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Getting Stronger, Doing What Works – 48 kilo kettlebell snatch, Axle Deadlifting

An update from my training.

Despite the logo up there, it’s been quite a while since I’ve done anything consistently with kettlebells. But lately I’ve had the urge, hence tonight’s lazy Sunday afternoon of snatching 106 lbs.

It’s been a long time since I’ve snatched this heavy with kbs; I was happy to see that the strength was still there.

If this looks like a lot, don’t be too impressed. Like I said in the post about Tracy Reifkind and her kettlebell book, getting stronger–as with getting better at just about anything–doesn’t involve anything so much as just showing up.

Put in the time, do what works, do it enough times, and voila! You’re better at it than you were before. Being able to snatch this kettlebell meant I did a ton of snatching with 24kg, then 28, then 32, then 36, with lots of trips back down the ladder.

Writing, lifting, playing the piano or guitar, dieting…so much of it is just showing up.

And now, because I’m feeling super sassy because I only have to work two days this week before I’m off to speak again, here’s another clip from the past week’s training.

This is a 385 lb deadlift, double overhand (palms facing me), on a 2″ axle made by Submit Strength Equipment. The thickness and non-rotating-ness of the bar make it a really difficult grip challenge. Pulling 385 is nothing for me anymore, but the thicker the bar gets, the tougher it is.

My hands are so flopperesque that I have an advantage in this lift, but only because I have a decent foundation of strength–grip and otherwise–to build on. There are guys pulling over 500 lbs on this same lift.

I hope to be over the 500 mark by the end of 2012.

Hope you’re having a good Sunday/Monday/whenever you’re reading this.


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  • Spencer April 30, 2012, 10:25 am


    • Josh Hanagarne April 30, 2012, 10:40 am

      Easy there. Don’t get overstimulated at work.

      • Spencer April 30, 2012, 10:56 am

        I have two settings: unstimulated and overstimulated. There is no in-between.