Since myself and a few of my lads are entering the 1st ever Irish Kettlebell Sports competition down in Kilkenny I thought I’d keep you posted on my training over the next 10 weeks.
At the end of week ten, we will be competing.
If all goes to plan I’ll get good numbers on the day and this program has worked, if not, it won’t.
Over the years I’ve trained for a variety of things from Karate tournaments, Black Belt tests, Marathons, Half Marathons and simple goals such as adding a stone of muscle to my frame (that was a hard 7 months!!). Every time I’ve done well at the chosen event.
Kettlebell Sport is different, I’ve never faced something as brutally daunting as stepping up and trying to Jerk a pair of bells for as many reps as possible within a 10 minute timeframe, then have to step up again and snatch a bell as many times as possible, with only one hand switch.
Keep your eyes on this blog then and I’ll take you through my journey.
The goal, by the way, is to achieve a CMS by the World Kettlebell Club rankings. It’s a high bar, but hell, if you don’t shoot high, you might as well not shoot!
Training Day 1 – 17/5/10 – Jerks
10 reps on: 12’s, 16’s, 24’s, 28’s, 28’s
Jerks (2 mins between sets)
24’s x 20 x 2
16’s x 30 x 1
1 arm Long Cycle 36kg
1 x 5 l/r
Sissy Squat (bells in rack position) 24’s x 70 x 1
Romanian Deadlift (RDL) 24’s x 70 x 1
Done – Felt good!
Training Day 2 – 18/5/10 – Snatch
16kg Swings: 2h x 20, 1H x 20 l/r, HtH x 20
16kg x 15 minutes, change hands at will, fast pace.
Tuesdays are also the Combat Conditioning class, so later that day I joined in with them for 5 rounds of:
1 rep Deadlift (add weight each round)
5 Pull ups
10 Long cycle (24’s)
Slept that night!
Training Day 3 – 19/5/10 – Jerks
10 reps of 16’s, 24’s,28’s
5 reps of 32’s
28’s x 10 x 2
24’s x 20 x 1
16’s x 40 x 1
Jump Squat (24kg held on back) 4 x 15.
All done with 2 min rest periods.
The squats got tough, but everything else went really well.
If I can find the USB cable for the camera (think my 18 month old son has nicked it!!) I’ll video some of the workouts for you.