****Editor’s Note: Each week I will be posting my thoughts on training for my upcoming RKC certification course in Orlando in October. These are pretty much just unstructured random thoughts on my training and how I’m adapting to a different routine.***
So the good news is that I didn’t slip a disc – I can be a bit of a hypochondriac sometimes – and I just strained my psoas. I went to see my good friend, Dr. Bill Wells over at the Urban Athlete in Toronto and he fixed me right up.
If you’re ever in need of a chiropractor in the Toronto area, I strongly suggest you visit The UA. Their chiro team is second to none and the beauty about it is that they’re all athletes or former athletes (Bill’s an ultra-endurance athlete, they’ve got a few practitioners who still compete as well and even a former Olympian).
The bad news is that I have to take a few forced days off from training so I can let this injury heal. So instead of trying to amp up the volume a little, I’ll be doing a lot of basic isometric ab work, stretching, foam rolling, trigger point work and probably practicing my handstands.
But absolutely no kettlebells!
Starting next week, I’ll be following the RKC prep program that was created by Master RKC Brett Jones and outlined on his blog. I’m going to follow the program strictly and, because it’s a great idea, even schedule my major workouts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday – because the RKC workshop is on the weekend. How’s that for training specificity?
In addition to that, I’ll be training on Tuesday & Wednesday practicing snatches and doing some bodyweight stuff – mainly chin-ups, pistols, dips and handstands – and probably running hills on one of those days.
So my schedule once I start feeling close to 100% will look like this…
Monday – OFF
Tuesday – KB Snatches/snatch test practice, chin-ups, pistols
Wednesday – KB Snatches/snatch test practice, run hills
Thursday – OFF
Friday – RKC Prep Workout #1
Saturday – RKC Prep Workout #2
Sunday – RKC Prep Workout #3
Something tells me that I’m going to LOVE having Mondays off from training.
So I’ve got 12 weeks to prepare for the RKC in Orlando. The biggest obstacle, and I hate to call them an obstacle, will be my family. I’m a big sucker for my wife and kids so finding time to train on the weekend will be tough. I think more than anything it’s a matter of self-discipline and sticking to a set training time each day. To avoid anyone getting hit by a swinging kettlebell, it looks like that workout time will be early AM.
One other curiosity that I’ve got is how training for the RKC is going to affect my body aesthetically. So sometime this week I will be taking some "before" pictures and posting them and then I’ll take a set every week.
Here we go!