Anvil or Hammer

Tactical Strength Challenge

Posted in Gym Strength,Kettlebells by Mike on March 3, 2007

Things went pretty well. Not super but well.

475 – I got some good advice after this one. I need to focus on a point on the ceiling, my head shales and I tend to look down.
495 – still feeling things out
520 bomb – I got greedy. I should have gone for 510 or maybe 515 but I starting thinking PR and got greedy. So I didn’t get a 500+ on the books, ah well.
As a group the pulls came in from the mid 400s to the low 600s. The lightest and littlest guy pulled the most.

Pullup – 1
Only got one, kinda lame. I did a chin touch on two which was not counted (and rightly so). Yes that is pathetic and yes I will work on it. Pretty muc everyone else was in the teens.

5 minute snatch test (24K kettlebell) – 104
I’m pretty happy with this. I said I would do 100 and I did with change. I kinda pushed the puke barrier a bit which is good for me. The real break through came at the very last minute when I decdided to do 20 per hand on the first set. That got a lot of reps out of the way fast.

So like I said, I’m pretty happy with this outcome. I need to work on my pullups, obviously. I’d like to compete in the Elite division next time. You use a 32K kettlebell and you have to do pullups with 22 lbs around your waste. The latter being my only issue.

I’m also really thinking about a 32K kettlebell. I just hate to drop $150- $200 on a weight.

Kettlebell Konflict-Tactical Challenge

Posted in Kettlebells by Mike on March 3, 2007


This is my kettlebell, there are many like it but this one is mine. My kettlebell is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. Without me, my kettlebell is useless. Without my kettlebell Iam useless, I must swing my kettlebell true. I must snatch quicker than my opponenet. who is trying to out snatch me. I must snatch twice before he snatches once. I will. Before God I swear this creed: my kettlebell and myself are defenders of my honor, we are masters of my opponent, we are saviours of my life. So be it, until there is no opponent, but peace. Amen

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