Anvil or Hammer


The Kettlebell Tolls For Thee

Posted in Uncategorized by Mike on February 15, 2006

Let me just say, I am out of shape.
I took a shot at a kettlebell workout tonight. I did it in my apartment so I was unwilling to go all out for fear of throwing the bell to the floor and bugging my neighbors.

I tried to follow the following progression, but I would occasionally miss something and throw it in at the end:
Highpull
bottoms up press palm press
Tricep extension
Overhead squat
Curls
One hand snatch
Two hand snatch

The progression went some thing like, 10, 8, 10, 5, 10 reps. I took a pretty long rest prior to that last set
I was sucking at the end of my ten rep sets.

So I have a long way to go. I love the kettlebell as a wake up and stretch type activity.
I have a long way to go on my kettlebell work. I look forward to the might climb.
I hope to one day to be able to do 100 one hand snatches consecutivly.In fact:

I make myself this challenge now, February 15, 2006. One year from now or sooner, one handed snatch the 16 kg kettlebell 100 times switching hands no more than once, without setting the kettlebell down.

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Hamstring Revenge

Posted in Uncategorized by Mike on February 15, 2006

As I sit here this fine morning my hamstrings are showing their anger with me. I knew they would, they had already begun to tighten up last night on the way home, but they earned it. I was going to do the hills program, on the treadmil, tonight but I may not be able to finish it.
Last night
Squat:
135 X 5
225 X 5
315 X 5
365 X 3 X 3
315 X 5
It was amazing how light that second set of 325 felt but I felt fatigue setting in too.

Zercher squats
225 X 4 X 6

Straight legged deadlift (thumbless grip)
225 X 4 X 8

Walk outs
30 seconds
405
495

It seems like there was one other thing in there but I can’t recall what it was.
It also seems that my 45 minutes at the gym just slips away from me these days. Some times I get on a kick and go in there and do 6 or 8 exercises with time to spare but lately I have been bearly getting four.

Alos, I have been using my kettlebell when I get home from work. Nothing extreme just trying to get blood back in the back and glutes from sitting all day. It is a good pick me up.

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