R8D7 – RKC. How Much Is 10lbs? Bootcamp Musings.

I said last week that I had picked up some new equipment, having tried and loved the rings it was time to check out the new kettlebell.

Anyone who tells you that 10lbs isn’t much weight should try moving from a 45lb to a 55lb kettlebell. It didn’t feel like much at first and I was only scheduled to do 34543 ladders, not even 55555 but still by the middle of the last 4 ladder I was struggling to get the bell overhead. Not only that, the handle is less smooth than my 45 and so my hands feel like they are getting shredded, even though they are not. However, I struggled through the workout, however opted to skip the swings between each set just in case, I did manage to bust out the 70lb for swings at the end though. It went like this:

With 55lb KB

3 rungs with chinups
4 rungs with chinups
5 rungs with chinups
4 rungs with chinups
3 rungs with chinups

5 swings with 45lb KB
5 swings with 55lb KB
5 swings with 70lb KB
10 swings with 45lb KB
10 swings with 55lb KB
10 swings with 70lb KB
15 swings with 45lb KB
15 swings with 55lb KB
15 swings with 70lb KB

I have to admit I am a little nervous about tomorrow. I am leading a bodyweight workout class at the gym where I coach, and it’s not that I am concerned about the content, or even that we will be in a studio type room not a gym, but rather I am afraid I might break someone. I guess I am used to coaching gymnasts or young athletes for the most part, and when I am not working them hard I am pushing myself as hard as I can. I am just not accustomed to taking it easy on people. Hopefully that is what they signed up for. I have to say I do hear people often say that they wish they could go on shows like Last Ten Pounds Bootcamp or Shedding For The Wedding so they could have Tommy Europe whip them into shape. Well if that is the case, then they should get what they are asking for. However, I don’t think many people are aware of the effort it takes to keep up a regimen like that. I also think that they may be unaware of the reaction they will have when someone tries to stop them from quitting when they want to. Anyone over the age of 12 in this world seems to think that they have a right to disregard the rules, whatever they may be, if they want to. Even most personal trainers in globo gyms won’t push you hard for fear that you just won’t come back. But that’s not helping anyone. A huge part of a successful lifestyle is discipline, and that means following the rules. Not only the rules for diet and schedule, but also the rules for effort level, number of reps and determination. I will have a fine line to walk tomorrow between getting the most work out of these people and discouraging them. I just hope to have enough motivation in my welcome speech to see them through. It is only once a week after all, and you can do anything for an hour once a week, right?

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