My Training Routine 12/1/16
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. My wife and I managed to get out of the kitchen and get out to the garage for some on-the-minute swings before we sat down. Totally justified eating half of a pumpkin pie!
This week I decided to take a page out of my post from last week on staying strong over the holidays. There’s a quote from Mike Tyson that sums up what’s happened with my training program lately; “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”
As I shared a couple weeks ago my plan was to stick to PlanStrong deadlifts while getting back on Simple and Sinister. I needed a mental break from bells following the 5-month TSC stint I had over the summer leading up to the TSC in October. But I knew a couple weeks ago that now I was ready to get back at it. I could feel it, that urge, that itch to get back in the garage, back to the beast! was back.
I’ve learned over the years that balance is the key to sustainability and consistency.
I’ve mentioned before that the 5-month plan I laid out was far to complicated. I overreached and because of that needed that 6-week mental break between the TSC and just a couple weeks ago. It was poor planning on my part, but nonetheless a lesson I’ve learned and will try my best not to repeat again.
During that 6-week break from S&S I managed to build my deadlift to an all-time high. I’m now hitting 407 consistently enough that I can call it a “training” weight – I’ve never had that before! Knowing I wanted to hop back on S&S, naturally I wanted to find a way to do both. Well that lasted all of 2-weeks and here’s likely why.
I reached, yet again, in thinking I could start building S&S while continuing my high volume of deadlifts. If I wasn’t using the 44 and 48kg bells maybe it wouldn’t have been an issue, but who knows. After week 1 I laughed at myself almost as if to ask, “what was I thinking?” So then I decided to pull back the deadlifts and do more of an Easy Strength routine – again keep S&S the priority.
Well here we are at what would have been week 3 with this “program.” This week has been good, the beast is feeling more and more manageable and the 44kg is starting to feel like the 40kg.
I share this to again remind you that “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”
Now obviously I didn’t physically get punched in the mouth, but I did get derailed from my initial plan. On top of the physical obstacles I’ve encountered, my wife and I have also changed up our holiday plans and will be in and out of town a bit more than we had originally planned – which is great! More time with family, however likely less time training – and I’m totally OK with that.
Here are 3 reasons why “getting punched in the mouth” was a good thing:
#1 It’s reminded me just how great training with bells is
One of the main reasons why I was unable to do the volume of deadlifts I had planned while trying to hop back on S&S was because I was simply wrecked from my training sessions! Now 3-weeks back on S&S I’m getting back in my groove. Similar to when I hopped back on a consistent deadlift program after following S&S, getting back to S&S after following a consistent deadlift program has shown that my grip as improved and my overall lower body strength has improved greatly. Win-Win, but especially when trying to corral the beast!
#2 It’s reminded me that you truly can only focus on 1 thing at a time
Am I going to stop deadlifting altogether? Probably not, but what I am going to do is focus purely on S&S for the rest of this year. My goal, among others, is to attain Sinister status. That’s certainly not going to happen overnight. I’ve gotta put the hours in. Plus, as my buddy Grant Anderson and I said waaaay back when we both started our S&S journey, “don’t you think we’ll be jacked when we’re using the beast for everything?” I still feel that way and know that the more comfortable I get with the beast, the stronger I’ll get with my deadlifts.
#3 It’s shown me what NOT to do
Most people feel failure is a bad thing. If you didn’t achieve your goal, you failed. Since joining the StrongFirst family I’ve learned that there really is no such thing as failure, only learning experiences. Therefore no matter what the outcome you have to feel good about it. I’ll admit it took some time for this mindset to settle in, but now I’ve fully embraced it. As good of a coach as I am, I’m not going to pretend to act like I know EVERYTHING. The best make mistakes and learn from their mistakes, then come back with a better plan – they tinker with things.
As usual I’ll be sharing more about my experiences back on S&S and what else I’m up too with my training. The beast will eventually feel like the 40kg, it’s only a matter of time. During that time I intend on enjoying the ride…