I finished the 10000 swing challenge today in 29 days. I wanted to post this so anyone thinking about doing this that might have questions will get them answered. I also wanted to post this because throughout the challenge I like to ready about other people that did the challenge and there feelings/results.
I tried to stick to the program as much as possible. I was unable to stick to the rest/work schedule because of my job. I work an overnight shift in a physically demanding job and I also have day time overtime that I work to. I would just get my workouts in when I could, with no real schedule for rest or work. If I could workout I would if not Id take it as a rest day. I followed the 10-15-25-50 cluster the whole time. For my strength movements I did bench@275/dip 70lb/chins 70lbs/front squats 225lbs. I kept that the same the whole time. I used a 53lb bell for the first 5000 and for the second I upped it to the 70lb bell. I'll get into that later.
My first workout took me roughly 37min not terrible grip was smoked but nothing insane. By the end of my 2000 work out I was a mess. Grip was gone traps hammies glutes forearms were done. I had a rest day after that thankfully and then got to my swings only day. Grip came back to me a little and It wasn't as hard to hold on to the bell as before. By the time I got to the 5000 mark I was able to knockout a workout in 22 ish min and felt my body adapting to the work load. I wasn't as waisted after each set of 500 so that's why I upped it to the 70lb. Now my friends this was a soul sapper. First workout took me 50ish min.
My first squat day was terrible. Thought my hamstrings were gonna explode. Grip got destroyed again and I was back to feeling like hammered dog shit after. That was probably the hardest day. The only "plus" was the handle was wider on the 70lb bell and it was easier to grip. When I was at like 7000 swing, I think, some one was giving me a hard time about not going to 12oclock with the bell (someone who was not doing kettleBell swings, you know the type) so just to shut them up I did my last 100 of the day all the way up.
Here's what I learned. The Russian is better because you should be throwing the weight down and when going to 12oclock with it gravity pulls it down and it's easier to loose control meaning not as much muscle tension through the swing and the 12oclock position takes wayyyyyy to long fuck that I'm doing 10000 swings here. When I got to the last 3 days I lost a bet in the gym and had to knock out the last 1500 in 2 days. So I did the regular 500 each day with my exercise but did the extra 250 just swings. I know that wasn't part of the program and I didn't change it because I thought it was better.
The last 50 of the 10000 were magical. I honestly don't think I have ever been so motivated to complete a workout in my life. When I was done I smashed the kettlebell down and slapped all the chips over and walked around like a freaken boss for a few min. I was pretty proud of myself and feeling really good about what I accomplished. I'm still not over it and it's been like 10hrs I feel like I just won the title.
Throughout the challenge I found myself talking myself into starting each cluster. Usually once I hit 300 the last 200 would come without much convincing. I didn't use gloves. Just tape on hot stops where needed and chalk.
I started at 224lbs and ended at 208. I was 22% BF and got down to 18% (I used a neck hip waist forearm measurement to guide my success. Not 100% accurate but something I could measure.) lost 3 inches off my gut and 2 off my waist. Abs are starting to peek out for the first time in a long time. I have had a ton of complements over the past couple weeks on how good I look. I max deadlifted 435lbs the week prior to starting this. I will max in a few days to see what gains I've made. I was really surprised how much my grip effected my bench and dips in the early days. By the end it became more about principle and finishing.
If your thinking about doing this I would highly recommend it. I'm nothing but happy with the way this all turned out. Lower back never hurt. It was tight on squat days usually but never hurt just felt like all the rest of my muscles. Anyway that's my journey to 10,000 swing is any questions comments please feel free to post. Remember this is just a challenge not a long term workout program take it for what it is a challenge. Trust me it is.