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Routine is the enemy of change

Posted May 08 2012 10:14pm
I have always wanted to do Zuzana's workouts, but doing my routine was so easy, meaning I didn't have to think about it. Now that I am making changes to my routine. I like it! I like the challenge. I like the soreness. I am sore in places I have never known to be sore.

The motto of Crossfit is, "Routine is the enemy of change."
With change comes progress.

Here's the workout that I did today.

I am not a beast like Zuzana and modified the workout. Instead of weighted jump lunges, after the first round, I did them without the weights.
Something I never thought would be so hard: Burpees. Out of curiosity, I wanted to know what muscles a burpee actually works. Never heard of a burpee? Here's a quick tutorial.

I went to and here's what they say about the muscles worked with burpees.

Squatting down:
The quadriceps at the front of your thigh, the hamstrings at the rear of your thighs and your gluteus maximus or butt muscles work together to control your rate of descent.

The leg thrust:
This action uses your hamstrings and gluteus maximus. As your toes hit the floor, your quadriceps and hip flexors contract to stop your legs and hips collapsing, and your rectus abdominus muscle, abs for short, contracts to stabilize your spine. The muscles in your arms, chest and shoulders contract to hold your upper body off the group.

The push-up:
Pushups target your pectoralis major or chest muscles, your deltoids or shoulder muscles and the triceps brachii muscles located on the rear of your upper arm.Your rectus abdominus and quadriceps muscles must remain tense to hold your body straight so that your arms have a strong platform from which to push. Failure to keep your spine correctly aligned can result in back injury -- burpees are a tough core exercise.

The foward jump:

Jumping your legs forwards so that your feet land between your hands uses your hip flexor and abdominal muscles. During this phase of the exercise, your upper-body muscles must remain tense so that your arms do not collapse.

The vertical jump:

Jumping up into the air uses the same muscles as the squatting movement at the beginning of the exercise. The quadriceps, hamstrings and gluteus maximus muscles contract powerfully to drive you up into the air.

Do you ever do burpees?
I did more last week than I did my entire life. I did 100 total.  I don't like burpees when I am doing them. They are torture.

I want to know why they are called burpees. Anyone?
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