What’s New With My Training Program 11/10/16
Well, unfortunately some severe allergies/pretty sure a battle with a cold, has somewhat sidelined the start of my next program. In the midst of fighting through the inability to breathe I did manage to play around with a few things this week. One training session in particular popped out.
If you’ve followed much of my training logs you know that for roughly 5-months I was doing Simple and Sinister 3-days a week. I used it as a basic training program in gradually building up to Sinister status (still striving). As it got closer to the October TSC I swapped out most of my S&S day’s for snatch practice. I trained Deadlifts using a PlanStrong program I wrote myself and used the Fighter Pull-up routine to blast my pull-ups. Basically I did a lot of kettlebell work!
Mentally I needed a break from bells for a bit so hopped on another deadlift and pull-up plan. This time around I threw in some days of Moving Target clean, press, squat to spice things up a bit and play around – case and point; I haven’t done much “real”, consistent kettlebell training in roughly 6-7 weeks now.
In the past I’ve written about how much I love ripping into a set of heavy 2-handed swings. Not only do they give you the opportunity to rip into the bell, they provide opportunities to learn, get better, and hone your technique. Of course every set can give you that, but I find 2-handed swings to be a bit easier to focus on. After all you don’t have the force of the bell trying to twist your body as you do in the one-handed variation.
I decided to do 10 swings OTM for 10 minutes. Mind you I’m still fighting severe allergies/stupid cold thing. Not to mention, we’re having a minor heat wave out here in LA. 90 degrees today at the beach! I know, I know, I shouldn’t complain but truth be told I actually like the cold-er weather. I’ll take the nice 50-60 range winters that tend to be around here more. Really the Bay is where it’s at!
On this hot, snotty day I only made it through 6 of the 10 rounds I planned. Could I have finished? Absolutely. But after the 6th round I was reminded of Master SFG Doug Nepodal’s comments at the recent SFB course I attended: “Whenever you tell yourself “just one more” stop.” That last rep, that extra mile, that one more____, is likely the one to break you.
I was also reminded about a recent stress lesson in my Pn2 Master Class where we talked about finding your optimal stress sweet spot. In other words, just enough of the bad stress, and the right amount of the good stress – in this case my OTM swings.
Long story short, here were my takeaways from this training session:
- The kettlebell still, and always will be, the most efficient tool for strength, conditioning, and overall bad-assery
- There’s a lot to be said about less is more – and a lot to be learned
- I probably need to spend a week or two building up my stamina again!
On a side note, a lot of people stress about their “cardio” in fear they’ll easily lose it if they stop training. Here’s the thing, you probably will, but unlike strength, you can get it back in a matter of weeks. Strength takes months and years of consistency. Enjoy the ride…