Bus Bench Workouts
When expecting results on time - like you're hoping the bus will be.
Park Bench Workouts
An opportunity to explore and enjoy where you are in training.
For a long time, I've been more of a park bench kind of girl. When I'm working out, I'll decide what to do each day depending on how I'm feeling, what I've been doing recently, and what I want to work on. I have yet to write out a single program for myself (or really follow one). I'm not so big on planning - how can you decide so far ahead of time what you intend to do on a given day? The problem with this approach (for me), is that it's really easy to talk myself out of rolling out of bed early, or heading to the gym at the end of the day when I'm tired. "Today is an off-day," I'll tell myself... "I need to rest." I'll rationalize. And then I plop on the couch and waste the day away.
But coming up in the not-so-distant future (August, 2015), I am attending the Strong First Girya (SFG) Kettlebell Instructor Certification at Achieve Fitness in Somerville, MA. Which means I need to get strong... like REALLY STRONG!
The requirements for the SFG Kettlebell Instructor Certification at my weight (135 lbs) are:
- Swing (one 16 kg bell)
- Get-Up (one 16 kg bell)
- Double Clean (two 16 kg bells)
- Press (one 16 kg bell)
- Double Front Squat (two 16 kg bells)
- Snatch (one 16 kg bell)
So for this specific goal, that has a specific deadline, I need to get myself to a bus stop and do some serious planning. Luckily I work with two highly knowledgeable and experienced SFG instructors (Eric Gahan and Artemis Scantalides of Iron Body Studios), who will be running an SFG prep program starting in April.
Until the SFG prep program starts, I'm working on consistency. Consistently swinging, cleaning, pressing, squatting, snatching, and get-up-ing - as well as taking care of any aches or movement snags with corrective exercises like diaphragmatic breathing, multi-segmental rolling and crawling. Being patient and focusing on technique rather than going as heavy as possible (I still have 6 months to train), I hope to build a solid foundation of strength and mobility so I can handle the volume of work ahead of me.
Once the SFG certification is over, I'll probably go back to the park for a while. I'll need some time to rest and recover, and that's OK. I strive to add movement to my day and I'll find something that is fun and will keep me excited about the activity. For those of you who have been following programs religiously, consider what it might be like to just play with your workout. Maybe it's time to hang out at the park for a little while and explore some new techniques or change some stuff up.
Are you at a park bench or a bus bench? If you're at a park bench, what do you do to keep moving? If you're at a bus bench, what kind of goals are you working towards?