So through the month of December I set myself a version of Dan John’s 10,000 kettlebell swing challenge, rose to it and, as our Premier League footballers would say, smashed it.
When the euphoria had died down, I had a think about jumping straight back into the deep end of Challenge Pool, and 30 days ago came up with a number that I thought would be a bit tough for snatches with that same 24kg bell.
Over the years I have stayed with the 20kg bell for my snatches. I once did 220 in 10 minutes (with multiple changes of hands). But I’d probably done 220 snatches with the 24kg in 10 years. Don’t judge me. 4,500 was going to be tough, I thought, being around 150 each day.
Well, I did it. 4,735, which works out at an average of 157 per day, although after the first pathetic day of 106 laborious efforts you might have bet against me getting anywhere near 4.5k. My main rules were to do a set every day and to avoid two sets in a day if at all possible. My main source of pain was my hands – not accustomed to 24kg bells. Right now they are calloused and tough – and so are my shoulders, now that the pains have gone.
I’ll take a few days off the daily grind and let it all sink in, then come up with another 30-dayer. And keep you posted.