2XU Training Camp- Day 2- Strength & SUP

Day 2 of the 2XU Ultimate Performance Training camp was my favourite day I think! Every day was awesome but this day we went paddle boarding which I’ll go into a little more later.

We started off at the Yard to talk about alignment, refuelling and recovery and work on strength.

Jeff talks recovery, alignment, and strength

Jeff talks recovery, alignment, and strength (and looks mad about it in this particular pic)

We were introduced to two companies, Bonk Breaker (protein bars) and BioSteel Electrolytes (recovery drink). Jeff highly recommended both companies’ products which is enough to convince me they’re awesome!

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When it came to strength, I had my mind blown (again) when I realized my alignment in squats was completely wrong! I had been told my whole life to stick your butt out and stop at 90 degrees but you’re supposed to tuck your butt in and squat all the way down. When Jeff was taking us through the motions I kept getting stuck because I had my butt out. It took a lot of practice with holding onto something to finally get that alignment and motion right!

Learned how to do a proper squat

Learned how to do a proper squat

Another interesting tid bit I learned from Jeff is that “it’s not about the exercises, it’s about the movement.” For instance, he said it is more important to maintain control and proper form when going down in a push up than the actual push. When we were going through push ups I automatically dropped to my knees and he said he preferred proper form down and if I needed my knees to get up that’s fine, it was the movement of going down that was most important. (mind blown moment)

Erika learning proper alignment

Erika learning proper alignment

He said the same thing about pull ups. That it’s not the pull up but the movement down that is most important. So he has those of us who couldn’t do a pull up, jump up and then slowly and with control lower ourselves down. Another mind blown moment about pull ups- when you tuck your feet behind you, you are sticking you but out and wrecking your alignment. This means you won’t get a much range of motion. You are supposed to keep your feet in front of you to maintain alignment.

That session was seriously AMAZING and I learned so much!

We came to lift

We came to lift

After our strength session we went to lunch and headed to Tarsan Paddleboards for ocean water paddle boarding!

I'm always posing....

I’m always posing….

Half of our team had never been on a board before but we all opted to head out to the ocean despite the high winds for some fun and to challenge ourselves.

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Paddling through the marina was actually pretty challenging with the wind but as we paddled along I go to get within 3 feet of a sun bathing seal. He was so cute he looked like a big dog. We also passed two seals on the rocks play fighting just like Rocky and Apollo do.

Look ma! I'm standing!

Look ma! I’m standing!

The beginners got the hang of things pretty quickly and we all headed for open water as a large group. The minute we hit the choppy ocean four of the fit, strong guys in front of me all went in- SPLASH! SPLASH! SPLASH! SPLASH! I immediately dropped to my knees because I really didn’t want to fall in. Our guide lead us out in the ocean and I stayed on my knees but several folks kept standing up and falling back down! The only person who didn’t fall once was Bonnie the fellow Canadian. This is why I recommend her as a personal trainer! That took a lot of full body strength and stability to stay up. Kat from Sweden rocked too and it was her first time on a paddle board ever! She only fell in once! I told her she had to start paddle boarding professionally for her country because she has a natural talent.

This picture kind of gives you an inkling of the choppiness we were dealing with

This picture kind of gives you an inkling of the choppiness we were dealing with

I loved it though! I was laughing and enjoying the waves splashing over my board and the salty spray in my face. I may be a mountain gal but that ocean gets to me too!

When they finally gave us the ok to turn around, I think everyone was relieved. But the way back was almost as hard as the ocean! The wind had picked up even more and you would paddle hard and fast and barely move. You only had to paddle on the right side because of the wind and my left shoulder got real sore, real fast.

I love this professional shot of Ziggy! Shes having a blast!

I love this professional shot of Ziggy! Shes having a blast!

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When we finally made it to the calm of the marina everyone was happy. Tarsan was great and had set up a tent for us and even given us little grab bags with AWESOME hats that I’m going to rock all summer long!

I snagged a neon hat! Woot! Woot!

I snagged a neon hat! Woot! Woot!

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It was such a fun experience and we all laughed about it the rest of the trip! I definitely want to try out on the ocean again, but maybe in calmer conditions. Ha ha ha!

After paddle boarding we sat in a park with Dr. Sullivan to talk about sleep. I’m going to do a separate post to talk about all the amazing things I learned from him in this seminar but I’ll leave you with this tid bit- an athlete needs 7-10 hours of sleep a night. Boom! I’m not a weirdo!

Listening to a session on sleep

Listening to a session on sleep in a gorgeous location! (the dog park- hee hee!)

After the sleep seminar we ran to our rooms to shower and dress for dinner. We went to this wonderful restaurant a few blocks up the hill from the beach (I forget the name) but it has an incredible view and we were all able to enjoy and capture an amazing sunset.

Dinnertime

Dinnertime

Dinner with a view!

Dinner with a view!

Another treat at dinner on Day 2 was that one of the participants, Thad is a professional musician and he and his wife Annie Clements have played with the likes of Sugarland, Lady Gaga, & Amos Lee.  They played for us that evening and did some really fun covers including some Beyonce!

Live music with dinner

Live music with dinner

As dinner was winding down and my bed began to call, Jeff announced a fun little night session that we were welcome to join him at. He was going to give us all a teeny taste of Navy Seal training by showing us some ocean drills. It was completely optional, but I knew it was a life experience I had to try.IMG_6232

We didn’t do anything too hard. Jeff had us link arms and walk into the ocean. I found it extremely warm but veryone else said it was cold. We then had to sit in the ocean, then lay down in it with our heads on the sand and let the waves wash over us. The salt and sand got in my nose, eyes and ears and when I felt a wave on my feet I knew to take a deep breath and prepare to blow out until the water receded and I could breathe again. Then Jeff would tell us to unlink arms and put them in the air. Without the stability of the group the waves would start pushing us all over the place.

Into the deep we go!

Into the deep we go!

We only did 6.5 minutes, it wasn’t meant to be an actual training exercises but really an experience. I ran straight to my room and hopped into the tub. There was so much sand! In my clothes, in my creases, in my hair, in my ears. That tub looked like a sand box when I got out!

So that was Day 2 in a nutshell, it was such an incredible day. The whole week was amazing but this day was my favourite I think.

Watch the Day 2 video Recap (see yours truly mug for the camera on a paddle board- lol)

Next up- Day 3- Power, Speed & Hot Yoga

 

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