One of the best reasons to train with kettlebells is how portable a kettlebell is. You can lift it at the gym, in your house, at the park, at the beach, at your office… anywhere you can think of! I love taking a kettlebell or two to the beach or a local park and tossing it around (in addition to handstands, of course).
For this week’s workout, I’m challenging YOU to get out of your normal training routine and take your kettlebell outside! Think of somewhere that would be fun to lift, or even just take your bell out into your porch or your yard.
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The assignment is to complete 8 sets of 15 repetitions. Start at your competition weight and decrease weight by 1-2kg each set. Your goal is to complete this workout as quickly as possible. As always, safety is my priority, so please be sure that you are maintaining your form and using kettlebell weights appropriate to your level of experience.
An alternate workout that Kim mentions in the video is for those who don’t have enough kettlebells (consider purchasing True Grit kettleweights or PlateMate weights). Instead of decreasing in weight, you will decrease in repetitions each round with 20 seconds of rest in between (i.e. 15 reps, 14 reps, 13 reps… down to 1).
For those of you who don’t know who Kim is, she is a pioneer in the world of women’s double kettlebell lifts, and the first woman to ever officially compete in 2x24kg Long Cycle (and smash most of the men’s numbers too!). She is the owner of Fox Fitness in Wichita, Kansas, and coaches her own Kettlebell Sport team. You can check out more videos from Kim on her YouTube channel.
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!).
Last month’s training was “interval” style, meaning short work intervals with rest intervals being less than or equal to the work intervals. Today’s training is “repetition” style, which means longer work sets with rest intervals 1-1.5 x work intervals.
If you haven’t done much endurance training with kettlebells, I would highly recommend using lighter weights when attempting this workout (guys 12-16kg, ladies 8-10kg).
Turn up the tempo on your Jerk and Snatch lifts with this workout! Test your ability to accelerate with an increasing tempo Jerk set and then race the clock to complete your snatches before time runs out.
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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