So, I’m smugly proud of myself for the time being. Had another decent PT session. Short but sweet. Almost more of a tonic to calm me down for the evening. It’s been that kind of week.
I had a good, hard sweat fest earlier in the week, but I missed documenting it. But that’s okay. It was a good one. My abs were stiff for almost a week after it…
Tonight’s was another simple one, for the most basic of strength-endurance exercises: the kettlebell push press, and the kbell swing (and for variation, the high row).
The first set of tabata protocol was dedicated to the push press, using the 20/10 work/rest formula. Simply push press (PP) the 16 kg, left hand, 20 seconds, 10 sec rest; then 16 kg bell right hand PP 20 seconds, 10 sec rest. Immediately do the same with 24 kg bell, left and right. Took 30 secs rest, then the big bell (32 kg), left hand then right hand, and finish off with ab pullover crunches with the 16 kg bell.
About a minute rest, then started two handed swings with the little bell for two cycles, then the high pull for two cycles. Grab the 24 kg bell and do two cycles of high pulls, and finish off with two cycles of the big bell for two handed swings.
I’m proud of my body because during cooldown and stretching I was sitting in the Japanese style of seiza (kneeling, sitting on your heels) and stretching out my quads. I hit *just* the right angle and my left knee POPPED out of joint, as it is wont to do in that position.
However, there was no pain, and I didn’t panic and try to jump up or anything. I just shifted position again, and the knee POPPED back into joint, with no feeling of pain or anything other then the physical sensation of the knee joint moving back into a tenable position and the noise of the joint parts rubbing and shifting back into place.
I kept stretching, going to cat pose, then child pose, then cobra, and then got up calmly; no pain, stiffness or any reminder except perhaps a virtual “something happened down there” type of awareness. Yayyy!!! After years of healing, that makes me very happy. I kneed ( 🙂 ) to keep working it, getting stronger, so that it stays in place better. I’ve always had loose joints; I’ve never had a serious bone injury, I’m one of those people that have been hit up in the joints, instead. For all that I’ve been through over the years, I MAY have had a bone bruise, or maybe break or crack or something, but other than a broken wrist (the cartilage in the joint, note), I’ve never had a bone injury that I could tell was actually an injury.
I suppose if I had real thorough bone scan, the doc might say, “Oh, here, and here, and here, you’ve had micro-fractures,” or something. But I look at diet and exercises as primary ways to help increase bone density, health, and healing. I mean, I literally train with weights like I do for the bone and joint health aspect, as much as for the heart health. The actual ability to perform athletically and have stronger muscle comes in a bit second, though that is important to me as well.
Well, happy training everyone. I’m going to try to get to bed early tonight, to get a jump on getting to work very early tomorrow!
Music: Fatboy Slim; The Greatest Hits – Why Try Harder