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Take it apart to put it together

Posted in Cardio by Mike on March 1, 2007

I took a couple days off from the gym and I’m glad I did. I needed to get myself back together. Up until today I kept a slow downward push of weight but today was cheat day so I’ll probably tack on half a pound, no big deal, it’s back to the groove, I’ll be down overall for the week.
Tomorrow I have to work at the gym but I can’t work too hard because the tactical challenge is on Saturday. We’ll see how that goes. It’ll be an interesting.

In all the spare time I’ve spent some time thinking about my training. It’s hard for me to not overtrain, I have a lot of things I want to do. I need to continue to hit max weights at least once a week. I need to get in strongman when I can but my schedule is killing that right now.  Tuesdays are a good day for double kettlebell action,but more on that in a sec. I want to work a single bell once a week. I ordered the Providence DVD from AOS and will try to do that on that day. I need to bring back the tire and sandbags and I’d like to do Olympic lifting. Oly, power, Strong, heavy kettlbell, light kettlebell, dinosar. That comes out to six days. So something is gonna have to be combined. Well see how I mix and match.
The real thing I have been thinking about though is how I organize my programs. I tend to do one thing then the other, then the other, with large pauses in between. I lift like a powerlifter. That needs to change. I need to start making something a little more dense. for example, in my kettlebell workout last Tuesday, it was a few swings, take a breather. Get soem cleans and presses and take a break. So on. They used to call it circuits, now people are throwing around the term turbulence training. It adds up about the same in the end.

I dunno, it sounded better in my head.

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4 Responses to 'Take it apart to put it together'

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  1. Scott Styles said,

    I think one of the most important things I’ve learned from Chris is that variety is the key to longevity in your physical training. But, it sounds to me like you are trying to do everything at once. Why?

    I know I have to pick 3 specific goals for me training. The primary one will get hit, the secondary one I will make progress towards, if everything lines up, I might make progress towards the 3rd one.

    For instance, right now my goals in order of priority are: 1. Drop Weight, 2. Improve my mobility/stability, 3. Develop my strength base. 1 is happening, 2 is happening slowly, and 3, well, I’m not getting weaker.

    You’re trying to improve strength, power, conditioning, lose weight, and pick up a number of new skills, all at the same time. I don’t think the solution is to try and turn your strength workouts into conditioning workouts by compressing them. If you want a conditioning workout, do a conditioning workout. Pick what is most important to you now, train the others later.

  2. Mike said,

    Scott is wise, I should listen to him more often.
    I don’t mean that sarcastically. That too some degree is entirely what I was failing to get it any my ramble. I need to replace some strength workouts with some conditioning workouts. I’m finding it a harder thing to do than I imagined. I want to do about 20 different things and am finding it hard to set one thing aside and say, “I accept that my max deadlift will drop over the next three months as I lose 25 pounds”.
    I think Scott summed it up pretty well. If you can only juggle four balls and you throw in a fifth, you end up juggling no balls and that is worse than four.

  3. Scott Styles said,

    “If you can only juggle four balls and you throw in a fifth, you end up juggling no balls and that is worse than four.”

    Great analogy.

  4. Mike said,

    thanks, I felt a bit inspired when I read it back to myself:-) now I just have to learn to think that way.


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