Friday, July 30, 2010

Happy Friday!

It's a beautiful Friday afternoon and training in a place where you can see the daylight and feel the air blowing is awesome! (I'm getting spoiled, ain't I?) Today I warmed up with some light barbell squatting - nothing serious, just an empty bar and then hit some bells.

Warmup: Empty Bar - Front Squat & Overhead Squat - 3 sets of 5 reps for each lift

Snatch: 24kg - 5 minutes @ 12 rpm

One Arm Jerk: 32kg - 4 minutes @ 10 rpm

That's it and that's all.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Training alongside the Fighters

So I've now begun to train my kettlebells in the local MMA. It's quite a change from the parking garage! First of all, there is actually air circulating and light to see. That alone is a big improvement. Today while I trained, there was a boxer working out next to me and a crew of jiu jitsu practitioners working on the mat. Having other dedicated individuals around you while training is definitely a great motivator. In a sense, it also makes me feel somewhat primitive, just pumping out reps while they engage in higher order activities. But we all do what we do, right? =)

So here's today's session...

Jerk: 2 x 24kg - 5 minutes @ 8 rpm

Jump Rope: 5 rounds of 2 minutes on / 1 minute off

Snatch: 24kg - 4 minutes @ 12 rpm

Even taking the jump rope 'break' didn't help much with the fatigue from the jerks. The first few snatches in particular were shaky. They firmed up but two minutes per side was it for today. All in all, a good training day!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Mix It Up Monday

I've decided to mix things up a bit. You know, keep it fresh. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not going to be straying far. I've built up a nice foundation with my lifting and am not looking to have it all go down the drain for the sake of variety. Here's today's fun...

Snatch: 20kg - 6 minutes @ 12 rpm

One Arm Jerk: 24kg - 6 minutes @ 12 rpm

Swing: 24kg - 25/25

Snatches felt good. I need to concentrate on not overdoing it with these. With the heat and humidity, my hands have been taking a bit of a beating. The heavier OAJs following were tough. After they were over, I looked at the bells again knowing that I wanted to swing and I got a sick feeling in my stomach. So I rested a bit more, then did what I could.

Friday, July 23, 2010


Not too much happening lately.

On Wednesday I did some snatching and treadmill running.
Yesterday was a day off.

Today was training in a potential new location. A MMA gym opened up recently near the office so I hopped over there to train. Much better than the parking garage!! I'm going to try it out for a month, so we'll see how it works out.

Jerk: 2 x 24kg
5 minutes @ 7 rpm
1 minute @ 10 rpm
1 minute @ 10 rpm

Swing: 24kg - 25/25

Jerks went well although for some reason they felt heavy. The one minute sets were icing on the cake. I just wanted to squeeze in a few more sets are a quicker pace. I had intended to go 30/30 in the swings, but couldn't manage it today.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

(My) Snatches Suck

Still struggling with grip issues. Maybe it's the high humidity that I've been training in, I'm not really sure. But I will be focusing a lot more on swings to try to help bring this aspect of my lifting up.

Snatch: 20kg - 6 minutes @ 12 rpm

One Arm Jerk: 32kg - 15/15

Swing: 28kg - 30/30

That's all for today.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Swings Suck

Had a good weekend. This made today's session not-so-good.

Jerk: 2 x 24kg - 5 minutes @ 7 rpm

Swing: 24kg - 30/30, 30/30

Jerks were pretty tough today. It was hot and the air was super heavy. Snatching would have been brutal. So I swung. This is the first time I've attempted two sets. They were brutal, but I got them done. How do I reward myself? Use the 28kg for the next session!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Weekly Update

I'm getting bad at keeping this up to date...


Jerk: 2 x 24kg - 5 minutes @ 7 rpm

Snatch: 24kg - 4 minutes @ 12 rpm


Jerk: 2 x 24kg - 5 minutes @ 7 rpm

Snatch: 20kg - 5 minutes @ 14 rpm


Snatch: 24kg - 5 minutes @ 12 rpm

One Arm Jerk: 24kg - 3 minutes @ 12 rpm

Jump Rope: 4 rounds of 2-1/2 min on / 1 min off

It's been a very busy week at work, so I am glad that I got in as much training as I did. On top of it, the heat and humidity have been off the charts. Not a pleasant environment to train in for any extended period of time. Hopefully, one of these weeks, things will let up a bit. In the meantime, keep moving as best as possible.

Monday, July 12, 2010


My second attempt at Split Day Training was a success!

Snatch: 20kg - 8 minutes @ 12 rpm

Jerk: 2 x 24kg - 5 minutes @ 7 rpm

Swing: 24kg - 30/30

Jump Rope: 5 rounds of 2 min on / 1 min off

Feels good to be getting good sets of both jerk and snatch in again!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Split Routine

Sorry, have been a bit negligent in keeping up with my posting. I'm not going to try to catch up with what's past but start fresh with today.

Today I experimented with a split routine. It worked well and am going to try to keep it up. Not sure how easy that will be. It went like this...

Snatch: 20kg - 6 minutes @ 12 rpm

Jerk: 2 x 20kg - 5 minutes @ 8 rpm

Swing: 24kg - 30/30

Jump Rope: 5 rounds of 2 min on / 1 min off

Since this was my first day I went easy on myself. The super heat and humidity was also a factor. It's really brutal training when it's this hot and damp. But we must try, mustn't we?!!