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Short on Time Kettlebell Workout Variations...

It's been humid... REALLY annoyingly hot and humid for this time of year.  Unfortunately I keep forgetting that. Last week a friend and I decided to go and do a favorite kettlebell challenge, the SSST (Secret Service Snatch Test) and it was so humid that it even tore up her hands which I previously thought were made of some kind of teflon material.

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As for myself, I could feel my hands start to suffer so I just took down the pace.  Stayed within the 10 minutes, but did not even nearly approach my goal of getting past 200 total snatches which I have previously done and exceeded many times. This drove me NUTS...  Fortunately the SSST was just the first 1/3 of what we were doing that day so there was plenty of time to redeem myself to myself, but it still was nagging me...

THEN I saw Phil Ross's cool post which included a neat workout structure that worked out to 200 kettlebell snatches.

Kettlebell Workout: The Short Stack, and a New Book From Danny Kavadlo

So... I hate to admit this, but back in the day (mid-late 90s) many of us would enjoy a post-club trip to the ol' IHOP.  My standard food order was the "Short Stack" which wasn't a completely obscene number of pancakes.  They'd still sit like rocks, but it was a good time with friends that mattered most at that time.  You may be amused to find out that I was never too keen on sweets and would usually just add butter and no syrup to my pancakes, a habit that persisted for several years until I just stopped eating pancakes all together.  I just feel better avoiding those kinds of meals. But anyway.  I wanted you to know the origin of this workout name!  The Short Stack!  The other HUGE (and more important) influence for this sequence was a workout I recently saw from Senior RKC Chris Holder.

Depending on where you are with your fitness level (or stress level that day!) be smart when choosing your kettlebell for this one.  I went with the kettlebell I would use for my weight class for the RKC kettlebell snatch test (14kg), but you may wish to use one above or below your chosen kettlebell.  The next time I do this one, I will be challenging myself with either the 16kg or maybe even the 18kg! WOOHOO!

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So... it's "Workout Wednesday" all around the internet... or at least that's what the popular Twitter hashtag would have us believe.  All of YOU know that we don't just work out on Wednesday, but hey... its a good enough day as any to talk about it.  And we certainly have a lot of fun things to talk about today!

First of all, if you haven't already checked out the new RKC Blog Post today from Senior RKC Steve "Coach Fury" Holiner (who is actually a really mellow dude... despite that nickname) then go do that right now by clicking here.  He's also included a neat video.  Not content to do things as they are written, I took what he had there and made it into a special workout for my small group, who like every collection of human beings (myself included) could always stand to work on and practice the kettlebell snatch. Steve uses a couple of nerdy metaphors, one of which is from the 1984 classic movie The Karate Kid.  Yes, I did jokingly say "Very good, Daniel-san!" to someone in class. And yes they did laugh. Fortunately I made sure to say this when they were NOT holding a kettlebell.  Safely first, people, safety first.

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