I have had a general malaise, and restlessness in-terms of training for a while. Half of me wanted to do good at Jiu Jitsu, the other half of me wanted to total 1500 pounds in a legit PL meet, and the other, other half of me wanted to look like Bill Pearl.
And I freely admit that those combined-goals, at least for me, became a recipe for a lot of silliness and a lot of treading water and not really getting anywhere (besides improving my Jiu Jitsu game).
I also hadn't been sleeping like I should have been.
Anyway, whatever. At least I was still in the gym on a regular basis all that time. There's a lot to be said for that.
Which brings me to now. Right now I need simplicity. I need something I can do in the gym that will keep me strong and healthy, and that I can easily do before Advanced Jiu Jitsu class. Shaggy posted this article: http://irongarmx.net/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=225074 and because I like him and what he says I gave it a read, and I really liked what I saw. SO, I've decided that I am going to do this program here for my lifting, for the next nine weeks to see what happens. The article calls for six, but since I have no idea what I'm doing, and I need coaching with some of this stuff (some friends at the gym are helping me with that), and because I've been feeling crappy lately, I wanted to start on the light side and give myself some time to acclimate.
I think it'll be fun. Here's today's work.
- 80 minutes
All weights are in kilograms
KB Clean KB Press KB Front Squat Renegade Row
- 1. 20's x 1, 20's x 1, 20's x 1, 20 x 1 L
2. 20's x 1, 20's x 2, 20's x 1, 20 x 1 R
3. 20's x 1, 20's x 3, 20's x 1, 20 x 1 L
4. 20's x 1, 20's x 4, 20's x 1, 20 x 1 R
5. 20's x 1, 20's x 5, 20's x 1, 20 x 1 L
6. 20's x 1, 20's x 6, 20's x 1, 20 x 1 R
7. 20's x 1, 20's x 5, 20's x 1, 20 x 1 L
8. 20's x 1, 20's x 4, 20's x 1, 20 x 1 R
9. 20's x 1, 20's x 3, 20's x 1, 20 x 1 L
10. 20's x 1, 20's x 2, 20's x 1, 20 x 1 R
11. 20's x 1, 20's x 1, 20's x 1, 20 x 1 L
- 1. 28 x 10
2. 28 x 10
3. 28 x 10
4. 28 x 10
5. 28 x 10
6. 28 x 10
7. 28 x 10
8. 28 x 10
9. 28 x 10
10. 28 x 10
Renegade rows are hard.
I did not restrict rest period times between sets. But I didn't sit on my ass for 5 minutes between sets either- I just did the old "Wait until you've caught enough breath to form a complete sentence and then go again."
This whole thing, swings included was done in just under a half hour.
ADVANCED JIU JITSU:
I felt awesome going into class tonight, and a lot of folks came out which is always great. I managed to not get trapped in Big Chris's mounted arm-bar tonight and I consider that a small personal victory. I fucking hate getting caught up in that miserable position, and I should be doing my job better, making sure that if I get mounted I defend myself properly to prevent it, and escape. As for drilling, we worked on a nice positional change you can do whenever the opponent manages to turn into you in a 50/50 and undehook your outer arm. Using it you can shift your position, clean his arms, free your foot and mount and if you do it right, you have a nice Kata Gatame all set-up when you do mount. It was a profitable class and I was glad to be there.
...I don't feel like I got hit by a truck, after training tonight. I don't feel all keyed-up either. I feel calm and relaxed. I'm going to read for 20 minutes and then go to sleep. I can sleep an extra hour into the morning because the VP is taking us contractors to a Pirates game tomorrow, so I don't have to be there till late morning.