Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Do What Now?

This morning I was tired and almost backed out of my workout. I came downstairs dressed to lift, told my wife "forget this", and started preheating the oven for pizza. I sat on the couch for a few minutes, got tired of waiting, told my wife "forget this", and went in the garage. My short attention span pays off sometimes

The session went like this:

Warm Up - 5/5 Swings + 5/5 Snatches x 12k, 16k, 20k
Kettlebell Snatches - 5/5 x 24k, 28k, 28k
Kettlebell Push Press - 5/5 x 16k, 20k, 24k; 3/3 x 28k
Front Squat - 5 x 20k, 20k, 40k, 40k, 40k
8lb Sledge Lever - 5 x 10", 15", 20"

The snatches may be a PR for me, I do remember being excited to use the 24k for reps last year. The push presses were hard after the snatches. My lower back started speaking to me, so I listened and held off on more reps or sets. Front squats started out easy, but got harder as the sets progressed. Sledge levers got thrown in because they are contested in June's grip contest.

I am enjoying the variation in my workouts these days. Placing the major lower body movement at the end of the workout has improved my compliance. I think varying between back squat, front squat, and deadlift will help keep me from overtraining. I am getting much needed practice with the 28k kettlebell overhead. In order to press or do a Turkish get up with it, I need to be confident handling the weight.

Eating more has been paying off. I weighed in at my lightest so far yesterday morning (169.5) . This is after a week that included three large meals per day, along with eating out on Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday (twice!). I am no longer getting dizzy when I stand and my motivation is through the roof. Funny how a lack of progress dropping weight can indicate the need to consume more food.

Yesterday I walked 6 miles, so I could go to the book store and Indian buffet. Friday I may end up doing yoga. My workout plan is deadlifts and Turkish get ups, but that will depend on the yoga impact.