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Just swinging seems to be working because I am the only barrier to swinging my kettlebells

I am my own worst enemy—ask anyone! This is only day two, but I think I sorted out how I, Chris Abraham, will habituated a daily regimine of kettlebell swings.
Just swinging seems to be working because I am the only barrier to swinging my kettlebells

My Kettlebells Ready to Rock

In yesterday's post, I bragged about something that wasn't a big win or a big deal to anyone but me; however, it was a very big deal for me. 

Put succinctly, my kettlebells live right by my bed and right by my bedroom TV. They live on a step box and are covered with chalk and they're just there. They couldn't be more convenient. Yes, I didn't really use them, religiously, every single day, the way I had and have and do promise myself that I will do every single day.

What was the problem? It was too easy to make excuses to myself that were viable enough that I fell for them every single time.

  • "I can't do them now, I need to have a pad and a pencil ready so that I can track the number of swings and the weight!"
  • "I can't do them now, I need to have my Atlas Wristband 2 on my wrist, charged up, and ready to record all my swings!"
  • "I haven't found the perfect Android or iOS app for my Note or Touch where I can log all my swings and sets."
  • "I'm not ready, I haven't set up my Gymboss or BTBSIGN Interval timer, how will I know when, for how long, and how often to swing?"
  • "Dammit, I ran out of time before I need to jump into the shower and head out for the day, I guess I'll have to do it tonight."
  • "Drats, I can't do all those swings so close to bed or I'll be so jacked from all the adrenaline that I won't get to sleep!"
  • "I can't do the swings now because I just had breakfast (lunch, dinner, a snack, etc)"

The good news is that all of that ended yesterday. From yesterday on, all of my daily kettlebell swings will be ephemeral. I won't track any of them.

My Two-Handed Kettlebell Swing Daily Morning Workout Routine

  1. Eat some eggs, have some coffee and take my morning meds while watching Seth James DeMoor's daily vlog that publishes at 7am my time every day.
  2. Pick up my 12kg competition kettlebell and swing until I stop, giving me some time with light weights to do a personal diagnosis of my body and work out the kinks, put the bell down.
  3. Chill out for between 10-seconds and maybe 5 minutes, depending on how many squirrels my ADHD brain notices, "hey, look, squirrel!"
  4. Pick up my 16kg iron bell and swing until I stop, giving my body some more time to work on the hip hinge and diagnose any funny knee pain or impending sciatica or any strange heart rate suggestions that I should take it easy today. Put down the bell.
  5. Chill out again, for as short a time as feels either necessary or convenient or until I decide, "okay, I'm ready!"
  6. Pick up the 20kg cast iron bell and swing it until I stop, then put it down.
  7. Chill out some more, trying to keep the rest to 20 or 30 seconds but sometimes closer to a couple-few minutes, maybe a little longer.
  8. Pick up the 24kg kettlebell and swing it until I really don't feel like I have it in me to want to do any more, always keeping gas in the tank, which, according to Pavel Tsatsouline, is essential if you want to have a rest of the day that doesn't suck. Put the bell down.
  9. Rest and recover, but by this time, I feel like I am away and feeling stronger, so the rests are actually closer to 30-90-seconds between sets.
  10. Pick up the 24kg and swing until I am done, put the bell down.
  11. Repeat with the 24kg kettlebell again and again until I either 1) run out of time and the work day guilts me into doing only a few 24kg sets of swings or 2) I feel like I am going to ruin the rest of my day and tomorrow if I keep on going with too many sets. I need to work every day so I need to make sure I never put myself into lactic acid traction for the rest of the day (already bad) or the next day (generally, even worse). 

For now, I am not going to touch any kettlebells for the rest of each day until the morning of the next day. What do you think? Maybe I can do a monthly fitness test that I can come up with in order to log my progress. Maybe even do a weekly fitness test so log and track my progress. Ignore the days but, maybe, on Sundays, I can really put myself to the test and see how my body is adapting to the stress I put on my posterior chain day-after-day, week-after-week. 

If you have any ideas as to how best to do this, please let me know in the comments. 

My chalked up 12kg, 16kg, 20kg, 24kg kettlebells

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