Today's workout was TGU themed.
It looked like this:
Looking at that I knew that it should have been progressive; doing a lighter bell, medium bell, then heaviest. I could have done that. I could have done the first grouping with my 15lb, then 2nd grouping with my 20lb, then last group with my 26lb (12kg). But I didn't do that. I decided to do them all with my 12kg bell. That meant 18, per side, TGUs with 12kg. I was a strong workout. I also added to each grouping. I've been working on pull-ups and push-ups so I added 3x5 of each for each group; giving me 45 of each by the end.
I also noticed, when I got to the end, that I was 20 swings short of 200, so I added 20 swings and another round of push-ups/pull-ups.
When I finished the second grouping I starting thinking maybe I could try to do a half get-up with my 16kg bell. I did try, but I was unable, but I will continue to try.
Which brings me to my kettlebell workout earlier this week. I decided to not do the scheduled workout, and try out one I saw on Breaking Muscle by Pat Flynn. It was called 2-1-3, where you did 2 cleans, 1 press, then 3 in the rack squats. He also suggested combining it with swings for his 300 swing workout challenge. So I decided to go for it. I wrote my own workout. It went like this:
5x2-1-3 (both sides)
5x 10 pull-ups (these I do assisted with a green band)
5x10 push-ups (which I do on an incline, aka, my bathtub)
The workout was intense, in fact, it was way to hard. I think that was because I pushed the weight with the deadlifts. I used my 20kg and 16kg bell. My back was sore for 2 days. But the best part about the workout
I pressed 16kg!!!!!
I had never done that. I was swinging the 16kg, and decided since it was a single press it should be maxed, so I went for it. It was hard, but I managed it. My arms felt it the next day. The squats also were good. I don't normally squat that weight. I know I can, I just avoid it so that I don't interfere with my running. But my run the next day (5 miles) felt great, and so did Thursday's run. I may start upping my squat weight.
But overall, it's been a good kettlebell week. And even though Tuesday I did my own thing, I'm happy with the Breaking Muscle plan. It's been working for me.
Today, I'm going on a short hike with my kids. The weather is perfect spring weather, and it should be a good day.