Step right up, everyone, and see the stepping-on-boxes craze that’s sweeping the nation. This guy is doing it, and so are all of these people. Even the author of our training bible, Scott Johnston, chimed in on the Reddit thread to chirp us and tell us to train harder because at age 61 and with fake knees he’s able to crush us into the ground like the weak little grasshoppers we are.
Back in February we posted the results of our initial baseline test in the alpine combine. Read the post for details on the exact exercises. Last night (around 10 weeks after the first test) we repeated the combine with our friends at the beautiful Crossfit Ironstone in Halifax to see if the previous few months of training was worthwhile.
We saw improvements almost 100% across the board. We were happiest with our improvements on the box step test. Last time I quit after 60 minutes having completed only 80% of the volume for a extrapolated finish time of between 75 and 80 minutes. This time I completed the whole test in 46 minutes, shaving almost half an hour off of my time. I also bumped my pull-ups in a minute from 3 to 9. James continues to impress and is up to just about one rep per 1.5 seconds for most of the exercises.
We’re still not sure how this will impact our ability to climb in the mountains, since we don’t have mountains here, but it can’t hurt. We’ll likely repeat the test in another two months to measure our progress before leaving to go climb Mt. Katahdin at the end of June.
If anyone else wants to repeat the test and post your results/improvements in the comments for comparison we’d love to see it.