Saturday, December 24, 2011

Stones Gym Lives!

First real training today at Stones Gym, aka my garage, with Nick for a heavy Saturday workout; just like we used to. We started there squatting on saturdays, then when we moved to kettlebells it was heavy snatch and swing day. Saturday was always the center of the training week and I focused on it more than any other training day.
Competitions, as a rule were on Saturdays, so it was easy to make that the most important training day of the week.

It was great training along side Tracy on Saturdays at Girya but it wasn't the same as my courage corner.It was where I worked, not where I got away from work and the world.It felt odd stepping back into the frigid ( 30 deg!!!) strength box today but it felt like home, too.The pace was fast, we had to keep moving or we would freeze.:0)

It wasn't my first workout back there but it was the first with my training partner of  over ten years Nick Bruckner so now it's official.Stones Gym lives :))

 Wow,that's a long time.

One arm swing warmup
16 kg x 20 x 3 sets

One arm cleans
16 kg x 5/5 x2

Military kb press
16 kg x5/5 x2
20 kg x5/5 x 2
24 kg x 5/5 x 6 sets

the shoulder felt good, just a few clunks and used the distraction band to set things right asap and it held. nice

Bottoms up clean and press, long cycle
16 kg x 5/5
16 kg x 3/3
20 kg x 3/3

havent done these in ages! tough but good too. REALLY is the best special exercise for teaching the right way to press overhead. HAD to activate the lat to get the bell overhead. Back in the mix

Bottoms up cleans
16 kg x5/5 x2
20 kg x5/5
24 kg x 3/3
28 kg x 1/1

Nice as well! these also used to be a very strong movement for me, have to keep them in as well. I 've used the 40 kg for singles for these so I know what I'm capable of and it's good.

One arm swings
24 kg x5/5
          x 10/10 x 4 sets
28 kg x 10/10

These felt great! finally warming up . and my vision seems clearer in the garage, noticed I had no balance issues at all as I sometimes do at Girya
Snatch holds
16 kg x30 sec ea arm
20 kg x 30 sec
24 kg x 30 sec

these were solid

Unloaded my heavy bells from Girya to Stones and set up the squat rack. It was a good morning.
36 kg
40 kg
44 kg
48 kg

datsit. Sisu and Merry Christmas!


Tracy Reifkind said...

my sweet,

this was my Xmas present to you....and you know the long and hard work I did, week after week to make it happen!

this is only the beginning.

Mark Reifkind said...

what a great present my love, and I know how much work it took! thank you :))

and it is just the beginning :))

Boris Terzic said...

Happy holidays Rif!

I know how you feel, I haven't trained in the "cave" in months and I think it's time to go back.

Mark Reifkind said...

Merry Christmas to you too my friend. Apt choice of words for sure, it's back the cave, happily, for me and a few others as well. I like the cave :))

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