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Re: Exercise/Fitness Log

Postby Farm_or » Thu Dec 29, 2016 9:47 pm

@ego forgot to add that practicing in a pool could help. Work your way to the shallow end where it's more difficult to walk on your hands

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Re: Exercise/Fitness Log

Postby Ego » Thu Dec 29, 2016 11:06 pm

Farm_or wrote:@ego forgot to add that practicing in a pool could help. Work your way to the shallow end where it's more difficult to walk on your hands


Mental image of speedo-clad me walking on my hands through the gaggle of blue haired ladies from the water aerobics class who permanently inhabit the shallow end of the pool.... :ugeek:

I'll tell you how it goes.

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Re: Exercise/Fitness Log

Postby FBeyer » Fri Dec 30, 2016 9:00 am

Kettlebell Long Cycle and presses is starting to make me look like someone took a barrel of flesh and painted an outline of a sixpack on it and then thought: Naaah screw it, i'll go paint somewhere else.

In reality I'm supposed to be doing the Enter the Kettlebell program, but the endless ladders of presses are too boring for me to keep up for more than about two months at a time. This time I interspersed my EtK program with Long Cycle, jump rope, and pullups. The well-known whatthehell effect of kettlebells means that my time with long cycle has increased my pressing significantly. Yay!

Current program is thus 8 minute jump rope warmup AMRAP. Then 16 minutes of long cycle. When I rest from long cycle I do pullups instead. Haven't calculated the volume in kilogram-meters yet, but I think it's significant.

I've gone from pressing a 16 Kg bell to 24 Kg for reps in about a year and I've had several breaks where I didn't lift anything for about two months at a time.

I'm starting to look into supplementing the kettlebell program with yoga of some sort. KB for doing work and chopping down trees, yoga to sharpen the axe. :lol:

Stood on my head yesterday. Being upside down is surprisingly fun.

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Re: Exercise/Fitness Log

Postby vexed87 » Fri Dec 30, 2016 10:49 am

I just used vouchers received for xmas to buy a turbo trainer so I can finally work some HIIT into my cycling. Also, I'm pretty excited to give Zwift a go. It's subscription based, so not very ERE but means I can work on my racing capabilities when it's icy out. My cardio fitness plateaued a long time ago, the commute really isn't the place to do HIIT as you need to keep some energy in reserve to get out of tricky situations as they unfold, so eager to see what a trainer can do to aid performance.

Also, before xmas I bought a KB and one of Pavel's books. I really need to get into gear with that. How long did it take you KB'ers to get into the swing of things? If you can excuse the pun ;)

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Re: Exercise/Fitness Log

Postby FBeyer » Fri Dec 30, 2016 12:52 pm

I'm mostly sorry for you that you're buying things to do cardio before giving kettlebells a proper go. Swings done right are so effective that jumping rope, even at high intensity, is something you do for warmup, or to keep warm between sets of swings. Once that gets easy, do Snatches, once those get easy, double kettlebell long cycle has you covered (and by covered I mean winded and miserable).

The beginning of Enter the Kettlebell is very nice. You're doing small concentrated sessions of turkish getups and swings. You're most likely going to start out fine and after a few weeks you'll do just great. For the next long while, you will most likely find a LOT of stuff to get better at regarding swings and form in general. Going to heavier kettlebells reveal a lot of small inaccuracies in your technique that you didn't notice so personally I've had a lot of benefit from doing a few workouts with a heavier bell from time to time, just to go back to my working weight and apply my new biomechanical experiences there.

The unwiedlyness (imadeaword) of non-competetion kettlebells means that, opposed to barbells, the movement mechanics are SLIGHTLY different depending on the bell weight, but it's different enough to make a difference when you're working with them.

I tried doing presses with an 8kg and a 16kg in the same hand to compare how it feels to a single 24 kg bell, it's really something and it means that I can tinker with my exercise for a VERY long time with the bells me and the GF own between us. 8, 12, 16, 20, and 24.

I'm genuinely surprised how much fun I'm having noodling around with kettlebells.
I think I love kettlebells. Sorry barbells... :oops:

So time getting into the swing of things: very little. Is there room to grow? Yes, definitely!

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Re: Exercise/Fitness Log

Postby FBeyer » Mon Jan 02, 2017 6:04 am

Kettle bell snatches. 16 kg 190 reps in 10 minutes.

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Re: Exercise/Fitness Log

Postby jacob » Tue Jan 10, 2017 7:15 pm

https://www.theguardian.com/science/201 ... rchers-say

Reminder for the lazy potatoes out there ...

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Re: Exercise/Fitness Log

Postby Ego » Thu Feb 23, 2017 9:28 pm

Handstand progress. 1X 40 seconds and 2X 30 seconds handstands this morning while barely touching the wall for balance. In the rest interval I do headstands for 90 seconds with a kipping pushup to handstand at the end of the rest like this one....
http://gymnasticswod.com/content/handstand-push-kip

Absolutely no progress with walking on my hands. I take one step and teeter. Eventually I will get there.

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Re: Exercise/Fitness Log

Postby Ego » Thu Mar 09, 2017 12:45 pm

Increased to two 40 second and one 30 second handstand. After ten minutes of rest I did an additional 40 seconds. Progress is slow, thought I feel a little more balanced on my hands.

A few weeks ago I was running on a rainy Wednesday morning and ran into a November Project workout. I'm not sure how to describe them in a nutshell. Maybe the camaraderie of Crossfit but free and outdoor and more running based. They seem to be spreading quickly. Did I mention.... free.

Has anyone done a November Project workout?

https://november-project.com/

A movie about them here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwofbcpEUgw


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