Triumph, recovery and orthopedics.

Those have been the thoughts of late.  I have triumphed over certain problems that I’ve been having on the mental and physical side. The year has been hard and at the same time unforgettable. My weight-loss journey got to a great start this year and in total I’ve managed to loss 22 kg so far, which is a fair amount, but I’ll keep on working and want to lose more. What can I say – losing is my game (pun intended).

In may I struggled a sporting injury and was forced to take a long, long recovery after breaking my two toes. Unfortunately the toes didn’t heal quite as planned and now I’m waiting to see the orthopedic surgeon and they have to operate the foot for a full recovery. Never the less the training will keep on going!

Today I was at the gym working my ass of as usual and there came these two guys who were definitely pros by the looks of it: Rogue-fitness wear all the way and fit like no other. Nevertheless, I felt like they were my peers: did the same things in the warm-up routine as I did etc. It occurred to me, that fitness and healthy life isn’t just the things you do – it is the idea of a better you, trying to reach your goal and always trying to do a little better than before. Failure is almost inevitable – but without failure one cannot learn anything. That is process. The bottom line, I realized today that applying this ideology to every aspect of my life is the key of success. I’ve been struggling with school for some time now, but I did manage to act on the matter and strive for the better today as well, it made me feel good. I know this might sound bit a cliche, but never the less, it was an epiphany needed.

My journey has been amazing, I’ve been able to do things that I didn’t think possible in January, like hitting my dead lift record to 140 kg or learn the technique how to bench press properly. And what more is there to come?

Although life has been hard this year – CrossTraining has made it easier for me, being my own escape.

Take care guys.

Back in the game.

This week I decided that it was time to get back to the gym and start training. Was feeling a bit down for some reason, I was afraid that my strength had gone away and general health wouldn’t be at the level as it was before. Then I remembered that I only have to try be a better me than I was yesterday – so every workout is a step forward.

I decided to really boost my metabolism on Monday so I did a Tabata workout. The feeling when you almost pass out but not quite is pretty intimidating at first but awesome afterwards. I felt pretty worn out after the workout, but happy never the less. I decided to do a recovery-walk in the evening and had a nice long walk with the dog.

Yesterday I had to work and decided to take the day off. Well not quite, I still managed to do a nice long walk with a good tempo with Linus (aka the dog). Luckily I didn’t break anything on Monday so yesterday was pretty DOMS-free day.

Today I decided to hit the gym and do a nice WOD.

Workout:

Warm-up

20 wall-balls (8kg)

Parallel workouts

1)Deadlift 12-10-8 reps (60-90-110 kg)

1)Ab-mat 20-20-20

30-60 second rest between sets

2)Pull-ups amrap x 3

2)Box jumps 10-8-6

30-60 second rest between sets

cool down and muscle maintenance, stretching

My workout IS NOT done by a professional, this felt like a nice workout so I decided to start out with this. It was a bit mixture what we had trained before, but it’s a very nice WOD to start the week.

Tomorrow I’ll do some cardio, Friday will be a rest day and weekend it’s going to be all about working hard.

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Take it easy guys.

Apology.

Hey guys, I’m so sorry I haven’t been writing lately, to be honest, I haven’t had the motivation to workout lately. But good news: the misery is coming to an end and light at the end of the tunnel is finally close.

I broke my two toes in May and unfortunately the bones didn’t align correctly while they were healing and it has taken time to heal, but now I’m getting back! It seems that injuries are always a part of my life, but I’m determined not to quit – no sir. I will keep going on and hopefully be stronger and nail my results!

I’ve absolutely fallen in love. With my bike. Yes, Linda too, but my bike is awesome. I’ve been biking quite a lot recently, not being able to do Cross Training, I’ve been trying not to risk further injuries. Maybe the best feeling was the other day when I decided to do a little run and I biked a marathon. The feeling was awesome, all that hard work in the beginning of the year hadn’t gone to waste and I think I did good.

I will return with my CrossTraining exercises soon, have to get one tattoo first, but after that has healed, I will get back with the iron and hopefully for good this time.

Also other major change is coming. I’m going to start doing Paleo diet, I’m really excited and a bit afraid of it, but hoping to see great results. The thing that concerns me is how to get all the ingredients during winter and protein intake. But I’m sure I’ll find a way to make it work.

My paleo experiment
My paleo experiment

More of this, next week!

Take it easy guys.

Bubbles.

Lately I’ve been struggling with motivation and I don’t understand why exactly. In June I hit my training to the T, but now in July it has been hard for some reason. I had an easier week when my toe started acting up, and after that I feel like I’ve been running on 70-80% what I could do. Don’t get me wrong, still when I hit my workouts I give my all 100% and more, but the greatest struggle has been with going to the gym, working out my schedule etc.

Also one reason why I’ve been feeling a bit low is that my toe is still pretty painful after and during workouts, the doctors don’t seem to find anything wrong with it except it’s inflamed and they won’t give me the injection I want to get rid of it. Well, we’ll see what comes of that.

But now I’ll make a promise. Next month I’ll be hitting it harder than ever, also with my diet. I’ve been taking it easy, because it’s a part of my summer routines to enjoy good food, but next month I’ll be returning to the old regime and you’ll see me hitting those goals again!

How awesome it is that the CrossFit games are finally here?! Too bad to hear that Mikko Salo was injured, hopefully he’ll recover quickly! I’ll bet that Rich Froning will be on top this year, what do you guys think?

Take care people! 

4 weeks of hard training

4 weeks of hard training is coming to an end tomorrow! These past weeks have been quite hard and in the beginning I had pretty hard time with DOMS, but after purchasing the foam roller and really focusing on my stretching and muscle maintenance, it hasn’t been that big of a deal.

These four weeks have been consisted of 4-5 workouts per week, including two intense CrossTraining workouts and 2 Tabata workouts plus one longer workout with a recovery in mind. And the results?

Yesterday I hit the gym and I had a pull-workout planned: deadlifts, romanian deadlifts, box jumps, flutter kicks, pull-ups and abmat-abs. The day before I was thinking about the weights what my max would be, and yesterday I nailed them! 5×2 (5 rounds, 2 reps) deadlift at 120 kg (264 lbs) – nailed it! I figured that my one rep max could be somewhere between 140-150, but being able to do five rounds with that particular weight – I was very pleased. Also at the same time I did my record time with that workout plus managed to increase my max pull-ups (with a band) so far – the first pull-up without a rubber band is coming up nicely, you’ll see!

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Hands shaking, skin torn, sweat on the floor = workout complete!

Overall these 4 weeks have taught me quite a few things: hard work truly pays off and that I really, really love CrossTraining. It pushes me to my full potential and there’s no question I wouldn’t hit my goals.

Also during these past two weeks a certain question has been popping up: why do I train and who do I train for? I train for myself and I train because I want to be fit – not just now, but 50 years from now.

Next week I’ll be taking it easy at the gym, recovery and muscle maintaining is very much needed and I’ll be focusing on my weight lifting techniques.

Take care guys!

-Joni-

Midsummer festivities and trainings

This weekend has been all about celebrating the midsummer and the beginning of the summer. For me it started with a work day yesterday and when I was done with that, we wen’t to my in-laws for an amazing dinner and had a good time all together. It has been pretty hard at work so a little pause did the trick.

Today I resumed my training regime and headed to the gym to do my pull-workout routine. I was pleased when I added more weights than last week and double the amount to two weeks ago and still managed to improve my time by almost 25 min. And yes – I was beat afterwards; hands shaking, little light headed and tired. Never the less – the best feeling in the world!

I’m waiting forward hitting tomorrows TABATA and monday will be all about refueling for the next week as I’ll focus on muscle-care (stretching and mobility) with the help of our CrossTraining coach.

Take it easy guys!

Scheduling and hard work.

This June has been quite month for me. I’ve managed to get 4 workouts per week and now it feels like it’s time to add fifth workout to the schedule – but to do this wisely. My weeks have consisted of 2-3 CrossTraining workouts and rest days plus one additional longer cardio exercise. Now this week I’ll add something to the list.

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Post-workout meal.

I’ve decided to do our CrossTraining teams scheduled push- and pull workout routines once a week, 2 x Tabata and adding one recovery exercise, most likely biking for 45-90 min to the week. I’ll do this routine for 3 weeks now and then I’ll take a week off. Well not ‘off’ but will take it easy, train my weight lifting techniques, stretch, take care of my muscles etc. I think that this 4 weeks hard work + 1 week recovering is a good tempo, we’ll see eventually.

This week I’ve been really pushing it, thriving to be better with every rep. It’s funny, because at the beginning of the year I found myself quite easily cheating on my reps, but not anymore. I keep hearing our head coaches voice in my head: “tight package! bum backwards! open you’re chest!”. This is great, because when you cheat, you risk injuring yourself.

Today I have the day off from work and like usually when I’d have the time to sleep in, I woke up at 5:20 am. Hit the gym at 7:00 am and did my TABATA routine there, was absolutely pumped afterwards. Now, I’m going to chill the rest of the day and tomorrow will bike for a nice stretch.

Take care guys!

-Joni-