Gold's Gym, Torque, cross training, ultra running, 100-miler training
100 Miler Training,  Cross Training

Torque it Out

For some reason, the calendar is telling me it’s February, so I guess it’s time to update you on my quest to get swole at Gold’s.

In between my trips and races in January, I’ve been fitting in some Torque (like Crossfit, but not) classes and getting a rude awakening to just how out-of-shape I am.

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Here I am attempting to lift an itty bitty ball

You loyal blog readers are probably shaking your heads right now and saying, “But Tanya, you hate Crossfit! It goes against everything you stand for! Who are you?!” And you’re right! I hate Crossfit. But Toque has enough differences to allow me to forget its demonic origins and just embrace the suck. You do have a daily workout (I refuse to call it a WOD), but the class sizes are much smaller and the environment is much more controlled and safer. No one’s about to get hurt under Hayden’s watchful eye. But anyway.

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This is Hayden – she’s 150% solid muscle and very badass

I’ve been going to the 5 p.m. classes led by Hayden, which are more of a free-for-all than a structured class. You come in and start the workout whenever you’d like, which rocks for us folks fighting 280 traffic. Double bonus—the class is tiny, so it’s almost like a group personal training session. For a Crossfit-hater who has attended classes with 40+ people in them, this is a huge selling point for me.

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Look at all those boxes just for me to jump on

The first class kicked.my.ass. Like, I couldn’t even. To be fair though, I may have made the rookie mistake of sauntering into class with my post-ultra swagger after the Mountain Mist 50k assuming that if I can run for 8 hours, then I can surely do a few rounds of whatever they threw at me. False. Had I thought it through, I probably may have waited another day or two to torture my already-sore body.

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Sadistic game of solitary dodgeball

That day’s workout was for time, meaning you’re supposed to do as many reps of the exercise as you can in the allotted time.

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Day 1 in the Torture Chamber

Which is both good and bad, because you can either push yourself to the point of vomiting, or spend that minute lying on the ground gasping for air. I may have done both.

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I have learned that burpees make me want to hurl

I got about 8 minutes into the workout before declaring that the past few minutes of class were harder than 8 hours of running. Truth. Though in a few months, I’ll have both the stamina and the strength to outlive all y’all in the zombie apocalypse. That thought kept me going when DOMS settled in later in the week and it hurt to exist.

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If you look human after your workout, you did it wrong

My second class was a chest and shoulder workout, which was a great wakeup call to how much I need to strengthen my upper body. I’m going to need those arms to pull myself up the mountains this fall when my legs stop working.

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Day 2 in the Torture Chamber

This time, we had a set number of reps we were supposed to do for each exercise. I learned a little secret here—you can tailor the number of reps to your fitness level so that you can complete the workout safely without compromising your form or your life. So when I couldn’t do a bajillion ploy box push ups (a push up on the boxes and a push up on the ground = one rep / 40 push ups x 4 rounds = nope), I amended it to 10 reps (80 push ups total). Still one hell of a workout! But, you Crossfitters who post a WOD and say, “Look what I did!,” I got your number.

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#Protip – turf hurts if you faceplant onto it

I had the chance to meet with Hayden one-on-one the next day. All new Gold’s members get a free assessment and 12-week training program—given that I am hopeless around gym equipment, you bet your ass I’m going to make use of that assessment!

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It all seems so innocent on paper

I told Hayden that my next 100-miler will include some real mountains, so she created a leg workout for me. Thunder thighs FTW! She was incredible patient and didn’t laugh when I didn’t know how to use a single machine, and I felt like a true gym rat as I grunted and used my legs to lift and push the (probably-not-so) heavy weights.

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Sleeping on the leg press

Hayden is also helping me figure out my macros (figuring out how much protein, carbs, fat you need in your diet). My nutrition plan is basically to eat all the healthy things whenever I’m hungry, which is 24/7. I never count calories or carbs or protein. I’m curious to hear what I should be eating nutritionally versus what I actually do. My guess is that I eat 95% carbs and 5% avocados. More on this another day.

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Squatting, or pooping – you decide

So my plan for the next few weeks is to keep going to Torque and doing my workouts until the Lake Martin 50 in March. I’ll use my recovery period after the race to try some lower impact classes like spin and *gasp* maybe swimming. Then I’ll hit the gym harder than ever for my fall 100 training.

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Practicing my ups

One Comment

  • Heidi Kumm

    Fuuuuuudge. Between this and Landon’s crazy training numbers I need to get my shit together or you’ll both just roll me off the mountain before we hit mile 4. Good lord. Stop giving me things to live up to, I like being lazy! Harumph.

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