Friday, December 31, 2010
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Haven't settled in yet at all to training the snatch on Wednesdays. I know I will but it's not there yet. Recovered well from Tuesdays long cycle high reps but wasn't feeling too peppy when I got back home to Stones gym after 7 clients in a row.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Reading Ferris's book and thinking about my bodybuilding days and high intensity training really got me up for continuing the mass gains I have been making in the last few months. It hasn't been intentional; this is what happens if you have nice long bouts of uninterrupted progressive training coupled with decent rest, recover and stability in your life.
Can't say the same for my legs which I trained far harder than my upper body in attempts to balance my physique with hardly much to show for it at all, PLUS if you stop loading your 'not natural' muscles they disappear fast. Having to stop squatting and deadlifting because of my back did not help my legs' cause.
Monday, December 27, 2010
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Well now, the kids are all grown up and Mom and Dad still need to get their workout done and today was no different. Tracy took a poll among her class as to who wanted to come it and train her class as usual and the almost everybody showed up!
As a trainer I have learned that clients LOVE to train on holidays as they can get their workouts in without a rush so I end up working most holidays as well.One of the downsides of my business is that if I don't work I don't get paid. There are no 'personal days' or sick days or paid vacations in my business.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Today was the crossover workout as I'm switching Thursdays to snatches and Saturday's main day as swings. I didn't want to use the 24 again today so I went down to the 20 kg and banged out a quick 150 reps with Nick, who had the day off .
Saturday more 28 kg swing volume and clubbell work for Christmas!
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Again, known territory, unvisited for quite awhile but so glad to see still exists. In me too.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
For snatches and deadlifts. Good thing :))
Not to be annoying, but how do you break at the knee before the hip without it sliding forward or throwing your body back?
Two hand shield casts
15 lbs x 5/5
20 lbs x5/5
25 lbs x5/5, 6/6,7/7,8/8
these were good but I was pretty cooked by now. Triceps especially.
Friday, December 17, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
This was a grind but a pr grind nonetheless. It was a good decision to take yesterday off and swing today but it was still hard to get started. Late night and early start didn't make things easier either but hey, what can you do? Most times these are the days that produce good results and today was no exception.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
But it ain't easy,especially as the reps add up, as I found out.
Tuesdays are great because Tracy and I get to train together on the exact same exercise, no small thing and I can push her a bit which is nice for a change.Of course she trained with me after training swings and snatches for 2+ hours, but hey,I'll take it :))
As I did my workout it really got to me how just not very long ago at all I couldn't put any weight over my head without suffering serious shoulder consequences and now I feel like I can actually push myself a bit safely. Nice.
It always amazes me that so many people with healthy uninjured bodies, brand new cars, if you will, that never seem to want to take them out for a real drive; open them up a bit and see what they can do. You don't know what you had til it's gone then it's too late.
6-7 am stretchout.
one arm swings
16 kg x5/5/5/5 x3
Long cycle clean and press
16 kg x5/5
20 kg x4/4
24 kg x5/5
this was seriously hard and easy at the same time!lol.Hard because its a long ass set on ONE arm( about 35 seconds) and then you have to do the other one as well,lol. Easy but I felt like I could just toss the bell around no matter how tired I was getting. Nice. Kinda like the old days; I remember strong. It's still in there.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Thursday, December 09, 2010
Was going to train as scheduled yesterday but a new client went over and two cancelled today so I decided it was better to wait until this morning when I had plenty of time and energy to train hard, rather than trying to fit it in when I was mo' tired yesterday.
I knew/ know, that I am running the risk of DOMS catching up to me on saturday when it's time to snatch or press hard but I just wasn't into yet yesterday once I knew I had options today.
One Arm casts
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Saturday, December 04, 2010
I felt great from Wednesdays one arm swing fest on Thursday and Friday but woke up this morning with some strange cramping in my leg rectus femoris( main hip flexor of the quads) for no damn good reason. I say that the definition of getting old is getting injured sleeping.
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Now it can be told. All those pictures of Tracy on the roof swinging kettlebells were for a video shoot she was doing as part of Tim Ferris's new book "The Four Hour Body" due to release December 15.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Then the worm turned and the 24kg started feeling like the 16 kg BUT the 28 and the 32 did not.
Where the new ceiling is I have no idea except that I want to play with the 32 like I did before with the 28 and I want to press the 36 as my peak fairly regularly.
Can't wait :))
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
Great new article by Max Shank on the power of the basic swing. This cuts right to the chase
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Back in the Cave.
Tracy's hardcore, badass classes had infused an energy to the place it just hadn't had before and Nick and I lent our presence and own hardcoreness to it every saturday morning as well. But, as I wrote about before, working out on my own after 7 clients in a row left me a little less than inspired. Especially on Wednesdays when the schedule called for LOTS of swings.
If I started out tired of being there it didn't make sense I would have the umph to push through the boredom and crank out the sets and reps I wanted to do. SO I've gone back to the Cave on Wednesdays and today's workout was a real good omen for the rebirth of Stones Gym and my own personal courage corner.
Maybe it's those platforms :))
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
This is such a great exercise; in some senses the perfect combination of a ballistic and grind move all in one.you have the obvious swing component in the clean,which in my opinions gets little of the respect it deserves, and the strict press, perhaps the basic of all the high tension kb moves, done back to back for any number of reps and sets,or for time.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
When I herniated my disc in 2000 all of my rehab training was about asymmetrical movements; exercises and patterns that strengthened my weaker side and elongated, lengthened and stretched my much too tight stronger side.
Today I did :))
Two Handed Clubbell Shield casts(alternating)