Did another #ashtanga #yoga practice, a little more this time

I’m probably going to be doing a whole lot more yoga. It goes well with my studies, which I cannot wait to talk about (in April).

In other news, I FINALLY GOT MY IPHONE UNOCKED FROM AT&T & CONNECTED TO VERIZON! Woot! Woot! Am just finishing up the process of restoring the stuff on it from this morning’s backup!

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Random thoughts that came up

  • Static stretching & my tendency to do everything my own way: It’s funny that I was doing static stretching for years as a warm-up to ashtanga practice, for which the “conventional wisdom” and recommendations are that you do as close to nothing to prepare, before the Suryas, as possible. In my case there are certain poses that address specific bodily imbalances which, if done briefly before an ashtanga routine, make the whole thing much more enjoyable. Contrary to some indications I try to limit my masochism
  • The beginner’s mind & the irony that excessive ego attachment is so much more prevalent in adept yoga practitioners. It makes total sense. People are attracted to things they’re good at, hence most yoga teachers are individuals who’ve experienced a lot of ego gratification via yoga, especially in the Instagram age.

Today’s practice

  • Suryas & fundamentals
  • my basic Primary, with standard omissions and additions
  • Realized I’d forgotten the Ardha Baddha Padmo yesterday. No wonder why Titthibhasana B was hard to bind! Was more of a slow, tedious practice than yesterday, but yoga is harder in a way that is not recognized by “the burn”. Also, problematically, if you increase your range of motion you kind of have to maintain attention to this permanently. This is because when lifting or building strength, things travel more than they should, and if you don’t stretch & smooth them out regularly they congeal in bad formations.
  • 2nd thru Laghu Vajrasana, then a Kapo B. I’m still not attempting a bind and lowering elbows these days. Too risky. And I didn’t precede that with an EPRK (Eka Pada Rada Kapo) because I haven’t been practicing consistently.
  • But I did do my 3 drop backs and 3 ticks after Urdhva D.
  • Finishing to my Sirsasana menu. I skipped the rest of the finishing because I’d decided to do my daily sit & pranayama after.

Timings

  • 1:17 to end of series poses for the day (to Kapo B today, w/ no Kapo reg. This is my way, post “Miami”).
  • 1:27 to finishing

 

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#ashtanga #yoga was EXACTLY what I needed today

I had to start a bit late though, because I ate some of the most excellent (and vegan!) bean soup I made yesterday for a late lunch. I actually cooked a totally untested recipe for jam night without really worrying. It was spontaneous.

I say this over and over but I really can’t afford to neglect the yoga. I should do one full practice a week, meaning something that involves some decent forward bending, back bending, drop back and ticks. I was stiff! For the first time in memory I couldn’t just stroll into the Titthibhasana B [EDIT UPDATE, correction] that I usually do right before Kurmasana. I couldn’t get the bind! So I threw in an extra LBH that isn’t  normally in this mix, Eka Pada Sirsasana. Even then it was really tough to bind that Titthi (lol). Other LBH was as usual though, not harder.

Because it was enough to “get on the mat” in a real way (it happens so rarely) I didn’t do any of the beginning of 2nd, that I sometimes will do after my version of primary. I wanted to save my psychological fortitude for the 3 drop backs and 3 ticks. I hadn’t done ticks downstairs, where someone might witness, in ages. Mission accomplished.

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Ha! I burned only 297 doing a workout that says it’s good for 700 calories

Julia has spoiled me! That’s why I didn’t post the supposed burn as part of the routine title, which is how it’s shown on YouTube. I at least expected to hit half way though, not like 42%. Goes to show just how hard I’m working when I actually DO burn north of 700.

I should’ve done one of Julia’s short routines with a more serious yoga. I haven’t done anything approaching a “complete” yoga practice in quite awhile. Oh wells. I added on 35min of the easy stuff & at least cracked 400.

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111 average is an indication the whole thing was tedious, lol

7X7 Workout | Strength, Cardio, Booty, Core

Section 1: Warmup + Cardio (50:10)
1) Jumping jacks
2) squat and twist
3) bird-dog
4) glute bridge
5) pendulum lunge + switch
6) side lunge into plank
7) prisoner squat jumping jacks

Section 2: Upper Body AMRAP (7 minutes) 2 rounds + 7 bicep curls
1) bicep curls – 12 reps 30LBS
2) tricep dips – 10 reps
3) army press – 10 reps 20lbs 1st round & 26lbs 2nd
4) SA row – 10 reps 20lbs (too light)

Section 3: Cardio (50:10) +8lb vest
1) jugglers
2) speed skaters
3) 2 plank hops, 1 tuck jump
4) fast feet
5) plank jack w/ shoulder tap
6) toe touch jacks
7) hop over weight 6x, 10 mountain climbers

Section 4: Lower Body (50:10)
1) goblet squats 35lbs
2) squat jumps
3) step up, lunge back (right leg)
4) step up, lunge back (left leg)
5) switch lunges
6) SL Deadlift hip thrust (right leg) 30lbs I did enough hip thrusts yesterday!
7) Other side

Section 5: BURPEES (50:10) No vest. Is too loose and annoying for a burpee set.
1) star burpees
2) plank row burpees 40lbs I can do hammer curls w/ 20lbs in each hand now. Who knew? BTW the last Bodyrock workout I did, forgot to mention that I hadn’t brought my crossfit assist band downstairs so I did full range pull-ups & chin-ups w/ no assist. I’ll have to note how many reps I got for each next time.
3) pike pushup/regular pushup burpees
4) frog burpees
5) tricep burpees
6) 180 degree burpees with tuck jump
7) squat jump pushup burpees

Section 6: Booty Burnout (50:10) With 5lb ankle weights (5lb ea leg)
1) glute kick backs (right leg)
2) glute kick backs (left leg)
3) laying leg lift (right leg)
4) laying leg lift (left leg)
5) squat and leg lift (right leg)
6) squat and leg lift (left leg)
7) elevated plank glute raises

Section 7: Core Burnout (50:10)
1) knee-in sliders
2) side plank (right side)
3) pike sliders
4) side plank (left side)
5) russian twist
6) baby plank walk with sliders
7) V HOLD

(Time 59:34 burn 297!)

Yoga

  • 35min
  • Suryas, fundamentals, some twisting, savasana

Great workout today, after 2 days off

I’m really loving Tabata lately, and Velvet Hammer Fitness.

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Extra warm-up (10/30×6=4min) jump rope intervals

Matt’s Metabolic Mayhem

Warm-up @ 3:10


Tabata Pairs 20:10 20 Minutes with 8lb vest

Box Squat Jump
Face Melters Feet elevated plank, jog feet down & back up, changing leading foot ea interval.

Quadzillas
Push-up Jacks These are still SO challenging for me w/ an 8lb vest!

Tucks Did mine slow & controlled, no bounce, 7 or 8 per interval
2 Froggers, 2 tricep push-ups, 2 superman

Super Skater Jump 3x, hop up on the 3rd
Broad jump forward bunny hops back

Twist Mountain Climbers
Overhead switch lunge + squat Holding arms overhead

(Took a few minutes break here for notes & happy sitting)


Light Dumbbell Tabata 20:10 20 Minutes

Rolling Squat + 2 punches 2 10lb weights
Split Switch with press up

Side Plank Under & Up (L) 10lbs really challenging by the last interval
Full Burpee+ 4 punches

Side Plank Under & Up (R) 10lbs
1-leg squat,1-arm press, single leg crunch I did alt sides by mistake & took out the crunch cause I was using 20lbs

Bulgarians, alt legs per round 30lbs + 8lb vest, this & last set
Plank rows

Squat + forward press
Grocery Bag Punches


Dumbell Gauntlet (5 rounds, 5 reps per move) 40lbs + 8lb vest all the way thru (kicked my ass)

Curtsy Lunges (L)
Squats + Press 
Curtsy Lunges (R)
Shoulder Presses 
Double Squat Pulses (5 per leg)


Yoga

  • Suryas & fundamentals, one urdhva d
  • Finishing to sirsasana, savasana

#Tabata #strength & #ashtanga #yoga

That felt good today! And sometimes it’s better to have a time limit (a lunch date in this case), so you don’t dither endlessly.

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Agility Tabata + Posterior ChainAgility Tabata + Posterior Chain

Warmup (10/30×6=4min) jump rope intervals


Tabata Pair Workout excellent cardio set!

  • Was gonna do this w/ a list & timer initially, but in previewing the first few sets I decided it was too “dancey” for me to remember, so I did it with the video. I’d put 30 seconds for the rest between intervals though…
  • With 8lb vest

    1. Mini Suicide Shuffles
    2. Heel Clicks From standing & with hands on floor

    1. In/Out Fast Feet x4+ plank shoulder taps X4 + heel click
    2. Butt kick lateral hops x3, SL (outside leg)forward and back hop x4

    1. Falling off a log + 2 side heel clicks + 3 bunny hops back Kind of like a forward, crossing one leg over the other forward skip x4. Stop with one foot raised & do 2 kicks out to the side. Alt which leg starts.
    2. 1-2-3’s Sideways shuffle lifting inner knee (like Insanity move)

    1. Hit-the floors
    2. Fencing Shuffle Forward and back, 180 and Switch

    1. In/Out quick squats
    2. Shuffle, Drop and Pop

    1. Cross Hops (L)
    2. Cross Hops (R)

    1. 2 Plank Jacks, 2 Toe Taps
    2. 2 Froggers, 2 Low Cross Jacks

    1. 4 fast feet, 4 in/out fast feet Video sequence got mixed up in the edit but it was ok.
    2. Around-the-World Squats (4 left, 4 Right)


Back Body Finisher/Posterior Chain
(1 minute intervals/15 seconds rest)

  1. Pull-over+ narrow press 30lbs
  2. Supine Rows+Deadlift 40lbs
  3. Squat walk x4 + Upright row x2 30lbs
  4. Pigeon toe DL +Shrugs+ Calf Raises 40lbs
  5. Renegade rows + Glute Raises (alt) 40lbs

Yoga

Was gonna do a Bodyrock isometric thing for part 2, but then I’d have had no time to stretch! Decided yoga would feel better.

  • 32min Suryas & fundamentals, the Linda way, first 3 poses of primary, one 5-breath urdhva d and then a 1min savasana

Monday workout, #HIIT and #ashtanga #yoga

So I will be on C’s phone plan. Not sure yet if my number will change and it turns out we’ll have to deal with that Wednesday. He can’t do it early or I may get hit with more fees.

Then and Now

The menial doesn’t even pan out because they’re either incredibly abusive, while expecting an unwarranted “passion” for the job, OR they totally lie about the hours. You agree on what you can do and then you show up and everything’s different. The latter thing was particularly sad for me because now I can never shop there again. I just can’t deal with any corporation on a menial level, no matter how well reputed it might be generally, the minions are never treated well.

Didn’t used to be like that. When I’d expected to have these kinds of shit jobs (while in high school, during and then right after college, since I was stupid enough to go to art school, no matter how good the school and how well I did), they were much, much different. Back then, all of the retail spaces that I encountered employed mostly full-time staff, with benefits that were actually useable. Even the part-time staff had regular hours.

Shit I did so far today

  1. Dealt with phone issue.
  2. Meditation / hermetics: all fucking over the place internally and a lot of Aaaaaarrrrgh!!!! energy in the anahata (heart) chakra.
  3. Moved about 140lbs of equipment from the 2nd floor to the 1st.
  4. Worked out. Did my circuit training downstairs, and then spent 6min putting my stuff away & getting myself ready upstairs for the yoga portion. I was going to do more – the back bending & shit – but I didn’t feel up to that today.

Do these things count as accomplishments? I have to consider them as such. After all, it’s tempting to just lie there like a slug. But no. It’s my anniversary with life on The Hill. I will buck up. I will help cook. I will apply to more jobs I will not be considered for. But first I’ll shower and move the futon to the office.

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Warmup: (10/30×6=4min) jump rope

25 Minute Manmaker Burst by Kristin

“No Rest” 1 manmaker at minute interval: (24” Elevation) 60:20 Manmaker in 20-second interval – 13:30 no rest setThis set is INTENSE. I got thru it by using two 15s sometimes, as opposed to two 20s all the way through, and not wearing a vest.

1. Plank Rows 40lbs
2. Burpees
3. Renegade Rows 40lbs
4. Squats to Arnold Press (palms towards face and twist and press at top) 30lbs set + MM
5. ½ Burpee / Box Jumps 13” elevation
6. Burpee + Bicep Curls 30lbs set + MM
7. Elevated Plank Alt Cross Knee (to opp arm) Toe Touches + Tricep Pushup I did 2 cross touches & 1 push-up in between
8. Alt Curtsy Lunges 40lbs
9. Mountain Climbers On floor
10. Manmakers (30lbs set, 40lbs closing MM) Do one more in last, shorter interval

EMOM – finish suggested reps and the rest of the time is your rest period:
1. 10 Alt SA Chest Press + Scissor Leg Cross Crunch 40lbs 2=1 Same leg comes up as hand
2. 10 SL Decline Pushups 1=1
3. Weighted In & Out Squat Jumps 20lbs 2=1
4. 10 Dynamic SL Tricep Pushups
5. 10 DL squats + 10 Box Jumps 40lbs 

Tabata Pairs Finisher! : (8 min)
1 Romanian DL’s 30
Swings 35lb kettlebell

1 Broad Jumps + Clean & Press + Bunny Hop Back 40lbs
2 Clean & Press 40lbs


Yoga

About 46min

  • Suryas & fundamentals, dandasana, paschimo & purvottanasana
  • no vinyasa, count 5 or 10 depending on how much I felt I needed: marichyasana A-D, pashasana, eka pada sirsa
  • my favorite finishing poses (10/60)

Rest day, #ashtanga #yoga

Rest from the HIIT that is! I was ridiculously stiff & sore last night and this morning. I’ve been over emphasizing the Julia circuits of course, and I’ve been getting a little bit low-level tweaky. So today jumping was absolutely forbidden! Well… not counting the jump throughs and jump backs and hand stands of my Primary+.

I wasn’t going to wear the monitor… But even if I know it’s going to be low part of me wants to know the stats, and that part always wins, lol.

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A 106 average! That’s not even a brisk walk. This is about what a normal, low energy primary would be for me. And part of me is like, Oh man, you stopped just 2 short of cracking 400! I could’ve jogged in place for that last two. Silly.

  • Suryas & fundamentals
  • My primary+
  • Second to Laghu Vajrasana,
  • Urdhva D, 3 drop backs, 3 ticks
  • Finishing