Anvil or Hammer

Measure twice, bend once

Posted in Grip,Kettlebells by Mike on October 3, 2007

I just kinda did a generic, quick workout tonight. Tomorrow we have the symphony so no workout then.

Jog with the dog, 1.75 miles (as I recall)

24K Bottoms up press 2/2
32K Front Squat 10
32K C&J 10/10
24K Snatch 20/20
32K Windmill 5/5
24K squat 10/10
32K/24K 2 Hands Anyhow
I think there were a couple other lifts in ther but you get the idea

Grip fun, starting on those goals
10lb plate pinch
3 – no chalk, sweaty hands
4 – chalk, surprisingly easy, still, I don’t think I’m ready for five
1/4″ CRS, Unfortunately, I figured I was just goofing around. I didn’t measure it. It’s legs are 3″ and 3.25″ bent. Maybe 6.5″ in length? It wouldn’t count as an “official” bend, I don’t think. I was all doubled over, you wouldn’t be able to see it or anything if you were trying to judge it. Oh, padding was Iron Mind pads.

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What have I gotten myself into?

Posted in Goals by Mike on October 3, 2007

Chris Rice reminded me of something. A while back I set out to write a list of goals that was more than a little bit copied off his own model. I picked 100 as the target number of goals and I picked the age of 40 as the time to accomplish them by. Not because I consider 40 the end of the road by any means, it was just a round number. I’m 28 now so I have roughly 12 years to make these things happen. I decided when I wrote this that I needed to make them things that were worthy of 12 years effort. At the same time, I needed to bear in mind that I was doing 100 things not 5 or 10. So all of these goals are doable, most in a year two, some a little longer. I don’t think a lot of people have ever done all of them. So, my 100 x 40 list was born.

Since Chris reminded me of it, I set out to try and finish it. I managed to add a few more but I’m still only up to 80. I’m trying to write down things that don’t require any incredibly specific equipment, so specific that lack of access to equipment is more likely to stop me than lack of ability. I also tried to not limit myself to any geographically place. I intend to be back in the midwest well before this list is done but I can’t say exactly where.

I’m trying to mix it up a bit. You can see how it was written down, there will be a dozen or so related goals then a different group. It’s not intentional, it just tended to be the order I would think of them in. When I got to more than ten related goals, I felt like I was boxing myself in. I tried to put some cardio and som weightlifting on there but there is a definite lean towards strength training.

So feel free to make a suggestion or two. I’ll take about anything but I’m really interested in adding some tests of athleticism on there. Stuff that shows I am more versitile, agile and hostile.

Chris’s reminder also pointed out to me that it’s time I get moving on this list. It’s big and it’s bold and I probably will not accomplish it all.

So here is how I’m going to do this, procedure-wise. First, I am using kind of an odd schdule, stolen from David Seah. Each month runs from the day where the day and the month are the same (1/1, 2/2, 3/3…12/12). that last half of the twelfth month is used for relaxing, celebrating and preparing.

Second, each month gets five goals assigned. That means that in 20 months, less than two years, I will be done, right? No. Most of these goals will take multiple months of trying. It looks like I have time for six passes at each here. To assign my goals each month, I will be randomly picking goals. It doesn’t have to always be the exact same method but I used for this time. Here’s what I came up with:

43. Bend the Red
45. Pinch Deadlift 3 twenty – fives
46. Pinch Deadlift 5 tens
51. Squat Lock out 1000lbs
66. Steinborn lift 315

I’ll probably get started soon, rather than wait for the tenth. I’ll post more, later about this month.

Here we go….