One of the selling points I use when explaining the benefits of Kettlebell Sport to a newcomer is that it builds tremendous mental tenacity. The strength to endure, to talk down our inner critic, and to push ourselves past our limits – most of which requires us to ignore what the brain is telling us (“This is too hard. Put down the bells!”).
Ignoring mental chatter is especially necessary at the beginning of a kettlebell set. The biggest mistake a lifter can make is to listen to their head during the first minute of a 10-minute set. Continue reading