Time for a little change!

Finally feeling back to normal after my recovery week, and now it is time to get after it again.

For the past 4-5 years, I have followed the same programming style. Most of the exercise that I have been doing during that time has been focusing on GPP, or General Physical Preparedness. GPP simply translates to getting your body ready for just about anything, by improving all areas of your fitness. Most of the workouts that I have been doing involve a solid warm-up, some strength work, and then finishes with a High-Intensity Interval Training session.

It is time for a little change! Time to focus on a specific goal. I have been happy with the results of the programming that I have been following for the past 5 years, however, in 2021 I decided to set a new goal for myself. Changing the goal means that I need to shift programming a bit if I want to hit that goal.

Shifting the goal is like changing the destination in the middle of receiving directions from Google Maps. Your path immediately shifts to reach the new destination. The previous directions will likely not lead you to your new target. It is time to travel down the road less traveled, but we must also take the time to enjoy the journey.

 You may be wondering - What is this new goal for 2021? For years, I have had my eye on the Kettlebell "Snatch Test," but have never actually set it as a goal to chase! For those not familiar with this test, I will need to do 100 kettlebell snatches in under 5 minutes with a 24 kg (or 53 lb) kettlebell for men or 16 kg (or 35 lb) kettlebell for women. It is not an easy feat and it will require a fairly significant change in my program (and some significant training).

This is what the kettlebell snatch looks like, now I have to figure out how to do 100 of them in 5 minutes...

You may be wondering what the change to my path will look like. Believe it or not, I will be doing a lot more strength work for my upper body. Our current program includes a lot of strength work for the legs, but I will be focusing more on building strength in my arms and shoulders during this program. After building more upper body strength, then I begin to shift focus to work on perfecting the form of the snatch and building the required cardiovascular fitness to sustain that high-intensity movement for up to 5 minutes.

This is not going to be an easy ride, but it is a goal that I want to accomplish. Any goal worth accomplishing will require some hard work, dedication, and some new habits!

I will be sure to keep you posted on the journey!

Movement is my medicine,

Dr. William "Chip" Bleam

Dr. William "Chip" Bleam


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