Intervention Helper: Chapter 25

After a Perform Better summit, I put this chapter up on this blog.

Pavel hangs out at the StrongFirst forum and I would suggest registering there, if you haven’t. He has been discussing a “Program Minimum” lately of trying to do Swings and Turkish Get Ups (an Even Easier Program Minimum?) every day. Keep the Swing reps at 100 and the TGUs at five and have lighter and heavier days OR use time as a way to make it harder (all 100 reps in a tighter amount of time…within reason).

Of all the chapters, I think this one stands alone by itself. I gave an Intervention workshop this last weekend (didn’t I SWEAR to never do one again?) and this idea of crossing out up to ten months a year to train in a reasonable fashion still amazes some people.

Since May, I have been doing something like this EES with my personal needs. I do Swings every day and a lift. I vary the number of Swings a bit, never less than 200 and never more than 500. I have tried a number of ways to combine this, but let’s look at today:

15 Swings
One Thick Bar Pull Up
35 Swings
Two Thick Bar Pull Ups
50 Swings

I repeated that four times for 400 swings. It was only 12 Pull Ups, so I did a few more at the end, just to enjoy things.

This is a “Park Bench” few months for me with travel, babysitting, and other demands. So, I get in my workout, I don’t judge it and I enjoy the feeling of “I did something” at the end.

Chapter 25 was written before I experimented with a 40 Day approach with just kettlebells. I did One Arm Presses, Pull Ups, Goblet Squats and Swings with some kind of floor work (Turkish Get Ups can’t always be done in my gym…frozen floor). I loved it. I followed the basic principles and template of the book and experimented with a training on a vibration plate and various loading ideas.

Then, I spent a few weeks just practicing my Olympic lifts and did well at the state meet. I think that Tommy Kono has it right about training: Peak up for a competition certainly (8 weeks or so), but the rest of the time, practice and enjoy your training. After reading “The Sports Gene,” I became even more convinced that elite training is all about maintaining what it takes to be elite, not just training because it is time to train. The part on Joachim Olsen is a real eye opener.

This chapter was took the longest to write as, literally, it was a decade worth of tinkering. The program works as written, but like Seinfeld said: “the delivery is up to you!”

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