Admitting Weakness…

… Is never a popular, or – as some would argue – a smart thing to do.

But I must.

It has taken me almost all year to get to the point where I feel healthy again. Amazing really when you think about it.

My last 3 training cycles really were some of the most important ones I’ve done in awhile:

  1. The Warrior Diet. Goal was to heal my gut and teach my body to absorb nutrients again. It worked. I lasted 6 weeks on this until I started seeing any negative effects. It was great for mental focus and clarity.
  2. The Modified “Hot Wheels For Summer” program (from Beyond Bodybuilding). This allowed me to load, or overload at 50 working reps per day, my hips and legs again for the first time in years. I look at the total workload of this program and I ended doing tonnage at loads I haven’t done in close to 10 years. Interestingly enough, my weightlifting numbers went up automatically (ok, I knew this would happen…) Also it was good for boosting the testosterone levels…
  3. The Vacation Program. This was just a “catch-as-catch-can” every other day double kettlebell program that I used pretty much from returning from Hungary until today. Lots of Clean & Jerks and FSQs with the 70s. It just primed my body for what I just embarked upon…

So back to the “healthy.”

I was starting to get my strength back perhaps mid-year. But it seemed to take awhile to get my health back. Honestly, it’s never been something I’ve really thought about – at least not internal health. Orthopedic health, sure. I’ve been fighting that for years. But now I’m finally in a place where everything feels good, for the first time in a long time, both inside and out.

So, today, I embarked on a journey of sorts. I’ve got a 12 week program I’ve embarked upon using my precious double kettlebell drills. It’s Top Secret, so I can’t say what it is, but I can say that it should pack on some muscle mass and strip some fat off me.

At least that’s what it’s intended to do and that’s what it’s done to others who have dared use it.

It’ll be bad…

However, it should take me right up until just before the Christmas holidays. From there, I will switch over to full-on Olympic lifting template and my body should be ready to transition into this type of training after almost a full year of GPP. The results will be very interesting to see.

Today’s workout wasn’t too long – about 9 minutes. It hurt. Everything in my upper body swelled up. My legs were kind of tired…

My heart was beating pretty fast too.

And I was dripping sweat.

I felt kind of weak.

And I liked it.

(If you are looking to grow some extra beef, or just want to lean out, you owe it to yourself to get Pavel’s new book, Return of the Kettlebell. I’ve got it and it’s got some excellent information on how to set up a program to pack on some extra muscle and get in phenomenal shape…)

3 comments… add one
  • Nancy N. Sep 15, 2009 @ 2:33

    What is GPP?

    BTW, I have ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease, and the only thing that kept me out of the hospital and actually brought me to radiant health was the SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet) as promoted by Elaine Gottschall. I’m cooking some SCD scones (almond flour-based) right now!

    Good luck with your gut health, it’s so critical.

  • GEOFFN Sep 22, 2009 @ 18:37


    GPP is General Physical Preparedness and is relative to your sport or activity. It’s anything that brings up the overall physical state or capacity of your body.

    Sorry to hear about the UC. That’s a bummer. Glad you found success with the SCD. I’ll have to look into that…

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