I was worried as soon as I looked at the workout on the board.  It contained something called ManMakers.  I didn’t know what that was but I figured it couldn’t be good.  I was right.  It was a push up on dumb bells, then lift up the dumb bell with each arm in turn to do a row, stand up, and press them above your head.  That’s one rep. 

The workout was 4 rounds of:

  • 50 double unders – that’s jumping rope with two revolutions of the rope for each jump.  If you can’t do that you do 3 times as many single jumps.
  • 10 man makers
  • Sunday:

    The workout I picked had front squats (that means you hold a barbell under your chin while you squat) and ring handstand push ups.  Yeah, right.  I can’t do a handstand let alone doing a handstand push up on rings like this is the freakin’ Olympics.  The trainer that was there said another trainer managed to do all of them.  He said that he did one and felt like his whole body was going to break.  I substituted pike push ups.

    It went 21 squats, 27 pikes, 15 squats, 18 pikes, 12 squats, 9 pikes, 9 squats.  That actually went really fast.  I was done in 5:31. 

    I had some time to kill so I did some sit ups and back extensions.  After that I decided to practice double unders. I actually managed to do one! I was so surprised I almost fell down. I did 4 all together. They weren’t one after another because I had to stop in amazement and then celebrate every time I did one.


    All day Monday my left shoulder and collarbone hurt to the touch. They didn’t hurt any other time. It felt like I had hit them but I couldn’t figure it out. It was those front squats with the bar up under my chin. I’m such a delicate thing.

    Today we worked on cleans (bar from the floor to the shoulders with a squat). That put the bar into the sore spot on the shoulder every time. Fun. But I did manage to get a PR of 83 lbs.

    The workout was 6 rounds of:

  • 20 hand release pushups – That just means that at the bottom you lift your hands off the ground
  • 10 hang clean thrusters – bar from the ground to your shoulders in a squat and then stand up and press the bar overhead in one move. Those were rough. At first I was doing it wrong and standing up and then pushing overhead. It is a lot easier to do it as one move since the momentum from standing helps throw the bar in the air.
  • I did it in 15:30.