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Finding Even More Value with the Bottom-Up Kettlebell Get-Up (and a Workout)

This past Thursday the class focused on strikes. Now, it may come as a surprise to some of you, but I am not in the habit of going around and hitting people. It was an interesting psychological block to work though, which I am now thinking is very important. If I need to hit someone, I have a lot less qualms now.  Granted, I have made it 40 years without having to hit anyone, and here's hoping that continues. All the straight-wrist kettlebell training definitely kept in handy, but making the mental connection (intellectually of course it was already there) was a fun challenge.  Needless to say I decided to do more bottom-up get-ups the next day.
Bottom-up get-up and H2H kettlebell swings workout

Since I wanted to take my time with the reps, I chose a modest weight, the 10kg kettlebell. The handle is thicker than the 8kg, so there's more to grasp, but the lighter weight allowed me to go super slow. I also wanted to get my heart rate up, so I added in some swings.  Here's the simple workout I did, which could be easily scaled up or down, or done for a longer time as well.

Kettlebell Strength and Mobility Workout with a Pump Stretch Prying Cobra Demo Video!

Once again I'm working with a fairly tight schedule with hard deadlines, self-imposed deadlines, productivity goals, catching up from the move (seriously the glass doors on the cabinets need to go up TONIGHT aggh!), and I'm now taking a 1.5hr Systema class twice a week.  Needless to say I am working on reconfiguring my training.  On the plus side (BIG plus) not sharing a floor with someone's ceiling means training inside at home is now "guilt free".  Woohoo!

Pump stretch - mobility and kettlebells workout

It was Monday night and after taking Sunday off from training (other than some slacklining) I really felt the need to do SOMETHING. This is kind of a bare minimum kettlebell workout, and if you have the time and/or inclination you could absolutely run through it more than once, adding a different mobility exercise between the sets of swings. Note that I punctuated the sets of kettlebell swings with a long time favorite mobility move the "pump stretch" so popular with RKCs - its similar to an up-dog, down-dog, and I also like the "prying cobra" variation especially if it's been a day at the desk. Scroll down a little, I made a video for you too :)

So here's what I did:

Heavy Kettlebells + Fajitas... A Workout and Simple Cast Iron Skillet Fajitas Recipe

Must admit, I'm really enjoying the lower humidity and slightly cooler weather here at my new place... and even though I was very active before, being able to just go outside and work out with very little fanfare (or audience) has inspired me to do even more. I felt like going pretty heavy with things last night, and ended up surprising myself a little.

48kg Beast Kettlebell

Given that I kept seeing references to the get-up in Systema class on Tuesday--and then of course after reading Dan John's very cool article about the get-up, of course I had to feature get-ups as well. In fact I was feeling pretty energetic and decided to go a little heavy (remember, I'm only about 130lbs, so it's relative) with those too.

First off, I did my favorite basic joint mobility sequence (this is an unlisted video, and I need to make it more fancy, but you know how it goes)  and a few get-ups on both sides without any weight.

Simple Workout With Classic Kettlebell Moves

Sometimes it's a very good thing to keep it simple, and often with kettlebells and bodyweight you'll notice that there's a great power in keeping things simple.  The same is overwhelmingly true as described by Marty Gallagher in his most recent post on barbell training over at the IronBible.DragonDoor.com blog.  And while I don't personally do a whole heck of a lot of barbell training, Marty's barebones simple approach is one to understand, acknowledge, and implement--regardless your prefered fitness tools.

That being said, on any given day if you just don't know what to do with yourself workout wise (and that shouldn't really happen because I hope you're following a coach or program, but the "real world" is in effect...), a good solution is to revisit our old favorites the swing and the get-up.   The following variation on that theme uses the RKC 5 minute snatch test (I like to do it from time to time and make sure I'm continuing to maintain/progress my conditionioning).  For the details of the 5 minute test, and the complete testing requirements of the new upgraded RKC, please click here... I'm tired of seeing people debate the requirements online when they can just GO TO THE SOURCE on DragonDoor.com and read the most current, updated facts.  Sure, that's not a dramatic solution, but it sure saves time and frustration.   I don't have time for needless arguments and neither do you! :)

Here's what we did for a simple but interesting workout:

The Doorbuster: An MMA Timing Inspired Workout for Kettlebell, Bodyweight, and Optional Ultimate Sandbag

While I was working on Mike Medrano's interview for Dragon Door last week, the idea of creating a conditioning workout based on the timing of an MMA fight was just too intriguing not to try.

So, on Black Friday in total rebellion of the usual activities most folks were doing, we headed out to the park with a workout I jokingly named "the Doorbuster."  Get Ups feature prominently in this workout also because of Mike's interview -- he mentioned that they were especially useful for the MMA fighter as he'd used them to get up from the ground during a fight.  Thinking about what I know about the get up, it made sense -- even to someone who isn't directly involved with MMA.

Let's Train in Chicago!

SCC Strength Calisthenics CertificationLet's train together in Chicago! The Dragon Door SCC (Strength Calisthenics Certification) is coming to Chicago June 3rd, 2017. Register early to save $50. Hope to see you there. This powerful one-day workshop is great for trainers looking to upgrade their calisthenics toolkit, or for serious exercise enthusiasts who want to fine-tune their own training.
 

Rings of Power by Mike GIllette

Rings of Power by Mike Gillette Cool new book from Mike Gillette about Ring Training for all fitness levels. Being on this shoot with Mike was like working with a real live action hero! (And I got to put a cinderblock on him too!) Mike knows his stuff and shares everything you need to know for his versatile go-anywhere ring training.  Full progressions of every exercise, workout plans, and all the know-how to take the training as far as you wish. Good stuff, and yes, that's me on the left side of the cover  :)

 

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