Greetings. My name is Shawn. I'm 41 years old and live in Las Vegas. I purchased my first Kettlebells and a copy of Simple and Sinister in April 2017. I served on active duty in the US Army from 2004-2016 and now am in the Reserve. During my Army career I was always a little too overweight, and under conditioned. I was able to meet the standards easily enough, but it should have been easier. I put a lot of stress on my body and suffered a back injury. My injury left me unable to train for nearly a year; even walking was painful. But my body eventually healed. I still have 3 herniated disks, one fractured but am pain free without surgery. I found Simple and Sinister while looking for alternatives to gym training. Goals were to injury proof myself, strengthen my spine, and be able to train at home. I was never properly trained in weightlifting, and I think my messing around in the gym over the years wasn't beneficial at all. When I began S&S I was certainly weak. I’ve trained S&S since April 2007. Took some time off due to minor injuries and just life getting in the way, but I have seen real progress. When I first purchased my set of Kettlebells, get-ups with the 16kg were quite challenging, but I was able to develop my swing pretty quickly and was swinging the 24kg in no time. The 32kg just sat in the corner, seemingly impossibly heavy. Now the 32 kg is my constant companion and a 40kg stares longingly at me from the corner. I have a demanding job and demanding children, so I limit my training to 30 min a day on weekdays. Not ideal, but I've been able to be very consistent. On the weekends I stay active with my family. Just purchased everyone their own medicine ball for fun stuff. I feel like it is time to change up my training, so two weeks ago I started experimenting with the snatch. Although my hands have suffered, I find KB snatching to be great fun. After 18 months of S&S, I feel like I'm ready to try heavy snatches. Completing a snatch practice session makes me feel great, powerful. When I was done, I felt like I could run through a brick wall. And, I have felt the need to start this training log to keep me accountable. 6 DEC 2018: Warm Up 3 repeats: Goblet Squat 5x32 kg Hip Bridge x 5 Snatch: Every Minute on the Minute, left hand first then right 10 Repeats: 5 x 24kg 4 Repeats: 3 x 32 kg 2 Repeats: 5 x 24 kg 4 Repeats: 3 x 32 kg 2 Repeats: 5 x 24 kg 4 Repeats: 3 x 32 kg 2 Repeats: 5 x 24 kg Total: 28 Repeats 80 snatches @ 24 kg 36 snatches @ 32 kg Time: 35 minutes Average HR: 124 bpm Peak HR: 157 bpm Evaluation: 24kg snatches are beginning to feel easy. Technique is improving. 32kg snatch feels...challenging but not dangerous . First 10 repeats at 24 kg were to hone technique and prep for the 32. I inserted the 24 kg snatches during the repeats to give my hands a break. On the repeats with the 32, I start with a one hand swing and then execute 3 snatches. This allows me to get a deeper hinge, load the spring, and go into an explosive snatch. For me, the snatch really demands a more explosive hip snap/thrust than I was doing in the swing. Failure to execute an explosive snap while snatching is certain death.