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Vamoose 12-07-2007 08:44 PM

2008 - Swimming + Cutting = Getting Ready For Summer
Well, hopefully my 2nd attempt at planning a year's training goes better. Knee problems threw a wrench in 2007. I tried pushing through it when I should have rested. Hopefully I am a year older and wiser because of this experience.

I) January - March: Training for the TSC
II) April - June: Beach body
III) July and August: Enjoy the beach
IV) September - December: Deadlift -> Kettlebells


Bar-bell side press
One arm bar-bell snatch
Conventional deadlifts

Kettlebell swings

Kettlebell side press
One arm kettlebell snatch
Romanian deadlifts

**January will deadlift off a 1.5in platform.
**Will probably deadlift off the floor in February.
**May substitute one arm bar-bell clean and push presses for snatches in February.
**Will get a pull-up bar for home to work on those with low-intensity and high frequency.
**March will focus on event preparation by performing the deadlift, pull-ups, and snatches in series. Split may look something like this: Monday = test prep, Wednesday = kettlebell swings, Friday = assistance lifts
**May try a conservative cut during this period to reduce bodyweight and improve my pull-up performance.

Need to really research what I am going to do diet wise during this period. I want to drop about 10lbs during the 12-weeks. My previous half-assed attempts at cutting have not worked. I am blessed with a very adaptive metabolism. Periods of excessive eating and low cardio activity levels rarely see significant increases in bodyweight. Likewise, planned eating and high cardio activity periods rarely see a significant decrease in bodyweight. Definately going to have to use a very planned cyclical approach to dieting.

Some Bar-bell work throughout

April: A lot of kettlebell lifting and some swimming

May and June: Increase the total amount of work with school out. Cut back some on the kettlebell lifting and incorporate more work for the biceps, abs, and calves which I completely neglect regularly. Increase the amount of swimming.

No planning will go into this period whatsoever. Foresee a lot of work being done at the beach with a kettlebell and the monkey bars. 30 to 60-minutes of swimming 3 to 7 times per week.

Will see how phase I goes. Will probably do something very similar. When school becomes overwhelming will shift back towards more kettlebell training.

Boka 12-10-2007 11:43 AM

Re: 2008
Hey Vamoose, how the new program treating you?

Vamoose 12-10-2007 03:49 PM

Re: 2008
Haven't started yet. Begin once the high school returns from winter break. It's the only place I have to deadlift. Excited. They just got some brand new barbells, so I can do my one arm lifts on a straight barbell for once. I test my kettlebell lifts on Tuesday, then its some R & R over the holidays.

Just getting an early start on coming up with a plan right now. Phase I is complete, just started working on Phase II, the cut.

Vamoose 12-12-2007 04:43 PM

Re: 2008
Changed the title for this Journal. Will definately be training for the Tactical Strength Challenge on April 5th, 2008.

Boka 12-12-2007 05:01 PM

Re: 2008
Good stuff Vamoose! So why are you going all the way to Minnesota for the TSC? Aren't there any gyms closer to your area that will be hosting one? I know that many Crossfit facilities usually host em.

Vamoose 12-12-2007 05:14 PM

Re: 2008
Good stuff Vamoose! So why are you going all the way to Minnesota for the TSC? Aren't there any gyms closer to your area that will be hosting one? I know that many Crossfit facilities usually host em.

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I've got a few friends that are graduating this semester and moving to the Minneapolis area where the event is hosted. There's one a couple hours closer in Wisconsin, but being raised a Chicago sports fan I try to stay out of that state as much as possible. The middle of Michigan's Upper Peninsula is essentially the middle of nowhere.

Vamoose 12-31-2007 08:51 PM

Plan Changes
After tinkering around the past few weeks I have decided to make some changes. Barbell snatches were aggravated my knee so those have been dropped. Figured out how to work in pull-ups. Just going to focus on improving my form and generally strengthening the back this month. When school starts I will implement the "grease the groove" technique in between studying. Luckily all my classes are in the PE building.

Side Press
Bench Press
Ab work

KB Swings
ss w/
Ab work

KB Press
KB Snatch
Romanian Deadlifts
Bench Press
Bodyweight Rows
Ab work

I will use a 3 set approach working up to a max effort set for most lifts. Will increase weight each week.

The deadlift and kettlebell work is the exception. Deadlift I will use a 5x3, 3x5, 1x8 approach. I will use a wave pattern for both the 5 and 8 set weeks. Will keep the reps per set constant this month for kettlebell work and increase total volume via an increase in sets. After 1 month I will increase the reps per set and cut the volume down during week 1 and again will increase the number of sets each week.

Boka 01-03-2008 07:32 PM

Re: Plan Changes
Hey Vamoose how are the pull-ups coming along?

Vamoose 01-05-2008 02:33 AM

Re: Plan Changes
Haven't done many pull-ups, or much of anything the past couple weeks. Concentration of late has been on getting my diet in check to lose about 10lbs before the competition. Time will tell but I think I have things set up well.

Vamoose 01-05-2008 03:04 AM

Plan Progression
Pull-ups: 3 sets
Side Press: 65, 3 sets, an increase in shot loading each week
1) 295x5, 315x5, 335x5
2) 315x3, 335x3, 355x3, 325x3, 345x3
3) 335x1, 355x1, 375x1, 345x1, 365x1, 385x1, 355x1, 375x1
4) off
Bench Press
1) 145x8, 165x8, 185
2) 150x8, 170x8, 190
3) 155x8, 175x8, 195
4) off
Curls: 75, 3 sets, an increase in shot loading each week

Wide grip chin-ups: 3 sets
Pull-downs: 3 sets
Pull-downs partials: 3 sets

Barbell shrugs: 3 sets
ss w/
Dumbbell shrugs: 3 sets

1H swings:
1) 7(5)
2) 10(4)
3) 15(3)
4) off
ss w/
Medicine ball sit-ups (unilateral): 1 set

2H swings:
1) 35
2) 40
3) 45
4) off
ss w/
Medicine ball sit-ups (bilateral): 1 set

KB press:
1) 4(6) [24 total]
2) 6(4) [24 total]
3) 8(3) [24 total]
4) off
KB snatch:
1) 6(6) [36 total]
2) 5(8) [40 total]
3) 4(11) [44 total]
4) off
Romanian Deadlifts:
1) 185x10, 205x10, 225
2) 205x10, 225x10, 245
3) 225x10, 245, 265
4) off
Bench Press: Monday + shot loading
Bodyweight rows: 3 sets, increase elevation of feet each week.
Curls: more shot loading

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