One Week Until RKC!

Today marks one week until I leave for the RKC. The actual training starts on Friday, but I’ll be arriving in St. Paul on Thursday.

I haven’t even attended yet, but training for the RKC has already taught me so much about myself and about training in general. I will expand on that in the next week or two, but for now here is my training update.

I’m still doing this workout and this workout and I’m still rocking the weekend-heavy training schedule through this weekend. Next week I will take it somewhat easy to prepare my body for three days of training.

I am always going to be a work in progress, but here’s how I’m feeling right now about each of the skills required to pass:

Swing – Good. I have been working on my positioning at the top of the swing and I think I’m finally getting there. Abs and glutes must visibly contract!

Turkish Get Up – Decent. I never thought I could do a TGU with a 16K kettlebell (probably something to do with that mental block I had of getting that 16K kettlebell overhead). It still feels heavy somedays, but it’s certainly doable for multiple reps on each side.

Clean – Decent. A little choppy once in awhile, but not too much wrist banging going on there.

Press - Ok. I’m still feeling a little discouraged with my pressing, but it’s definitely getting a lot better! I can consistently press the 16K on my right side for multiple reps and can press it for a few reps on the left as well (at least on a good day).

Front Squat – Good. My squatting has come a long way in the last ten months and I don’t hate squats anymore. That’s progress for someone who has always hated squats.

Snatch - Better! I have mentioned in the past that my snatch technique needed a little work. My lockout position was incorrect and according to my husband I was flailing trying to get that kettlebell overhead. ;-) I finally worked with him last week on this and I am feeling much better about it. I’ve done the snatch test with a 16K  in under 5 minutes a number of times over the last few weeks so I know I can do it.

A few people have asked about my weight (if I weigh less than 123.5lbs I will be tested using a 12K kettlebell instead of a 16K kettlebell). On my scale in the morning I always weigh less than that, but I’m not sure I 100% trust it. One day I weighed 119 in the basement and carried the scale upstairs and weighed 125. Big difference! I am going into this as if I will be using the 16K kettlebell and it will just be a bonus if I weigh less and can test with the 12K. Seems like the only reasonable way to go about it.

If you follow me on twitter, you might have seen my #FitFluential #PROOF tweet the other morning after doing 160 one-hand swings with the 24K the other morning. To add to that, check out this proof that a few months of very consistent training and practice can make all the difference in the world. (Oh…and that a baby can grow an awful lot in just 9 months!)

A goblet squat w Connor 9 months ago (July, 2011) when I was just getting back into exercising after having a baby.

Goblet squat with baby

And now, stronger and leaner…after Tuesday’s swing workout. (excuse the blurry pic)

After Kettlebell Swings

Anyone training for anything cool right now?

Comments

  1. Holy moly, lady, you look incredible! I want to be that strong :-) Thanks for inspiring me! Good luck at the RKC!!!

  2. Good luck on RKC next week! Right now I’m training for a 15K in July in NY but my back issues have definitely made it difficult to train consistently. Regardless, I’ll do that 15K if I have to walk the whole thing! :)

  3. My goodness, you are impressive! You should be so proud! :)

  4. I’m so excited for you! I love seeing people set goals, work hard and finish it out strong. Very impressive! And you look fantastic. I’m looking forward to reading your write-up on the RKC weekend.

    And 160 one-arm swings with a 24kg?! Ohhh my…. !

    Cheers to strength!

    • Cheers to strength is right! It has been awesome having this as a goal instead of focusing solely on losing the weight I gained during pregnancy. RKC write-up definitely coming your way after I’m back! ;-)

  5. Ack – I’m so excited for you!!

    I know I don’t always post – but I have loved following your training for this! You look amazing and there’s no doubt that you have come SO far since having your little guy. You are such an inspiration!!

  6. you look amazing!!! So lean and strong!!! I am so impressed. I must try kettlebells one day ;)

  7. So awesome! I’m really enjoying kettlebells but am mostly doing very basic things right now – using mostly for no-impact cardio vs strength. I definitely could work on squats. I’ve yet to try the snatch or a TGU

  8. Ohh love these pics — you are looking so strong lean and mean!! I love it! You are going to do GREAT next weekend, I’m so excited for you!!

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