The Gymnasium Workout & Mountain Fire Update

High School Gymnasium Workout that is.

Gymnasium Workout

Cross country practice was moved inside last night (and cancelled for two days after that) due to what they are calling the Mountain Fire, near Mountain Center and Idyllwild in the San Jacinto Mountains. I had to create a spur of the moment workout, using no equipment, that we could do in our gymnasium. It is brand new and huge, with room for three basketball courts plus spectator seating. Which made it perfect for a high intensity workout.

Gymnasium Workout

The air outside was full of what Alan called Desert Snow, big flakes of ash which I wouldn’t want any of my athletes to be inhaling. They didn’t get a reprieve from a tough workout, though.

Gymnasium Workout

We did the first round in silence. Well, except for my calling out, um, encouragement. Then I pulled out my phone and used one of my most up-to-date playlists. It wasn’t very loud but it helped. Now, remember, my usual class consists of women in their 50s and older. I’m not totally out of the modern music loop though, so it wasn’t too painful for the team.

Gymnasium Workout

I think that at first they thought they were getting off easy, avoiding their tough interval workout on the track. I was pleased that by the end of the workout they were flat out on the gym floor. Trainer/Coach success!

The Gymnasium Workout

Gymnasium Workout

Here are some instructional videos if you’re not sure of each exercise:

Plank to Side Plank (the video shows both movements separately. For this exercise simply move from one to the other, alternating sides.)
Split Squat Jumps
Mountain Climbers
ย Lo-Jacks

As I mentioned, we cancelled practice for the next two days due to the Mountain Fire. At this point, more than 22,000 acres have been burned and more than 3,000 firefighters are out there fighting, the towns of Mountain Center and Idyllwild have been evacuated (including my friend whose picture I posted yesterday). The fire is only 15% contained.ย  Firefighters are hopeful right now, though, because it does not seem to be spreading as quickly. Please spare a moment to give a prayer for those who risk their lives to protect us.

Mountain Fire - Gymnasium workout

Wednesdays are always long days for Alan and me. We start off with our own workouts early in the morning, work our regular jobs, then head to cross country practice in the evening. I’d say about 14 hours from beginning to end. Arriving home about 8:45, I was in no mood to start from scratch and I had no handy leftovers in the fridge. Instead I had prepared by buying a vegan pizza that cooked up in about 15 minutes.

Gymnasium Workout - Tofurky Pizza

It was actually not bad. I did add a little extra vegan cheese, but the crust was decently crispy, the “pepperoni” nice and spicy, and overall, it served its purpose of filling our tummies. I’m not going to go out and stock my freezer, but it serves in a pinch.

Do you ever eat frozen pizza? Fess up, I won’t tell ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. says

    We dont really get wildfires in the UK (although if it is ever going to happen this current heatwave that is melting rail tracks could do it!) but I remember ever since I was a kid seeing them on TV and been fascinated by them. They are so destructive and so powerful its scary what nature can do.
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