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The Importance of Relaxation

Efficiency and relaxation

The goal of Kettlebell Sport technique is to use gravity, weight shifting, breathing, and proper timing to move the kettlebells as efficiently as possible, so that you can complete as many repetitions as possible. In order to incorporate these four elements into your lifting, you must learn to relax – at the appropriate times. Continue reading

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Combat Desk Syndrome with a Kettlebell

Increase mobility in your hips, hamstrings, back, and shoulders with this kettlebell mobility workout that combats the flexibility issues caused by working at a desk from 9 to 5.

Working with kettlebells is challenging, so be sure to consult a qualified instructor if you are not sure how to execute the movements properly. 

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3 Kettlebell Mobility Drills

1. Weighted shoulder dislocations (upper lefthand corner of video): Start with no weight and progress in 1-2lb increments.

2. Jefferson curl (upper righthand corner of video): Start by dropping your head and neck, then slowly roll down vertebrae by vertebrae, holding the end position for a more intense stretch on the hamstrings. Come back up the same way, slowly rolling up. Again, start with no weight or very light weight and work your way up.

3. Bridge push throughs (bottom half of video): From a bridge position, drop down to tap your head to the floor, then push the arms straight and head forward through the arms for a great shoulder opener. If you are unable to do a bridge position, use an exercise ball and simply hold a backbend instead.

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Are kettlebell workshops with Russian coaches worth the money?

Honestly, I’ve always been skeptical about paying to do a workshop with Russian Kettlebell Sport athletes and coaches.

First of all, I have the idea that some of them think it’s their way or the highway – meaning they only teach their specific technique, even if it’s not applicable to your body type and lifting style.  Continue reading

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