Monday, December 8, 2008

Another Milestone Met

I took yesterday off to rest after my 10 minute Snatch set on Saturday. I was pleasantly surprised at how well my back withstood the session. I was a bit tight around the site of the injury as well as my core in general. The most soreness I experienced was in my traps.

I had followed up that session with a few selected Kettlebell Foundation Compensatory movements as well as some initial Trigger Point therapy using a tennis ball. Either one or the combination worked really well at keeping things at bay.

This morning I was intent on hitting the 10 minute mark with the Jerk. I had done 8 minutes at 6 rpms the other day and was confident I could give it a run today. Here's how it looked...

Swing: 12kg - 15/15; 16kg - 12/12; 20kg - 10/10

Jerk: 2 x 12kg - 10 minutes @ 6 rpm - total of 60 jerks(!)

This was a tough set! I think part of the difficulty is performing these first thing in the morning when my body is still not fully warm and flexible. Two minutes in, I was thinking "there's no way I'm getting to 10 today".

But again, I turned my concentration toward my breathing and my alignment. Trying to reach my hips with my elbows between each and every rep.

Into the fourth minute, I was thinking "just two more, get through 6 minutes". At some point the minutes became a blur, I found my hips a bit better which makes it a lot easier. And my breathing settled in. Next thing I know, 9 minutes are passed. One minute to go! Only 6 more reps. And then... I completed the 10th minute!

This is a great feeling to have. What a hurdle it's been. Now it's time to change things up a bit. Similar to my Snatch work, I will now broaden my practice two ways, bump up to the 16kg bell and start with shorter sets, working my way up, and continuing to work with the 12kg, also shorter sets but at an increased pace, again building up.

I didn't have a chance to cooldown as I did on Saturday. I'll get some in later on today. Hopefully, I'll feel alright tomorrow. That's it for now. Jerk 'em up!!


hunashaman said...

Wow Howie! You are really moving along now. Pretty soon we'll be seeing you in the GS competitions on Youtube. Well done buddy!

Howie Brewer said...

Thanks Man. Baby steps for me still. That 10 min Jerk-fest was killer. Glad I don't have to do it again anytime soon! =)