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2010 Goals Update: How’s Everyone Doing?

What is a man to do when he has a cold and there is rain and lightning outside? Easy: go out back for some kettlebell pressing.

This is a bottoms up press with a 40kg (88lbs) kettlebell. I had planned on banging this out around mid-April. It’s not the smoothest press I’ve ever done, but I hurried so that I could escape the electrocutive wrath of the gods.

For anyone who likes to press or is working on it, I recommend bottoms up pressing as soon as you can handle it (you’ll know).  This develops tremendous pressing power. It also requires some pretty intense grip strength, so don’t worry if you find you need to start light.

I’ll be able to knock out the 48k kettlebell sooner rather than later, and that’s what’s up next. If you need a kettlebell, grab one in The Store.

Now how about you? Before you know it, two months of 2010 will be gone. How are your goals progressing?


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  • Robby G February 16, 2010, 3:27 am

    I’ve got a little bit a cold too after my plane ride, can’t stand it. I can’t believe 2 months have almost passed since new years day.
    My new novel is coming in nicely, almost done in fact. My other plans are looking up and I think I will be able to accomplish everything I planned for 2010. So overall, I’m quite happy with the way this year is unfolding.
    I saw the video where you lifted that free weight that one time… insanity. I need to get myself into shape. Amsterdam is really taking a toll on me. Cheers!

    • Josh Hanagarne February 16, 2010, 10:01 am

      What’s the new novel about? Can you say?

  • Kris Wragg February 16, 2010, 5:18 am

    1) Have I bent a 6″ nail yet? Yes I have, not a hard one but a 6″ nail none the less… more to come this year though, lots more!

    2) Have I deadlifted double BW? No, but getting closer, although as I lift more, my weight is going up, but I’ll hit double BW pretty soon I think.

    3) Have I pressed 32kg KB? No, but this is my next target, and it will fall quicker than I think, why? Because biofeedback is giving me awesome results!

    It’s still early in the year, but good progress is being made across the board, especially in terms of grip strength which has been my focus.

  • Christopher Kabamba February 16, 2010, 5:33 am

    Mine are progressing well, i started off to a good start: my blog is up, planning a new design with Thesis Wordpress theme by the end of this month and a free ebook to be out by April 2010…among other things. I am loving the momentum.


    • Josh Hanagarne February 16, 2010, 10:01 am

      Christopher, what’s the e-book going to be about?

      • Christopher February 17, 2010, 5:13 am

        It will be about “Life and Fulfillment”: A Conscious Manifesto for Life and Fulfillment


  • Julianne Fuchs-Musgrave February 16, 2010, 6:57 am

    On the work table (read dining room table stripped to the pad) I have yesterday’s thrift store President’s Day Sale purchase. What came home as four huge (and heavy) bags filled with discarded leather coats, slacks & skirts is now a stack of leather panels ready for painting. My favorite is the screaming orange.
    There’s a new bag design at the “attach the strap” phase on the sewing board (read old drawing table stuck in a corner) ready to be finished.
    Then there’s the list of addresses, email & snail to announce, ship samples, float stories to.
    So–while the depressive panic of not yet clearing & setting up work space and OMG it’s almost March threatens–it’s the opportunity like this to catalog what I HAVE done that balances my brain & stirs the juices.
    Thanks Josh!!

    • Josh Hanagarne February 16, 2010, 10:01 am

      I would love to see a picture of the screaming orange.

  • Heather February 16, 2010, 6:59 am

    Still working on my one-legged pistol squat, but can now lift my 15-lb. kettlebell with ease, and had to add weights to my little dumbbells to get something close to 20-lbs. the 15-lbs feel a bit—light. Still working through my Convict Conditioning—sloooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwlllllllyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy. . . .

  • Boomer54 Mark February 16, 2010, 9:55 am

    Read my 2010 goals daily to remind me…I have broken the goals down into monthly goals…

    On track for the educational goals, but income is lacking.


    • Shannon | Confessions of a Loving Wife February 16, 2010, 6:32 pm


      Great idea to write them down and read them daily! I have a list written but I think I need to review it more frequently.

      Thanks for sharing!

  • Srinivas Rao February 16, 2010, 10:01 am


    That looks insanely hard, even if you say it’s not. AS far as 2010 goals go, I’ve accomplished the following (and now I have an idea for a blog post).

    1) Got a full time job to pay the bills and doing something I enjoy
    2) Earning 600 bucks a month in freelance income thanks to my blog
    3) Guest posting at least 3-4 times every 2 weeks
    4) Surpassed 500 readers
    5)Launched BlogcastFM.com

    I think there’s even more to come considering we’ve still got a little ways to go to the end of the first 2 months.

  • Justin Matthews February 16, 2010, 3:21 pm

    You made that look easy no matter what you say. I can barely do one BU with my 55# bell. Very impressive! Good job pulverizing your goals this year.

  • Kylie February 16, 2010, 7:18 pm

    I’ve been too busy working toward my goals to actually check in with how far I’ve come – This is the first year that’s ever happened so I’m taking it as a good sign!

  • Larissa February 17, 2010, 12:02 am

    hmmmmm. . . . I know you’ve said before to not let anything stop you from your goals, but what do you do when your life circumstances change radically within a few weeks? I had a plan for my goals, but a lot has happened, and I don’t know how they fit in now. Is there a time of re-prioritizing? Is there a time to put others first for a season? I am totally spent emotionally and physically right now, and not sure how to work running back into my routine again. On a positive note, I have checked one thing off! I finally read Slaughterhouse-Five! My first Vonnegut! And I will now and forever be tempted to say, “and so it goes” whenever I hear that anyone has died. . . 😉

    • Josh Hanagarne February 17, 2010, 8:28 am

      If there are absolute, I certainly don’t know them. Only you can know. I’m sure you’re doing exactly what you should. And so it goes.

  • Mike T Nelson February 17, 2010, 8:44 am

    AWESOME work Josh! You made that look way too easy, I see a Beast BUP around the corner in your future for sure!

    Thanks for the reminder about making my goals public! I will have them up on my blog this week.

    Great to see you briefly in Minnesota recently! Keep up the awesome work you are doing!

    rock on
    Mike T Nelson PhD(c)

  • McTofu February 18, 2010, 6:04 am

    I’m kind of a thrid of the way through my ultimate goal, which is to go from obese to super fit. I’ve dropped 2 dress sizes, 12inches overall and lost 30lbs so far. I can see my shape changing everyday, I feel so much better and keeping myself accountable is really helping me on my way. I just discovered short, intense workouts as oppossed to endless cardio and I’m teaching myself kettlebell workouts [with the help of youtube], so far I feel stronger everyday and I kinda love that I can feel the muscle definition develop as I go.

    So far so good!

  • Brian Egan February 26, 2010, 12:31 pm

    Been so busy, got to the 1000+ unread in Google Reader (may have to trim that down again)! I love the idea of sharing goals and results with others though:

    1. Business Plan A — Total Failure. Lots of time and effort, a lot learned, especially that picking your business partners is absolutely crucial. Wasn’t sure if I could rely on the one I chose, and I was right — won’t make that mistake again, but I still really did learn a ton that i’ll be applying toward:
    2. Business Plan B — I think this might be a lot of fun, and I’m working with some talented / smart individuals who have a lot of passion for our concept. I think having passion & tenacity are more important than skill.
    3. Weight loss / Strenght Gain — Awesome. Down 13 lbs on the year, started lifting for the first time, which has really led to some noticeable gains in terms of strength and my favorite weekend activities like mountain biking, hiking and skiing. Also started making all of my meals for myself – never knew cooking was so easy, fun, and cheap.
    4. Girlfriend — Getting out there, but Vegas can be a tough market. Oh well, gonna keep at it!
    5. Trip to Ireland — Roughly planned out, ticket purchased, and getting excited to see the land of my ancestors.
    6. Create a design blog — In progress! Goal is to finish it up this weekend, but it’s snowing in the mountains, so skiing may have to happen.
    7. Love Myself — Maybe sounds cheesy, but my harshest critic is me… Haven’t worked as hard at this as I could, probably should continue doing metta bhavana meditations.
    8. Meditate Actively — been doing OK with this, but I avoid metta meditations more than I should. They’re hard, but transformational.
    9. Finish paying off debt & become a balla — On track for the first part, but need to stay disciplined. Need to keep working at my business ideas to expand wealth, especially since pay is being cut due to state funding shortages =/

    Phew! Ok, doing pretty well on most, but could use some real attention to one or two of them. Thanks for asking! Great to read all the progress of others!