Suddenly having access to a great outdoor training area has inspired me to step up my daily training and general activity level. Thankfully, by this age I've figured out that I can't go "all in" all the time. Recently, there's been a great series of articles by Dan John on DragonDoor.com and the first one (go read all five though) addresses the idea of consistency and continuity in training---and that most of our workouts should be on the medium-low level. This makes a lot of sense to me, especially now as I'm looking to add two days a week (hopefully schedule permits) of an 1.5 hour Systema class. When I took the trial class months ago (when I was considering moving to this area) I was impressed with the wonderful and mobility warm-up, and the fact that the training did get significantly strenuous (I judged this by my extreme need for dinner afterwards). Given that class is tonight, I didn't want to show up recovering from a crazy all out bashfest and not be able to keep up with my cool new friends.
I decided to use my they update this from time to time, so be sure to check here if you're preparing for an Certification!)Test weight for my weight class (women's open class 121-135lbs = ) (
The subject of EMOM workouts came up on the I use Interval Timer Pro from Deltaworks) on my iPhone to chime on the minute every minute for 20 minutes. I had a handy and decided to use it because 1. I really like the finish on that one, it's kind of slightly grippy and dry 2. Wanted to use something reasonably heavy for these short sets of swings--but wasn't feeling the need to set any world records. I was doing this at 10PM after all.forums recently and of course that made me immediately want to do one! It was late at night but I figured I had 20 minutes to spend wisely. After a short warm up (feel free to throw in some light weight or no weight get-ups) I set up the interval timer app (
OK! Here's what I did - it's simple, but it added up! I paused the timer in the middle for a water break but other than that, this is a great challenge to do all the way through. It's also easy to scale things on this model. You can always use another pulling movement instead of the strict pull-ups (example: Aussie pull-ups akarows).
Those of you following along ontoday you may have noticed at the end of one of the videos I kind of... attack a bowl of pepperment bark at Williams-Sonoma while on an otherwise innocent errand to pick up a box of Mavea water filters. Long story short, I might have had a little bit of a sugar rush when I came home, but I also wanted to get some reps in, and some small chores done too.
Enter the EMOM workout... Every Minute On the Minute. I set the interval timer to chime on the minute every minute for 30 minutes--which is a pretty ambitious time frame for an EMOM workout usually, but I had planned to keep the reps low on this one. I did a mobility warm up and set up everything before pressing start. Earlier today I brought up an"Strength" bag that is filled with about 50lbs of delicious smelling dry jasmine rice (50lb bags of Thai style jasmine rice were on sale the day that I went to the Asian market looking for a giant bag of rice). I wanted to the outside of the bag anyway so why not grunge it up with some of my sweat beforehand? Also, I love doing little combos with it. For tonight I felt more like "doing things" than "thinking" so an EMOM workout sounded like the right idea. FIRST, a basic ground rule: every rep must be good, if questionable reps start happening, then the game is over.
Here's the version I did and the little video I didn't think to shoot until I was about 3/4 of the way through the workout...