Work Outs: April 3 – 9, 2022 (Couple of pro wrestling pictures from a show I helped out at.)

I was going to include my quick review of Aeronautical Imperialis in this post, but I thought it was long and detailed enough to make its own blog post. So two posts in one week, which is a little unusual for me. The workouts this week are fairly light for the most part. I was feeling a little ground down plus I knew that Saturday was going to be a heavy labor day so I didn’t want to be sore or tired going into that.

The pro wrestling referee training continues to go well and as I progress it is becoming a bit more involved and interesting. I still have a lot to learn though and I am developing a new appreciation for referees. I never really thought of them too much 20 years ago when I was wrestling, but like most things the good ones make it look easy.

I’ve also been active in helping with setup and teardown at shows, as well as working event security, which are all things I’ve done plenty of in the 90s and early 2000s when I was involved in wrestling before. The picture below is from the main event match at a show I helped out at on April 9th in San Francisco, California.

Sun, April 3rd

Had a nice rest day with my husband.

Calories: 1920, Protein: 135 g.

Mon, April 4th

  • (Wake-Up Workout) We followed along to The Jack Lalane Show, DVD 3, Episode 1.
  • (Morning) Recumbent Bike: 30 Minutes, Hill Program, Level 10, RPMs: 80+. I stretched a little afterward.
  • In the evening I went to referee class for 2 hours.

Calories: 2000, Protein: 152 g.

Tues, April 5th

  • (Wake-up) Recumbent Bike: 30 Minutes, Aerobic Program, Level 7, RPMs: 70+. Afterward, I did one minute on the balance board.
  • Afternoon (Physical Therapy Exercise Giant Set at Home)
    • Monster Walks (blue band): 2 sets x 10 reps
    • Lateral Band Walks (green band): 2 sets x 10 reps
    • Squats with Resisted Hip Abduction (green band): 2 sets x 10 reps
    • Step Up With Knee Raise (alternating legs, 2-ct): 2 sets x 10 reps
    • Standing Hip Abduction (cable): 7.5 lbs. x 2 sets x 10 reps
    • Standing Hip Extension (cable): 7.5 lbs. x 2 sets x 10 reps
  • I stretched for an hour, which included my PT stretches/foam roller work for my leg and back, as well as the β€œBack/Shoulder Flexibility for Beginners” video by Dylan Werner on Alomoves.
  • In the evening, we went for a short walk in the forest for about 30 minutes.

Calories: 1919, Protein: 138 g.

Another picture from the April 9th show — this time the women’s tag team match. This is a return grudge match from the previous February show in San Jose, CA where the wrestler in the orange skirt and the one in black, choking her opponent on the ropes, had a major disagreement. In general, I’ve noticed that they don’t like each other very much.

Wed, April 6th

I didn’t work out at all today and also slept in a bit. Instead, I stretched a little and spent an hour in our massage chair.

Calories: 1899, Protein: 134 g.

Thur, April 7th

I did some stretching in the morning and again in the evening. I wanted to do the weight circuit today but my body was still a bit sore and tired so I listened to it. I did do a little gripper training though.

  • (Afternoon) CoC Gripper (Trainer, 100 lbs.):
    • (Left Hand) 2mm x 1+4 reps x 2 sets, 2+3 reps, 1+4 reps, 0 + 5 reps
    • (Right Hand) Closed x 3+2 reps, 2+3 reps, 3+2 reps, 2+3 reps, 1+4 reps

Did some more stretching in the evening.

Calories: 1896, Protein: 111 g.

Fri, April 8th

I’m keeping things easy today because I’m going to be putting in a lot of labor tomorrow at the wrestling show. With the stuff going on with my knee and back I have to be especially careful to pick when I’m going to grind these days.

  • (Wake-up) We followed along to the Jack Lalane Show, DVD 3, Episode 5.
  • (Morning) Recumbent Bike: 30 Minutes, Manual Program, Level 5, RPMs: 70+.
    • Afterward, I did one minute on the balance board, then a quick, one-set complex of Dead Bugs (2-ct) x 20 reps, One-Leg Up Crunches* x 20 reps, High Block Drill (2-ct) x 20 reps, Low Block Drill (2-ct) x 20 reps, Elbow Plank for 30 seconds.
  • (Afternoon at the Physical Therapy Office) Started by getting some massage around the knee and some ultrasound therapy. Warmed up with the recumbent bike. Then I did two sets of each exercise, with no rest between exercises, before moving on to the next.
    • Step Up With Knee Raise (alternating legs, 2-ct): 2 sets x 10 reps
    • Monster Walks (blue band): 2 sets x 10 reps
    • Lateral Band Walks (blue band, both directions): 2 sets x 10 reps
    • Squats with Resisted Hip Abduction (blue band): 2 sets x 10 reps
    • Standing Hip Extension (green band, each leg): 2 sets x 10 reps
    • Seated Leg Press: 335 lbs. x 2 sets x 10 reps
    • Bird Dips** (each leg): 2 sets x 10 reps
    • Finished with some stretches, ice, and the muscle electric stimulation machine.
  • Stretched again in the evening and used the new high-density foam roller that came in the mail today.

Calories: 1957, Protein: 120 g.

Sat, April 9th

Today was a heavy day of labor since I helped with set up and tear down for a wrestling show in San Francisco. I also worked security at the event. It is always a challenge to eat properly working away from home for the day when I’m concentrating on weight loss. What I do is pre-plan what I’m going to eat the day before, prepare it, and carry everything with me so my food choices don’t fall to chance or I also bring along some extra “emergency supplies” in case I’m hungrier than expected, which today I was with all of the labor I put in.

Calories: 2458, Protein: 174 g.

I lost 1.25 lbs. this week. My total loss is 13.625 lbs. over eight weeks for an average of 1.7 lbs/week. My calorie intake for the week was 14,049.


* The one-leg crunches are a variation I learned some years ago when I was taking Tae Kwon Do locally in-person. It is like a normal crunch except you extend one leg straight up into the air and keep the other foot planted on the ground.

** This looks a lot like a One-Legged Dead Lift but without the weights.

12 thoughts on “Work Outs: April 3 – 9, 2022 (Couple of pro wrestling pictures from a show I helped out at.)

  1. Wow Ann that has brought back memories from long ago!! one of my older sisters and I were hooked on a show over her in the 60’s called World Championship Wrestling!and like you say I cant remember the Ref’s but the commentator was an old guy from the US and boy did he make it so real with his loud ,strong and unusual accent, we loved it even though we new no one would survive the treatment that was dished out!! It must be great to be involved, but as you say it would take a bit out one.

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    • I loved those old-time wrestling shows and still do when I see them on Youtube. My husband did too and said they had a local promotion called Big Time Wrestling where after each match a woman (the promoter’s wife apparently) would put a star next to the winner’s name on a cardboard poster-type display.

      I bet the weird accents did make it more fun and I wonder if the WCW you watched was the WCW that became very popular in the 80s?

      Yeah, it can take a bit out of one, you are right. I thought that when I was young and was wrestling and now that I’m older I think being a referee will be enough so far as my body goes. But at least I’ll still be able to be part of things. Honestly, I don’t think I’d be very excited about being a wrestler anymore anyway, even if I thought my body could handle it. I see these young people now at the school and I’m reminded of myself when I was their age and how exciting it all was. Now, I find I just want to be part of it but I don’t really need or even want the spotlight to be on me persay. Instead, I get a kick out of watching the youngsters have their moment and getting to bask in the glow of their great moments and their energy.

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      • So true Ann, the excitement does tend to wain as one gets older but transfers to seeing it in the young as you say, I’m sure the WCW continued on into the eighties but my sister went to Art School in Paris and as a young man found other things to amuse me. I remember how they bounced guys on the canvas and strutted around waiting for the fellow to slowly get up!! I feel if that happened to me now he would be strutting for avery long time!! Its hard enough get up from doing my floor exercises at the gym!!!

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    • Thanks, John. I’m having fun with it so far and that was a particularly fun show because there were a lot of people and they were very much into it.

      Yes, I do have to back off on my workouts and such from time to time so I don’t overdo it. My body is good at letting me know how much and when, and as I’ve gotten older I’ve gotten a lot better at listening. πŸ™‚

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    • I’m glad you liked the pictures.

      I’ve thought of that too though I’m hoping that my wrestling days are well behind me and I can let the young people do all of that but you never know. One thing about wrestling is anything is possible, lol. On the other hand, I might be a little past it wrestling-wise. I was on the security detail for a show last week in San Jose, California where after the last match one of the wrestlers went berserk and started beating up pretty much everyone (the referee was smart enough to bail). It got kind of ridiculous to where they sent in all of the security guys, who except for me were all strong, young men. Unfortunately, the berserk guy was in his zone and pretty much thrashed anyone who he got his hands on. Even the promoter went in to try and stop him but that was no good either, so I figured maybe I’d try. Well, I got in there with the idea of sucker-punching him (he was a *really* big guy) he spun around (I guess I didn’t sneak that good), grabbed me by the hair and threw me so hard through the ropes that I ended up rolling around on the concrete (it was an outdoor show) and two guys had to jump out of their seats so I wouldn’t smash into them and make them spill their beers.

      Still, the wrestling training all those years ago at Killer Kowalski’s did come in handy because muscle memory took over and while the fall did hurt (it was about a four foot fall out of a ring into a parking lot) I didn’t come away with anything other than a couple of minor bruises and my wounded pride.

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      • Wow! That is a crazy situation. I know wrestling has moments like that but generally speaking, I think the fans, including myself, believe they are scripted. I’m glad your training kicked in and you weren’t hurt worse a few bruises! In my mind, that has to count for something and is something you should feel good about.

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  2. Good progress on the workouts Ann, and thanks for sharing the wrestling photo’s. Always thought that referees were the lynch pin of the match, so glad you enjoying the training.

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    • Thank you, Dave. It was a fun show and I enjoyed being there. The training is a lot more fun than I thought it was going to be so far. The one major thing it turns out that I have going for me is I can project my voice really well. I had some voice training many years ago for that and it is serving me well now in ref training. Some of the more physical aspects, however, I can’t do right now because of the leg and back issues I’m going to PT for. Hopefully in a few months though. I think I’ll also be more effective as I continue to drop weight.

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