Memorial Day Madness!

My gym is unconventional — it’s only open when there are classes, and all the workouts are WODs (workout of the day) so you never know what you are going to get until you go.  And you can only go when they are open for classes, so for me, I’m pretty much limited to 5:30 am Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and occasionally I can get there at 5:30 pm on Monday through Wednesday.  Thursday and Friday have 5:00 pm classes, so unless I leave work early, I can’t go to those.  And I can’t go to the classes that are offered during the workday.

We found out a few days ago that the gym would be closed for Memorial Day.  My neighbor and I were bummed, but I mentioned that I have a barbell, weight plates, and a few other things, so why don’t we have a RAW Fitness class in my driveway?  (Our gym is called Real Application Workout Fitness aka RAW Fitness).  She thought that was a great idea and asked if she could bring her college-aged daughter.  Cool!  

So I got my inner wanna-be trainer in gear and designed this workout:Image

The 3 of us got together at 7:45 this morning in my driveway and commenced with the workout.  My neighbor and I did the first round with the 45 lb bar, the 2nd round with the bar loaded at 50 lbs, and the 3rd round with the bar loaded at 55 lbs.

 I wouldn’t be surprised if some of our neighbors start thinking we’re weird, but that’s OK.  We had fun!  And after we did this workout we ran 3 miles through the neighborhood.  

Later, we went to the Memorial Day parade in our town.  My kids were marching with the Middle School Band.  My husband got a kick out of the fact that I had written out our workout and told some of my other gym buddies about it.  He said it was like we were 5 years old, having a playdate, and playing gym.  Actually, a couple of my gym buddies thought it was a great idea and asked if they could come over on another day that the gym is closed.  That’s how weird all of us RAW people are — we enjoy working out and will look for ways to get in a great workout!  Playing gym…..ha ha…..

After the parade I took my pugs Dos and Tres for a walk.  It was a long walk for them — about a mile — and after they came home they looked like this:


Dos is on the left and Tres is on the right.

Happy Memorial Day!  Thanks to all of those who have protected us and served.


4 thoughts on “Memorial Day Madness!

  1. Does your gym only do WODs or are there other parts to the classes? And boo thrusters… lol. I had to take a rest day yesterday and (sadly!) missed thrusters and burpees.. haha. 🙂

  2. Primarily there are WOD classes….and specific strength moves (i.e., go to your 1 RM) may be employed in the warmup (like this morning we had deadlift to max). They also offer Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for adults and for kids, and there are yoga classes as well. On Sunday mornings, they do an “outdoor class” which means you’re gone half the day to some remote location to be determined either hiking or mountain biking and/or swimming or whatever. I only go to the WOD classes as I have to economize workout times between those, my running, and my heavy weight-lifting in my garage. Can’t do everything!

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