You say Tabata… I say Tabata

Friday is Fit Test Round #2. My time to beat is 12:27… I’m gunning for sub 11 minutes if I can. This marks week 8 of 5-day-a-week CrossFit BootCamp… and I’ve signed up for another 30 days. I expect that at the end of this 90 day run, I’ll be as fit as I’ve been in 15 years… and have something to build on.

So I downloaded a very cool app called Tabata Pro Timer for my iPad. Sometimes I like to do a quick workout at home and Tabatas are around 16 minutes so it’s perfect for a weekend pick-me-up… granted, its 16 minutes of hell… but it goes by quick. At the gym there is always someone timing us but when you’re alone and your kids would rather play on the Wii… you’re kind of left to your own devices. This thing lets you set up your own sets, times and also lets you pick a playlist to use while working out. I like that it counts down the last few seconds before you finish a set and then counts down the last few sets of the rest period. The rest period tends to go by quickly and at first I thought the app had a flaw… turns out that I hate the sets.

A good home Tabata workout would be something like; sit-ups, squats, push-ups and bur-pees. If I was at the gym, I’d swap out Bur-pees for Pull-Ups. I’ll get one in on the weekend, early as the boys are distracted with Lego Batman 2.

So my son is obsessed with American Ninja Warrior. I recall PVR-ing it for him last year when they had the finals in Japan. This year G4TV and NBC are airing it on Monday nights and I PVR it for him so he can watch it the next day. He just turned 6 and can’t get enough of it. He and his brother (8 years old) just came back from a 10 day visit to New Brunswick where they split time with their grandparents. His grandfather built him a salmon ladder and he practiced on it every day. He also ended up doing tons of work on the monkey bars at nearby playground. His hands came back with cracked skin from the blistering. I was quite proud of him tearing up his hands doing some pretty physical stuff. He’s turned the inside of our home into something of an obstacle course and I often find him dangling from the stairs or a high window sill as he works on his grip strength. Maybe one day he’ll become the first Canadian Ninja Warrior! I’ll sign up for Canadian Ninja Wannabe.

Not avoiding a stats update… just didn’t take them down today. Will have one for you this weekend when I post my Fit Test #2 results.

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