One of the things that made me fall in love with Kettlebell Sport training was the fact that it was the most difficult type of workout I had ever done. If you know me, you know I like a challenge, and this challenged me like nothing else. Not just technically, but physically and mentally as well.
As a runner who thought she had pretty good cardio to begin with, I was shocked by how much training to last 10 minutes under a kettlebell improved my cardiovascular fitness. As someone who already trained with weights, I was pleasantly surprised to find how much my strength increased from lifting kettlebells for endurance. Continue reading →
Kettlebells are made for high-repetition exercises
There’s a reason why a 10 minute set of clean and jerk is completed with kettlebells, not dumbbells or a barbell. The way the kettlebell can be gripped and held in the rack and overhead positions makes it a great tool for endurance-based work.
Swings and snatches especially are two of the best kettlebell exercises to build your cardiovascular base. They are incorporated into today’s workout, plus one other exercise, for high-repetition sets. Test your work capacity!!!
I have to apologize: sometimes I can’t think of a good name for my weekly workout, so I give it a really silly one! Who would have thought the hardest part of creating a new workout every week was coming up with a creative and catchy name for it?
(If you have any fun suggestions for kettlebell workout names, feel free to send them my way…)
Portability of the kettlebell is a useful tool – and allows you to incorporate all kinds of fun carries into your training! Carries are great for building isometric strength and stability, as well as grip and cardiovascular endurance.
The kettlebells don’t even need to be crazy heavy for the carries to take effect, especially in the workout I’ve created for you today. You’ll be incorporating swings, presses, snatches, and squats in between each carry, so even hanging onto light kettlebells will be a “wonderful” challenge! 😉
This week’s workout is a EXTRA FUN, which in my book means there will be lots of sweat involved! We’ll work on 5 reps of 5 different kettlebell movements, which will be completed straight through for 25 reps total. You will then set the bells down, rest as long as needed, and repeat 10X.
*Pro tip: If you’ve never done these movements or you’re just not sure what weight is appropriate, go conservative on the kettlebell weight and use 8-12kg (250 reps is a lot!).
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.
Obviously one workout is not the end all be all for having muscular arms and a big butt (that depends on various factors, including the workouts you do but also on genetics, nutrition, frequency of training, etc.), but your arms and booty will definitely get worked with the following video.
The workout includes the kettlebell bent press, a fun combo of a windmill and a press. If you’ve never done the bent press before, I highly suggest you check out this video by Jen Sinkler.
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Everyone loves push ups, yes? And doing 100 of them is no problem, right? Okay maybe that’s just me… but I’m here to tell you that doing 100 push ups is even better when you break it up and put some double kettlebell Long Cycle reps in between. Trust me. Because what’s better than getting a great arm pump? Let me tell you: getting a great arm pump PLUS working your legs and heart rate like crazy on Long Cycle so your entire body feels worked and you get an amazing endorphin rush.
If my description of this week’s workout scared you, don’t worry… it’s a short workout! But don’t confuse short with easy. Give it a try and let me know if my description was accurate!
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