Sunday, February 26, 2012
One of my motivations this year is to go to the beach and not wear my usual t-shirt and cargoes deal. You know, actually wear a pair of swimming trunks. The means to that involves more than just eating well. Exercise is definitely important, specifically, strength and muscle building exercises. Kettlebells have been the exercise of the month.
Two weeks ago I wrote a blog about how I finally got an "official" body fat measurement of 21%. It has been 22% for a while. On that weigh-in, my scale uncharacteristically gave me different readings. My scale measures actual pounds to the 0.2 pounds, but rounds the bodyfat to the nearest full %.
I weigh myself 2-3 times and take whatever weight comes up two out of three times. The body fat % is almost always the same for all two or three measurements.
Two weeks ago it was two out of three (21%, 22%, 21%). The past two weeks I have been scoring a consistent 21%.
Next week, as I embark upon a new set of kettlebell exercises and go heavier on spinning, I hope to knock the body fat percentage down to 20% by eom March.
1998 is going to be a gr8 year
- TD Out!
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
::THE GOOD NEWS::
So Yesterday was my next to last major heavy workout with the kettlebells this month before starting the new one. It was all out.
* 26.4 lb kettlebell for all moves but the pushpress and two hand?
* 35.2 lb for the two hand!?
- Double check! (You know, because it's two hand....never mind)
* Riding a sheep to Lady Gaga Music!!??
- No! Hmmm. Why did I even bring that up?
* Same old annoying 17.6 pound kettlebell for the Pushpress?
- Heck NO!!
I was like, "I'm going to do a 26.4 alt swing and a 17.6 pound pushpress? Come on". I've been stuck at 17.6 for the push press for two weeks now. The person in the video has said that there's no shame in resting if one needs to even if it costs valuable seconds. So I grabbed the 22 Pound KB and went for it. I did the most warming up with the shoulders and neck that I've ever done. I only did 15 minutes of cardio for warmup rather than 30.
All of the other exercises went as usual. Given the weight, they were tough, but I'm getting stronger. The first two sets of pushpresses, I struggled on but got through them (was not legalistic about the full 30 seconds). The back of my wrists were sore.
Then someone at the gym made a really annoying/stupid comment right as I was about to start the final set of presses. It made me really angry (*). I said nothing, but the adrenaline rushed. I grabbed the 22 pound kettlebell and the bell went up and down and up and down. As the bell continued to whack the back of my wrist @ full throttle, I thought "wow, this is going to hurt tomorrow.
But the plateau is broken. The 17.6 pound bells have been conquered. 22 Pounds is the new max
::THE BAD NEWS::
The wrists are definitely bruised this morning. They were slightly bruised under the 17.6 pound ones, but I've got to do something about this.
I think that because the 15 pound ones were plastic they had less oomph when hitting the wrist than the metal 17.6 and 22 pound ones at the gym.
The one YouTube tutorial I watched this morning seemed to indicate that the bruising came from using too light a weight. I can promise you that the 22 pound guy was not that.
::POTENTIALLY GOOD NEWS::
It occurred to me this morning that I own a pair of MMA gloves with some padding in the back. I may be able to leverage them for the push press (and eventually the snatch). The padding might either protect the wrist or slow the movement that causes the impact/pressure on the wrist.
Thanks for reading.
- TD Out!
(*) I have a saying at work when either a co-worker or a problem is really stressing me out. I go to my boss's office (unless s/he is the one stressing me out) and tell him/her that I'm going to take an early or late lunch break and go to the gym because I need to either lift something (weights), swing something (Kettelbells), or punch something (heavy bag). Depends on how stressed out I am. Yesterday's comment would have been a "punch something" one if I didn't already have the bells out.
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