26 March 2013

Seriously weak upper body

The muscles used in pull-ups:

The muscles used in push ups:

The muscles used in a kettlebell swing:

That is what I have, a seriously weak upper body. My legs are strong. I have thick, muscular thighs and my calves pop, but my upper body - bleh.... So that's what I'm really hoping to improve through crossfit. I want a toned, well defined upper body. I realize that it's going to take time, and I am getting there. I have muscles in my arms that I never had before. Awesome.

Last night's Crossfit workout:

  • 800 m run
  • 40 pull-ups (I did jumping pull-ups and am getting quite good at them)
  • 80 push-ups (I used a low band that helped support my hips)
  • 120 kettlebell swings - with a 25# kettlebell
  • 800 m run
There was a 30 minute time cap and I did it in 30:40 - not too shabby. As you can see we worked the same muscles over and over and over and over.....it was brutal. But that's what I need to work on so I'm really not complaining.  I am a little sore this morning though :)

Let's talk about running. I ran 2 mornings in a row and I ran 2x for Crossfit last night. And I feel amazing. I'm getting ready to run again today and finish up my 1st week of Couch to 5k. Crossfit has really helped me build strength in my legs, now just to get them used to running.

Not sure what else I'm going to do today. I need to do some housecleaning and I need to do some schoolwork. I also need to look for some stuff. I need printer ink; printer paper; and some print envelopes.  So lot's to do, let's see how much I actually get done.

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