if girls are made of sugar and spice and all things nice, and boys are made of slugs and snails and puppy dog tails, what are sandbags made of? Well, unsurprisingly, sand, mainly. But , also a dose of “escalating inconvenience” otherwise known as something that gets heavier as you go, combined with increasing awkwardness.
Sort of Like marriage.
I had ridiculed steven when he stayed at home and made 8 10kg sandbags so we could do the weird exercises that featured in the numerous e-books we reviewed entitled, among others ” sandbags and awesome abs” “sandbags make you a better lawyer” fitness pamphlets.
There is no end to charlatanism in the Fitness industry.
I thought the idea of cleaning and pressing bags to be a bit silly. That said all my objections have finally gone. Simply give the sandbag to all levels of runners, include it in a WOD and stand back and survey the pain.
We had a pleasing half hour of overhead squats where katarina and Kate put the boys to shame by humping 45kg and 40kg respectively., usefully setting a standard for the evening. “See if you are as tough as a 49 year old woman”.
Naim continues to amaze everyone by sticking more than his body weight over his head, as did Craig ( I think… is 60kg your body weight Craig??).
Denny and Yuri did some great coaching and helped their lifting partners onto even better form! Go Team,
The workout was simplicity itself
run 350m with a 10kg sandbag slithering off your shoulders as if it had a life of its own, do 10 x 40 kg sumo-deadlift high pulls, followed by 2 sets of a squat clean, followed by 4 front squats ( sort of 8 front squats and cleans). Amrap 20 minutes.
It was simply nasty, with Ed getting an outstanding 5 and bit rounds, closely followed by a Trevor, Cameron, Chris, Simon and Pat, although everyone had lost count by the end of it. The run, that many looked forward to as a rest, had become a mini hell all of its own: a hell for those who are bad at running, because they are bad at running: a hell for good runners as they are good at running… without 10kg sandbags. Going “oi, mate, carry this” screws most people hard fought for running mechanics into the ground.
But we discovered a secret. The secret of carrying a sandbag on a run, is…. there’s no secret, all methods suck, but, Mike began developing the ” Mike twist” Want to know more??? Well you should have been there.
Well done all! With a special high five to Denny For struggling through with 30kg ,and a nice welcome to David on his 1s Wednesday night.
Worse to come next week