Tuesday, July 31, 2007

The World Upside Down

Today, I reached back in my vault of exercises. I love pressing and I want to do it. So I had to think of a way I could press without using KBs. KBs would tempt me to crush grip, or just grip. Either way, I should lay off the grip. SO, I did handstand pushups, elevated on blocks. Hey, these were challenging and they felt oh so good.

A1-Pistols with 8kg: 5/5,5/5,5/5,5/5
A2-Handstand Pushups on blocks: 5,5,5,5
B1-One legged DL with 2(16kgs):

5/5,5/5 => w/ 2(24kgs): 5/5,5/5
(extending wrists and just hooking KBs while doing DLs)
B2-More Handstand Pushups on blocks: 3,3,3,3

I weigh about 170lbs, Handstand pushups on blocks were by no means a walk in the park. A good pressing exercise for me... Practiced pressing with lats and using tension.

Followed all up with 10 minutes of rebounding.

That's all for now.


Diane said...

I was happy to see some information regarding "golfers elbow" I am new to KB of one month and knew I had tennis elbow, but didn't think it would be a problem because I wasn't "lifting",well I am really bummed,as my forearms hurt every night, but are better in the day with Ibuprofen. I saw Rif's advise about the thumper, but what is ART muscle stripping? I am watching your KB workouts and will follow suit.How long have you stopped swinging? Any additional advise is greatly appreciated!

Tim Anderson said...

Hey Diane, ART is active release technique. My chiro does it. I've stopped swinging/snatching for roughly 2 weeks. (With the occasional lapse. I'm a kettlebell holic and i'm stupidly stubborn. I'm better now, for now.) Anyway, Rif and Brett are telling me to take it easy with the bells for a while. Stretch and massage the flexors. But, if you have tennis elbow and not golfers elbow, the story would be a little different for you.

I'll help as much as i can. Unfortunately i'm real good at hurting my self and not real patient with healing myself.

I see you like coconut oil. I use it in everything.

Mark Reifkind said...

GREAT IDEA MAN! and actually the PERFECT way to stretch out those tight forearm flexors and build the extensors: the handstand! this is a perfect counter balance move. let me know how this works.

also tim, really focus on keeping the bell in the finger hook grip when you swing and snatch and not using a crush grip on your ballistics. I have really tried to change that on myself and its been very helpful in relieving the forearm/bicep/ shoulder pain I was getting.the crush grip encouraged arm bending and thats what really tightened up the forearms.

Mark Reifkind said...

a.r.t btw is great just expensive and hard to get enough of it as often as I need. the thumping and the self massage really made the difference.asd well as joint mobility, too, thats critical. restore full ROM first is one of my favorite sayings.

Tim Anderson said...

Mark, thanks for all your help. The handstand also allowed me to feel like i was pressing something heavy. I liked that.

I hope next week or this weekend to ease back into swings. I will be sure to use the hook grip. and i got a thumper like you suggested. Just got to figure out how to use it properly. It jumps around alot...

Kettlebell Lady said...

Tim...I love presses to. I just start doing a double clean with sea saw presses with the 16kg.

Tim Anderson said...

KB lady, 16kgs! That's awesome strength. Makes me want to press.

Mark Reifkind said...


do some open palm, waiters presses. no grip required.