Hosted by Mari today.


We had to do single arm snatches with kettlebells. You take the kettle bell from the floor to above your head with one hand. I used 25 lbs to 3 sets of 10 (alternating arms).

Then we did back squats. You have the bar on your shoulders behind your head. We did 4 sets of 8. I did 110 lbs. I can go heavier than that but I was getting whipped at about rep 4.

There was a 500 m row as fast as we could. I did it in a little over 2 minutes.

Then we did a burpee workout. We did 40 seconds of burpees and a 20 second rest for 5 minutes. It was very hot even at 6 AM so this was not fun. I did 42.


My trainer is creative. Creativity in a trainer is a bad thing. For warm up this morning we had to go for a 400 m run – while carrying a barbell on our shoulders. I had a 33 lb bar. I have enough problems running without adding weight and making it so I can’t use my arms. The run takes us on the sidewalk by a busy street. The person behind me asked if I ever wonder what the people driving by think of us. “There goes those idiots again?”
“Just taking our barbells for a run. Don’t mind us.”
I, of course, manage to slam the side of mine into a very large sign which made the person behind me laugh – until she hit a concrete post. My arms were wrecked from that but luckily this was a major arm workout day so it only got worse.
There was more warmup after that but I’ve blocked it from my mind.

We did seated shoulder press. I was struggling on 45 lbs. We alternated that with ring pull ups. Your partner held your feet and pushed you up so you got the full range of motion.

The workout was 5 rounds of:

  • 30 med ball cleans – Squat down and pick up a 20 # medicine ball and raise it to your chin while standing up.  Squat.  Stand up.  Put it down.  As someone mentioned when it was over, “You say it was 30 but there are 2 squats in each move.  You sneaked in 60 squats each time.” Yeah, they are sneaky that way.
  • 15 sit ups
  • 10 alternating arm kettle bell snatches- I did 25 lbs.

There was a 20 minute time limit.  I got through 3 rounds and did all the med ball cleans and 10 sit ups in the next round.

I saw this on Pinterest the other day.  It must be true…



But I like them best when they are over.