September 30, 2011

5,000 Snatches in 5 Weeks 2011.

5,000 Snatches in 5 Weeks.

So, it’s October again already, or it will be tomorrow.

For the past few years at this time, I have set myself to the task of completing 5,000 kettlebell snatches in 5 weeks. I think I’d read some internet forum or blog post about someone doing this back in 2008 or so, and I decided it would be a good thing for me to do. I have repeated that every year since.

Do not overthink this. Just do 1,000 snatches each week as part of your normal workouts, or extra if you want. Break up however you want throughout the day.

Anyone else who wants to join is welcome, but it is not something I really go out and recruit anyone for. If you just started throwing kettlebells around, I doubt your shoulders or hands are ready for this kind of volume and that can cause issues.

Don’t be afraid to substitute 1-arm swings or ½ snatches if you need to. I know I will include the double ½ snatch and the ½ snatch from time to time just to keep up on those particular exercises.

Drop me a line if you decide to jump in, and have fun. Happy snatching.


September 4, 2011

“Though they seem opposite, both are true…”

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Performing quality reps and quality movement is always vital. Bad reps encourage bad movement, less power and general weakness; they train your nervous system to repeat the bad habit and that is weak and slow.

“Slow is smooth, smooth is fast” is a phrase I hear like a mantra in my head from years of hard firearms training, from a few hard instructors. Practice doesn’t make perfect. Perfect reps do.

Yet, there are some lessons only 1,000s and 1,000 of reps can teach. You learn little things with each. Sometimes you have a big breakthrough; sometimes every rep just feels wrong, no matter how hard you try.

In Taekwon-Do, it is generally accepted that basic understanding comes after about 10,000 correct repetitions. Obviously all of these will not be very good, especially in the beginning. There are some lessons that only 1,000s and 1,000s of reps can teach.

In Taekwon-Do, it is also accepted that perfection is impossible, since no one is perfect. You can always do better, faster or stronger.

Then, there is the gray area of “correct” or “good.” If you try to make every rep perfect, you will never be “good.”

These are all good mental and physical exercises that I think everyone does when they pick up a kettlebell. It is not just about lifting a given weight, working up a sweat, or losing weight. It is about training your body to perfect a skill. As long as you care about the quality of performance, your practice will never be boring.

Perfect practice makes perfect, but is is only through 1,000s of flawed reps that anyone even learns what a “perfect” rep feels or looks like.

“Though they seem opposite, both are true…”


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