Walking around strong
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Since I posted the last piece about 200 snatches in 8 minutes I got a a lot of great comments, few derogatory comments from folks. several people have asked me about my training progress since the surgery.

I have not said very much about what I have been doing for a few reasons;
• It is a lot of boring, basic repetitive stuff. FMS moblility, swings, squats, etc.
• My training is designed for me. What I am doing may have little or nothing to do with your goals. Just copying what another person does will not guarantee that you get the same result they did.
• I am not so ego driven that I see the value in doing video after video about what I am doing in my training. I usually put stuff out there when I have been asked specifically or when I think something about what I am doing is beneficial to a lot of people.
• The progress of my clients and students is what I want everyone notice.

I do want to say this, however: The importance of deciding to recover quickly and arrive at new, untouched-by-me levels of strength and conditioning is the beginning of it all and the driving factor that keeps me on course. It is easy to jump from thing to thing, pretending that they are goals and wind up going in circles thinking progress is being made simply because something different is being done.

200 snatches in less than 8 minutes was a good benchmark test for what I call “walking around strength” for me. This is something that can be done anytime, without any preparation, stress or much effort. Sort of the opposite of a PR. Or simply owning it.

A few months back at a seminar I watched the mighty Kirk Karwoski demo the squat with 405 fast, fluid and powerful. When you have squatted 1000lbs plus, 405 is definitely in your walking around zone. I am still working up to that weight, but I expect to be there soon, even though it won’t be as well done as Kirk’s. Some of y’all are like that in other lifts or movements. Guys who can jump on a bar and bang out 10 pullups are walking around with something that would take months of work for me to reach.

So when Matt McBryde and I got together to talk some business and train, we spent some time looking at technique and then I asked him to hold the camera while I did the snatches. No planning, no buildup to it, no training for it. Just walking around strong. Afterwards I proceeded with my planned session of 750 24kg swings, done in sets.

I believe there is a great deal of carryover to this into the rest of your training and your life. Once you have done it, it is more likely you’ll be able to repeat it. Success breeds success and knowing that at anytime you can walk up to a weight and own it is very empowering. Walk on.