Here is a funny animation from Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist and animator, Walt Handelsman for all of us baby boomers working out like maniacs. For a Christmas present, I received from Valerie, 3 sessions with kettlebell instructor Steve Belanger, RKC, of Old School Barbell Club in Westminster, CA. His Kettlebells and Beyond website can be accessed here. I met Steve about a year ago when he was an instructor at a Crossfit Kettlebell seminar at Valley Crossfit. This combination stoked my interest in kettlebells and it made sense to seek Steve out for some training. For my first session today, we went through the mechanics of the swing and the snatch and will spend more time the next session on the clean and the clean and jerk and whatever else Steve has in mind.We concluded the first session with a nice cardio rip.
5 rounds of 10 two-handed swings with a 28 kg kb and immediately over to 16 kg snatches, 5 each arm. Rest 30 seconds and get some more.
I am looking forward to the next session with Steve. He is a very personable guy and a good coach. Thanks Val!A few hours later, if the KB stuff wasn’t enough, I went to the gym and lubed up with 3 rounds of the Burgener warm-up before doing some light Oly lift work.
Power Snatch + Full Snatch + 3 Overhead Squats: 45/45/45/65/65/65/65.
Power Clean + Hang Squat Cleans + 3 Front Squats: 65/95/115/135/135/135/115.
I admit there was a little guilt for my Christmas Day indulgences, but I had plenty of energy for the stuff I did today.