|Paul Demos the single leg back lunge to hop|
"Hey Paul! Thanks for the best workout ever! Never thought falling asleep at a bomber game could be possible!"
Client: "Paul, Can I go home yet? Im tired and dont care if I get the whole Hour in."
Me: "I have a better idea. How about you go put your big girl panties on and finish off your last 5 minutes of core work!"
"Paul, I hope I croke when you're training me just so I can make you look bad" This was shortly followed by.... " Paul, that was 20, you lying sack of..."
"Paul, at the last bootcamp I went to I could wear my shirt twice and that was in +35c. Now we are only 15 min and I want to take this shirt off"
I've been watching these quotes appear, here and there for the better part of the last year, so I should have known better than to think I could show up to a Paul Dyck workout, with a touch of a head cold, and actually plan to not sweat. I was, as the last quote said, soaked within 15 minutes. We all were.
Except Coach Pat, who we all know is inhuman.
We started with a dynamic warm up including running, those A's and B's thingies, some organ grinders (or whine makers as I think of them) and other variations on the theme. I used my sniffly status and my self-appointed role of club camp reporter to slack as much as I could *cough cough* Somebody had to take the pictures for the blog, you know.
|Dynamic warm up|
|What Triathletes look like at the start of a stair climb workout.|
Run up 3 flights single steps x 3 (with the down portion as recovery)
Run up 3 flight double steps x 3
Right foot lead one step at a time x 3
Left foot lead one step at a time x 3 -- you know, like how small kids climb stairs but lots faster.
Then two legged hop up three flights x 3
|What Triathletes look like at the end of a stair climb workout (Note: Coach Pat never stops moving)|
And why not another short video:
We then went into the timed set
We had about 20 attendees (give or take) tonight. I count 9 finishers on my time list. And the rest were DNF's (including myself). This felt like, as someone who's name I won't mention (Gillian) said, "a s&*t kicking." The photo of the sheet shows the podium spots. Pat, Jim T. and Cindy. And there were a lot of really fast people way down the list. Which just goes to show you that fast does not always mean most agile or strong or coordinated. In fact, in my experience, most strong individual sports athletes, will tell you how average they performed in their youth at team sports (baseball, hockey, soccer etc.).
|Nothing like a good Burpee to help catch Coach "perfect technique" Pat, in a bit of an awkward moment.|
|A room full of triathletes hurting, A LOT.|
|Rowing and Planking|
|Paul Demos the side-row -- "Squeeze those shoulder blades"|
And it was nice to meet Paul's "slave-driver" side. By day, Paul is this really sweet, somewhat soft spoken, and definitely polite guy. I'll never look at him the same way again.
Thanks Paul for what is likely the hardest workout I have done in a very long time. I truly believe if you want to be the best athlete you can be these are the kind of exercises you need to work into your routine. I'm sold. I have a new respect for the boot camp style workout.
For further information on any of these workouts or Paul's personal training, check out the Creative Conditioning website here.
Given that we are all going to wake up unable to walk or lift anything tomorrow (except Pat and Paul), it is probably a good thing it is scheduled as a day off. We are back at it on New Year's Eve (Saturday) with the last winter camp instalment which involves the typical Saturday Brick which all Tribalistic Members have all come to love (starting at 9:00), followed by a pool session and stroke analysis using the club video camera (starting at 11:00 in the Pan Am Training Tank). This session will be lead by Tribalistic members, Head Coach, Pat Peacock and Chris Always-the-first-out-of-the-water Graham.