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I'm a total swinger!

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I am doing two-handed kettlebell swings exclusively these days. While I started only a few days ago, I feel like it's both sustainable and enjoyable.

I'm a total swinger!

Two Poods of Kettlebell Goodness

Now that I am no longer in my own way and getting my swings in, I added my 32kg kettlebell to the mix and I swung it for the first time today. And it wasn't so bad. I am a strong guy, it turns out. I retired the 12kg competition bell from the lineup so now I start with the 16kg pood bell to warm up, then on to swinging my 20kg bell for as long as I have the gumption, then to the 20kg, and finally to the 24kg. One-and-a-half poor gold standard.

Until today, I would just keep on swinging the 24kg for as many sets as I have time for with as many minutes as comes between them. I generally stop the moment it's time to shower. I'm not actually going to shower until, like, 5pm, today—a little under 45-minutres from now—so I have been swinging for most of the afternoon, since after lunch.

Today, however, I added the two-pood big boy into the mix. 32kg I think I only got in ten or so swings before I started this blog post; however, I think I am going to get a couple more sets in before 5 or so (I need to go grocery shopping for some nice olive oil to go with the chicken and broccoli tonight).

That bugger is very heavy and I can't imaging doing anything more than deadlifts and two-handed swings with the two-pood hardstyle cast iron kettlebell. And she's not the biggest I have, either. I do have its biggest brother, a 40kg cast iron bell. But, as far as I know, swinging that guys is weeks or months off. Or, maybe not. It's amazing out the body adapts. 

For now, the 40kg bell is deadlifts only. But, she's nice to have: 88.2lbs is a very dense weight all wrapped up in a relatively little ball of cast iron, not unlike a cannonball. She intimidates the hell out of me. 

Ok, that's the report. Here's what I do:

  1. Grab the 16kg bell
  2. Swing it with two hands until I want to stop (this is training, it's not testing)
  3. Put the bell down and either rest or do something else for a few-ten minutes. 
  4. Grab the 20kg bell
  5. Swing it with two hands, being sure to keep my head up, my back straight, my hips hinging.
  6. Put the bell down and rest for a little while
  7. Grab the 24kg bell, making sure I respect the weight: don't manhandle the bells, this is a momentum/interia exercise
  8. Put the bell down, get some rest between sets
  9. Repeat with the 24kg bell for a few sets over time
  10. Crown the routine with the 32kg bell with the goal of burning it out
  11. If you have any gas left in the tank to spare, do as many swings with the 32kg bell as you can muster
  12. Be very careful and respectful with the 24kg and the 32kg bells because they're heavy enough to hurt you.

My routine is sloppy and untracked and unlogged and uncounted. I do this because if I start to care about numbers, logging, tracking, or counting, I will hesitate and it will become more about the act of recording what I am doing than the act of actually doing it. It's sort of my M.O., ask anyone (please don't ask anyone, it's too true).

Thanks for dropping by. I am off now since I have about 30 minutes between now and 5pm and I really want to get in a couple more sets of the 32kg bell before I hit the shower and then head out of my groceries.  Do you have any recommendations for olive oil brands?

Two poods of cast iron kettlebell goodness.

Jul 18, 2020 04:38 PM | Comments (0)
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