I originally planned on going to the box today, but I would have had to take a train to get there, and my stomach already wasn’t feeling so hot. So a home, bodyweight workout it was! I chose Tabata for this lovely Monday afternoon.
My MS Word dictionary does not recognize Tabata, so chances are a lot of people don’t. Izumi Tabata invented the HIIT method (High Intensity Interval Training) and proved scientifically Tabata WODs improve your aerobic and anaerobic systems, whereas moderate, prolonged cardio really only improves aerobic (article). They’re really quick, choppy exercises with built-in rest, so as you begin to get better, you can see your lowest tabata rep increase. You also won’t be winded as quickly. The last time I did Tabata Push-Ups (about a month ago), my lowest rep was 8, and this time it was 10.
- Noam Chomsky (via theselittlewondersstillremain)
I just wanted to remind you your pants size and dress size is just a number. I’m officially a dress size 8 now, after 2 years of Crossfit because my lats and butt and thighs got too big for a size 2. However, my waist is thinner than it was 6 sizes ago. I feel better, happier, stronger, and actually like how I look in clothes now. So ditch obsessing about what size you fit into. Judge based on how that size fits you.
I had never done Jason in the Crossfit gym, so attempting a modified bodyweight version (sans muscle-ups), also with 1 Burpee every minute was pretty interesting to say the least. Because it is a descending ladder, my legs felt like they were dying during the first exercises, whereas my arms were absolute jello during the last. It was a good, quick workout, and because there was no weight, I’m doubtful I’ll be super sore tomorrow.