Fitness Blog - May 2012
Marlaena and I are doing the Tough Mudder
next month so we decided to do another race called the Spartan Race the other week to help us prepare. Neither one of us have done any kind of adventure racing before that involves trail running and obstacles and I haven't ran any significant distances (over 2-3km) in quite some time so we thought we better get our feet wet before taking on the Tough Mudder, which is supposed to be one of the hardest races in the world!
The Spartan Race
is a bit shorter than the Tough Mudder.. (it's only 5km instead of 17km) and the obstacles aren't quite as extreme. I went in a bit too cocky though and thought that I would be able to get through it in a breeze but I was humbled back to reality FAST! It was WAY harder than I thought it would be and was absolutely gassed at the end. It started with an uphill run that lasted for easily half of the race and then it went into a super steep downhill portion where I thought I was going to bail several times!
Some of the obstacles along the way were pretty tough too. There was one where you had to carry two buckets of rocks up a hill and then back down. And another where you had to walk along some 2x10's that were stacked on the tall side. I fell off right away and had to do 25 burpees before I could continue on. The second last obstacle was a spear throw which I nailed! The last one was another balancing obstacle where you had to climb across a small climbing wall. I fell off half way and had to do another 25 ugly burpees.
I finished the race in just under 34 minutes... Mar finished a few minutes after me. I'm really glad we decided to do it. It made me open my eyes a bit and realize that I better do a bit more running in preparation for this upcoming Tough Mudder in Whistler, B.C. (super crazy mountains!) Who would have thought.. having to run to get ready for an outdoor adventure running race!!
General Fitness article by Ben on Sunday, May 27, 2012 8:37:15 PM EST
I had to share this picture!
We just got back from Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico where my partner George got married to his beautiful new Bride, Aline. George saw a guy on the beach a couple of days before the wedding and thought it would be hilarious if all of the groomsmen wore Mexican wrestling masks and wrestled around on the beach for a bit after the ceremony!
Amazing/Funny Fitness article by Ben on Thursday, May 24, 2012 8:46:05 PM EST
If you're not too sure what to do when you're at the gym or if you're pressed for time and need to squeeze in a QUICK but EFFECTIVE workout then you NEED to include at least a couple of these movements in your workout and ALL of them at least ONCE in your weekly routine!
And if you stick to these 5 basic movements and all of their variations, I promise.. you will get fit, get strong and life will get a bit easier!!
1. Hip Hinge
- i.e. barbell deadlift, kettlebell deadlift, dumbbell deadlift, kettlebell swing
- i.e. shoulder press, bench press, push press, push-ups & hand stand push-ups
- i.e. dumbbell rows, pull-ups, chin-ups, lat pull downs, ring rows, TRX rows
- i.e. air squat, goblet squat, back squat, front squat, overhead squat
- i.e. front plank, push-up plank, side plank, three point plank, two point plank
General Fitness article by Ben on Thursday, May 10, 2012 8:23:54 PM EST
Marlaena and I were part of the CrossFit Vancouver
team that competed at the Canada West Regionals this past weekend. It was a gruelling 3 day event that was held at the Richmond Olympic Oval.. which was an absolutely beautiful venue!
The event brought together the top 60 men, 60 women and 30 teams in all of Western Canada with only the 1st and 2nd place finishers in each category going on to compete in the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games in California later this summer. Our team ended up finishing 9th overall and even though we won't be going on to the games, I am still really proud of the effort put in by everyone all weekend!
It was really cool and at the same time very humbling to watch the top individual men and women compete head to head against each other. The athleticism, raw strength and top notch conditioning they showed over the 3 days was unbelievable!! I'm not sure if I'll be able to get myself up to that level of fitness by next year but I'm going to train my butt off and try my best to crack the top 60 and compete in 2013!
General Fitness article by Ben on Tuesday, May 01, 2012 8:14:28 PM EST