Monday, January 19, 2009

First 10 Minute Jerk Session With 24kg

Felt energized today.  Last couple of workouts were short and a bit on the light side.  I think I needed some rest to let my body recover from my rapid push in training for the biathlon.  Today, I decided to attempt my first 10 minute set of jerks with the 24s.  These bells are feeling lighter every time.  I feel like I am launching off of my hips every rep and the bells are starting to fly out of my hands in the overhead lockout like they did when I was learning with the 12kg and 16kg bells.

Jerk(16kg) 20 reps
Jerk(20kg) 10 reps
Jerk(24kg) 6 rpm x 10 minutes
Swing(32kg) 30/30 x 2 sets
Bodyweight pullups 5 x 3 sets

The last 2 minutes were tough.  I suffered the most in my hands and wrists which were pretty fatigued, however, I was able to hang on to the finish.  My shoulders and legs were still feeling good and I didn't shift into panic breathing at the end either!  I find as I get later into my long sets that I begin to loose my grip in the corner of the handle and my wrists also begin to hyperextend.  I think this hyper-extension of the wrists is ultimately what is causing the fatigue in my wrists/hands.  I am not sure how to correct this issue.

Tomorrow, if I am still feeling good, I plan to attempt my first 10 minute set of snatches with the 24kg at 16 rpm.  If I am able to hit this, then I will drop back down and start working my jerks at 8 rpm beginning at 5 minutes and snatching at 18 rpm beginning at 6 minutes with the goal of working my way back up to 10 minute sets of both the jerk and snatch by the Arnold Classic.


Faizal S. Enu said...

Great stuff Matt -- you are really kicking butt.

Just curious as to the brand of bells that you are using and how you got them. I was able to get 2-24kg and 1 32kg GS bells, along with 2 10# db and a 14lb KB for $150. I think that was a good deal.

Also, how do you prepare your hands for jerks (chalk, tape, talc, etc.)

Take care, Faizal

MKSchinabeck said...

I sent you an email with the answers to your questions.