A Workout Heavily Inspired by Zach Even-Esh's The Encyclopedia of Underground Strength and Conditioning
At the last minute, I ended up having a coffee break with a friend today and toted along Zach Even-Esh's brand new Encyclopedia of Underground Strength and Conditioning. She's also an aficionado of incredibly challenging workouts and in addition to being a member of our small group, is almost always up for a "Hey, I have this crazy workout to test, want to try it?" situation. Like the time this past Memorial Day when we did a version of the Murph Hero WOD for fun in the park.
Getting a review copy of the book was a real treat as Zach not only shares tons of cool exercises, approaches to programming, and example workouts, he also shares his own personal story. This is absolutely fascinating stuff, and in some weird way, makes understanding his "no rules" "underground" approach that much easier.
I'm a big fan of questioning the mainstream (a glance at the music I've collected for the past 25+ years will also attest to that). Also, many times I've been let down by "what you're supposed to do" in terms of "women's fitness".
For whatever reason it seemed like we all had a bit of extra energy to burn off this week, so I planned a real fun one. Part challenge, part skills, part mobility, with a little extra dose of extreme cardio (it is if theswings are heavy enough). I am super proud to report that my little band of buddies are so advanced at this point that everyone who showed up on Tuesday did their heavy swings with the . And we ONLY do legit swings on my watch, so the amount of sheer power generated by this small training group is very off the charts.
Admittedly, this advanced partner workout borders on just a little bit silly, but it is also a whole heck of a lot of fun. It works well for people who are fairly close in athletic abilities, but it is super easy to adapt it for very advanced or intermediate partner possibilities.
Also, there's a somewhat excessive amount of cool fitness toys in this one, and that's mainly due to a "just because we can" situation -- all in a blissful airconditioned space with multiplestations etc. (Granted if you had seen us after this workout you might have thought we had been outside in the 90 degree heat with 100% humidity...)
Small group had FUN with this one tonight - it involved many of our favorite "toys":in a variety of weights ( , , , ), a , and the infamous "evil wheel" (aka the $12 of pain, ab wheel).
After reading a good bit of Bud Jeffries new book, I Will Be Iron (currently out on ebook format, soon to be out in paperback), I was more than just a little bit inspired. One of the things I like about his book is the real world focus on simple but effective workouts with just a few crucial tools. He also pairs drills very well - I'm even futher convinced that I need to get a tire for the small group to flip - that or we may have to work out something and meet up with our friends at The Jungle for a special workout event...