John Jarrod Jackie

I read last night’s workout on the blog and and knew immediately I was going to have to modify it.  The workout was the benchmark workout, Jackie.  With wrist issues, rowing was out and shoulder, thrusters were likely out.  After conferring with Jarrod, I showed up thinking that I doing the plan he suggested: 70 sumo deadlifts, 50 front squats, 30 ring rows.  I was originally thinking that I might do the thrusters at low weight, but with that many reps, that was definitely a bad decision.

John was coaching this morning and I told him my plan. He hates sumo deadlifts and told me that instead of doing those or rowing, I was going to have some quality time with my BFF … the mother-effing AIRDYNE.   So with John and Jarrod’s input, I dubbed this workout John Jarrod Jackie.

Funnily enough, I was Googling “airdyne torture” to post a funny picture, and the first two links that came up were my friend Johnny D’s blog posts.  Guess I’m not the only Craic head who thinks that the AirDyne is torture.  Guess it’s working, as John just placed 4th at the last competition he did.

Here is the only “funny” picture that I could find.   Fitting since I watched some of the Matrix as I was falling asleep last night.  I kid you not.


Anyway, after I knew what I was doing, workout was pretty straightforward.  I got through the 40 cals in 2:29 and then broke up the front squats into sets of 10 and the ring rows into sets of 5 (which turned into 3 as I got towards the end of the workout).  My legs were toast as I got off the AD and doing that many front squats proved difficult.  It’s hard to breathe when the barbell is pressing into your throat.  Final time: 9:22 (45# FS)

I have a terrible feeling that the AD and front squats are going to be my BFFs for the next months as I rehab my shoulder.

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