Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Spread It Out

As suggested on Breaking Muscle, I tried spracing my swings throughout the day. My first set of 20 was around noon, and my last set was just before midnight. I did 1x60, 3x40, and 6x20. I don't know how I feel about it... it certainly felt easier than doing them all in about 30-40 minutes with active recovery between sets. I'll work up to the 300 swings EVERYday that Pat Flynn recommends, but this week I'm only scheduled to lift 4 days. He suggests doing 300 swings in addition to any other exercises you want to do, so I'll keep mixing in the Total Gym sets as well.

The temperature has dropped here, so my home gym is quite chilly. I have a little space heater that I turn on about 20 minutes before I start my workout, but I think as the weather gets colder I'm going to have to start wearing shoes, gloves, and warmer clothes in general when I go out there.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Work off the turkey

Ok, the first post-Thanksgiving workout started out rough, but I felt better by the end of it. I did my 300 swings in one set of 40 and the rest in sets of 20, with brisk walking on the treadmill for active recover. I also did 2 sets each of pullovers, flies, and rows on the Total Gym.

The first few sets were rough, but by the 200 swings point I was feeling pretty good. At the end, I felt like it was a decent workout, but I am not so shot that I won't be able to do it again tomorrow.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Hiking and Thanksgiving

Instead of swings today, I went for a hike with my family in the nearby mountains. Went up to a Buddhist temple compound and walked all around the area. No kettlebells, but there was some toddler lifting...

Tomorrow (Saturday) will be our Thanksgiving celebration potluck. Friends from the US, Canada, South Africa, and Korea will all come over to our place and help us polish off a 6kg Australian turkey with all the trimmings. Sunday I will be recovering and cleaning my kitchen from it all...

I won't be doing any swings, and I will probably eat a bit too much. Next week, my workout days will be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and I'll be adding some yoga to the plan.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Familiar Soreness

I felt a little tight on Tuesday, but I knew the soreness would hit today. I have always gotten the most soreness the second day after a workout. I'm feeling it in my back and shoulders, but it's not terrible. It reminds me of doing kettlebells when I was in grad school, and it makes me miss the clubbells and macebells I sold when I left the U.S.

Today I did my 300 swings one-handed with a 16kg KB. I did some bigger sets; one set of 60, then a couple 40s before I dropped to 20s, then I finished with a 30. Between sets of swings I got on the treadmill at a brisk walk until I got up to 160 swings, then I started doing sets of 12 on the Total Gym (2 sets each of pull-overs, flies, rows, and pull-downs).

Monday, November 21, 2016

Back on the Wagon

I am hitting the kettlebells again. The plan is 300 swings per day, any way I can get them done. Today I did them one-handed with a 16kg KB in sets of 20 (and one set of 40) mixed with brisk walking on the treadmill, and 2 sets each of pull-overs, flies, and rows on the Total Gym. It feels good to workout again; I'm coming back from a long period of sloth, followed by a week of being sick with a cold.

My plan is to shoot for 300 swings per day, 6 days a week. To get started, I'm doing three days this week (M, W, F) and then 4 days next week, and 6 days every week thereafter. I feel like I need the transition time because I have been pretty lazy of late. I'll also be adding in some yoga soon.