Stronger than ever

It really is true that I am stronger than ever, I truly know it. It is not that I would have done records for all types of lifting, but with some weeks concentrated training I could do it also in deadlift and squats. In bench press I did improve my record with 10 kg compared to what I could do at the end of my first and only real strength program made by Scott Shetler perhaps five years ago. Time flies…

But how to benefit from being stronger than ever? I am shifting my concentration to kettlebell lifting.

It has been somewhat more difficult to make the training program this time towards coming competition. I don’t know why as the starting point is better than ever. There is some hesitation.

Might it be that there is now no sickness of lowest of the low as startingpoint? :) In those situation everything is improvement and progress. It should not be any different and motivation is there.

But what ever reason I am very aware of the facts and what needs to be done. So more frequent kettlebell lifting it is starting now. I will lift every second or third day. But of course I need to continue having fun with some other ways also. :) May the force be with me.

New Years Resolution

Next year I can do pull ups. I don’t say how many in one go, but it will be more than one.

I could say more and this is related to more, but this is no longer wish, but true understanding that I will do it. :)

Kettlebell year 2017

Today I did light but long OALC set and did short sets of OAJ with 22 kg. I was sort of preparing my thoughts for creating my kettlebell training program for the first months of 2018. Yes, I will do that again myself as I did also in the beginning of 2017 when preparing for Finnish Championships. :)

The year has brought again many personal records and that really is best part of kettlebell lifting. In Finnish Championships I did not do any great set as I lifted with 20 kg OALC only 70 reps. I was disappointed actually very much, but then again I had some fever already that evening. There will be new opportunities to do better. Yes, that is totally true, but at that time it did not feel good. I still can feel it, but now it only gives new motivation and hunger for better.

The sweeter thing from this years lifting was 207 reps in snatch with 12 kg kettlebell in September. During the summer I learned to lift faster and if that was first only with 8 kg and then with 12 kg, now I know I can be faster. I have a target for 2018 to take that speed to 16 kg kettlebell snatch. For me that would be a big thing as I have never been good in snatch.

I did take my kettlebells to quite many places 2017. Of course I lifted home and at gym, but also had kettlebell with me on vacation trip. Lift Me Up Vaasa kettlebell team practiced first at CrossFit gym and then after summer at Tervis hall.

Year 2017 was again kettlebell year and so will be 2018. :)

Of course I will do much more like lift barbell in every way, continue with pull up training and who knows what. I don’t even want to know in advance everything. Today I am stronger than year ago. I suppose I will be even stronger next year.

Kettlebells came home

Not anymore homeless but at home. :)

I had my double 12 kg kettlebells quite long at the gym where I now ended my membership, but today I went to take them home and I mean relly home. I need to practice also LC and no reason to postpone it at all, but to start right away. This is sort of side track to my goals, but a smaller goal still and I do think that different kind of training also with kettlebells does good.

It was hot half an hour that I did this evening. :) Not easy, but that it was not supposed to be. One bit regret on my mind was that I had decided to do double kettlebell swings after almost every gym training the whole autumn. Now I have went almost two months to gym where there are no double kettlebells and no point carrying your own with you. IF I had done the little swing sets as I had thought during the more strength period, it would now be much easier with LC.

But hey no point to misery, I just start again or started again and let’s head towards all new now.

There is one special thing on my mind besides pull up training and kettlebells. As I surprised myself with bench press record with 55 kg early this week and did record set with six reps Yesterday with 50 kg, I really wonder how easy that feels and tempting to try more… What if. ;)

Everything fun is worth trying, isn’t it?

Kodittomat kahvakuulat ry – homeless kettlebells

Kahvakuulan nostaminen perustuu hyvään fiilikseen, keskittymiseen ja hyvään nostamiseen. Se vaatii ympäristöltä jonkin verran, vaikka käytännössä tarvitaan vain hyvä nostolava ja kuulat ympärille.

Minulle kahvakuulan nostaminen on elämäntapa. Kurkkasin juuri omaa “historiaani”, josta alkupalasen laitoin kuvana tuohon alle. Ryhdin kisat oli ensimmäiset. Kukka kävi paikalla, Niinan muistan nostamassa ja minulla oli kisakuula ihka ensimmäistä kertaa kädessä. Niina nosti Girevoy Sport Liedon seurassa, joka lopettaa toimintansa vuoden vaihteessa. Moni uusi nostaja on aloittanut ja toiset lopettaneet, mutta jotenkin isompi asia on kokonaisen seuran lakkaaminen. Mutta uusiakin on tullut mukaan ja laji heikkenee tai vahvistuu miten missäkin paikkakunnalla.

Minuun tämä laji on vain kasvanut kiinni ja en pidä sitä pahana. En kolkuttele maajoukkueen ovea tai käy kovin usein kisoissa, mutta siinä on vaan sitä jotain.

Ja nyt joudun etsimään, sanotaan nyt elämänkatsomus eriäväisyyksien takia kuulilleni uuden talvipaikan Vaasassa. Kodittomia kahvakuulat ei sentään ole, mutta voi olla, että asuvat tämän talven sittenkin kotona. Ehkä jaan nyt treenaamisen salille ja kotiin vahvemmin kuin viime kautena. No, ellei sitten löydy treenipaikkaa, johon kuulat voisivat talveksi muuttaa.

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Looking for new training place in Vaasa. I need to find a new solution for my kettlebell training. Perhaps it will be so that my kettlebells stay home this winter and I just go to gym to do squats etc. Not the best solution, but possible.

I have been lifting in competitions since 2011. I have never been at the top, but it is a lifestyle. I will keep it as I just enjoy it so much. :)

Three, two, one, Lift! Journey towards Finnish Championships 2018 starts now

24.-25.3.2018 are the next Finnish Championships in kettlebell lifting and I am going to be there. Today I came to know that 20 kg one arm categories are still part of the competition so now there are only good reasons to focus towards that. :) But first couple of things from this weekend as everything I train is makes progress also for the kettlebell lifting.

Last Thursday I wrote that I was going to try if I could already do my first pull up. Well it did not work, but I was not depressed as I know I have improved and progressed. So on Friday I wet to gym to do new record with this apparatus below.

And my own record I did! All the time I need less and less support and now there is only one step to lighter support in this apparatus which I can use. I really am going to do it. And what best this training has improved my grip a lot. I definitely noticed that last Wednesday on Lift Me Up training of Vaasa team.

So today it was time to get the kettlebells ready and start with test. Or actually two tests at the same time. I took my new lifting shoes to test and also decided to do OALC with 20 kg which I have done last in Finnish Championships at the end of February this year.

I remember how hard it was to buy the first lifting shoes. I have small shoe size and there were only huge sizes in local stores or even in other cities. I would have wanted to test even some shoes if they fit. I don’t dream of such thing nowdays, but on the other hand I know I can rely quite much on common sizing in weightlifting shoes.

Some time ago I jumped into add of these adidas powerlift 2 shoes. Almost last pair in that store and my size and black as I want. I had to grab the opportunity and today was time to test. Yes, these are perfect! They fit as they should, they are bit more “liftingshoelike” than Inov shoes I have. These are closer to Polski shoes which were my first ones and which I still have used if I have wanted truly to feel the ground. I don’t know how else would I say that. Polskis are bit broken, but I have needed their feeling if really lifting.

I don’t seek for latest models, but just something that is good for me. I think these are. :)

To the other test. I have not done any OALC for a long time and not really focused kettlebell training since I did biathlon with only 12 kg in the beginning of September. That was already three months ago.

I did some sets of cleans with 20 kg last Wednesday and it felt good. Therefore I knew I could do something. Let’s lift then.

Ok it did not go as bad as it could have or as well as it could have, but not I have a starting situation. I lifted 15 + 15 reps in 5 minutes. It was slow, it was not much, but hey I did 70 reps on February and now I have over three months to practice.

I cannot say yet what I will do with 2o kg in the competition, if it is OALC or biathlon, but either way it will be great journey towards that. There is now some weeks to figure real goals out and start the consistent work towards that.

I like this feeling. The start. :)

Pull up month almost done

I will test today if I can do it. Yes! Todays challenge is to do as good pull up attempt as possible!

I won’t be disappointed if it doesn’t work out, but what if I can… This almost two months that I have worked to build the pull up strength and skill has been great. Of course the steps forward have been small, but they are really noticeable. Also I could feel my grip improved with kettlebell yesterday. ;)

My training has mostly been at home with sets of negative pull ups, hanging and of course doing the smaller movement which name I don’t know in English. Then some exercises at gym every now and then and specially with the system in the pictures. I don’t much like any apparatus at gym, but this has proven to be ok. Actually I do like it as it has helped on the way and it feels good sometimes to imagine what the real pull up would be.

It has been fun to practice. With hard times at work I can still have a quick training in the morning to wake up or just hang sometimes, but I can be consistent also. I walk many times per day under the bar. That is so close and reachable every day. :)

By the way, as the 20 kg kettlebell felt sooo good yesterday I just have to start real active kettlebell period right now. No other alternative. So let’s hope I can pull up today. Of course I won’t stop practicing that also, but I wanted to separate these for awhile.

Ensilunta, liftaritreeniä, sulkapalloa ja kaikenlaista instasta

Tänään se satoi! Kyllä vain, maassa on nyt Vaasassakin ensilumi ja miten ihanan valkoista ja pimeää maisemaa valaisevaa se onkaan. Oli ihana kävellä koiran kanssa sateessa. :)

Olen ollut jonkin aikaa kotiläppärittömässä tilassa tai siis chromebookittomassa sellaisessa, mutta pian se on ohi. Matkahuollon mukaan pelastukseni on jo kotikaupungissa, joten ehkäpä jo huomenna alkaa uusi aikakausi siinäkin suhteessa. Elämä on jo muuten kääntynyt alkulokakuun sairastelusta liikkuvaisemmaksi lokakuun lopuksi, joten en voi missään nimessä valittaa vallitsevasta olotilasta.

Tänään oli aidosti ensimmäinen kuulatreeni itselleni antamani treeniluvan jälkeen. Sunnuntaina kävin jo salilla kipeyttämässä itseni pahanpäiväisesti, kun jostain kumman syystä päätin tehdä tehokkaasti juttuja, joita en yleensä koskaan tee. Bulgarialainen askelkyykky oli taatusti se viimeinen pisara, jonka ansiosta liikkeelle lähtö on joka pysähdyksen jälkeen varsinkin eilen ollut tuskallista. :D

Olipa muuten kokemus käydä pojan kanssa sulkapalloa pelaamassa pahimman lihaskivun aikaan kaksi päivää salitreenin jälkeen. Jalat ei välillä vain lähteneet mihinkään!

Vaikka blogi välillä pitää hiljaiseloa, niin instaan aina kertyy jotain. Näyttääpä tunnelmalliselta viimeaikojen kuvat. Kiitin itseäni kukkasin, otin kynttilälämmön käyttöön ja tosiaan keltaiset lehden vaihtuivat lumeksi. Minttu kissa kuvassa koitti estää yhteisen treenituokion pojan kanssa, mutta niin vaan päästiin testaamaan uusia käsipainoja. :)

Lift Me Up ry:n eli kahvakuulaseuran Vaasan treenit siis pyörii nyt Tervis salissa keskiviikkoisin klo 19.45-20.45. Tervetuloa mukaan!

Ohi syyskuun, läpi repaleisen lokakuun :)

Jäipä Miljoonasade päähän soimaan, kun tulin ajatelleeksi ohi mennyttä syyskuuta. Kuukausi loppui sairastumiseen, mutta treenattuakin on tullut ja Vaasan liftaritreenit lähti uudestaan käyntiin ja töitä on tullut tehtyä huhhuijaa verran. Mutta tämä kaikki siis Suomen Cup Haapajärven osakilpaluun 2.9.  osallistumisen jälkeen!

Kuinka olen voinut jättää sen bloggaamatta? Eipä voi kun todeta, että syyskuu meni niin nopeasti, että päivät olivat yksi hujaus vain.

Haapajärvellä tein 12 kg:n biathlonin eli nostin kahdella kuulalla työnnön 69 toistoa ja tempauksen 208 toistoa. Tempauksen vauhtiahan minä kesän treenailin eli aika hyvin meni. :) Työnnön tein säästellen vain tarpeellisen eli yhden toiston yli oman ennätykseni tai itse asiassa kaksi, mutta nappasin kuulat liian nopeasti alas, joten tulos ei virallisesti tullut tasalukuun. Säästelin siinä siis vain tempausta varten, että saisin tehdä hyvän aidon kisatuloksen ja tulihan se, vaikka mennessä ihan nolotti mennä kisaamaan pikkukuulalla. :) Tarpeellinen ennätys itselleni silti.

Kyllä, olen oppinut tempauksesta yhtä sun toista ja tahdon tottakai toistaa jonain päivänä tuon tuloksen keltaisella. Loppuvuoden tulen treenailemaan enemmän voimaa eli kalistelen kahvakuulien sijaan levytankoja maastavedon ja kyykkyjen kautta ja vähän muutenkin. Sitä siis repaleinen lokakuu minulle kiitos. :) Mutta toki aloittelin sitä jo syyskuussa.

Mutta nyt tässä parantelen oloani ja toivottavasti ensi viikolla saa taas treenata, vaikka tottakai syksyiset käveleskelyt parhaassa seurassa ovat myös ihana asia ja jatkuvat syyskuun lisäksi lokakuussa.

Joy of lifting, but when there is time

I snatched on Monday 205 times 12 kg kettlebell. It was my record and even when it isn’t so much with so light weight I am proud. I have never been snatcher and still I am not, but I am better. :)

Actually this and some news about next years categories in Finnish championships gave me a clear new idea on where I will head next. No, I am definitely not going to snatch 24 kg, but do something else. :D

There have been heavy weeks at work and that has taken the majority of all efforts lately. That and being in fever last Friday made that thing on video much more difficult and also much more awarding as it would have been otherwise. It was my first over 200 with 12 kg and something I had worked for.

When working systematically towards some next step you do feel yourself a bit like athlete (yes, but only a bit). The trick there is the long term focus and the steps you take all the time even though you can’t put more effort than you life gives possibilities. Sometimes it is more and other times less. Definitely you cannot plan your life only based on training. BUT should I feel any less proud of the work like that. No.

There is some strange debate in the Finnish “kettlebell scene” about lifting with two or only with one kettlebell. I prefer one and it gives me possibilities. I can progress and I will do that. I don’t judge or be against of two kettlebell lifting. I admire those who focus on that! But I also admire and respect good one hand lifters. I am going to do those both, but with different goals. Well I am lifting next Saturday in competition two 12 kg kettlebells as I am taking part of biathlon. I will not do good on that, but I will do it.

Yes, I sometimes feel myself as an athlete (only sometimes and I clearly remember when it hit me first time) and yes I love to lift one kettlebell. I love that kettlebellsport gives you possibility to do that. I love that in this I can progress without injuries and on your own speed and level. I love that there are different kind of lifters and goals.

I hope that the diversity stays in this gorgeous sport. It is not anything away from someone.

Up you climb and down you fall then up again

Good day can follow the bad one and vice versa. First everything went super well and then my play went into peaces. That is the only way I can describe my weekend playing minigolf. Actually I was getting sick and that with some difficult issues elsewhere was just what was needed to crush my good momentum. :)

Well yesteday I could smile again and life is always ups and downs. That is life! And you survive…

Couple of days I kept it easy and yesterday was time for some more minigolf and today I might lift some kettlebells. I really don’t want to get good flu or something, so I keep listening my body and do as it tells. BUT yesterday everything felt very good already. :)

The second round felt better than good. First round I did more mistakes, but the second time I came to every track (almost every) I could feel and remember what I had done and did then it correctly. Nice. :)

Minigolf and kettlebell training pays off and there are reasons to smile

I love to lift – and not only kettlebells. I love to play minigolf – specially when it goes well. :D

Today I am in the situation when minigolf truly feels good and on Monday I actually made my personal record at weekly competition in felt at Vaasa. The rounds were 42 and 38 and so the total was 80. At the same time I won the local division 1 for the first time. :)

Kettlebells rise also quite effortlessly (not lightly!) and own personal records are there to come. :)

Not even the disappointment because of the changes in next years Finnish Championships lifting categories can take that good drive away for more than a moment.

I was going to start writing something totally different, but now it hit me. I am feeling easy. The stress is not in the record level as it has been before summer vacation and my mind is more in peace. That must be in big part of todays good performance and joy to lift and to play minigolf. Minigolf specially is a hobby inside the head, yes definitely, but also lifting needs full potential of concentration to what you are doing at that moment.

It took too long time to recover from the first half of this year. Pressure has been hard in several ways and it has taken a lot – and given less than should have. When there is too much to take, you don’t give your best, you get sick and there are more negative effects. Perhaps they don’t show much outside, but you cannot ignore them. But right now the pressure is well on tolerable level and I can feel it physically. This is worth to hang on to.

The pressure has not been in physical training, but it has prevented from reaching the lifts I have wanted and the minigolf results I have wanted.

Human being is a complex system and even if the signals are clear, you want to deny them and perhaps you don’t see how to change things. Some you can and some you cannot change. The thing you can do is to focus on less things. The idea is not to “do more”. You cannot do and take care of everything, but you can do well less. Easy to accomplish? :D No way. But I think there is the clue and idea where to navigate.

Kahvakuulajärkytys – SM kisatavoitteet nurin

Oman treenaamisen punainen lanka on ollut perusteisiin palaamisessa ja tähtäin selvästi ensi vuoden SM-kisoissa. Valitettavasti tänään tuli uutinen, joka leikkaa omilta suunnitelmiltani siivet.

SPNL:n kahvakuulavaliokunta on tehnyt päätöksen muuttaa lajivalikoimaa 2018 SM kisoissa.

Oma tavoitteeni eli 20 kg:n biathlon eli tempaus ja OAJ (yhden käden työntö) on poistettu. Käytännössä itselleni mahdollisia olisivat nyt siis kuntosarja, joka on 16 kg tempaus ja OAJ tai amatöörisarja, joka on 16 kg:n tempaus ja kahden kuulan työntö. Mestaruussarja sitten taas on 20 kg tempaus ja kahden kuulan työntö. Aito oikea mestaruussarja eli 24 kg:n sarja on poistettu kokonaan, mikä on iso järkytys, vaikka en itse sitä sarjaa kolkuttelekaan. Se on vaan ollut aivan mahtavaa seurata miten Suomen naiset on kehittyneet 24 kg:n tempaukseen. (vielä minäkin jonain päivänä vähän sitäkin…)

Mutta nyt siis juttuni juoni katkesi. Tempaus on erityisesti työn alla, mutta en missään nimessä työnnä kahdella 20 kg:n kuulalla joskus maaliskuussa. Tavoitteeni ei ole rikkoa itseäni.

Juu, tottakai voisin temmata 16 kg:lla ja työntää myös, mutta kahvakuulaurheilussa on itselleni kyse itsensä haastamisesta. Uudet ennätykset 16 kg:lla olisi tietysti nyt helppo tehdä, mutta miksi ihmeessä en tavoittelisi jotain, jonka voin jo nähdä ja tuntea hyppysissä ja joka on koukuttanut minut loisteliaasti.

Arvostan kahden käden työntöä ja LC:tä, mutta mistä tämä pakottaminen tuli? Kahvakuulaurheilu on pieni laji ja nyt nostetaan kynnystä harrastajille hurja harppaus ja kansainvälisissä kisoissa 24 kg:n mestaruussarjassa tempaajat heitetään kansallisissa SM-kisoissa syrjään. Todellisuudessa yhden käden ja kahden käden nostot voisi elää rinnakkaiselämää sulassa sovussa ja 24 kg naisten kuningatarkuulana kuuluu ehdottomasti SM-kisoihin.

Siis voi hyvänen aika. Harrastan kahta hyvin pientä lajia, joissa molemmissa uudistukset blokkaa harrastajia pois. Molemmissa lajeissa halutaan rajoittaa SM-kisojen lajien määrää, mutta mihin se johtaa…

edit: Muutoksen tavoite saavutettu eli tässä yksi ei_mitalin_tavoittelija tosiaan karsittu pois SM-kisoista. :( Vuoden kohokohtaa ei tulekaan.

Ei sittenkään minigolfia, joten nostetaas kuulaa – No minigolf competition so let’s lift kettlebells

Pienen lapsen äidille osallistumiset ei ole automaattisesti selvä juttu ja niin ei tälläkään viikolla, joten viikonlopun minigolfkisan voi unohtaa. Olkoon siis niin, mutta hei sitten voi välillä nostaa kuulaa ja muutakin. :)

Itse asiassa ilmoittauduin tänään Kahvakuulaurheilun Suomen Cupin pohjoisen ja itäisen alueen kisaan nostamaan biathlonin. Nostan siellä vain ja ainoastaan 12 kg:n kuulalla ja siis tempauksen sekä työnnön kahdella kuulalla. Niin ja minä en edes kuulu pohjoisen ja itäisen alueen nostajiin, joten osallistun vain kansalliseen kisaan. Läntisen alueen kisat on jo tänä viikonloppuna, mutta en ilmoittautunut sinne, kun varasin tämän viikonlopun minigolfille ja olisi tämä muutenkin ollut liian aikainen ajankohta.

Olen siis opetellut nopeutta ihan 8 kg:n kuulalla aloittaen tämän kesän ja se projekti ei nyt hetkessä hyppää siihen mihin 16 kg:lla haluaisin, joten nostan siis 12 kg:lla oman tempausennätykseni ja jotain siihen työntöön. Mutta onpa taas pieni hetki jotain mitä varten treenailla ja sen jälkeen voi jatkaa seuraaviin tavoitteisiin. :)

Olen pitänyt itseäni aina äärimmäisen hitaana kaikessa ja kahvakuulan kanssa äärimmäisen huonona tempaajana. On niitä paljon muitakin asioita, missä olen omasta mielestäni surkea, mutta nämä kaksi sitten otin työn alle ja johonkin tasolle olen jo kiivennytkin. Mitenkään tieteellisesti en tätä ole tehnyt, paitsi sen verran, että kävin silloin huhtikuussa vähän ottamassa Kirsiltä oppia. Jotain loksahti silloin kohdalleen ja ainakin sain aidosti kipinää tempaukseen, minkä jälkeen olen vain edennyt järjestelmällisesti pienin askelein.

Hih. Kun oikein syvältä kaivan, niin saan syyn laittaa tähän kuvan uudesta mukistani. Ostin sen täsmälleen tuon ajatuksen takia. “Kannattaa uskoo et onnistuu, vaik ei ois hajuukaan kui se tehään”. Tilasin sen virkkuukoukkuselta ja tämä ei siis ole maksettu mainos vaan ostin sieltä tarkoituksella muutamia hauskoja juttuja, joista kaikki oli aivan ihania. :)

Niin kannattaa uskoa ja kannattaa päättää kokeilla mitä kautta sitä perille pääsee. Aina ei tarvitse etukäteen tietää liian paljon. ;) On minulla ajatus mihin aion tempauksessa edetä, mutta kaikki tarvittavat keinot ei ole vielä tiedossa, no ainakaan kovin hyvin.

eihajuukaa

So no minigolf this weekend, but let’s lift some iron! Actually it means mostly kettlebells as I registered to national competition 2.9. I will lift only 12 kg kettlebell this time, which is sort of embarrassing to admit, but this is due to what I have been doing during this summer. I have practiced again starting from 8 kg to become more fluent snatcher and to pick more speed.

I have been terrible in snatch, but now I am bit better and have gained quite much repetitions. That is always a good thing. I think someone has said that you can become good in snatch only by snatching and that I have done. :)

Couple days for minigolf or perhaps rest of the week

I am not yet sure if I am going to attend minigolf competition at Kalliojärvi next weekend, but at least I am enjoying the weekly local competitions today in Vaasa and tomorrow in Kalliojärvi. Well that depends also on the weather, but today looks good. :)

For couple of weeks I have trained like I should have trained in May and June. The weather was mostly awful and there was not enough time then. So now it has been lot of speed practicing with using different minigolf balls when ever there has been possibility to train and enjoying the progress when noticing some. :) This is not like kettlebell lifting or other lifting where you do progress when you train. In minigolf it is not so straightforward and “easy”.

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Kisat tai ei viikonloppuna, saapa nähdä…

Eilen eksyin illalla kuntosalille, mutta nyt on hyvä rauhoittaa muutama päivä, että tuntuma minigolfpalloihin olisi tallella ainakin viikonloppuna. :)