Thursday, July 14, 2016

A love letter to Colorado


Colorado is an amazing place. Mike and I have lived here our entire adult lives, moving out here from Pennsylvania the summer after we graduated from college. Now, 16 years later, I've been reflecting on what it has meant to live here.

Colorado is big, from the skies to the mountains to the prairies. It is jaw-droppingly beautiful, awe-inspiring. It is the start of The West, where people tend to veer off the beaten path, both figuratively and literally. Since living here, I have ventured into things I never would have tried - backpacking into the wilderness, snowboarding, rock climbing, paddling on a lake, doing a triathlon in the scorching Colorado summer, driving perilous mountain roads, enthusiastically wrecking a mountain bike. I have also witnessed and experienced hardships that I would have been insulated from back where I came from. Colorado has wildfires, floods, mudslides, blizzards, high winds, intense sun, intense heat, bitter cold, bears, mountain lions, rattlesnakes.

Colorado's people are remarkable. This area hosts professional athletes from all over the world - the runner you see going past your house or doing sprints on the high school track may be competing in the Olympics. People come to Colorado to climb the mountains, to experience the vast wilderness, to live bigger and challenge themselves.

Every so often, you hear some negative talk from native Coloradans about people who come to Colorado from other places. But really, I think those who come and stay are the adopted children of Colorado. Whether you have been here a week, a decade, or your whole life, you can see the promise of adventure and challenge that this place holds. It will push you to be more, to try more. We are here to help you do those things by getting you strong, healthy, and confident in your movement. Work hard in the gym so you can experience all that Colorado has to offer.



Workout

press 3x5
3 very heavy swings between sets

then

5 rounds at an easy pace
5 squats (~70%)
5 pull-ups
5 push-ups



Endurance Option

accumulate 15 presses at 5RM
3 very heavy swings between sets

then/or

5 rounds at below AeroMax
5 squats (~70% or lighter if you need to)
5 pull-ups
5 push-ups



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