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Pineapple Banana Smoothie

Pineapple smoothie

Last night at the box we were all feeling the humidity moving in full steam ahead. The WOD was a chipper which means you have to finish a section before you can move on to the next part. At the end we were all falling to the ground.

WOD:
100 Jump ropes
80 Butterfly sit ups
60 wall balls
40 Hand Stand Push-Ups
20 Cleans

I fueled up before my workout with this pineapple smoothie to hydrate properly.

Recipe
3 pineapple chunks
1 cup of coconut milk
3 slices of frozen banana
1 scoop protein powder

This drink is very good for the beach and the boat but it really needs a umbrella.

Doesn't St Pete look pretty from the bay?

Green Bench Brewing Co

Green Bench Brewing

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Push-Up Challenge

push-ups

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My back is strong from all the pull-ups, but my biceps need work to reach my goal. I practice pull-ups doing a lot more of the negatives these days.

My arms are seriously feeling the difference.

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