Well I’ve done 65 days of nothing but Simple and Sinister. I think I took a total of 4 days off during this period. I waved the weight using the 24kg, 32kg and 40kg. Don’t have a 48kg yet so that will have to wait but I handled the 40kg no problem. I found waving very beneficial. Too much work with the 40kg made me stale and I felt kind of beat up at times so I would do the 24kg until I felt refreshed again and then back to the 32kg and then the 40 kg. I also switched back to using my DD bells. The thick handles make for a better grip workout.
My forearms are really popping and my hands feel like leather and sand paper. My back and my ass are all muscle. Still don’t have a six pack and never will unless I really dig deep and get serious about diet. For now I say fuck that shit. Stay strong and enjoy life is my motto.
Overall I have to say I really like S&S. Is it the “perfect program”? You tell me. For this guy it’s a big bang for the buck program which is all that I ever want. I feel more flexible and agile than I have in years going back to my Bikram’s days if you recall that. But unlike Bikram’s I am flexible and strong not flexible and flabby. Considering that my diet sucks, I smoke weed daily and drink frequently this is saying a lot.
One thing this routine has taught me is that if the exercise does not promote mobility and flexibility than I have no interest at all anymore. So bye-bye bench press and deadlift. It has also reinforced the notion that I have always held that you don’t need much to stay in great condition. Now this does not mean a 10 minute workout or some stupid shit like that. It means simple. You still have to put the time in. I don’t record time anymore or even pay it much attention but I would say the whole routine takes me about 30-40 minutes. I don’t bother with the goal of 5 minutes of swings and 10 minutes of TGUs. These are simply arbitrary numbers if you are really interested in seeing how you size up with other cats on this workout. I don’t care. I care about the movement and my pace goes by feel. Sometime I rip through it. Other times I take it slow. The same can be said for weight. I could use the 16kg and still get enormous benefits simply through the movements.
The only real negative I found was that if you didn’t do some hand exercises to counteract all the grip work then you could end up with some tendon issue. I also can’t emphasize enough how crucial the warm-ups and cool down stretches are. If I was so pressed for time I would only do the warm ups and stretches. They are that beneficial.
Last night I decided to apply the S&S structure to the original program minimum of snatches and bent presses. So I do 10 sets of 10 with the snatch and then 10 reps of bent press. The snatch I keep at 24kg and the bent press usually the 40kg. Same benefits as S&S but a different feel and certainly more complex exercises. I can see not recommending the original PM to dudes new to the game. Most guys would just get jacked up doing the original PM due to their lack of flexibility and mobility. For me I think I am going to keep going with S&S tossing in the original PM more frequently.