Posted by Andy Petranek : Wednesday, Oct 17, 2007
Today's the starting point for our challenge - The "Grace". 30 Clean & Jerks for time. Here is a video of Annie, Nicole, and Chem Girl doing the Grace. Their form isn't so great, but you'll get the idea.
Video of the "Grace"
The purpose of Petranek Fitness Challenges is NOT so much to see who is the best or fastest, rather to have EVERYONE participate to see how much IMPROVEMENT is possible in 7 weeks. In this case, it's all about your clean & jerk technique, and the time it takes you to complete 30 reps. Hope to see you all today... and if not, there will be a makeup day on Saturday.
Clean & Jerk - 30 reps for time, 135 lbs
Posted by Andy Petranek : Tuesday, Oct 16, 2007
Every once in a while, I read a story or watch a video that really touches me... do your remember the one on YouTube awhile back entitled "Free Hugs"? Well for me, it was one of those. And the other day, it won a spot on YouTube's front page, giving it over 700,000 clicks in four days! Here's an article with more of the details of the story from the Sydney Morning Herald.
Free Hug Man Speaks Out
Traver & Matt - both look like they could use a hug... after their workout.
As many rounds as possible in 20 minutes of:
5 clapping pull ups
5 clapping push ups
100 jump ropes
Posted by Andy Petranek : Monday, Oct 15, 2007
We've been talking a bunch lately about maximizing efficiency - so that we're able to do more work in less time (maximizing intensity). But what makes one person actually faster than another? Is it a matter of the size of their lungs, the strength in their legs, or their VO2 max? Is it mental - their capacity to push beyond other's limits? Before you read the article below from the NY Times, try to answer the question for yourself. What do you think?
I'd love to hear your thoughts both before and after reading the article.
Running Efficiency: It’s Good, but How Do You Get It?
Run 5k for time
Posted by Andy Petranek : Friday, Oct 12, 2007
Next time you're tempted to order the fries at McDonalds... you might think twice after watching this video. Yes, Morgan Spurlock (Supersize Me) is at it again! If you didn't see his movie, it's absolutely worth the rent! Yes, I know that neither this video nor his movie are scientific double blind studies, but it definitely makes me think about what I'm stuffing down my gullet! How about you?
Thrusters 5-4-3-2-2-1-1-1 reps
- This workout is not for time. Record weight used each round.
Posted by Andy Petranek : Thursday, Oct 11, 2007
Dawn - fiercely determined and focused!
21-15-9 rep rounds of:
Thrusters, 75 lbs
Sumo Deadlift High Pull, 75 lbs
Posted by Andy Petranek : Wednesday, Oct 10, 2007
Didn't know the water topic from yesterday would strike up such a conversation! So I noticed someone tying their shoe during their workout yesterday... what are some of the other ways you have of legitimizing a break or giving yourself a time out during a hard workout? Do you play any mental games to keep yourself going?
Shawn & Will during a recent "Daniel" workout.
Using a broomstick (or pvc pipe or dowel) complete the following for time:
25 back squats
25 front squats
25 overhead squats
25 shoulder press
25 push press
25 push or split jerks
50 squat cleans
50 squat snatches