I came across this youtube link theother day – it’s one of the best american teams talking about their training – what they’re doing is pretty much the same as what Dave gets me doing each week!
Highs and Lows…
Good news: Another new piece of kit!! The SLIDEBOARD.
Dave’s been talking about it for weeks so I was pretty excited to get on it… but not until we’d done our session apparently!
On the down side though my calf was feeling pretty sore, not injured, but in that tight, solid, state like just before a cramp. And it’d been like it for a couple of days. I’d been rolling it, massaging it, trying to take things easy, surely it should just be sorted!
We made sure we did a really good warm-up and Dave showed me some ways to really get a deep massage on my calf. Pain but good pain!
We hit the deadlifts – using the smaller bar and dropping it instead of lowering it back down was great and we got up to 2 x 100Kg. I them went to try 105Kg. I went for a lift but couldn’t get the push in my legs. I re-composed myself, took a deep breath and went again. It was slow and I had to work hard. For the first time I felt my back beginning to round – not the technique we want! – but I managed it!
We did a strength circuit of pull-ups (wide arms and with legs held up at 45degrees), push-ups (with 10 and then 20Kg plate on my back) and step back lunges but with the back foot on the slideboard(!)
Having the back foot on the board was amazing… it meant that you couldn’t get any friction there so in order to get back up, you had to pull with the hamstrings / glutes of the front leg – perfect for sprinting!
Aside from the lunges, I wasn’t feeling that great with how I was doing… I was inpatient with my calf, disappointed that I’d struggled with the deadlift, frustrated that I couldn’t complete the push-ups and annoyed at myself for not having more energy in the pull-ups. I want to be better!
He told me not to be too hard on myself… I’d been training hard, my body and my calve were telling me I needed a rest. He recommended some bath salts and told me to do nothing but stretch and relax. Good plan. Will let you know how it went!
Oh and he let me have a proper go on the slideboard… so much fun! And great for lateral movement conditioning. You basically stand sideways on it and push off one end with the outside foot, keeping your hips low and chest up as you slide to the other end! Woohooooo…
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