Friday, May 29, 2009

Considering the RKC

I've been thinking for a while (*cough* years *cough*) about getting my RKC. I think I'm gonna start training for it, though I won't be able to get to the one in August.

Over the past year or so, I've had some health issues that kicked my butt, primarily discovering that my body didn't really want to make testosterone anymore. Maybe a hereditary thing, maybe environmental. I am not sure of the cause but my total T dropped to about 200 and I was losing strength and muscle, gaining fat, and feeling down in the dumps (a major understatement).

I got my doctor to start me on testosterone replacement therapy and my situation is improving, but is still not optimal.

Now that I am finally starting to be able to train at a good level, I've decided that I am going to prepare for the RKC, maybe whichever one will be available in early 2010.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Training for May 25, 2009

Prior to starting my training for tonight, I decided to see if I could press 32kg using one 24kg bell and an 8kg bell. I got a solid single rep on each side, and I'm sure I could have gotten a second. I've tried pressing 32kg before and just couldn't get it, but that was a long time ago and I've been on TRT for several months now, and my strength is really starting to come back.

That success fueled the rest of my training session.

The warmup: One round through the Dynamic Kettlebell Warmup by Mike Stehle, using a 16kg bell. This includes halos, hot potatos, slingshots, low slingshots, figure 8's, and finishes with 10 swings (5 per hand). I'll start to add a second round through soon. Using a 24kg bell is too much for me as a warmup right now, and the 16kg is just right.

After that, I did 5 minutes of Turkish Getups with a 24kg bell, alternating one rep per side. I stupidly lost concentration and just about dropped the bell in rep 4 on the right side, but since I was training inside (it was raining outside), I couldn't just drop the bell and I had to catch it and lower it as best I could, while I was basically in a lunge position. I took a few deep breaths, re-focused and finished that rep, then went on to complete one last set.

Lastly, was 10 minutes of two-handed swings with a 24kg bell. 30 seconds on, 60 seconds rest. Averaged 20 reps each 30 second period and my grip was absolutely smoked on the last set; I almost dropped the bell as I simply couldn't continue to hook it.

All in all, even though I almost dropped the bell during the Getups, I felt really good about this session, and it's fired me up for tomorrow's.

I really want to get a pair of 32kg bells, now, but since I'm unemployed, it's gonna be a while. Anyone wanna send me a birthday present? ;) My b-day's in June.

Edit: Oops! I just realized I only did half the swings in the warmup that I was supposed to. Oh well. If I had, I may not have been able to finish my swings at the end. I'll see how it goes next time!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Melancholy Update

Things have been rocky lately, and I'm still trying to work though them.

Not-so-rhetorical rhetorical question: why is it that the people closest to you are the ones who tend to enable bad behavior? Encouraging bad eating habits by offering food they know you shouldn't be eating, or making you feel down when they should be trying to help lift you up?

Negative comments, assumptions, taking things personally that have nothing to do with them. Why can't some people just stop being so damn . . . uninspiring?

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Diet Considerations

After thinking about this for the past week or so, I've decided against going with the Cheat To Lose diet. Instead, I've chosen to do Ori Hefmekler's Anti-Estrogenic diet.

I've done Ori's Warrior Diet in the past and had some good results on it, but I came to dislike the food preparation that I was doing every day. It became a hassle gathering all the ingredients and cooking for an hour or so every day, when I just wanted to sit and eat when it came time. I bought a crock pot then and will also use it this time around, to make healthy soups and stews, but will be focusing on easily prepared foods like hard-boiled eggs, fruits and raw vegetables and maybe juices from those. I really enjoy steamed cruciferous vegetables, and they're quick to make, though I will certainly try to eat a wider variety of vegetables, using the guidelines that Ori suggested.

The Anti-Estrogenic diet follows the same pattern of eating that the Warrior Diet does: undereat during the day, and eat one main meal at night. During the day I'll be eating small servings of fresh fruit and raw veggies, protein (like fish or a hard-boiled egg) and drinking tons of water. In the evening, I'll eat a more substantial meal, consisting of at least two large servings of fresh or steamed veggies, followed by lean proteins (fish, kefir, aged cheese, legumes, etc).

More on this later.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Training for May 04, 2009

Started with a good warmup, aka Mike Stehle's Dynamic Kettlebell Warm up:
  • Halos w/16kg bell, 10 reps in each direction
  • Hot Potato w/16kg bell, 10 total reps
  • Hand-to-hand passes around the body, 10 right, 10 left
  • Low hand-to-hand passes, same reps as above
  • Figure 8 passes, 20 total passes
  • 20 two-handed swings w/24kg bell
I then proceeded on to the Turkish Getups. I did 5 minutes with a 24kg bell, alternating left and right. I did fewer reps this time, and just focused hard on perfect repetitions. Total of 4 reps each side.

That just didn't feel like enough work, so I threw in 10 minutes of two-handed swings with a 24kg bell, doing 10 on the minute, each minute.