Anvil or Hammer

You know that little voice in your head?

Posted in Gym Strength by Mike on February 21, 2007

Well, I’m gonna take mine out into the desert some evening and no one’s gonna find the body….

I was inspired by an interview with Zack Even Esh that I heard today. He talked a lot about training outside, which I wasn’t quite ready for. I’ll start that soon, but he also talked about training densely, meaning hammering out a bunch of tightly packed sets and being totally destroyed.  So I thought I would try for it. It was much harder than I expected. I also used some borrowed programming although it’s pretty standard for me.

light hang cleans
light snatches
one arm snatch

Hang clean and jerk 5 X 5 60K
These were difficult. A lot more difficult than I expected. Each rep was a clean grip dead to a high hang clean to a jerk. I tried to do the jerk correctly, off the collar bones with no push out.

Olympic Squat 5 X 5 140K
This is the part where I wanted to kick my own inner voice. All I could hear in my head was that I counldn’t or wouldn’t do it. In the end, it was much easier than expected. It was very hard but it was easier than expected. I pretty much felt done after this.

Military Bench 3 X 10 135 lbs
I found that I wasn’t doing the military bench correctly so I had to make some adjustments. It is done holding the feet off the ground, above the height of the bench. It appears that it is also done with a full stop on the chest on each rep. So I did that, each rep stopped, not just paused, stopped on my sternum, then up. I should point out that at this point I lost my whole go quickly and take short breaks thing. I chatted with a high school basketball coach looking for tips to increase my athletecism (speed, agility, explosivity).

Pull down 3 X 10 100lbs
I used the widest grip possible on this one. I’m gonna totally suck on pull ups at Dan’s contest so I look at this as training for next year.

I threw in a couple abs sets in there to work out some kinks. Showed a lot of people my kettlebells that I brought with me. I did get a good smoking out of that first couple exercises. I really didn’t want to do those squat but I got them done. When I was done, I was gassed but felt like I had a lot of strength left in me. It’ll be interesting to see how these higher reps squats workout over time.

In random diet news, I had to take the belt one notch tighter, that was a surprise.

3 Responses to 'You know that little voice in your head?'

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  1. Chris Rice said,

    In random diet news, I had to take the belt one notch tighter, that was a surprise.

    A pleasant surprise – I’m sure. Workouts look good – your squat strength is something I envy – I’d love to be able to stand up with my cleans if nothing else.

  2. Scott said,

    Ah, yes. I was sitting outside in the warm evening air listening to that interview – I occasionally forget that it’s a little colder elsewhere 🙂

  3. Mike said,


    It was a nice surprise. When I get one more that’ll be a hige PR!!! 🙂
    I think being able to stand up with your clean would be nice. I have quite the other problem, I don’t clean enough to bother with standing up. I’ve kinda stalled on my progress, I may have to grab one of the oly lfters here and get a coaching session. I guess the national team coach is up in Penn, maybe I’ll make it a weekend this summer.


    Now that is just not fair:-). I’ll be reminding you in July that I’m outside with sandbags, kettlebells and my tire and your freezing 🙂 Actually I was sitting in a too warm office, so I shouldn’t complain about the temps.

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