For me this ‘third time lucky’ rule really applied to me yesterday.
Almost a year after I last competed in the srongfirst TSC i found myself face to face with the three strength challenges ahead of me.
- Flexed arm hang
- 5 minute kettlebell snatch test
After the last competition I didn’t do as well as I wanted, I more or less completely stopped deadlifting, so the last 6 weeks or so I have been trying to build that strength back up….
Few bitch fits through belieeeeeeve me.
I ended up changing my deadlift stance to sumo style like two weeks ago 🙄
A move that scared me before I tried it to be honest but I have felt a lot more confident and stronger this way.
I got 3 lifts of 85kg,95kg & 100kg. All three easy enough so I am determained to stay at this lift and improve.
I was absolutely delighted with my flexed arm hang, I got 65 seconds; this was such an improvement on my last one and a personal best for me.
The last thing is the snatch test which is the worst 5 minutes of life to be fair to everyone like but I can see a massive improvement in myself, mainly being able to breathe more during and after it. I got 132 snatches in 5 minutes which I am happy enough about, I could probably have gotten more but I am pleased with my technique and overall improvement in this move.
So overall I am buzzing with myself and all the guys & gals who took part alongside myself yesterday. Everyone did amazing! Setting personal goals like this is always a great thing to keep dedicated for and I’ve learnt massively with a positive mindset positive results will follow. The cocktails after IS always a massive upside too…
You may have remembered I took part in the tactical strength challenge in April…
Halloween marked the 6month renewal.
Funny really cos it’s the fucking scariest thing in life and I love Halloween.
Get the irony?
Yeah I do now.
If you haven’t read the previous post the day consists of 3 key strength elements
Dead arm hang/pull ups
5 min snatch test
The ultimate strength and conditioning test.
After training much more than last time I was feeling ok with my strength but my anxiety was a lot higher.
After doing sets of deadlifts in the gym at 90kg I decided to go in at that for my opening lift. Nope. Totally gutted didn’t lock it out at all, did I rush in? Was I not tight enough in my lift? Combination of everything really but gutted was an understatement. Completely knocked my confidence and threw me off. I had to try this again for my second lift and got it no bother. Wanting to beat my last tsc deadlift of 100kg & having a PB of 105kg I went in at 102.5 for my third and final lift; nope again.
Honestly was so annoyed but these things happen, i can only learn from it, train harder and do better next time. As usual all the girls that took part were AMAZING. PBs all round.
The next part was a flexed arm hang, I have never been great at this; but I managed 45 seconds which is a PB & best my last time of 18 seconds so was well chuffed.
The 5 minutes of hell as I like to call it rounds up the day. Anyone who does kettlebells know the “snatch” is a tough movement so 5 solid mins is a real test. I managed 123 snatches, only 6 more than last time but I could really feel I wasn’t as busted after…. Apart from busted hands.
All in all a testing but amazing day. The amazing support from all the lovely ladies taking part is just fabulous and everyone at hybrid fitness is so welcoming as always. Although I didn’t get the result I wanted this time, it’s only a kick up the bum & im my own competition….
Stay tuned for my transformationn to Halloween night post later this week…. 😝👰🏻👻