I’ll start with this. The four of us that decided to participate in the competition do Fixed on Fitness workouts four days a week. We weren’t new to working out, and we were already pretty familiar with high intensity workouts since that is what most of our FOF workouts are built around.
Five months ago, four of us picked up a barbell for the first time. We decided that we would meet on Saturday mornings in my garage, and we would just give this lifting thing a shot. We knew we had any kettlebell movements down since we lift fairly heavy in FOF workouts. Josh and I designed very basic workouts that incorporated moves we were used to with the barbell and took the intensity up a notch.
Slowly, we began to get better. We were lifting heavier. With no idea what to expect for the competition workouts, we just kept focusing on basic movements such as cleans, hang cleans, deadlifts, and push press. Then, the workouts were posted.
With each post (now about 4 weeks out from the competition), we were finding that every movement was new. Nothing was familiar. First, it was a 1 minute sprint on the assault bike and a 3 rep max thruster. We had never been on a bike (other than my triathlon bike). We bought one that I found for cheap on the Facebook Marketplace and started practicing. Our first practice was pretty pitiful. I think I made it 22 seconds. Then, we started attempting a 3 rep max on thrusters.
The next workout included a sandbag…again, something we had never used. We ordered one from Amazon and started throwing it around. Thankfully, it came pretty natural for us, but the other movement (knee ups) was not so natural. We practiced, got the hang of it, and moved on. Thankfully, someone gave me some boxes a few weeks prior, so we were able to get some good practice for the weighted step ups.
Finally, 2 weeks before the competition, the last workout was released. It started with a freaking 1500 meter row…as the buy in. What? Never having sat on a rower, we thankfully found one to borrow and went to town. Can I just say…the rower is brutal.
It’s funny looking back at our preparation. We seriously could have come up with 100 excuses just to bail on the entire thing. Instead, we simply just took a few minutes each Saturday before we started working to practice the new movements. We laughed a few times at how bad our first try was, but we picked back up. We didn’t quit, and I am so proud of us for that.