Month 2: The Kettlebell Experiment

First a pleasant surprise: my arms and chest have increased about half inch, which is not a lot, however, judging from the base which is quite small, I’d say Kettlebell has the magic.

Right now I follow 2 different sets depend on my time and energy of that particular workout day.

If I feel strong, I’ll do the following:

Right Snatch for 20 seconds
Rest 10 seconds
Left Snatch for 20 seconds
Rest 10 seconds
Right Clean 20 s
Rest 10 s
Lest Clean 20 s
Rest 10 s
Squat 20 s
Rest 10 s
Squat 20 s
Rest 10 s

It took 6 minutes to complete the above and I can only do about 3-4 repeats of this. (for a total of 18 minutes to 24 minutes)

Conversely, it is easier to do the following because the rest time is a lot longer, usually I can continue for about 30 minutes in total.

Follow the same set above but take every action for 30 seconds.
Rest 30 seconds.
Change to the other arm and continue.

As far as I’m concerned I’m quite happy with the result, in short 2 months. I think I’ll stay put. My short term goal will be pushing the workout to about 40 minutes.

The long term goal is to reach my genetic limit for strength. According to Jacob in ERE, it will take at least one year or two.

Lightning Storm

Below is a video clip to show the power of lightning storm that hit Toronto a week ago. That same night, my girl is so scared that I have to lie with her to get her to sleep.

Toronto Lightning Storm from Sam Javanrouh on Vimeo.

Time, Money and Boredom without a job

I read Ram’s latest count of not having a job: 5 Myths about not having a job and thought it was pretty good.

A job is about trade your time for money. No wonder Ram’s 5 myths surrounds free time, routine, money, paycheck and boredom. It’s true that not everyone can survive financially without a job, but it’s truer that not everyone can live without a job happily.

Happy Birthday, Canada!

Earlier this year I got my citizenship. It’s a conscious decision and I’m proud of being a Canadian.

Today is my first Canada Day as a citizen. Let’s celebrate it! And let’s be grateful that we’re living in this enormous yet humble country.

Happy Birthday, Canada!

Week 2: The Kettlebell Experiment

Nothing magic happened, though I have a better sense how to do a good clean. I focused on getting the set into 30 seconds activity and 30 seconds rest.

  • 20 Swing
  • 13 Clean right hand
  • 13 Clean left hand
  • 20 Squat

Usually I’ll do this, take a shower and have dinner. I have not tried to do it in another time like after waking up.

This week I do have one incidence of using this workout to kill a headache. It’s pretty successful, way better than painkiller.

Week 1: The Kettlebell Experiment

While I’m adapting to the new workout schedule, I noticed that my appetite gets better. By reading The two year fitness program and chatting with ERE’s Jacob, I have changed my set.

In exactly this order, I repeat the whole thing 5 times:

  • 20 Swing
  • 12 Clean right hand
  • 12 Clean left hand
  • 20 Squat

The key here is to make every item exactly ONE MINUTE. i.e. do 20 swings in 30 seconds and rest 30 seconds. Do 12 right hand clean in 25 seconds and rest 35 seconds etc.

So the 4 bullets will take 4 minutes to finish. For now I repeat 5 times and it takes 20 minutes. I plan to push to 40 minutes, i.e. 10 times of it in the near future.

Also, I do this only every other day. I still jog, walk or bike when weather permits outside.

Blogroll Updated

You should be able to see the right hand side blogroll being updated. I will add the bloggers I follow in the coming days. The criteria for them are:

  • Unique. Posts created by owner. Represent a voice not found in other places.
  • English written.
  • Frequently updated. At least once a week.
  • The blog site has a good design. By that I mean it has to be easy to read on their website. The background color, fonts, links, columns etc. has to factor in the browser limitation and screen-reading awkwardness.

That’s it for now. Go have some good read!