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Presses, Pull ups, Squats and the fun of going heavier... (Saturday Part 2) Orlando RKC Recap

Following yet another strictly timed and much needed break, we came back to learn about the Press as introduced and taught by RKC Team Leader Cortez Hull.   The proper performance of a kettlebell military press is highly dependent on the quality of the clean used to get the kettlebell to the pressing (rack) position - so it was obvious as to why we had learned the clean first.  It is commonly said by RKCs that the press is only as good as the clean - and this is absolutely the case - a bad clean that throws you off balance or worse will definitely not set up a powerful (or even successful) press.   Further discussion yielded differences in grip for the press vs the jerk - in the press, the handle of the kettlebell should be parallel to the calluses as oppos

Visiting Fitcamp - a Workout for Cold (Florida) weather!

Much fun was had last night at Tim Shuman, RKCII's 6pm kettlebell Fitcamp...  first off, it was cold (which is probably laughable to people up North, but I am personally optimized for extreme heat, if it gets below 60 degrees I need a jacket), which to me is 50 Degrees F or below.   And girl genius here had ran out the door without socks on.  Fortunately I got there early and ran into the tennis pro shop... 

 

A Stacking Workout with Tim Shuman, RKCII of OrlandoKettlebells.com Fitcamp

Tim had a brutal little plan for us today - check out this seemingly simple but extremely effective workout:

Each round adds an exercise - soooo fire up your gymboss timer for 30 second intervals:

  • Start with 30 seconds of left hand, one hand kettlebell swings,
  • on the beep switch to right hand one hand swings.

30 seconds rest

then...

  • 30 seconds left hand swings, 30 seconds right hand swings
  • 30 seconds left hand cleans, 30 seconds right hand cleans.

30 seconds rest

RKC Orlando 2010 Recap Part Five: Saturday Part 1

I felt a LOT less silly for setting 3 alarm clocks after the one from the hotel decided not to work Saturday morning.  There was NO WAY I was going to be late for the infamous high volume (work and learning) Saturday that we'd all been warned about.   After we all trundled onto the bus headed for the ESPN Wide World of Sports, some of us still artificially chipper from our various methods of caffeine consumption, we began our various tweets and conversations.   The bus ride was a little on the long-ish side so it was a good time to meet as many new people as possible - it was neat to find out what/why people had sought out the RKC certification and how they felt about the challenges thus far.   Many attendees had family members who were

RKC Orlando 2010 Recap Part Four: Friday part 3

Following a short (strictly timed) 10 minute break we came back to our places on the unforgiving astroturf and got into 1 of 2 approved "learning positions" (yes, I know how this sounds, but there's a logic to it - neither of these put the body into flexion, and can help stretch in a gentle way, the one most of us chose had us on our bellies in something similar to a "cobra" pose in yoga, or the way you sometimes see children watch tv from the floor).   For some of us, this unusual position was the cause of some discomfort.

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