Consider S&S's recommended alternative: stay with something until you really own it. Think about that for a minute - really owning it means your effort is less and therefore you have cycled back. You ready yourself for the next big jump by training at an ever-gradually-lower level of your ever-gradually-increasing strength, just the opposite of what some might think is the "right" way to do this.
Thank you for the kind words, @Statia. FWIW, I had experienced good progress on my barbell deadlift taking the same basic approach.
Recovery can take a long time. I was in a car accident last week. I took a full week completely off, then a couple of days with nothing more than a 16 kg bell, and while doing this will certainly set my progress back, it's the accident, not the break, that, the real cause.I was excited to move up from the 16kg to 24kg and in doing the move without owning the 16kg, I completely burned myself out. I got a 20kg bell to help narrow the gap later on but by then, the damage was already done. I had to take five weeks off to recover enough to feel like I could get back to S&S. I'm now back on the 12kg that I started with, doing S&S every other day and I'm slowly introducing the 16kg into my sets.
Recovery can take a long time. I was in a car accident last week. I took a full week completely off, then a couple of days with nothing more than a 16 kg bell, and while doing this will certainly set my progress back, it's the accident, not the break, that, the real cause.
If you've achieved the Simple goal from Pavel's, "Kettlebell: Simple & Sinister," we loved to hear about it! We'll keep this thread visible near the top of the Kettlebell forum.
Please tell us a little about yourself, when you started and when you achieved Simple - and whatever else you like because this is your story in your words.
Is it alright to ask here how long it should take to achieve the Simple goals? I've been on the programme for over 6 weeks. I started with 16 kg then went up to 24 kg. With the 32 kg I can do the 100 swings with two hands, but not without lower back raw-feeling sensitivity for a few days afterwards, and the get up seems WAY too much for my shoulders to handle still. I can do the programme excellently with the 24 kg though, and I'm just loving it and its results!!! I'm wondering if I will really be able to get to the Simple goals or if for some reason my body just isn't able to handle it. I'm about 100 kg and 185 cm tall. I've stayed relatively fit my whole life and I'm in my upper 30s in terms of age. Do some give up on achieving the 32 kg Simple goals and settle into some kind of higher rep version of the programme with the 24 kg???
Yes, judoka, but finding it hard to find time for it these days, thus my absolute need for good weight training to stay healthy and fit. "Make haste slowly" - Festina Lente - Augustus Caesar's personal motto. Good advice!@Kozushi I like your screen name, judoka, perhaps?
I'm not sure if your question is ok here in this thread or not. If not, I suppose it will be moved to the appropriate place.
I believe that the general rule of thumb is 12-24 months, depending on background, etc. I achieved Simple in 10 months @ 40yo, with years of 2-handed swings behind me. To quote the book, "make haste, slowly". You'll be glad you did. You are laying a foundation to build on with S&S, act accordingly. Good luck.
Yes, judoka, but finding it hard to find time for it these days, thus my absolute need for good weight training to stay healthy and fit. "Make haste slowly" - Festina Lente - Augustus Caesar's personal motto. Good advice!
I'd be thrilled to some day be able to handle the 32 one handed for swings, and do the 10 getups with it safely. I guess I'll keep that eventual goal in mind. I just figured I'd be in better overall shape than your average guy so I'd be able to at least get to the "Simple" goal pretty fast. This makes me wonder about the "Sinister" goal - the "Simple" goal seems pretty "sinitster" to me already! 48 kg???!!! There really are humans capable of that??? They can't possibly be normal though. Can they be?