maywiski | September 17, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Got new jump rope just in time for the road. So for time, 400 single turns and 30 burpees. 20 min.

    See you next month.


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