Sunday, May 29, 2011

Winter's Intent

The cold snap has just arrived and my kettlebell is sitting in the boot of my car ready for the chilled morning start. I am transitioning from the primal freak of summer to the grim Russian comrade of winter!

Over Winter the Primal Ginea Pigs have gone into hibernation, but are being replaced with a much more hard core (well, we will see...) group of endurance bunnies who i will call "the Winter Comrades". We are all entered into the Auckland Half Marathon, and we are going to nail it. Before that we have the "Tough Guy" in Auckland, July - also to be fully blitzed!

Meanwhile, my un-zoo-ness is spreading to broader concerns shared by others such as in this blog: Richard Louv's - new nature movement and more here...- primal living should be more than just food and exercise...go the un-zoo!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Where the heck did Autumn go?

Where has Autumn gone? I think I went into hibernation early. As usual I have experimented with my seasonal training and come up with some changes.

Over Autumn I adopted the Primal Blueprint Fitness plan from Marks Daily Apple as a way of chilling out after an active Summer, and to see what it felt like to train in a purely primal format of sprinting, lifting heavy things, doing the primal workout of the week, and moving frequently at a slow pace.

The verdict? Too boring for me. It will make a great easy week for when I need it, but my mind and body requires a bit more action than I found doing this plan. I have lost my capacity for intense workouts over this period as well - not good! One thing I will say though, I have got stronger, progressively moving through the primal movements (pressup / pullup / squat / shoulder press / and planks) so currently I am doing decline pushups, plyo pullups, single leg box squats, half handstand pushups and advanced planks. So I will keep that for next time...ideally I will be knocking out clapping or weighted pushups, muscle ups or weighted pullups, handstand pushups and advanced spidermans at the top end of the plan.

But next time I have tweaked my season to be more than just balance/maintenance based - it will be more about skill development. With that in mind, I have "unbundled" CrossFit across the week so I do one track day (CrossFit Endurance), one weight day (kettlebells for me), one gymnastic day (CrossFit gymnastic skills/American Parkour WODs), one day for the Primal Blueprint Bodyweight progressions, and one day for a Primal workout of my own design (more fun).

For now though, its nearly time to grow a beard, cosy up for Winter and get some real good kettlebell workouts in, pretend to be a Russian... Plus we are going to start up a little half marathon training group from work, doing CrossFit Endurance intervals to prep for more frequent workouts over September/October. Should be fun - movement stops the chill!