Wednesday, December 15, 2010

January Double Snatch Challenge

Here was today's workout. Enter The Kettlebell-Variety Day 1 (aka, do whatever you feel like doing).

Barbell Cleans:
65, 85, 105, 125 x 2 x 1
145, 165, 185 (PR) x 1
==> Hey boys and girls, I can finally clean more than my bodyweight.

Overhead Squats (Snatch Start):
85 x 5; 105 x 4 x 5 (intended to go heavier, but not feeling it)

Double Snatches:
AMAP for 10:00 - I did top of the minute for 2x10+8x8 plus another 3 in the last 9 seconds for a total of 87. Not too bad, not great. A "never tried before" PR.

Dimel Deadlifts: 205 x 2 x 20 (I love these)

****************** Challenge Update *******************

Last year around this time, Jack Reape offered up the Jack Reape Deadlift Challenge.

The rules of the challenge were simple:
* Load up a bar to 315 lbs and
* Do as many deadlifts as you can in 30 minutes.

I got 154, and it was probably one of the workouts that I remember most for a long time. I was sweating bullets for a long time after and my T-levels were sky high for a couple of days. The double snatches had a similar feel.

Well, I am offering up a similar challenge:

The Faizal S. Enu Double Snatch Challenge

* Find two equally sized kettlebells,
* Snatch them as many times as you can in 15 minutes,
* Send your name/alias, bell sized used, and number of reps completed.
* The challenge must be completed during the month of January.

==> I want to make this event more inclusive, so I am not forcing a bell size. You want to snatch two 16s because you are a smaller guy or just not comfortable with 2 24kg bells. You feel two 24s are too light, snatch heavier. Lady comrades, I would like to see you compete as well. 8kg, 12kg, etc. Doesn't matter. Grab the bells by the horns and put up a number.

The challenge is not about how you do against everyone else. It is about how you do against your previous best and the effort you put in. Also, you will self-discovery a snatch tip or two.



danfaz said...

Faizal, I would love to, but haven't really practiced double snatches yet. Just a couple reps with my 24s. =(

Faizal S. Enu said...

Put up a number with the 16kg. Set a PR - that is what it is all about. Trust me, 16kg for 15 minutes is a smoker....

1) You will not forget that workout.

2) You will learn something about snatching.

3) You have 46 days, get comfortable with it!

Adam said...

I'll join in for this Faizal

Faizal S. Enu said...

Nice Adam. I guess the race is for second place. I love stuff like this, I always learn something from it.

Faizal S. Enu said...

And no, you can't use two different sized bells!

Max Shank said...

Anyone else going to give this a go with 32's?

Faizal S. Enu said...

Max, that would be "Hell no!" from me, but I am interested in your number.

Also, new rules clarifications:
* The length of the contest is 15 min, not 10
* You CAN drop to the rack first
* Dropping the bells just mean you pick them up and start snatching again.

Adrienne said...

Sooooo any other Comrade Ladies going to do this?! Depending on how insane today is I may give this a go on Monday :) Debating pair of 12Kilo vs pair of 8Kilo... may have to try both on separate days...

Scott Tighe said...

I tried it out today double snatch 2x24 15min 5,5,5,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,10 for a total of 91 reps have plenty of room for improvement.

Brian Flynn said...

I know I 'm really late to this party, but just learned the double snatch a month ago. I had to borrow my buddy's 35 because when I tried to do them w/ 55's I almost took my head off. Anyway, using 35's, I did 160 in 15 minutes. 10 each minute, and did 20 the last minute. Can't wait to get my other 55 back. Brian Flynn aka BChase