So I experienced a minor setback while I was training last Saturday….
It was my own ignorance and stupidity that lead to me ripping 2 callouses – 1 on each hand – while doing my snatch test last week.
The good news is that I’m able to do the required 100 snatches in 5 minutes or less (4:47 to be exact).
The bad news is that I have to take some time off the ballistic training until my hands heal.
I tried to do some "on the minute" snatches yesterday but could only get up to 8 minutes because some of the newly formed skin on my right hand hand started to rip. I was using "the sock protection" method that I learned on the the Dragon Door RKC Requirement Page, but that didn’t help.
So instead of the ballistic stuff (mainly snatches & cleans – swings don’t seem to bother me as much), I ‘ll be focusing my efforts on mastering high rep squats, military presses (my weakest of all the kb lifts) and Turkish Get Ups.
In fact, yesterday’s workout ended up being pretty good after I stopped doing snatches. I kept it nice and simple and really enjoyed it.
Here’s what went down yesterday….
Warm-Up – Full stretches for my psoas, 30s bridge series, 15 x inch-worm push-ups, 15 x hindu squats, 10 x reverse stretching lunges, 10 x burpees
1) "on the minute" snatches x 8 mins – brutal. I stopped when I saw blood.
2) Turkish Get Up Ladder – 5/side @ 16kg, 4/side @ 20kg, 3/side @ 24kg, 3/side @ 24kg, 4/side @ 20kg, 5/side @ 16kg
3) Burpees x 50
The TGU ladder was actually fun. I guess because I was constantly switching kettlebells, it made for a less monotonous workout and forced me to really challenge myself to get my reps done as quickly as possible.
The burpees were surprisingly manageable, so I think next time I’ll really try to increase my numbers.
Today, I’ll focus on the Military Press and heavy swings using my 36kg kettlebell. And of course, I’ll probably throw in some rows and/or chin-ups.
As far as treating my hands go…
I bought some emery boards at the grocery store last night (my kids called me "girly" when I put them in the cart – nice) to file down the callouses that haven’t ripped. I waiting patiently as the new skin forms on the ripped callouses and have cut off and filed down as much of the hard skin as I could.
I’ve been using coconut oil to moisturize my hands (and my body for that matter – thank you Dr. Mercola), so the skin on my hands are buttery soft – except for the callouses at the base of my fingers.
I’m hoping that with good care my hands will feel better by Friday when I have to do the snatch test again. I’ll probably test it out and if it doesn’t feel all that good, I’ll skip the ballistic stuff altogether for the week.
I guess the takeaway lessons from this experience would be:
1) Take care of every part of your body because it’s the weak link in the chain that will set you back.
2) Don’t make excuses. There are a myriad of exercises that you can still do if you’re injured. Just assess the situation (get help from a professional if you must), determine what you ARE able to do, then keep working hard and don’t lose momentum.
More updates next week.