Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Bottoms Up

I'm still here.

This past week has passed me by. I've been meaning to post, I've been busy with the kids while Michelle was at the 2012 Weston A. Price Foundation Conference. Blogging is fun and all, but so is running around the house playing Batman versus Iron Man and singing Weird Al Yankovic tunes at the top of our lungs.

Anyway, here's the latest rundown on my gym activities.


Strength Skill:
  • Bottoms Up Kettlebell Cleans (5-5-5-5-5-5, one set every 3 minutes)
The rest of the class continued working on barbell cleans, and I wish I could've joined 'em. I've been feeling sharp pangs of envy whenever I watch other people practice cleans. So I did my bottoms-up kettlebell cleans in the back of the gym, and tried my best not to watch my classmates heave their barbells around.

  • "Jackie" - for time:
    • Row 1,000 meters
    • 50 thrusters (45lbs / 35lbs)
    • 30 pull-ups
It's only been a few months since we last did "Jackie," though this time around, I wasn't able to do the thrusters with a barbell. Instead, to ease the pressure on my wrist, I did double kettlebell cleans and presses, which approximated -- but didn't equal -- the experience of thrusting the barbell overhead.

Jackie still wrecked me (per usual). But the first squat after getting off the erg is the hardest, and once I pushed through the KB cleans and presses, the pull-ups went fairly quickly.

Result: 8:22 -- significantly faster than my 9:51 from June, but I did it RXed that time.


Strength Skill:
  • Back Squats (3-2-1-1-1-1)
I was happy to hit a new PR at 245 pounds -- though I suspect I had some left in the tank.

  • 21 burpees
  • 21 overhead kettlebell swings (32kg / 24kg)
  • 21 Abmat sit-ups
  • 15 burpees
  • 15 overhead kettlebell swings (32kg / 24kg)
  • 15 Abmat sit-ups
  • 9 burpees
  • 9 overhead kettlebell swings (32kg / 24kg)
  • 9 Abmat sit-ups
Pretty straightforward stuff -- and a workout I didn't have to modify to accommodate my wrist injury! (Well, I did have to do the push-up portion of the burpees from my fists, but that doesn't really count, does it?)

The overhead kettlebell swings slowed me down a bit. Seventy pounds is half my bodyweight, and every time I swung that iron ball, it threatened to pull me off my feet.

On the plus side: No Abmat ass-crack rash!

7:49 RXed