Saturday, June 2, 2007

Climbing the ladder...

Today was the 'no limit' day for my pressing ladders. But, I had the limiter on. Reason being, I have huge strength imbalances in my upper body, specifically around my shoulders. Too, much pressing when I was younger, and rarely balancing my routine with equal or greater pulling has left the posterior aspect of my shoulder girdle weak.

While I'm not too badly out of alignment, there is room for improvement.

Back to the subject, pressing. I know I could easily blast through 5 ladders of 1,2,3,4,5 with th 16kg bell I have been using. But, that isn't why i went back tothe 16kg. I did it to re-groove my press, to practice staying tight, to practice pressing from the lat and to allow my vertical pulling to catch up to my pressing.

today worked out great, 4 ladders of 1,2,3 with pull up ladders in between. Just like it's outlined in 'Enter the Kettlebell' (ETK). The presses wern't hard, but they were challenging. It was a true practice session, and since strength is a skill, I accomplished just what I needed to do.

I then played around with some Clean grip deadlifts. Just 5 sets of 3 reps w/ 135lbs. Looking for my groove, been itching to do some pulling, so I did. I just need to figure out where to stick these in. I may take a go at the TSC in September.

Tomorrow will be a balls to the walls conditioning session, and next week I'll be back to speed with my Muay Thai training.

Business and other stuff has kept me out of the gym for about 6 weeks, it'll be good to get back and get hit a couple times. After that, the plan is to hit the other person more than they hit me, the first couple shot I take are just to wake me up.


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