Here is my weekly record of what I have been doing in the gym. This past week I began a different teaching job, teaching intensive first- and second-year Russian at a summer language program. The new job means increased work and increased stress, as well as decreased sleep, so I have been sticking to shorter CrossFit workouts that are less likely to spike my cortisol, and enjoying yoga workouts more frequently.
5×5 95lbs deadlifts (first thing in the morning, just to wake up my muscles)
followed by yoga – about 30 minutes, with a focus on the lower body
5 overhead squats (20lbs)
5 front squats
5 back squats (45lbs)
50 walking lunges
I am making a continued effort to maintain my pull-up strength even as I gain weight (I did lots of pull-ups this week), and also focusing on lower-body strength and midline stabilization. Since I can no longer do traditional ab work, total-body movements like the overhead squat are becoming my way of keeping my midline strong in preparation for labor.
Back squats (45lbs)
30 kettlebell swings
3×3 33lbs back squats (warm-up)
5×5 55lbs back squats
5×5 95lbs deadlifts