No Excuses Challenge 2019:
YES, we will be running a No Excuses Challenge this year.
The challenge will officially begin Monday, September 9 and run through Monday, October 21 (6 weeks!).
We’ll have a full informational kick-off meeting on Wednesday, September 4.
For the 6 weeks, you’ll be accountable for the following:
- A MINIMUM of 15 minutes of exercise 5 days per week.
- 7 hours of sleep per night, EVERY NIGHT.
- 10 minutes of mobility/recovery EVERY DAY.
- Eating according to plan (more to come).
- Logging your success on the above EVERY DAY.
The challenge is for those of you who are starting from scratch and want accountability to make basic, healthy habits STICK. You’ll learn the following:
- How to compose healthy meals (what types of food make you feel best?!).
- How to nail down sustainable HABITS.
- How to develop a mobility/recovery practice.
If you’ve done this before, you can expect to:
- Re-visit those habits that always trip you up when “life” gets in the way.
- Connect with your buddy and the crew and learn new skills and tweaks to make the habits easier.
- Bring BACK the awareness of which of these habits make you feel your very best.
Cost is $89.
Sign up at the front desk.
No Excuses Challenge Info Meeting:
Wednesday, September 4 at 6:30 p.m. Bring yourself, bring your questions! Get answers!
Wednesday 6:30 p.m. will return to usual programming effective September 11. We will likely run specialty courses in the near future—stay tuned! Many thanks to all of you that showed up for the Summer of Skills classes! We had a blast. Please drop a note to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any suggestions or feedback for next round.
Holiday Schedule Monday, September 2
8-a.m. and 9-a.m. classes only!
Volunteer Opportunity with Berkeley Food Network:
The Berkeley Food Network is moving into a new space soon, and Sarah could use some hands and warm bodies to help with the transition! There are slots available for September 7 and 14. Coach Heidi will be there on the 7th after morning classes. Functional fitness for a good cause!
Guest Day Saturday, September 7
Guests, family, friends, and teens welcome. The workout will be beginner friendly. FREE!
Workouts for the Week:
Team Series 17.1
9-15-21 reps for time of:
Men use 95 lb.
Women use 65 lb.
All reps are IN SYNC with partner–meet at top of every thruster and bottom of every burpee. This should be a fun challenge and a good push!
A. Tempo step-ups
5-5-5-5-5 per side
LATERAL step-ups. Choose a box that’s high enough to get your hip below parallel, but not so high you have to use a big heave to get up there.
“Tempo” will be:
Fast on way up
3-2-1 count on the way down
BONUS if you can pause for a breath at the bottom with foot off the ground.
These are a great way to build stability, strength, and positions for pistols. If these are too easy, descend with your “floating” leg forward of the box.
B. “Kriss Kross”
8 rounds, starting svery 3:00:
8 burpees to 6″ target
EACH round is for time. Goal is to move FAST and not fall off the pace. 85-90% on the 200-m run, quick transition, and straight to burpees.
Focus on a nice, flat landing position with your feet. This will transfer over to awesome burpees down the line. Choose your standard KB weight–something you can swing without much concern 🙂
B. Get sweaty:
The sled will get your heart rate up. L-Sits are a “fun” skill to practice. Take your time on inchworm + push-up to make for perfect push-ups and a great stretch. 5 rounds would be a good goal today.
2 mins/side couch stretch
2 mins/side bone saw
2 mins/side LAX ball lats
A. Deadlift for load:
Work up to a heavy single for the day. MAY be a new max, maybe not.
B. “Just Enough”
Goal is to get some work on your pull-ups with JUUUUUST enough squats and dubs to get you sweaty!
A. Look (e)MOM, no HANDS(tands)!
Working on shapes! Open your shoulders, stack your ribs and hips and try to get a moment of balance in your handstands.
5 rounds for time:
Accumulate 1 minute in handstand
HS hold is cumulative, but call it when quality starts to suffer or you can’t compose yourself enough to feel like this is productive practice. Toes-to-bars will tax arms and midline even more, so finding a STACKED position is super important to minimize the amount of energy you put out.
This is NOT the time to “banana” yourself up to the wall and wait it out. Learn something! Start with one solid set of toes-to-bar (if you’ve never tried to do 21 unbroken, give it a go!). Ideally, commit to a big set that you’re not sure you’ll hit. If you have a few T2B but not 21, scale back to 12 or knees to chest + T2B linked.
HS walk attempts
Wall facing (wall walk)
Pull a foot or two off of wall
Saturday—TRAIN (Guest Day!)
Lunge complex should be a fun challenge today—carry the slam ball the entire time, and end each “rep” with a smash and catch. Split reps as needed.
Partner push-ups: Both push up and high-five at the top. Run together, but pass off ball as needed.
This one should be a consistently sweaty 20 minutes. Good fun!
5 Rounds for time:
15/10 cal bike
Hit this one fast and hard. Get the RPMs on the bike up as high as possible and maintain a good clip on the burpees. GO!