Hero – Trailer

September 22, 2008

Another great film by Chinese Director Zhang Yimou – starring Jet Li.


Curse of the Golden Flower – Trailer

September 22, 2008

Originally saw this last year, but it was on Movie Channel over the weekend and I watched it again – as my Design One instructor would say to describe this movie, “It was visually delicious!”

Great cinematography, incredible set design and locations to wow the senses and allow the eyes to feast.


Hurt – Johnny Cash

September 22, 2008

In honour of the legend, Mr. Johnny Cash sings a great song written by Trent Reznor.


Walk the Line – Trailer

September 22, 2008

I finally got around to watching, “Walk the Line” – the story about Johnny Cash with Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon and I have to say, I was pleasantly impressed all-around, from the story, the music and the acting skills of Joaquin and Reese especially. She truly captured the essence of June Cater Cash and I am glad that they let Joaquin sing Johnny’s songs outright, rather than dub them in post production.

Definitely worth the time to check out this flick.


Monday’s CrossFit WOD

September 22, 2008

Stupid me went into the gym this morning to work out during the 11am class, only to find out that they don’t have 11am classes on Monday :S

BUT Popeye (one of the CF personal trainers) was there with 2 of his clients and let me do my own thing while he worked with them. Unfortunately for me, I still have a bit of an abdominal strain from last week’s workouts (pullups killed me) so Popeye told me to skip today’s WOD:

10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 of
wall balls (20 lbs)
pull-ups
box jumps
sit ups

and to just focus on my legs only – best to work other muscles then to strain my abs further and not be able to workout at all.

So after my warmup, I ended up doing 4 rounds of the following:

400m run
50 x squats

TOTAL TIME: 36:19 – not the greatest of times, but my conditioning during the last run and squat round was better then my third, so it’s all coming together nicely.

PS: When I first joined CrossFit 2 months ago, I weighed 235 pounds – when I weighed myself this morning…I was 215 pounds!!! 20 pounds down in 8 weeks and I am well on my way to get down to my goal in the 200-205 lbs range.


Last Thursday’s CrossFit WOD

September 22, 2008

Sorry I’m a little late updating the blog – was busy all weekend having fun in rainy Vancouver!

Warmup:
400m run with 20lb medicine ball
5 minute rest to let heart rate catch up
800m regular run

Workout:

“Quarter Gone Bad”
Five rounds for total reps of:
95 lbs thrusters, 15 seconds (Thruster = get the bar from the rack and have it resting on your shoulders – drop down to a front squat – drive the legs up and press the bar up above your head)
Rest 45 Seconds
(the regular workout calls for men to have 135 lbs, but 95 lbs is all I could get up to)

Pull-ups, 15 seconds
Rest 45 Seconds
(the regular workout calls for 50 lbs weighted pullups, but I was only just able to start doing regular pullups so that will be my goal to shoot for)

burpees, 15 seconds (drop down to the floor and do a pushup, then jump up to a jumping jack)
Rest 45 seconds

TOTAL SCORE: 39 reps alltogether over 15 minutes