August 17, 2010
August 22, 2010

A Sneaking Suspicion…

Before Brose returns from vacation this weekend, Steve O. led class Thursday night’s class for one-last substitute-coach ‘hurrah.’ Looking at the board before class though, I had a sneaking suspicion that the workouts seemed too calculated, as if Steve had an ulterior motive in all of this…

A block run on city streets as a warm-up? OK, not too far fetched, and it got everyone’s legs warm and loose.

And then for the two (2!) main WODs. You got to “choose” which one you started with: either Strength (DLs and K2E – picking heavy stuff up again and again and then learning to hold-on) or MetCon (Rowing and Burpees – repeated use of the legs and lots and lots of lung power). OK, OK, so it’s a good mix of strength and conditioning, but still my spidey sense was tingling…

And then, there came the “After Party” – a 400 meter Farmers Walk, again through the city streets. At this point, the theme was too strong for me to ignore: a heavy emphasis on picking heavy stuff up, and then holding on for dear life with your hands while your legs worked overtime to carry your body to, well, wherever it needed to go. The mental itch just wouldn’t go away…

And then it hit me: we are all now nothing but indentured servants for Steve’s ‘Proven’ Rickshaw Service.

well, he has been having knee problems…

At any rate – burpee numbers made it on to the board, but DL average-weights did not. So post loads, and most assuredly post your thoughts on being a newly recruited rickshaw puller.



  1. Maiko D. says:

    HAHA! oh my god that last pic!! Very sneaky Steve O.!

    I started off with the DL + K2E workout and my loads were 94#, 114#, 144#, 174#, 194#, 194#. Yup, our group went 6x. No time to up the weight cuz I thought we were done.

    The rowing + burpee workout hurt my soul. Damn rowing while being 5ft.

    For the last bit I picked up the 30# dbs. I quickly discovered that I couldn’t manage so I only walked half the distance 🙁 At first my shoulders and hands were tired but eventually I kept stopping b/c my left hand was overly sweaty and didn’t want to hang on to the weight anymore. I should have chalked up big time before but I was still a bit zoned out from the rowing. Good work to everyone else who did the actual distance!!!

    Another fun class from Steve O. I’ll be sure to avoid him on the streets in case Salty’s suspicions are true ;P

  2. Julia says:

    Looks like I missed out on some serious fun. Nice work, guys!

  3. Sara says:

    Julia – although I was just keeping time it was definitely fun.

    @Steve – really great programming. I loved both of these workouts as well as the ending torture. Had fun keeping time too.

    To everyone in class – great work. The deadlifts looked great. Great to see all the new guys trying to push there limits and maintaining nice form throughout the entire workout.

    Nice work to Diane who hit a new deadlift PR of 155lbs.

    After struggling to rig up Tom’s set of rings I got some good muscle-up practice in while everyone else was doing the farmers walk.

  4. Great work guys.

    @Sara- thanks again for all your help.

  5. SaltyHat says:

    Thanks again Steve for both the great workout and for stepping-in for Tom while he’s away – your workouts never disappoint.

    Started with the metcon and it was out & out rough. First two rounds were ok (comparatively), but the last three just destroyed me.

    For the DL, started with 297 and worked up to 357 for my last set (we only did 5) for an average of 331. I could tell by my last set that my body was starting to hate me. That’s ok cuz I hated it right back by using two 20kg KB with towels looped through the handles for the after party (many thanks to Jim Bathurst for suggesting that as a good method for grip work). Put the weight down 4 times during the course of the trip.

    Look out DC Pedicab!

  6. Maiko D. says:

    you only put your weight down four times? I’m jealous…clearly I need to up my training!