Monday, May 11, 2009

Ouch, What A Difference A Few Days Can Make

Last week's training was pretty much a bust. Lots going on at home and at work, didn't allow me to work my usual routine. I only squeezed in two sessions during the week.

On Saturday, I gave a short kettlebell demonstration at a local tai chi school. Looks like I will be going back soon to teach a beginner's seminar.

Even with this I could feel my neck and back tightening up on me over the weekend. And today, things were even worse. Not only did my workout feel tough physically, given my recent time away, but the muscles in my neck went into spasm. I can feel the tightness through my neck and up onto my scalp. It's been a long time since I've felt this way. Just goes to show what happens when you stop moving!

Anyway, enough crying from me. Here's today's 'easy' workout...

One Arm Press: 20kg - 4 minutes @ 12 rpm

Snatch: 20kg - 4 minutes @ 16 rpm

One Arm Long Cycle Push Press: 20kg - 4 minutes @ 10 rpm

Funny how I now go into automatic Jerk mode when I first started the Push Presses. I feel like my energy is lacking as of late. I think I have hit a point in my training where I need to start increasing my caloric intake. I'm weighing in around 162lbs (73kg) these days. Good excuse to eat, huh?


hunashaman said...

This is some pretty good work buddy. I'm wondering why your neck is going into spasm though. The longer I train the more I'm starting to think about proper stretching - and I don't mean just joint mobility. The best I've ever felt was about 20 years ago when stretching was a big part of my training schedule. What are your thoughts on this?

Howie Brewer said...

My bad! I seemed to have forgotten all about the weekend activities which included among other things, me running, crouched down alongside Anthony's new tricycle as well as carrying him around on my shoulders for a good part of the weekend. Hahaha!! No wonder my neck is in spasm! Of course, it didn't help that I wasn't training or stretching or joint mobilizing during any of this time either.

Now see Johan, this is why I like you so much...I've actually started incorporating some stretching into my cool downs! I've begun to personalize Scott Sonnon's compensatory cool down, adding in some of my old stretches, including some for hip flexors, hamstrings and (soon) splits. I'm also incorporating some side bridge work to directly work my QL a bit, as it still needs it.