Friday, May 16, 2008

As promised

The goings and the plans

As you can imagine, my head was full of the Cert weeks before. Which also meant I neglected and kept putting up everything that was not immediately necessary to be handled.
The consequence is that I get all that crushing down on me now. I have an alarmingly big heap of degree papers on my desk waiting for correction and evaluation. The first exam date is Monday. I have 6 different papers to hand in by Sunday and Monday, some of them I haven't even started. It's gonna be interesting. An impressive amount of translations, editing work, studying and preparing lectures, too. Plus household and three kids, go figure... :) It will take at least three weeks just to catch up with myself.
Not that I'm complaining, this was my decision and I don't regret it, I just have to pay the price and tough it out... not for the first time, and definitely not for the last :)
I don't know if I'll be able to keep up posting and checking-commenting your blogs and the forum as regularly as I'd like to, but I'll try and catch up as often as I can, I promise.

Now to the plans.
I've had a couple of days of rest with some swinging my new 32kg GTG-wise, just for the fun of it, not counting reps or sets.
For these next 3 weeks, until my last deadline June 8th, that is:
Big surprise!
Brett Jones' Prep Program + at least one heavy weight and one high volume snatch workout per week.
I know you are bored to death with it, but I'm not :)
Two main rasons:
1. It is a professionally designed follow-along program which spares me the time of figuring one out myself right now.
2. It covers all the basic exercises, so revisiting it delivers a great opportunity to polish my form by integrating the subtleties, tips and details we have learnt at the course into my technique step by step before stepping up.
I'd focus on form perfection regardless of the weight used and without much emphasis on total volume. I might not keep the three days together or time the sessions any longer.
After that I consider switching to a strength cycle, as the preparation was mainly aimed at endurance, but we'll see later.

Let me know what you think.


Gunther said...

the program really looks good and if you like it you should simply stick to it. i am thinking myself to start it.
Also very wise to focus on form instead of reps. I did too much last weekend and my back gave out. I am annoyed already by the rest and knowing I have to build up again. I have a few ideas to start with, hard to decide with which one to start but now you mentioned the Brett program it seems a great idea also. Just keep it up and work into it.

Howie Brewer said...

Take care of business Gabi! Maybe throw in a rung of presses in between every paper you work on? And congratulations again!

Gabi said...


what I like most about this program is its versatility. By shifting focus or changing variables you can use it for different goals.
Ehhm... I think I'm repeating myself :)
Let me know how you like it, if you decide to give it a go!


that's a great idea! There'll be quite a couple of days I'll be grateful even for a couple of free minutes to get some GTG-stuff in, I'm sure.

Gunther said...

I will first build back my back a bit but than I will certainly give it a try and will let you know how it goes.

Gabi said...

Take good care of it and heal fast!