Monday, August 24, 2009

2009/08/24 - The Experiment continues

I started my third week since I got back in the saddle today. I'm still experimenting with an approach to GS that will work for me in the long run. From recent contacts via email with people like Paul Tucker, Denis Kanygin, John Buckley and Ken Blackburn it is becoming increasingly clear to me that different people require different approaches to GS. Having said that, the consensus is that there is no escape from long sets. It just seems to me that there are different ways of getting to that particular destination. At the moment my approach is based on building volume via shorter sets and testing longer sets once a week or so. Today I did the following:

Warm up: Swings / squats

OAJ (24kg) 4 sets of 15 and 2 sets of 10: total of 80

Snatch (24kg) 2 sets of 10: total of 20

OA Overhead Squat (16kg): 2 sets of 5

Cool down: Deep body weight squats and stretching

My approach to the sets was to do one set with the right arm, then rest for about 2 minutes, followed by a set with the opposite arm. In this way I found that my technique remained consistent rather than deteriorating due to fatigue. I will work on increasing the volume as the weeks progress. I feel pretty energized after the session - stimulated but not blasted.


Howie Brewer said...

Cool. I look forward to seeing your progress!

I'm signed up for Denis' workshop here in NYC in October. I'm excited!! We'll see if I decided to change things up following that. But until then, it's full steam ahead.

Would one consider a 5 minute jerk set or a 6 minute snatch set, long timed sets?

hunashaman said...

Hey bro I think your sets are timed sets. From what I've seen the alternative is to do non-timed sets working for reps. We should chat about Russian martial arts at some point.

Howie Brewer said...

Gotcha. I wasn't sure if there was a distinction between "timed sets" and "long timed sets".