Monday, July 2, 2007

Simplify

I went into this workout with one goal, to lift heavier weights.  Then I did it:

Kettlebell Squats: 5xBW, 12k, 16k, 24k, 16k's, 20k's (PR), 16k's
Romanian Deadlifts: 5x45, 95, 135, 185, 205 (PR), 185
Lunges: 8/8xBW, 2x5/5x12k (rack position);
Overhead Lunges: 2x5/5x8lbs (one arm overhead)
V-bar (between sets): 1/1x90, 100, 110, 120, 120, 120, 120, 120

Short and sweet.  I just finished Strossen's Winning Ways and one of the big themes is focus on the right things.  He tells the story of two guys.  The first guys does all the little things right, and makes ok progress.  The second guy doesn't even know about the little things, but he does the big things exceptionally well.  He makes exceptional progress.

This is basically the 80/20 rule, one which I apply with much success to my career.  I view a career as a necessary evil.  As a result, I try to get the most I can out of it with limited effort.  I do very well.  Ironically, with the weights, I am the exact opposite.  I try to put everything I can into continuous learning and doing things right, because I really want to succeed.  I do not do nearly as well.

So, I figure I'm going to start working the weights like I do my career.  My next big increase in strength is going to be here when I'm doing 5x5x20k's in the kettlebell squats and 5x5x205 in the Romanian deadlifts.  That is what I'm focused on in the lower workouts, trying to get it done this month.  Until I'm doing that all my "continuing education" time with the weights is going to be centered on eating right and recovering.  Here's to success.