As we all know, kettlebell lifting can wreak havoc on your hands. I, for one, often feel self-conscious giving people a high five because of the blood blisters, callouses, or giant patches of dry skin on my hands. In some gym cultures, ripping your hand is a glorified battle wound that shows you gave your all in a workout. In the kettlebell world, ripping your hand totally sucks because it means your technique was off and/or you might not be able to train tomorrow.
Even if you don’t particularly care what your hands look like, there are several factors to keep in mind if you want to lift consistently without tearing up your hands.
A successful overhead press requires core strength and stabilization, as well as utilizing the connection between your feet and the floor. So you can probably imagine how lifting one leg off the floor and THEN pressing overhead would be a little harder, right?!
This week’s workout features several exercises that will require you to stand on one foot, which are great for testing coordination and balance, as well as just mixing up your workout from the normal exercises. Good luck!
Happy Monday! This week we are tackling the 3X3 Kettlebell Workout; 3X3 stands for the 3 sets of 3 exercises you have to complete. The only equipment required for this workout is a box and a pair of kettlebells.
Did you miss last week’s workout? Check it out here.
As a Kettlebell Sport competitor and coach, I get a lot of questions about how to train for a competition, and what exactly the training sessions look like.
Obviously what your specific training program should look like depends on your skill and fitness level, what particular strengths and weaknesses you have, and a multitude of other factors… however, there are guiding principles to follow when training for a kettlebell competition. I’ve outlined some of them in this article.
Today’s workout is a sample training that I would program for myself or my students in preparation for competing in Long Cycle (Clean & Jerk). Give it a try, and let me know what you think!
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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: