Did someone say something about Tom A. having a birthday this week? You just know that spells trouble…
After a relatively slower-paced Tuesday class on the rings, Thursday ramped things up a bit with a repetitious two minute attack of 3 HSPU, 10 Supine Windshield Wipers back = 2 reps), and 15 Air Squats. The goal was to complete each round as fast as possible, using any time remaining in the two minute time block as rest. Class kept this up for a total of 10 rounds. This was a great way to see if everyone had taken to hear all the review we’ve been doing on the basics of form over the last two weeks, culminating with Tuesday’s extensive hollow position recap (you didn’t think all those handstand kick-ups were gonna go to waste, did you??).
Scaling options for the HSPU were numerous, beginning with a rather lax standard of less-than-full-range-of-motion. This is kind of a surprising standard considering our usual slavish adherence to full ROM, but without ab-mats at the moment, we’re granting people’s heads a slight reprieve. Don’t get used to it, however, as ab-mats and yoga mats are on their way.
Additional scaling options included piked push-ups with feet on the window sill, decline push-ups with feet on the window sill, and regular push-ups on the floor. The program also allowed for anyone to start with one option and then scale down as needed through out the workout. This kept up until everyone had completed a total of ten rounds…or did it?
In honor of one of Tom A’s 49th birthday, an 11th and final bonus round of nothing more than 50 burpees was sprung on everyone at the end (49 plus 1 to grow on). While the 50 burpees started on the 2 minute block, a 5 minute time cap was used instead of 2 min. Of course, the 7pm class was just damn lucky we didn’t decide to add Emily’s birthday (also yesterday) on-top of Tom’s!
After everyone had recovered and were breathing somewhat normally again, we hit the wall for another round of the pec stretch and lat & tri stretch from the warm-up.
Don’t forget that we now have two classes on the weekend: Saturday and Sunday, both starting at 10am and running for roughly an hour and a half. See you all then.