Week 24 - Summary
Training: 4 S&S sessions, 1 misc
This was a good week in many ways, although it was pretty discouraging to find out that I (probably) have high blood pressure. Having said that it could be a blessing in disguise as it has really galvanised me to get leaner and fitter. I am excited to get back into kettlebell training and I’m already feeling the effects in my lower/mid traps and hamstrings.
Going forward I intend to run Simple and Sinister for the foreseeable future. I have previously followed this routine for a prolonged period and made huge gains in “functional strength” but lost upper body size. Last time I had three issues - a stiff neck, tight glutes and occasional knee pain during the get-ups. I think the neck stiffness stemmed from incorrect swing technique (not packing the shoulder properly) and the glute tightness was because I neglected the prescribed warm-up and stretches. For the knee pain I’m going to ensure that I always wear my knee sleeves and make an effort to keep my lead foot in front of the knee. I’m going to start each session with a row and finish it with something extra (usually either pull-ups or more conditioning). Bodyweight wise I will continue dropping down to around the 90kg mark. I’m not sure exactly where I want to end up, but I think it would be a good challenge to drop into the high 80s, at least temporarily before settling in the low 90s.