Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Brain Dump and Body Drain

I am exhausted and I am loving it. Every muscle in my body is tired. That means I worked em good! I worked every muscle hard, but I only did two drills. That is what is so amazing about kettlebell training. Simple and effective.

So often we try to make training complicated. That's probably because we get bored with what we're doing. We also think that complicated = effective. I think we get accustomed to everything in life being complicated. We expect it.

It's great for me to know that after work three (sometimes four) days a week, I get to go challenge my body without all the fuss. I change my clothes grab a couple bells and get to it. I don't even have to wear special shoes. That is a major perk since deciding which shoes to wear can be complicated for me! (Remember, I have horrible bunions that make buying shoes an interesting endeavor.)

So, what two drills did I do today that have me so wiped out tonight? Brad - don't answer! That's cheating since you make up my training schedule!

Those of you who train with kbs probably already know -

Turkish Get-Ups (TGU)

Neither of these drills is easy to perform, but each works your entire body. You'll see below that I don't do a lot of TGUs, or snatches for that matter. I don't need to. I did 18 TGUs total. (I also did an arm bar before each rep.) Those 18 TGUs took me about 30 minutes to complete. If I would have to run on a dreadmill for 30 minutes, I would want to shoot myself. I need the focus of kettlebell training. I love the focus and uncomplicated nature of kettlebell training.

After the TGUs I did 15 minutes of snatches, which amounted to 190 snatches. My heart rate was up around 160 for the last 5 minutes. That is like sprinting! One minute after I finished, my heart rate had recovered to 105. After two minutes, I was down to 90. I think I'm in pretty good shape, probably the best shape of my life. And, I have so much futher to go. This journey is pretty freakin' great!

Okay, so here's the boring run-down of my training:

Arm Bar to TGU - 20 kg (44 lbs.) - 3 x 1 L, R
Arm Bar to TGU - 16 kg (35 lbs.) - 3 x 2 L, R
PRE - 7 (Perceived Rate of Exertion)

Snatches - 16 kg
7 L, R on the top of the minute for 10 minutes
5 L, R on the top of the minute for 5 minutes
PRE - 9

Wow, my body may be drained, but my brain was full of energy. Look how much I just wrote! I'm done. TTFN!


Joe Walker said...

I love it, Amy! Any knucklehead can fill their program with tons of crap leading them to believe they are getting gains. In the realm of modern fitness, it takes a lot of confidence and a touch of guts to find the depth in and exhaust the possibilities of a "simple" training program. Awesome stuff--keep it up!

Amy Jurrens, RKC said...

Thanks Joe!

I like that you put "simple" in quotes. The drills are anything but simple. However, the thought of doing 2 very effective drills is less overwhelming than the thought of doing 10 drills to thit all the muscles that the 2 kb drills would.

Perhaps the "simple" nature of kbs is what makes some people skeptical. How can you possibly get any results with the Program Minimum? It's only two drills!

Tara Robertson said...

Great job! I need to try the snatches at the top of the minute. It sounds like they're doing a number on you. I understand about the whole body being tired too!