Overhead squats continue to be a weakness, and I continue to show improvement. I do, however, need additional coaching, and Michael Kelley was kind enough to virtually provide. As I recorded all lifts, I sent him a screen shot of bottom of one of the squats from first round. I then sent videos. The following is our exchange of sexts…
PP: (photo) Below parallel?
MK: A little high
PP: (video) Video captures better.
MK: Still high
PP: (video) I don’t know if I can get lower.
MK: Second video was better 3rd rep for sure
PP: I’m staying light & working on depth, then.
MK: Joey and really stay back on your heels and think about dropping your body down behind your knees…if that makes sense
MK: Joey? No idea
MK: Oohhh, try*
PP: Will try. Thanks.
PP: (video) Let me know if I’m bothering u. Last 2 look better? Felt better.
MK: That was WAY better
PP: Ur advice helped. I’m shocked!
MK: Hate u
PP: Luv u
PP: (video) 85# I always struggle w 1st rep. Last 2 look better? U should always coach me virtually. I like u better from a distance.
PP: Yeah meaning better? U r eloquent.
MK: Yes I’m blunt
PP: Autocorrect? Changed fat to blunt. Proof ur work. Hugs!
Thus, I send love and hugs and Michael Kelley sends hate and punches. Is it any wonder that I hate him so?
I did many, many reps at 65, 70, 75, 80, & 85#, and then finished with 5 solid reps @ 95#. Michael Kelley’s coaching did indeed help, and I’m very grateful to have him as a coach and friend.
I practiced muscle ups and handstand pushups. Fun, fun, fun…
I wanted a met-con that consisted of a skill we don’t normally do at CFZ as well as a “new” skill; thus, I created the following…
50m farmer’s walk holding 52# kettle bell in each hand
10, 30” box “jump arounds”
What is a box jump around, you ask? Jump on box, jump off of box going in forward direction, run right (odd #) or left (even #) around the box to the starting position. Lather, rinse, repeat.
My goals were to not stop working, i.e., run to box when farmer’s walk complete and run to KBs when box jump around complete, to not put down KBs, and to do all rounds unbroken. I must be pretty awesome as I achieved all goals.
It was, however, very tempting to put down the KBs, as my forearms were aching by the 7th round. I enjoyed box jump arounds, as the addition of running to any met-con is always fun.
I completed 9 rounds + 25m farmer’s walk. Yup, I had to then carry the damn KBs back from the farthest distance.