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The Attitude Adjuster Kettlebell Workout

If you've followed this site for even a short period of time, you know how much I focus on form, and the constant improvement thereof.  Today was no exception, this was a collection of a few ideas from various places (the dead Swing I-go-you-go ladder was inspired by the Chicago RKC this past year).   This workout mainly focuses on the total basics - swings and get ups, with a small variety circuit.

We began with a solid joint mobility warmup, ours is a blend of moves from the classic Dragon Door DVD Super Joints, and the warm ups presented at the RKC and HKC workshops.

After that, we did a few warm up swings with a moderate or "regular" kettlebell - (choices were 12kg, 14kg, 16kg, 24kg).   Next, everyone either kept their "regular" kettlebell or chose one slightly heavier (this next drill is actually a really fun one to go towards very heavy with...).  We split into 2 groups, they did small ladders of dead swings aka "start-stop" swings.     This type of Swing requires that you re-hike and reset on every Swing.  It's great for practicing a proper hike of the kettlebell and the control and deceleration at the end of the Swing.   These are two things that people sometimes neglect - and while they can sometimes "get away" with doing that with a light or moderate kettlebell - cheating the hike or deceleration of a heavy kettlebell just simply DOES NOT WORK.   So get in a good habit by practicing start stop swings every now and then.   As Pavel would say lift a light weight like it's heavy and a heavy weight as if it's light.  

We did 5 rounds of the following:

  • Group A did 1 Swing, then Group B did 1 Swing
  • Group A did 2 swings, then Group B did 2 swings
  • Group A did 3 swings, then Group B did 3 swings

Try and repeat straight through (but be safe)

Next we practiced get ups, with moderate to light weight kettlebells, 5 per side (alternate), being sure to slightly pause at each of the 7 steps of the get up

A variety of kettlebells came out for the next part (the attitude adjuster - the inclusion of heavier than "normal" kettlebells seems to make everyone more confident, and break up some mental plateus) - 20 seconds of swings, 10 seconds rest/transition to the next station.  We did 8 rounds.   Our stations were:

2 8kg kettlebells, 2 12kg kettlebells, 1 16kg kettlebell, 1 24kg kettlebell, 1 36kg kettlebell, 14kg kettlebell  

If someone ended up with a kettlebell that was too heavy to Swing safely, they performed deadlifts instead.  Double kettlebell swings were encouraged, but not required - and some people chose to do alternating 1 arm swings for variety.   1-2 times through is a LOT of fun - the short intervals allow for low pressure on trying just a couple heavy swings if someone is ready.

Finally we change it up a bit with 2-3 rounds of a small circuit.  Set your Gymboss or other timer for 45 seconds (work) and 30 seconds (rest) and grab kettlebell you can press 5-8 times comfortably:

  • Tactical lunges right, rest
  • Tactical lunges left, rest
  • Military press right, rest
  • Military press left, rest
  • Plank Taps*, rest

We practiced the balancing fun of t-push ups, basically exploring that movement for just a few moments.   Then ended class with joint mobility and carrying all that stuff back to the storage area!


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