Kettlebells - January - June 2014 (mid year review)
Why a mid-year review? Why not?
The year has been a good one--a typical month is clocking in at 18 get-ups, 2117 swings, and 103 squats, compressed into 205 minutes. I've been incorporating the "300 swings a day" challenge in my own way... Read more
Kettlebells - October-December 2013 and Year in Review
I managed 2102 swings in October, 1762 in November, and 1220 in December while logging 187, 174, and 114 minutes of training time. I also did 28 TGUs in October, 22 in November, and 12 in December. I ended the year with 16,284 swings and 126 TG... Read more
Kettlebells - September 2013
Oh September! You are always my best month for kettle bells. Why is that?
The numbers...I managed 3104 swings in September while logging 262 minutes of training time. I also did 18 TGUs and even a pair of snatches (yes, just two). I h... Read more
Kettlebells - April - August 2013
The year 2013 is still not great on the kettlebell front. I still have knee pain but it is not getting worse. I have avoided shoulder injuries, as per my goal for the year.
I managed 1510 swings in April, 680 in May, 340 in June, 538 in... Read more
Kettlebells - Jan - March 2013
The year 2013 has not been off to a good start. I have had some persistent pain in my left knee. While KBs don't seem to make things worse, they do seem to zap my motivation. As a result, my numbers are slipping.
I put up 1578 swings in ... Read more
Towards the one-handed pull-up
Give me 33 weeks of intense training and I'll give you a one-handed pull-up. Maybe. Maybe it will take a year. Regardless, I have a plan. A serious plan. A do-able plan.
I've been doing pull-ups for a little over two years now. Love '... Read more
2012 Kettlebell Training Year in Review
Goodbye to 2012! The year saw 15,078 swings, 6078 snatches, and 249 Turkish get-ups completed in 39.1 hours. I had some goods and some bads in my kettlebell training for the year.
First, the goods:
1. I was able to increase my train... Read more
Cardio Conditioning - 0 Minutes, 0 Snatches
For the past two days, I have had some pain in my right trapezius that runs from my neck to my deltoid. If I was 20 years younger, I would rub it up with Myoflex (or equivalent) and do my 28 minutes of snatches scheduled. But I am older and wi... Read more
Convict Conditioning - November Progress
Some progress, some regress this month.
Pull-ups. Level 7, uneven close pull-ups. 1 set of 5 and 1 set of 3.
Leg raises. Level 9, partial straight leg raises, 2 sets 11.
Handstand push-ups. Level 4, half handstand push-ups. 2 sets 13 ... Read more
Kettlebells- The November Reckoning
November was another good month. I put up 1564 swings, 1448 snatches, and 40 get-ups in 4.75 hours. I logged an hour more than I did in October, and that translated to about 600 more snatches and 24 more get-ups. There were also some clean & p... Read more
Cardio Conditioning - 26 minutes, 312 snatches
I haven't snatched for the past week. Today seemed pretty hard--about 10 minutes into it I was dragging. I finished a half hour ago and still feel pretty wiped out. Not my best outing today.... Read more
Cardio Conditioning - 24 minutes, 288 snatches
So far, so good. Today's workout comes on the heels of kettlebell complexes on Tuesday and Thursday, each of which featured 8 x 10 snatches.
The snatch work continues to get easier on my cardio system (or is my cardio system adapting to ... Read more
Cardio Conditioning - 264 Snatches in 22 minutes
I love taking back-steps!
My workout schedule today called for shaving 3 minutes off my cardio conditioning workout. Last week 25 minutes, this week 22. This my my new base as I build to a 30 minute session.
I was looking over my Car... Read more
Today's Zen Workout
Today I worked out by not working out.
Really, I've done nothing all day. I have been laying in bed, reading. I am enjoying some black beans and salsa for lunch right now, and I'll soon head to the market for groceries. Tonight I'll wa... Read more
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Cardio Conditioning - 300 Snatches in 25 minutes
I hit a milestone--300.
There is nothing inherently special about 300. It is a nice round number--it ends with a few zeroes. When I first started training snatches, it seemed like one of those far-off impossible numbers to ever reach. We... Read more