|Pond hockey on Mirror Lake|
We were pretty excited for a long-planned trip to Lake Placid for a hockey tournament. If you’ve never been to Lake Placid, I recommend it, especially in the winter. It has so much charm and the Olympic history is fascinating. You can play pond hockey and skate on the Olympic Oval . The little museum has a cool display of old skate blades and if you’ve never seen an Olympic ski jump ramp thingy up close...just wow!
|It's called Miracle on Ice and is made, appropriately, with vodka|
With no youth hockey games on the agenda today, I’ve been able to catch up on all kinds of things - computer back ups, the news, Nationals. And I actually picked up something heavy. Sometimes I wish I had a garage so I could set up one of those cool garage gyms all the Crossfitters have. Luckily, I do have a room in my basement that serves as pretty good training facility. (The low ceiling isn’t a problem for me. Short girl.) And it’s particularly helpful during times like these when Snowzilla makes finding parking at the gym a deluxe nightmare.
Today’s workout was inspired by Pavel Tsatsouline’s book Kettlebell Simple and Sinister and involved two exercises: the kettlebell swing and the Turkish Get Up. Tsatsouline describes the Swing as the ultimate quick lift and the Get Up as the ultimate slow lift. For me, these two combined provide a good workout with minimal equipment and an efficient use of time.
The Training Session*:
Swings - 5x10 @ 16kg
Get ups - 5x1 @ 8kg
*Sets are listed first followed by repetitions, thus 5x10 is five sets of 10 repetitions
Here're the thing...while these exercises are sinister, I'm not sure I'd call them simple. The hip hinge, critical in the swing, can be a challenge to execute properly. The Get Up is complex enough that it's often taught using a shoe instead of a weight until people have mastered the technique. If you're interested in trying these out, have a professional help you get started.
Having gotten that workout in this morning, I’m feeling a little bit back on track. Next week I should be able to resume a normal skating, lifting and dancing schedule. Thankfully ... because I like skating, lifting and dancing.