Part one! Long time no hear ☹. Yes, I am sorry for that, I know, though I am not resting at all – involved in business with my gym, trainings and educating constantly! Kettlebells (not only as sport equipment but also as a phrase, idea, concept of training,…) helped me to become one of the best Coaches and Athletes in Kettlebell Lifting Sport, they built my recognition, sport brand and my strong personality as well! Though I have to admit I lost motivation to compete as an Athlete recently – yes, I am »growing up« as well, set myself new goals and started to think of other sports as well – not as an Athlete, but as a Coach.
Conjugate? Again? Yes!! Because it really works, it is fine and it is different! So, another few words and some explanations about Conjugate system of training. After being in Kettlebell Lifting for 10 years, continuous preparations for competitions, wining several medals trophies and titles, I got a little bit bored and tired. In 2016 Anton (Anasenko) prepared a special program for me and I managed to do 5 PR's last year. But still, I was somehow tired , every day .. not that much physically, as I was tired mentally, I was fed up, stucked,..
Comfort zone .. yes .. part of INTENSITY ZONES that we talked about in our last article. Now we know everything we need to train properly: FTP and MAP numbers, maximal strength, repetitive strength, local muscular endurance .. You know, that the majority of my articles is not meant for the broad sport population .. but for you, Athletes, you, who know that comfort zone exists but you try to avoid it as much as possible. “Give me 6 hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening my axe” said Abraham Lincoln.
Yes .. numbers .. again :) We have already wrote and talked a lot about MAP, FTP, muscular endurance, how to increase maximal strength, intervals, pace, which numbers are important, which do you have to know if you want to train properly and progress. But still, I got lots of questions about the heart rate, FTP and MAP. These numbers are important if you want to train properly and if you want to achieve good results on the competitions. But there is one more thing you have to take into consideration if you want progress: INTENSITY ZONES.
How to find motivation for trainings after being in sport for a long time, how to train, plan trainings, peak at competition... Yes, it is not easy! And being among elite Athletes makes things even more difficult. Repeating the same training programs and plans again and again, even if they work well, is mentally tiring .. and boring! Everyone has its own ways to find new motivation and new energy to go on, move forward. I need changes, challenge and diversity! I have tried lots of things, which are keeping me up, motivating and moving me forward. Recently, I just found new challenges in powerlifting which beside following my CONJUGATE PROGRAMS, will be on my training list for a while now.
I borrowed this title on one forum. I found it very interesting as the author was writing about the psychological aspects of his feelings before his weight training. I have a notebook, where I keep notes on a every single training. It is a kind of "training diary". And every year my training diary is full of notes from the very first till the last page. I don’t only write down the trainings, weights I use, repetitions, pace and so on, but I also use to write down my feelings – how I feel before/after the training, why I fail some trainings, why and when am I good, compare results and so on.
In Kettlebell lifting, numbers of course are very important! They determine your Rank, your title, the winner and when you finally reach this magic number of 100 repetitions, your social media accounts are flooded with your posts and tones of likes! So, what is wrong then with numbers? EVERYTHING! Or better, everything is wrong with the number you want to reach!
Do you have Kettlebell but you do not know what to do with it? Would you like to do something more than squat or deadlift with it? Maybe something toward getting a Master of Sports rank in Kettlebell lifting? So...
Lene Olsen - one of the oldest, but still one of the best KB LIfting Athletes, Gregor Sobočan coached. Gregor interviewd her a couple of years ago, when she hired Gregor as on-line coach and she had a goal - 180 Snatches on the national competition. But Gregor was not ok with that goal, so he set her new goal - 200 snatches with 16 kg. As the competition was approaching, Gregor was even more sure, that she can go for 220 snatches. At the end she finished the competition with 234 snatches, and second place. Find more about Lene in interview below.