I’m back, now, from a whirlwind trip to Austin, Texas; it was great to visit with family and friends, and get back, even for a short while, to the great state of Texas.
A couple of the trip’s highlights: taking in OUR BODY, The Universe Within, at the University of Texas’ Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports, A trip to my all-time favorite bike shop, Mellow Johnny’s (where I engaged in some serious fixie lust), and an absolutely kick-ass, trainer-guided workout at Efficient Exercise of Austin. The trainer? None other than Skyler Tanner. 15 minutes of true HIIT/SS training that thoroughly wiped me out. I’ll have a write-up on Skyler’s 15 minutes of Keith-pummeling up soon. This style of training is quite a departure from the manner in which I normally go about business, and I gotta tell ya, the notion of training “what you suck at” was never more apropos. More — much more — on that eye-opening experience later.
So I’m quite possibly the world’s biggest wuss when it comes to traveling. It takes me days to readjust and “get right” after the experience. Don’t get me wrong — I love being at my destination — I just don’t tolerate the “getting there” very well. I am thankful, though, that I was able to get a full-body hammering in during this particular trip, as it made my overall travel re-adjustments — and this workout, as well — go much more smoothly.
Note: my initial intent today was to hit some high-hang Oly bar power snatches. I subbed for those for Creds, though, at the last minute. Why? I just felt like I wanted to introduce a bit more of a unilateral element following my bilateral work this past Saturday. So here’s what I ended up with this morning:
6 rounds of the following complex, very little rest between movements.
creds (single-arm dumbbell snatch, each arm): 70 x 2; 80 x 2; 90 x 6 sets of 2
feet-elevated (approx 24 inches) ballistic push-ups: 30lb vest x 3
ab wheel roll-outs (on feet, little as possible ground-knee contact): bodyweight x 10
I finished up with some Nautilus 4-way neck work, 30 lbs x 12 (404 tempo) front and each side, 40 lbs x 12 (404 tempo) to the rear. Funny thing: for whatever reason, I was thinking about what part of my physique has changed the most over the years. For me, that has to, without a doubt, be my neck. Nothing builds a bull neck like bangin’ heads with lunatic fullbacks and oversized tight ends. I miss that. The big neck, that is — not the brain scramble incurred as a direct result of sculpting that neck 🙂