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The Leg DESTROYER - A boot camp workout for when you forgot your kettlebell....

YOU FORGOT YOUR KETTLEBELL?!?!?  Shame on you... seriously, like big time... or maybe you're on vacation and had to fly there?  For whatever reason, get your Gymboss timer out because its time to atone and tone.


First off, make sure to warm up well with some light stretching and/or joint mobility.   Take a little jog or do some jumping jacks, mountain climbers etc.  Get your heart rate up a little bit, then do a few body weight squats, keeping your weight in your heels, and sitting WAAAY back.


First Circuit:

You will do 3 sets of the following on EACH LEG - so a total of 6 sets.  Start with the left leg and do

Kinda insane workout... for January 1, 2011

It started out as some kind of "oo I want to do this and this and this and this and this" workout and turned into something that reminded me of the title of this classic comedy sketch from Kids in the Hall... "I Darn Near Puked". But I didn't... so its all good, right? I was inspired by the 10,000 Swing Challenge which Lisa Shaffer started today and decided to punctuate the workout with bouts of 50 swings... using the lighter 12kg kettlebell - I figured I'd do some of these straight through, and others I'd break up into 2 sets of 25 etc.

Double Trouble Workout - short but not easy

It was finally nice outside again today, my little dog and I decided to go to the park so she could chew on toys and dig holes, and so that I could workout...

Do your joint mobility warm up exercises you hopefully learned from your RKC instructor, do 20 good two handed warm up swings with one kettlebell, then set your handy Gymboss timer for:


10 rounds of 30 second intervals: so that you can do the following:

Double kettlebell swings 30 seconds on, 30 seconds off (5 work sets)

For the last set, feel free to use 1 kettlebell as some kind of strange cooldown


Take a 1-2 minute break then restart your Gymboss and do:

Double Kettlebell Cleans 30 seconds on, 30 seconds off (5 work sets)

A Stacking Workout with Tim Shuman, RKCII of 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


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

30 seconds rest

A mish-mash workout with a good friend

A good friend of mine, and fellow kettlebell enthusiast joined me today for a lunchtime workout.  She has taken a new job which requires a LOT of heavy lifting (of people) in a medical setting - and had missed some heavy kettlebell lifting, as well as some intense cardio.   Here's what we did:


Short-style "Das Kettle"

1 Get Up each side

10 2 hand swings

1 clean, 5 presses on the right side, 1 clean, 5 presses on the left side

1 clean, 5 front squats on the right side, 1 clean 5 front squats left side (or 10 goblet squats)

5 snatches each side

Do this with your lightest bell, then move up, and up, then up again if you can.  For example here's what we did:


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