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Great work mate ! Sets of 6?! Wow!
Congrats on finishing Phase 1!!Phase 1 is done!. Managed 6 reps. A 7th might’ve been possible but doubt it would have been great form. So f’ning gassed haha, I’m more than a little concerned but the volume slowly increases so I will give phase 2 Slow n Steady a go. I’m dropping to twice a week, with Swing hard twice a week to help boost the conditioning, which I definitely need.
Thanks mate!Congrats on finishing Phase 1!!
I think the Slow & Steady format for Phase 2 is the prudent path for most of us.
Before I began Strong, I briefly considered doing the Short Course. I am famous for under estimating the rigor of a program before I begin it. When I consider a program, I typically look at the rep scheme or the weight involved and think to myself that it won't be so bad. I then begin the program at a level that I aspire to, and in reality is too advanced for me. When the program's intensity increases, I have left myself no where to go. The weight or the rep scheme is too intense for me to maintain good from or recover between sessions. I can't progress because I began the program at a level that my vanity wanted and not what was appropriate for me. As I have grown (older?), I have learned to be conservative when I start a program so I don't destroy myself when the program's intensity ramps up.
With Geoff Neupert's programs, I follow his guidelines and trust the process. (It works)
I am so glad that I had the good judgment to select the Slow & Steady path for Phase 2. Even on the heavy days, the rep scheme is challenging, but not impossible. I doubt that I would be able to sufficiently recover between sessions using the Short Course's rep scheme.
I tried to do it to a T.....there were times when I was progressing through phase 2 that I wanted to drop back but I didn't.While everyone is increasing weights, I took a different approach and reduced my weights. I started working with double 28s and mid-way of Ph2 I had to pause the program to prep for SFG1. But I could already feel that it was getting difficult. Now that I had a bit of a break and almost finishing ROP Jurassic, I thought I’ll see where I was with DCP. But I did not have access to my 28s as I was traveling. But I had access to double 24s. This made me wonder if I could do 10x6 using double 24s. And I could. With 2 min rests. This made me wonder if I could do this and keep reducing rest to 1 min. At which point I could get back to double 28s. I would get some good conditioning and would ‘own’ the 24s before moving up. Did anyone do KB Strong to the T? Any reflections from that?
Way to go, man. I’m beginning week four of phase 2. I started getting shiny object syndrome and began looking to add something last week. But I told myself to stop and stay the course. I want to go through a full cycle of just doing clean and press. There’s something so primal about the program that I love. Will keep moving forward.Week 13 Phase 2: Slow and Steady is in the books!
I am so proud of myself for staying with the program. This was a week that was out of my routine. We spent last weekend at my sister's house for Labor Day. I got home on Monday in the early evening. During the whole drive home I was actively trying to talk myself into skipping my lifts. BUT I got home and I did them.
I was at an out of town for a work conference from Wednesday through yesterday. I lifted on Wednesday morning before I left. I did my last lift of the week when I got home yesterday in the late afternoon. AGAIN I was trying to talk myself in to skipping my lifts. (WTF?!!?) I was being a b*tch! But I got it done!
In the past, this last week (out of my routine) would have been an excuse to skip a few workouts. And then eventually abandon a program. Then skipping workouts for a period of months or even years.
I am so happy I stayed on target. The Strong! program has kept me committed. BUT, this thread and the fellowship from all you helps to keep me on track. I didn't want to let any of you down by quitting the program.
I am grateful for all of you and your support.
Good for you! Week 4 is where Phase 2 starts to ramp up the intensity. You won't need to add anything.Way to go, man. I’m beginning week four of phase 2. I started getting shiny object syndrome and began looking to add something last week. But I told myself to stop and stay the course. I want to go through a full cycle of just doing clean and press. There’s something so primal about the program that I love. Will keep moving forward.
Was doing it with thrusters but got extremely draining mid way through phase 2.Anyone doing Strong with Double Kettlebell Front Squats? Yesterday was my Phase 2, workout 34. I'm using two 50lbs kettlebells. It's brutal, but I feel "weirdly" great after a lot of sets of squats - it feels that "something good" happened to the whole body, I can't explain very precisely!
Interesting you say that as I had considered doing Strong with Geoff's front squat/push press combo. He introduced it years back in his "double stuff" program. It's a front squat with a pause in the rack, then a push press with the bells brought back to the rack and paused again, then a front squat, etc. It's not really a thruster but I thought it may be a good movement to try.Was doing it with thrusters but got extremely draining mid way through phase 2.