Friday, September 28, 2007

Back at the Beach

For some reason it seems like I have some of my best workouts at the beach. Don't know why. I guess it means i should go to the beach more often! Anyway, i was up so early this morning I did my workout outside again. The moon was full and big. Very cool looking. :Yep, i worked out in the moon light and then later the sun rise. Very cool. Today's workout was with the 16kgs. Trying to focus on moving pain free...

A1-Pistols w/ 16kg
A2-High tension push-ups
5 reps x 8 sets
Double Swings w/ 2(16kg)
20,20,20,20,20 = 100
Double Bruce Lee Front Snatch (from jason brown's website) w/ 2(16kg)
Double Snatch w/ 2(16kg)
10 reps x 10 sets = 100 These felt great!

Did numerous sets of halos and Z-health toe pulls between sets of snatches

All in all, feeling good.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

New Week - New Issue

Well, last week was interesting. Monday I had that great snatch workout. Tuesday was pretty awesome too. During my workout, I did double military presses for 2 sets of 2 reps with 2(32kg)! I was overjoyed to say the least. I only weigh 160 lbs now and the elbows felt great. I guess all those get-ups helped me keep my strength, or even made me stronger.

Then on thursday I did another press workout, only with the 24kgs, and my shoulder started feeling weird. Thursday afternoon, i cant even raise my arm over my head. My teres minor seems angry at me for some reason. Good news: i'm no longer focused on my elbow. Bad news: i'm focused on my shoulder. Good news: it'll be okay, i'm learning to use Z health and i know some great kettlebell exercises for the shoulder.

This could be a blessing in disguise, i may keep getting smarter and smarter if i keep getting these annoying inconveniences...
Oh well, time to go do some toe pulls.

I'll keep posting the events of this coming week. I'm curious to see how it works out my self.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Sunset Beach

Well, the name of the beach is Sunset, but i was up with the sun rise this morning. A new day, and i'm feeling pretty good. So good, i decided to try my hand at the VO2 max workout. Elbows are telling me they can snatch the 16kg alright so, what the heck! Let's do it.

VO2 Max Snatch workout w/ 16kg. 15 sec on, 15 sec off.

50 sets! hitting b/w 6 to 7 reps per set -> a minimum of 300 reps
Elbows feel great!

then i did 10 sets of swings immediatley w/ 15 sec on and 15 sec off.
10 reps per set. -> 100 reps

I would have done more sets of swings, but i was outside on the deck of the beach house and apparently i woke my wife up with all the heavy breathing and such... She wasn't happy and politely told me to stop! Anyways, 60 total sets and i wasn't even tired. What a great day and it's not even 8:00 am yet!

I love Mondays. Have a good one.

Thursday, September 13, 2007


It's on. Today was a good day. I did some snatches. I've been doing some here and there over the past few days, but today I decided to do a little more. About 200. Only with the 16kg, but hey, I'll take it. And, they felt good. I completely focused on hip drive and hip hinge. Powering it up with the hips and absorbing it with a good hinge on the way down. Nice and slow with a good 1 sec pause at the top. Man it felt great. I'm getting better everyday. I'm not 100% yet, but I have it in my sights.

Today's routine:

Snatch w/ 16kg
10/10 x 10 sets w/ 15 to 25 sec rest b/w sets (towards the last sets, i really didn't rest much if at all b/w sets)

Swings w/ 24kg
This was pretty tiring. I was fresh as a daisy after the snatches, but dry as a weed after the swings.

Like I said though, it all felt good. Really concentrating on how I lower the bell. Don't want to back track with the elbows.

Anyways, I'm happy. Hope you are too.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007


Well, I got my Z-health manual a few days ago. Been practicing the moves. I got hooked when just a few moves seemed to help my elbows. I went from pressing very little weight (16kg) and snatching hardly ever to pressing the 32kg and snatching quite a bit. It feels good mentally, but maybe a little too aggressive physically. So I may tone it down a bit but I can't say I would have done these things if it weren't for the Z-health drills. Maybe I could have, but the reduction in elbow pain since I started the Z-health drills is very noticable.

SO, I got a manual and a dvd. The moves seem real simple, only I can't really do them with any sense of grace or accuracy. So i'm trying to learn the moves to teach my nerves to make my muscles do what they're supposed to do. The funny thing about Z-health is that I am still clueless as to how it works or how it helps get rid of pain. But one phrase keeps running through my head that I heard over and over again at the RKC certs: Do you want to understand hydrodynamics, or do you want to be able to swim? I want to swim (or snatch...).

Well, time to go do some ankle circles.