Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Growing Stronger

Nikki Shlosser talks about goals in her latest post, how they keep you moving forward. She must have been reading my mind. I had my heavy press day and I was thinking about how far I've come in a few short weeks and months. When I attended the April RKC, pressing the 12 kg was challenging after 8 reps. Pressing the 16 kg was nearly impossible for more than 3. Today I am close to pressing the 20 kg. There's my goal.

I've been doing push presses with the 20 kg for the past several weeks. I can feel my strength gains from week to week. I'm able to handle the 20 kg for swings, cleans, and push presses. I am anxious to get back to snatching it and to work up to TGUs with it.

However, I know that I need to take my time too. I need to prepare my joints, tendons, and ligaments for the heavier load. I can't be stupid and hurt myself.

But I have goals.

Training goals. These will take focus, determination, and grit. They have nothing to do with how I look. I'll keep branching out, pushing myself, to see who I can be.

Here's what I did today:

Press Circuit
Clean & Push Press - 20 kg - 4 L, R
Clean & Push Press - 16 kg - 7 L, R
Clean & Press - 12 kg - 5 L, R

3 Rounds - 1 minute between rounds

Burpee - Swing Circuit
2 Burpees - 20 Swings
4 Burpees - 18 Swings
6 Burpees - 16 Swings
etc. down to
20 Burpees - 2 Swings

1 comment:

Nikki Shlosser said...

Progress is so addicting, isn't it? I can't wait for you to get that 20kg press. If you haven't already considered this... when you're about a week away from trying it, maybe stay away from the 20kg until then - stick with the 16kg, strict presses. Then at the end of that week, pressurize with all your might, push your feet and toes down into the ground, and see what happens. :)