Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Doin' It

Training has been going fairly well lately. I've been doing Geoff Neupert's Kettlebell Burn program for 14 weeks now. Everyday I ask myself what I ever did to Geoff to make him so mad at me. I swear he's trying to kill me! 

Here is what today's session looked like:
Heavy Snatches with the 32kg: 3/3 x 20 sets
Reverse lunges with 24kg: 10/10 x 6 sets
Staggard Rows w/ 24kg: 10/10 x 5 sets
TGUs w/ 32kg: 1/1 x 9 sets

I'm toast! I feel like I need 2 days to recover. Geoff's program works; i am down to 4.1% bodyfat. Gotta like that.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Setting the example

Some of you may know, or not know, that my Mom-in-law, Kat, has been battling breast cancer now for 6 years. I am sad to say that the battle was won and Kat is now in Heaven. I would just like to say, to tell the world if you read this, that she was a wonderful woman. 

She was filled with grace, love, compassion, strength and elegance. She raised two awesome children who are both filled with her same qualities. And she has also had the biggest, most wonderful, influence on my own children. They are a product of her love and guidance. I could not be a luckier person, a more blessed person, than I am for having known her. In fact, I am a better man having known her. She has truly been a shining light in my world. 

...And not just in my world, along with all the sadness around me, I have witnessed more love than anyone could imagine. Kat has been a rock of strength and love for hundreds of people. She has truly made the world a better place. And now, Heaven is in trouble.

So, while I am sad, I am thankful. I was loved by a great woman. And my world will never be the same....

Love you Kat.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Consistent blog attempt

Just finished a LONG cycle at the fire department this week. Thank God for 4 day breaks!
Training has been going really well lately. I've been implementing some CK-FMS tools over the last 3 months thanks to my friends Geoff and Brett. Now if i can just connect the dots from everything i've been learning over the last 10 years....

Anyway, here is what I did yesterday:

A - Cross-body Single Leg Dead Lifts w/ 32kg: 1, 2, 3L / 1, 2, 3R x 8 ladders in 15 minutes
B1 - C & P w/ 32kg: 3/3 x 9 sets                   in 15 minutes
B2 - Front Squats w/ 32kg: 3/3 x 9 sets

Today is rest and mobility day!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Just Move!

First, I apologize. I'm a horrible blogger. Second, if you have found yourself on my blog, thanks for stopping by. A friend of mine told me to get off my butt and update my blog. So, here goes....

You want to be healthy? You want to get strong? Just start moving. It doesn't matter if you want to use a kettlebell, a barbell, or a Solo Flex machine (yeah, a throw back!), just move. Find a training modality you like, find a training system you like and apply it. The body is an amazing, resilient creation. And, it can be complicated, but it's not that complicated. The secret to health is movement.

It's been a while since I've posted, so here is a little recap about me: I like kettlebells, that's my tool of choice. I also like bodyweight training. I do both. I don't do anything, i don't enjoy (training wise ;) ). I don't believe there is ONE "right way" to train. I do believe there are smart ways to train. And, conversely, I believe there are not so smart ways to train.

For instance, getting a fitness magazine, pulling out the poster, and following the workout on the poster so you can look like the guy in the poster. I don't think that is smart. That guy probably doesn't even do that workout either. In fact, i'm not sure following anything out of a fitness magazine is smart.

Anyway, big tangent there... If you want to be healthy, start moving. Learn how to move your body. Get your joints moving. Learn how to do a pushup. That is HUGE! Can't do a pushup? Learn how to start crawling around until you are strong enough to do a pushup. You can get amazingly stronger and "healthier" just by getting off the couch and crawling around on the floor. AND, you have NO business trying to bench press if you can't even do a good pushup. What is the sense in that? It's almost as crazy as putting a bar on your back and trying to squat when you can't even do a bodyweight squat. It's just crazy.

Learn how to move your own body first. If you just don't know how, or don't know where to start, hire a trainer. The point is, move. Find out how to move. Start moving and then get good at moving. In doing so, you will create all kinds of good changes and lay a foundation for fitness, health and strength.

Have a good one.