Sport, strength training, Teaching, training, travelling

Strength and Conditioning KBTe style

This past weekend I was in Dublin for the KBTe Strength & Conditioning level I course. The course covered Weightlifting (Olympic), powerlifting and Kettlebells.

Despite I was staying next door at O’Sheas Merchant Hotel, I had a good weekend. The course was good, and even I’ve been doing Olympic weightlifting for some time, I learned some new stuff, as they broke down the lifts. When I had my first day with OL lifting, I got a broomstick in my hand and was told to practice the snatch. After about 30 min, I was promoted to the bar. Hahaha. The KBTe guys had a different approach, which was more beginner friendly to newcomers – but then, I doubt most people will try and tackly Olympic weightlifting before they know their powerlifts.

As for the hotel, I really have to say: DON’T STAY there, unless you’re having a hen or stag party – or just want to party, be drunk and awake all night. Staying there just to have a bed for the night (and stuff to do next morning) as I did, is a big! mistake. There is a live band playing from midnight to 2.30am. In my case the first night was George Michael covers (which weren’t terrible) and Tina Turner covers (which were terrible!!) last night. On top of that, you have drunk Irish men (of both sexes) running around screaming, slamming doors and trying to get into your room, because they’re so drunk, they forgot what room they’re in.
And to make matters worse: No breakfast before 9am sunday morning! Which sucks double, when you have to lift kettlebells for 3 hours before noon!
I can never recommend this place to anyone. I’m sorry!

Back to my course – last day sunday consisted of KB work, to which the guys added a compound. After every new technique, we did the compound all over again – adding reps from the new technique. I think, I saw grown men cry in the end, but I’m not sure – was busy crying myself! (It was a tough cookie! – see picture for details).


Last KB Compound of the day

Last KB Compound of the day


Anyway, it was a great weekend even the lifts were simple. (For example did they exclude the split jerk!) It was fun to be ‘in a class’ again for once!

My own training so far in 2013 consist of:
Weight training
Muay Thai (unfortunately not so often as I’ve would like)

For the next 4 weeks I’m following my S & C program, which is also the last part of the assesment!
Day 1, week 1 look like this:
* Snatch 5x 5
* Squat 4x 6
* Military 3x 8
* Pull Ups 3x 8
Everything is 80% , except for pull ups. Going to do some small adjustments in weight, but kept resting times according to program (almost), so everything felt good.


Photography, travelling, Wordpress weekly photo challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign

Photo from the Long house, Borneo, Malaysia. Once upon a time home of the headhunters

This weeks Photo Challenge is about ‘Foreign’. Now, I could step outside and take a pic of myself surrounded by 20 Irish people – and I would look foreign. I also admittedly feel foreign from time to time as my Denmark vs Ireland blogs are telling, but mostly I know how to conduct myself here.

The picture I chose for this challenge, is not about, I didn’t know how to conduct myself. I seem to remember a green light for GO, money as trade currency, smile and say thank you – like the rest of the world. However – the photo is from Borneo, Malaysia. It’s from the inside of a very old (preserved) authentic long house, that once was home to a tribe of head hunters.

It was my first time visiting ‘the old world’, in that part of our world, so it was a big deal for me – and I did feel foreign in every sense of the word. Geographic (I was far away from home), housing (my place in Cph had nice lacquered wooden floors, the floors was made of bamboo), cultural (they lived in a small village in the jungle – I lived in the capital of Denmark) – and the list could go on. However I also remember the things we shared: The man I bought a bottle of home-made whisky (or whatever it was) from, to give to my father on return, smiled and said it was a great gift for father. So even feeling – and being foreign, there is always the little things, that make us connect.
I visited on a brief press tour, while I was working as a freelance travel journalist for Ekstra Bladet Ferie  – the story about my travel companions is another adventure in itself.

Another photo from my Malaysia trip

thaiboxing, travelling

Mountain running in the rain

Haven’t really been doing  much.. so a small update over the past week:

Monday: Around 7-8K up n’ down the hills in the rain. Actually really nice despite all my clothes, shoes and gloves got wet.  Nice run, with nice music on the Ipod.

Sunday: Made Kanel-snegle

Kanel Snegle - Yummy

Saturday: Some muay thai and dancing

Wednesday: The weights (already logged)

training, travelling

Yet another Ireland visit

So far, so not as nice as last visit. Staying in a freaking cold house in a dull suburban neighbourhood – and I just got all my money stolen, which is weird, cause I haven’t really been out or left my bag anywhere, except in the gym last night. So – so far – so NOT adventures, and it gets even worse. But I think, I’ll save that story for another time.

So in the gym last night:
Learned some technique: About 2 hours with Snatch and Clean & Jerk
All with the 15 kg special women barbel, as the coach so happily put it.

The Snatch

The Snatch

Clean & Jerk







Went pretty ok I guess. Got good remarks and not even feeling it in my body today.

Airports, Hotels, Travellers, travelling

A day spend travelling

Quite mysterious – it took me about 9 hours to get from Cork to Copenhagen. Same amount of time it would take to get to NYC or from BKK to Cph – if the wind was blowing right way.

Anyway, haven’t done anything! today – except walking the long halls of airports. Dublin Airport is actually quite cosy, and they actually make ‘last call outs’ – which was nice for a danish ‘smock’-kind of guy, as he nonchalant walked to the plane, after last passengers was called for the 8th time or so.
– Uh and I know he was danish, because he was standing in security line, loudly confirming his drinking ability, even he looked forty-family dad -something. Sharply dressed, with the right haircut – a real charmer, who walks to the plane, after having delayed a full SAS flight for 10 minutes.

Last time in Dublin, we had a wonderful time, staying at the lovely Fitz William hotel. Slept one night swept in Egyptian cotton, showered in a beautiful bathroom and had a tasty full irish breakfast. definitely worth recommending for everyone going to the Irish capital for a weekend of self pampering and indulgence. Oh – and the best shopping street is located around the corner. Euro is expensive to the kroner – but prices are cheap and probably gives you more home in the shopping bag than London.

World famous mime - 'the busy man'

travelling, West Cork

Lazy sunday

Sunday is so far a chill out day, under a big cloudy white blanket, that prevents the shine of the sun. Yesterday the sea was alive with billions of small sparkles, reflecting the sun. Today its grey and quiet like the sky. Big difference, but still gorgeous.

Breakfast in Rosscarbery at Pilgrims Rest. Lovely little cafe, with the fire burning – great for a chill sunday. We got fry up full Irish breakfast with bacon, eg, sausage, baked beans and pudding. Nice – and a LOT!
On the way out, I noticed that their brownies looked fab! Have to get back there on day and try one!

Pilgrims rest, Rosscarbery, West Cork

Been climbing in the cliffs out here in Simons Cove. The tide is out, so where we’ve swum a few days ago, was all bared today. Wierd to see the bottom of the beach like that. We did find small crabs and fish, that was left by the tide – all kinds of seaweed. Oh yeah, and some very strange-looking red things, which grew on the stones – actually found out, its sea anemones.

Sea anemones when the tide is out

training, travelling

Aint no mountain goat

And my butt hurts!! That’s from running three days straight up, down and around the West Cork country side.

Yesterday I did the trip to Ballinglana by myself and today Liam and I went on another trip. Run was beautiful, as always, but got caught in the rain around midway and probably looked like two wet mountain running fools – at least to the cows, who were standing on the fields, watching us with disbelief and laughing at us.

All wrecked now, and its only Tuesday!!! Can’t freaking believe it!

I wish.. haha