Sunday, January 31, 2010

Saturday Max, Snatch, Swing, Learn, Teach, Coach, a great day!

I had a great day yesterday for a number of reasons.....whatever doesn't kill you, makes you stronger!

Right now I only have one student in my first Basic Beg Swing class after her 2 friends bailed a few weeks ago....but good for her to keep showing up (and lucky her to have 1-on-1 attention!), anyway.... I thought it was time for her to learn the snatch, and without going into any details....I pulled out all of my teaching know how, every drill and every method I could think of, but I just couldn't get her to be successful....this time! Bummer. But I realized it quickly, and decided to gt back to our swings.....still a bummer. Did my best.

Max V02 w/16kg. Me, Mark and Meg train next. Mark is currently training his "Swing Max", and Meg and I were supposed to finish up our Max w/16kg this last weekend before the both of us participate in the Feb San Jose RKC in 3 weeks. All of us training 15/15 work/rest sets. Mark's workout was to go to 50 sets.....which he increased to 60 when he realized he had a bit more in him!

Meg shows up and comments on how heavy the bell seems this morning! I had the same experience when I picked up the 12kg in my first class! Whoops.... I wanted to do my 80 sets of Max w/16kg....with at least 75 of them 8's....yeah right! That was not going to happen. And Meg either. Right now, with the RKC looming, overtraining is not an option....we both did our 80 sets, but I altered my reps, and Meg altered her reps and using 3 different bell weights, 12kg, 14kg, 16kg.

6/6 x 4
7/7 x 4
8/8 x2 (10 sets warm up...)
7/7 x 8
8/8 x 2 (repeat until set 40....I was done with 8's!)
7/7 x 40

80 sets, 564 snatches (I think that's right)

80 sets was what I wasn't going to let kill me. It wasn't the weight, it wasn't the reps, it was 40 freakin' minutes....80, eight-o that was sooooo far away from the first 10 sets....

I realized that I wouldn't be doing 8's at all after the first half of the workout, much less the majority of the workout. Once I made peace with it, my focus was completing.....approaching set 60 I was ready to call it quits, but I just couldn't do it. I kept telling myself the weight felt light, it wasn't the weight. I kept telling myself 80 was just a close to 60, just 10 set L, 10 sets R and it would be all over.....and then it was! Done. (PS doing 7's saved my hands. I actually walked away from the 16kg uninjured!)

Max again? Yep, this time with my Intermediate class....AND the 12kg! I love Marks "Swing Max" and decided to work my girls up to their 60-80 sets of snatches by combining swings too. So, after our warm up, we headed straight into 15/15 for 60 sets alternating snatches with 2 hand swings (the exact workout is Top Secret, lol You have to come to class and train with us!)

Basic Beginning Swing Class.....I get to slow down a bit and train equal work to rest now....whew! I have a great group of people in this class, and yesterday I had a new person join us for the fun! I was able to put my #1 star student in charge of a few back to back sets while I worked with my new gal, and she did great making the adjustments she needed to improve her one hand swings (her 2 hand swings were great!). My #2 star student has been working hard and it's showing! I widened the stance of another student and it completely changed his swing.....Yay! All good stuff....I must be a pretty good teacher!

Private group of 4 for a brand new Learn to Swing class. OMG this was the best group to end my day! All four are fellow Bikram yoga students so I knew it was going to be a walk in the park, and it was! The "hinge" movement of the KB Swing is similar to the first part of "awkward pose" so I knew I had a good analogy that they would all understand. Everyone did super, in fact I had to hold them back and stop the class at our 30minute allotted time because I wanted them to be able to walk today! Seriously, the first time you swing, if you're not careful, it can sneak up on you, and you'll pay the price!

3 hours of training.....and then I headed off to 90 minutes of Bikram.

Lucky me, or unlucky me? For the first time ever, ever, ever, I got to yoga a bit later than usual and the 12noon class was full.....with a waiting list 14 people long! (I hate the 60 day challengers) I knew Mark was at home waiting for me to finish my day of training with a couple of bottles of good red wine, so I didn't waste another second being pissed, I got in my car and raced home! (PS I got to wear my high heels, wink, wink!)

Great day
Great training
Great husband
Great food and wine
Life is good, life is great!


Mark Reifkind said...
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Mark Reifkind said...

lucky me, my love, lucky me :))

Diana said...

Holy crap woman.....NO WONDER you drink!!

I "still" think you have plenty of time in your day to start up a little running in your life! LMAO!

Swing on sister!

Diana said...

PS/thank god for yoga, these hips are getting nice-making double "anything" just a tad easier! Still don't like it, but it's easier!