Hola everybody. Today your workouts revolve around two very different concepts. The first workout is a slow burn max strength set on machines in the gym. This workout is designed to get your muscles to hit maximum fatigue and then fail. This is why it’s on machines, to keep things safe. The second is a swimming workout!! Whoa, i know, we haven’t done one of these for a while. It’s a good intermediate workout or the reason we’ve created it, as a additional add-on to an existing cardio workout.
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Slow Max Out:
Like we’ve said above, this workout is going to get you to hit maximum muscle utilisation and then, ideally, failure. We achieve this on machines for two of the three muscle groups to ensure that your technique stays true and the moves are safe. Each set is designed to be achieved with the heaviest weight you are confident with. That’s key there, don’t let ego get in the way here – work your way up through weights, understand where your capabilities are. The good thing about this, you’ll get to do this workout several times as you discover where those loads are.
This workout is designed to be added to an existing cardiovascular workout to promote multi-discipline endurance and transitional ability. In other words, we envisage you going for a run, or a ride, or even a prior gym session and then hitting the pool whilst the body is still in work mode. This is going to force your body to adapt, to utilise muscles that are currently geared for another activity and to get you transition into swimming. As another training usage – if you’re on your journey to becoming a stronger swimming, this may serve quite well as a workout on it’s own.
Keep your training varied – the more variation you can expose the body to (within the parameters of what you want to achieve), the better your overall fitness ability will be.
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Today we’d like to introduce you to a client and friend of ours, Fiona. Fiona is one of the quietest and humblest achievers I think I’ve met and it so turns out she has a love for adrenaline like no-one else with her passion for competitive downhill mountain biking. A competitor in this years’ Queensland Gravity Enduro series – Fiona has been achieving amazing results on the track – and with the amount of hard work she puts in, it’s not too difficult to see why.
So What’s She Actually Doing?
In a nutshell? Downhill Mtn Biking, but done in the following way (I’ve read up on the series and spoken with Fiona on this, but if I get the details wrong here, it’s entirely my own mistake):
Each event is a series of downhill tracks that must be undertaken, the catch however, is that the riders must then ride (or walk/push/climb), their bikes to the point of start for the next downhill section. So the race is not merely a series of timed downhills, but also a matter of endurance, strength and cardiovascular fitness as the riders need to traverse to the next section start point. Which may be uphill…….a LONG way uphill. I don’t think I need to tell you that being physically and mentally fatigued, and THEN going hell for leather downhill is a challenging prospect. And there are some serious schenanigans at play here – check this airtime of Fiona……you need some serious speed to be pulling this off.
Apart From The Obvious Why Is It So Impressive?
Fiona is in her 40’s and has the mental and physical toughness of someone in their 20’s. With mid-20’s considered to be the prime time for high adrenaline sports, what Fiona is achieving and doing with ease is absolutely remarkable. Talking to her about it, the first thing she’ll say is that she’s doing nothing special, after all she’s had a BMX history and has ridden bikes her whole life. As an Athlete Coach and someone who also gets their thrills from high octane – I beg to differ. In fact – the photo above….I’d much rather skydive 50 times, than take this jump on at the speed she does. And this is one obstacle on one track on one event day. Nerves…of…steel. And this year she has
routinely been on the podium!!! And has multiple sponsorships in support of her charge, justifying her ability on the track.
I shouldn’t be surprised really. When she’s not flying through trees, working full time and practicing the courses – she comes and trains with the Assume Its Possible TRITAN squad. I’m not going to lie when I say she gives it her absolute all as well. Just finished a 12hr night shift? Raced the day before? No worries….turns up, smiles and the ridiculousness of the workout challenge that I’ve come up with on a full sleep and recovery….and jumps in! To describe Fiona as dedicated would be – understatement.
An Athlete Following Her Passions:
The thing is – I had no idea that Fiona did all this until very recently. I knew she rode bikes. I knew she did mountain biking. But at the competitive level she’s at – and frankly through the craziness of some of the courses….I had zero inkling…She just does it because she loves the sport. She’s a huge advocate for biking in general, but I’ve only found out through general conversations and some background digging, that she is the athlete she is….and yes Fiona – you are, accept it please :). Today’s post is about Fiona and her passion. A showcase that someone can train rigorously, put hours upon hours of effort and background work in – and achieve quietly for the love of the Sport.
Find the passion in what you do. Love your training, lifestyle and efforts. The end result is not necessarily important – but rather the enjoyment had in the process. Fiona – you such a humble achiever, and today we’d just like to train our little spotlight on you.