By Will Anderson
Well, it’s on! …. again. This time is bigger and badder than before. More participants, more weight, more glory to be had. The Anderson Family Sibling Fitness Competition is going again. Due to the success of the last one, more siblings (as well as one nephew and one close friend who is also on the KFB staff) have decided to throw their hat into the ring and go for the glory. (And by glory I mean whatever prize they are competing for.)
So far there are 11 contestants:
Melanie, Justin (Melanie’s Son), Will, Jamie (Will’s wife), Stephanie, Eric, Daniel, Natalie (Daniel’s wife), Caroline, and Melissa (KFB staff and close family friend) and Michael.
This post will be an ongoing competition journal, featuring small reports from contestants about their training, diet and preparation for the second timed workout. Here is the competition details:
Who can improve the most on a specified workout after two months of training.
Each participant will record a time completing the following workout:
Run 1 mile, 25 pull ups, 25 thrusters, 25 dead lift
After 8 weeks of training we will all re-time our workouts.
There will be two winning categories: 1. Fastest time overall and 2. Most improved.
Cindy (Ma Anderson) will provide the winners with their desired prize which has already been submitted to her. Everyone gets to compete for the specific prize of their choosing. ie Michael wants a new long board, Will wants some bumper plates from Rogue Fitness, Jamie wants a new pair of jeans, etc.
We hope you will enjoy logging in to read our tales of training, success and smack talk. We hope that it may inspire others who are looking for ways to motivate themselves to make changes, physically and mentally. And that it will also be a fun story of sibling rivalry…. a NEW take on sibling rivalry.
The Competitors Journal:
Will: My time was 16:16. My mile split was 7:48. I was a bit disappointed in my mile since my two younger brothers went at or very near 6:00 flat. I fest strong through the pull ups, thrusters (at 95lbs) and dead lift (135lbs). So I will be spending the next two months doing endurance work for my mile. My goal is to go sub 7 minutes on the mile. I also want to go unbroken on the dead lift and two sets on the thrusters and the pull ups. I will be doing lots of thrusters at 115lbs and lots of deadlifts at 225lbs and tons of pull ups. My mile training will consist of lots of 400 meter sprints. If anyone has some good advice on how to train for this thing, let me know. I’m gunning for Natalie for fastest time, since she put up a 13:20. She was flat cookin’ through the mile and the reps.
Stephanie: Okay, so Monday started with a peanut butter brownie (totally worth it) and ended with a great work out. I did a full master thread, with 3/5 of the mile inclined, then I did a half master thread, and then a quarter MT. My first goal is to shave a minute off my mile time by the end of July.
Jamie: I did my mile run again last night…..let’s just say I will be cutting ice cream out of my diet before going on a run! I too am like Stephanie and want to shave a minute off of my mile by the end of the month. Melissa and I were also talking about trying to do some pull ups un assisted. We shall see!
Daniel: Between the back breaking workout on Saturday and the crushing 5-set defeat of Roger Federer (my favorite tennis player and reason I started loving tennis in the first place) in the Wimbledon final on Sunday, I learned two valuable life lessons this past weekend:
Stephanie: Okay, guys, I need a kick in the pants. Mon-Wed. were great exercise days but I was so busy yesterday that I decided to skip my workout. SLIPPERY SLOPE! It is now today, and I really don’t feel like exercising, so any and all motivation, encouragement, or hackelling is welcome. Ready, set, go!
Will: Steph, just do something light. Easy jog. Go for a vigerous walk. Pump a little iron. You’ll be super glad you did. And it will help keep you working toward forming a habit. Huzzah fitness!
Daniel: Just quit, you’ll never make it.
Caroline: Daniel definitely deserves some kind of award….but Stephanie-you got this!!! Time is passing and tomorrow you will regret not having used it to work towards your goals!
Natalie: Steph I would offer you some words of encouragement, however I am at a bit of a standstill myself. Drove all the way to the pool (like 7 min, but still) and they don’t offer lap swim on Fridays and close early.Now I find myself in the I cream isle picking a Ben and Jerry’s…… Do I get the negative calories cause I made the effort?? Just like the blessings you get when you go to Visit Teach and the person forgot and isn’t home? Please say yes.
Stephanie: Thanks, guys! Even Dan’s less than inspiring comment was helpful in a backwards sort of way! I went for a slog. No, that is not a typo. It means slooooow jog. Keep up the good work everyone! PS- Mel and Justin, how did your time trials go?
Stephanie: I did a Master Thread tonight tonight followed by this little gem I found on Pinterest: 10 pushups, 20 sit ups, 25 squats, 20 lunges(10each leg), 80 jumping jacks, 60 sec wall sit-do the circuit three times. I was trying hard not to phone it in on the last round but my legs were jelly. I plan on using that circuit as a good total body workout on days when I only have time for a short workout.
Jamie: Shaved 7 seconds off my mile! How? Good question since I spent the weekend camping and I ate a lot of camp food, dutch oven peach cobbler anyone? It was gluten free! Ha ha.
I’m going to give credit to the street youths that were taunting me in the park!
Really trying to watch what I eat but I really don’t deny myself either, I mean if I’m going to the movies I’m going to get the popcorn! Small please and no butter. Thank you!
Will: Stephanie, I’m so excited you have started using a bit of circuit training in your routine. I love circuit/cross training. It is way more fun for me than steady state cardio, and it is been shown to be more effective for fat blasting than steady state cardio. Something about the type of energy stores your body taps into while doing high intensity interval training. If you’d like more info I can do some research and dig up a few articles for you to look at.
Natalie: I would love some articles too Will! Steph/everyone have you ever heard of Tabata workouts? I just came across some on Instagram and I have loved it! It’s a HIT (high intensity training) workout where you have to do the move as hard as you can for 20 secs then 10 second rest.
Caroline: I’ve been taking it pretty easy this week in order to recover from my race. But I’ve still been able to run everyday. Next week I’ll start lifting weights again and take a stab at the workout challenge.