I have literally just gotten home from this afternoon's Kettlebell Workshop hosted by RKC Steve Freides - and I am POOPED!
Steve gave us two solid hours of quality instruction. I was amazed that for the first 45 minutes of the class we never touched a kettlebell! But that was good! Steve started us off with a host of joint mobility, bodyweight and stretching drills. Steve is able to lower himself with ease into a full split. Awesome. I was pretty impressed with my own flexibility as well. For someone who hasn't practiced a split stretch in about 10 years, I was able to get down there pretty good. I guess it's all about your foundation. As long as it's built correctly, it doesn't take too long to get back to where you left off.
Once we got into kettlebells, Steve had us go through 2-Hand Swings, 1-Hand Swings, Cleans, Presses, Windmills and finally Snatches. He was able to give me a few pointers, such as keeping my arms in tighter on my cleans as well as keeping my shoulders down (particularly on my right side) at the top position of my snatch.
We then finished off with Steve's "7 Minutes of Doom". Luckily we were running just a few minutes behind otherwise we would have been subject to a full 10 minutes of doom. And those 7 minutes consisted of performing 10 snatches (5 left, 5 right) on the minute for 7 minutes.
Now this is something I have as of late become all too familiar with! The only difference is that today I brought the 20kg bells with me, not the 24kg. I was able to 'comfortably' perform the full 7 sets of snatches, although the last set was starting to get weak.
So I'm pretty tired right now. I think I'll take tomorrow morning off from working out. Still coughing - 3 weeks now - this is just crazy - but improving. All in all, a great afternoon!
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