A few days ago I finished my Duke of Edinburgh Diamond Challenge. On January 1st 2016 I challenged myself to complete 10,000 kettlebell swings by the end of the year. The number of swings was less important than making me train regularly. Since the start of the year I have trained at least three times per week, not missing a single session.
A couple of thank yous. Firstly, thanks to everyone who sponsored me, I have raised over £300 for the Duke of Edinburgh Award charity, which will help young people complete their own awards. Secondly, thanks to The Delightful Mr F who counted all those swings. He was my independent ajudicator!
The first month was slow progress, but I have learned that constancy and persistence pay off. For the most part I have been doing on the minute training, swinging the bell for a given number of reps, then resting for the remainder of the minute. Rinse and repeat. I started with the 16kg bell, six swings per set for 10 mins. By the end I was using the 24kg for some sets, 10 swings per set and training almost daily.
For those who like stats, here are some numbers:
Training sessions: 94
No of kettlebells: 4 (16kg, 18kg, 20kg, 24kg)
Weight moved: 168.96 tonnes
Locations: Our garage, a gym in Warwick, a car park in Manchester
I’m an engineer, so we have to have a graph don’t we? So here we are a graph of cumulative swings against date.
I have really rather enjoyed this, so the question is what next? Well, next I am working on my deadlift and pressing which have been sadly neglected, so this morning the trap bar was re-commissioned and my press technique checked by The Delightful Mr F. I’m ready for the next challenge.