A few weeks ago I shared the little pancake image at the end of this post and a brief explanation on this blog post: The "Short Stack" kettlebell workout. But then realized that some folks might like to see what it looks like all put together. It always makes sense on paper, then of course translating it to real life can be a different manner entirely. Here's a video of exactly how I do it!
It's been humid... REALLY annoyingly hot and humid for this time of year. Unfortunately I keep forgetting that. Last week a friend and I decided to go and do a favoritechallenge, the SSST (Secret Service Test) and it was so humid that it even tore up her hands which I previously thought were made of some kind of teflon material.
As for myself, I could feel my hands start to suffer so I just took down the pace. Stayed within the 10 minutes, but did not even nearly approach my goal of getting past 200 total snatches which I have previously done and exceeded many times. This drove me NUTS... Fortunately the SSST was just the first 1/3 of what we were doing that day so there was plenty of time to redeem myself to myself, but it still was nagging me...
THEN I saw Phil Ross's cool post which included a neat workout structure that worked out to 200 snatches.
So... I hate to admit this, but back in the day (mid-late 90s) many of us would enjoy a post-club trip to the ol' IHOP. My standard food order was the "Short Stack" which wasn't a completely obscene number of pancakes. They'd still sit like rocks, but it was a good time with friends that mattered most at that time. You may be amused to find out that I was never too keen on sweets and would usually just add butter and no syrup to my pancakes, a habit that persisted for several years until I just stopped eating pancakes all together. I just feel better avoiding those kinds of meals. But anyway. I wanted you to know the origin of this workout name! The Short Stack! The other HUGE (and more important) influence for this sequence was a workout I recently saw from Senior RKC Chris Holder.
Depending on where you are with your fitness level (or stress level that day!) be smart when choosing yourfor this one. I went with the I would use for my weight class for the test ( ), but you may wish to use one above or below your chosen . The next time I do this one, I will be challenging myself with either the or maybe even the ! WOOHOO!
It goes without saying that doing a great mobility warm up and cooldown sequence is always a good thing.
So... it's "Workout Wednesday" all around the internet... or at least that's what the popular Twitter hashtag would have us believe. All of YOU know that we don't just work out on Wednesday, but hey... its a good enough day as any to talk about it. And we certainly have a lot of fun things to talk about today!
First of all, if you haven't already checked out the new go do that right now by clicking here. He's also included a neat video. Not content to do things as they are written, I took what he had there and made it into a special workout for my small group, who like every collection of human beings (myself included) could always stand to work on and practice the . Steve uses a couple of nerdy metaphors, one of which is from the 1984 classic movie The Karate Kid. Yes, I did jokingly say "Very good, Daniel-san!" to someone in class. And yes they did laugh. Fortunately I made sure to say this when they were NOT holding a . Safely first, people, safety first.Blog Post today from Senior Steve "Coach Fury" Holiner (who is actually a really mellow dude... despite that nickname) then