What would conversations be like if we never used phrases like-
“Everybody does ______”
“Most people feel _____”
“Some people think _____”
Personally, I don’t know “everybody”, and I don’t know “most people”, and although I know “some people”, I for sure don’t know what they think. Making generalizations doesn’t feel so comfortable anymore, it’s a habit I’m changing. This first came to my attention as I started lecturing about permanent weight loss. I was really tired about hearing studies and research focused on the opposite of what was true for me. It was then that I realized that whomever was in charge of those studies surely hadn’t asked for my experience.
I don’t want to buy into negatives statements that use words such as “common”, “likely”, “most”. I’m having an individual experience, not based on what anybody else in experienced, or has experienced, and I hope others are doing the same.
I totally and completely believe that every person has the capability to decide and change their body weight, permanently, and forever. One of my favorite phrases that Mark uses often is “If one person can do it, then it can be done……and I have, and you can too. It’s time to make the exceptions, according to studies, the rule.
I practice all of the “big six” kettlebell skills (exercises) regularly (swing, snatch, clean, press, squat, Get Up). In terms of volume, swings come first, snatches next, and lately, if I had to put the others in order, clean / press, squat, Get Up. Tuesdays are swings and Get Ups. Thursdays, swings (overhead swings), squats, snatches. Saturdays I swing with my class, and have been trying to add Get Ups after class, with no success. Sundays are my heaviest volume of snatches, but those come after my clean/press and heavy swing.
Currently I’m feeling a little sidetracked from some training plans I was inspired to set for myself:
20kg 10 minute snatch set was at the top of my list, but I had a shoulder “incident” in Croatia that set me back and I’m not 100% sure that I should keep that in the top position.
50 R/50 L 16kg, one hand switch, is another plan I had to accomplish within the first 6 months of this year, and I think I can meet that, especially now I’m snatching the 20kg again.
28kg swing test, 200 reps, 10 R, rest, 10 L, rest, is something I’m pretty sure I could do right now, as I’ve done the reps already, just not exactly on the clock….and no video, so no video = never happened!
I’ve also been inspired to set some other training intentions, non kettlebell, although I have no idea how and when I’m going to fit them, solidly, into my workouts without sacrificing some other things. One and a half bodyweight dead lift (200lbs), 135lb barbell squat (2 45lb plates and the bar, super close already). The small amount of training these lifts have already pushed my high volume snatch speed day from Tuesday to Thursday.
Establishing a regular yoga practice is getting higher and higher on my list during my days off kettlebell training. I decided to try out as many styles of yoga over these past 4 weeks as possible, looking to replace the 10 year Bikram’s Yoga practice I let go last year……and yes, I tried to go back to the Bikram style, but my knees are not agreeing with it. Hot yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Iyengar, Gentle, Yin, Mysore, Hot Pilates (not really yoga), Power Flow. I think I may have found it, but I need a few weeks/months to see if it lasts 🙂 I really, really, really miss having a regular yoga practice.
I’m thinking about starting a “Snatch-a-holic’s Club”! I’ve posted tons and tons of swing workouts, and if you could only do ONE thing, for sure, SWING! But if you have the time and skill to snatch, then you might enjoy this latest Snatchaholic workout! Generally, I don’t know how anybody else trains the snatch, but here’s a example of how I do 🙂
I used 4 different bells. 12kg, 14kg, 16kg, 20kg.
1 swing, 1 snatch, 1 transfer swing (sw, sn, tr) x 6 x 1 set
sw, sn, tr, x 12 x 2 sets
Snatch, transfer swing (sn, tr) x 8 x 1 set
sn, tr x 16 x 1 set
5 snatch R, 5 snatch L (5/5) x 1 set
5/5 x 2 x 1 set
sn, tr x 8 x 1 set
sn, tr x 1 set
sn, tr x 8
5/5 x 1 set
(20kg) (finally getting out of breath!)
sn, tr x 8 x 2 sets
5/5 x 5 sets
5/5 x 5 sets
12kg, 84 reps = 2,184lbs
14kg, 24 reos = 720lbs
16kg, 68 reps = 2,448lbs
20kg, 66 reps = 2,904