On Sunday, around lunchtime, I had one of (if not the) best workouts of the year(!). The workout was as follows:
A1) Deadhang weighted Chin-ups w 20kg KB: 3 sets x 7, 7, 6.
A2) One-leg Squat 10 second eccentrics w 20kg: 3 sets (alternating legs) - 3, 3, 3
A3) Turkish Get-Ups w 20kg (overhead squat style): 3 x 3 reps each side
B1) Bent Press w 20kg: 3 x 3 reps each side
B2) Swing Complex w 20kg: 10 x 2-hand; 10 x L; 10 x R; Side swings 5 x each side. [3 cycles]
The workout went about double the time I've been taking this year - ~45 minutes. I had about 4 minutes rest between each 'A' cycle..walking around the park, enjoying the sun.
A few notes:
• Dead hang (slow and enjoying) Chin-ups with weight are such an awesome exercise. So much of the body gets involved. I've said it before and I'll say it again. I'm also liking doing pull-up ladders in my other workout.
• Eccentric only weighted pistols (one legged squats) are a really good external hip rotator; glute medius (yes it externally rotators too); adductor and pelvic floor stabilization exercise - besides the quad/glute/hamstring work. Actually, the dynamic interplay between the stabilization muscles and the prime movers is one of the great things about this exercise.
• Bent presses are awesome! The novel stabilization effect of the lats; teres group; serratus anterior; QL; etc. - feels really 'healthy'. They actually feel better on my shoulders than military presses.
• Getting back into Turkish Get-ups was fantastic. 20kg is lighter than I would normally do, but it was decently heavy, and still light enough to play around with psoas and transverse abdominus activation stuff on the way up, and do a weighted spinal wave on the way down.
I actually think what makes TGU's so awesome is you can do them light as a conditioning exercise (timed sets); Heavy 'Tonic' workout primer; Medium weight movement exploration and activation/body-awareness with some time under tension work. Awesome movement pattern.
• Side swings are cool..am still a bit un-co with them. More practice is necessary.
The day after (Monday) I was 'virtuously' sore in all the right places. Today (Tuesday), I had some glutes and hamstring DOMS kick in (and used it during walking today).
If anyone gives the workout a go, PM me and let me know how it feels in your body.
I'm going to try it again this Sunday, and see if it has the same awesome effect.