Get Stronger with chilling out? yeah right…..
Below is a conversation I recently had with a member of Swing following the Strongsport competition we had last saturday. Lets name him Tim.
Tim missed his goal of 32 one arm clean and jerks with the 74 lb kettlebell in 4 minutes by ONE rep. I could tell he was upset when his set was over.
He had trained very hard and built ALOT of strength in the past year. Getting much better at strongsport and competing with the guys he had looked up to when he started a couple years ago meant a lot to him. He was now at their level.
When I noticed Tim was very upset at missing his goal, Im sure I said ” yes but it was a personal record wasnt it?” It was indeed a record for him using the Fixometer which makes kettlebell sport much tougher. When I received a text that night from him about how he felt , I told him that I would help coach him to make his goal by the next competition. His next text said “coach me.”
The next day I was at Swing and Tim came in and without really talking to anyone, set up an 88 lb kettlebell on the floor.
The following is what transpired.
ME: What are you doing?
T (tim): Im gonna jerk this damn kettlebell a lot.
T: Im pissed. You have no idea how mad I am that I missed it by one rep.
ME: Yes I do. Now I highly recommend you not touch it.
T: Why not? I want to train harder to make it happen next time.
Me: Well 1, i think its a pointless idea and 2 , you asked me to coach you , so refer to my point 1 please.
T: Come on man!! Im pissed Cant I just get it out??
Me: Sure . and by “get it out” with using a weight that is much heavier than the one you JUST COMPETED WITH ONE DAY BEFORE, I start thinking that is whats gonna happen to your arm coming out of your shoulder…… Lets see. You competed in a MUSCULAR endurance competition using a weight that was a personal best for you that was attached to a sensor that only gives you a green light when it becomes motionless over your head requiring from what I remember seeing is you have to fixate that heavy weight over head with one arm for up to a couple seconds before it became stable. So….. I know you gave absolutely all that you had at that time because you are a competitive guy , and Im pretty sure your nervous system and that movement (jerk) is FREAKING FRIED!!!! Now if youll let me coach you, Put that effin kettlebell back and work on something totally different. You trained yourself up to a peak yesterday in the jerk . Its time now to taper back into training with this specific movement . Do something else. work on slow strength grab a bar .Bench or deadlift something if your pissed . BE a gym rat .Turn off the athlete for a minute. Start a new phase for a couple months. Just give the Strongsport a little more rest that ONE DAY!!!
T: Ok man I gotcha .
He put the kettlebell back and went over towards the bench.
I went back to typing.
About a half an hour passed and I hear this ….
T: Thank you.
Me: For What?
T: Just thanks .
Me: Come on man tell me what.
T: well I took your advice and just focused on things Id like to increase but put on hold due to the competition. I went to bench and it felt really light. I hit 310. Thats 10 more than ive ever done.
Me: Nice work man! You feel better now? ( clearly he was in a better mood than 30 min ago)
T: Yes I see now what a deload can do!!
Me: Well Im happy man, take a negative and turn it into a positive.
With good rest and recuperation Im sure well see Tim lifting even heavier next competition!
NODE SENSOR IN USE
NODE SENSOR IN USE DURING STRONGSPORT COMPETITION