Andrea Du Cane's awesome Kettlebell Goddess Workout DVD (run time: 2 hours, 25 minutes)
Unlike some exercises, many of themovements have a learning curve and need to be practiced. Trendy fat-loss focused " trainers" will seldom lead a group or individuals in properly learning the . Admittedly, it is a difficult move to teach (to be fair, the Manual says "The is one of the easiest exercises to do... and one of the most difficult ones to do right"). Unfortunately, I have seen trainers introduce it once, gloss over it, quickly moving onto the more familiar territory of the and even looking the other way when a client performs an especially bad one. One particularly popular tv has even gone so far as to "redesign" the itself to allow for further bad form with the . This is a terrible shame as the is a foundation exercise, the best way to get a into the crucial "rack" position (necessary for military presses, front squats, etc.) It's also very useful for a variety of sports, general wellness, and even tactical applications. I've been studying up a little bit on and various martial arts lately - since considering leading a group class at a fight gym here in town - and in tandem with the powerful hip drive required for ballistic exercises (swing, , ), the shock-absorbing learning that occurs with the is extremely valuable.
Two very helpful articles on DragonDoor.com about technique:
At the meet and greet at theWorkshop last month, I saw a really compelling video clip showing a military application of certain parts of the - the extreme shoulder stabilization required to properly perform the really seems to help maintain your accuracy when firing a machine gun while you are moving. (ever the party animal, I saw a laptop and was nosy) This reminded me of my rural friends and their shotgun range out in "the sticks." One of them trains with and is going to be the unwitting subject of a little human experiment. I've been thinking a lot about the stability (bracing with muscular tension in this case) and shock absorbing skills taught by the ... Some say that training done in the Hardstyle method is similar to learning to take a hit or a kick without actually having to endure an actual hit/kick.
Again... crucial that theis performed correctly. As with the swing, all the power comes from your hips, the arms just direct where the goes, don't throw the out in front of you on the way up or the way down, "dump" them close to your body then throw them behind you at the last possible moment to "hike" and reload your hamstrings - as they come back up for the next , punch your elbows behind you to flip the to the crook of your elbow. Always make sure your shoulders stay square and there is no twisting of the spine (you see this happen with single swings a lot and it makes me hurt to even watch it.) All this of course makes much more sense in person - so train with me, won't you?
As promised here's the little workout - the participants on this particular day were having problems with the- and we discovered that one of them would do much better cleans when he had 2 - so we tried to build a habitual pattern of success, then switched back to singles, etc. Back and forth a bit - and at the end "hey you know those abs you kept forgetting to use? Yeah, its one arm plank time..." Betcha their memory improves...
Start with your Joint Mobility warm ups
- I go, you go - single cleans and presses 3 reps then the partner goes - keep a good pace going - moderately heavy weight, but focus on the form - that's the whole point here. 10-12 minutes total
- I go, you go - double cleans and presses 3 reps then the partner goes - keep a good pace going - moderately heavy weight, but focus on the form - that's the whole point here. 10-12 minutes total
- Tabata double cleans - medium to light weight - focus on all the power coming from the hips, if not you'll be toast in no time 20 seconds work, 10 seconds rest 4 mins total
- Tabata double swings - medium to light weight - again focus on power from the hips, striving for perfect form with NO backwards leaning at the top - totally everything tense at the top of the swing, tight abs, glutes, kneecaps pulled up.
- 1 minute plank with right arm lifted, 1 minute plank with left arm lifted (keep it square, don't even think about shifting your weight onto that other side!)
- 1 minute plank with right foot lifted, 1 minute plank with left foot lifted (keep it square, don't even think about shifting your weight onto that other side!)
Joint mobility cool down and form discussion q&a
I congratulate the person in the photo for having the flexibility and mobility necessary to perform this bizarre and possibly useless "Be wise. DO THE REAL THING. Find an RKC Certified Instructor in your area.exercise." I would encourage her to focus on of a real weight, basic POWERFUL movements and to save the dancing around for the nightclubs, the dance studio, or other social engagements. While this move may look "pretty" and not so intimidating, it is also not particularly useful. Sure, it makes a great picture... great pictures sell things like magazines, gym and boot camp memberships, workout clothing and those horrible little rubber coated -shaped paperweights people pedal to women.