When a kettlebell lifter laments to me about the huge imbalance between their left and right sides, my typical response is to chuckle and say, “Welcome to the club!”. That’s not to undermine their frustration, but to make them realize that being uneven is normal and not the end of the world.
Of course being uneven is not something to write off as unimportant, because an imbalance in repetitions can lead to an imbalance in the body, which is the recipe for an injury. Addressing the imbalance is crucial, but it’s also completely okay if your left and right side are not EXACTLY the same. From a competitive standpoint, improving your weaker side is a no brainer as it will lead to more repetitions and thus a higher score!
(But I still think it’s funny how everyone seems to think they are MORE uneven than everyone else.)Continue reading →
The hips are the center of power for almost all athletic movement. Kettlebells are great for improving hip strength and power. Thus, by the transitive property, kettlebells are great for improving athletic ability!
Enjoy this week’s workout, which includes exercises for hip power, strength, and flexibility…
As a personal trainer and kettlebell coach, something I do almost daily is program workout routines. Some days I’m more motivated to come up with something new than others, so I have a few go-to rep / time schemes when I’m not feeling particularly creative.
Here are a few examples:
10 reps per side x 3 sets.
1 min on, 1 min off x 4-10 sets.
50-40-30-20-10 reps 1x through using varying exercises.
1 min, 2 min, 3 min, 2 min, 1 min with 3 min rest between sets.
5-4-3-2-1 reps per side without setting the kettlebell down until you get to 1.
20 sec work, 10 sec rest x 4-8 sets.
10 to 1 rep scheme, as featured in this week’s workout: