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Strange Human Truths Unearthed by Kettlebell Training

Strange Human Truths Unearthed By Kettlebells

A really cool article came out today on DragonDoor.com from Master RKC Chris Holder. Chris has a long history as a strength and conditioning coach for collegiate athletics. He’s observed some very interesting human behavior to say the least. In his article, two short quotes immediately jogged my brain and reminded me of several odd observations from my own experience as both a kettlebell user and as an instructor. Not that any “snowflakes” read this blog, but just in case any are right now, brace yourselves, Chris pulls no punches. LOL.

“What I can tell you is that 99.999% of the population have no idea what high tension is. They think they do, but they have no relationship with intensity.”

“Do you think a thirty-something desk jockey has the slightest understanding of what it means to push? Does that guy have a handle on what it means to cramp your glutes? Has he ever needed to brace his midsection to armor for a punch or kick? Has he ever pushed himself so hard that he’s familiar with the feeling of almost blacking out?”

Many years ago, I had no idea either. And I’m not going to judge. It took training with a TOUGH RKC Instructor back in Florida to realize where “the line” was, and frankly that was really part of the “secret sauce”. Framing it another way, most people don’t understand the power and potential power they have at their disposal. Most people have NO IDEA how much more they can improve their strength, conditioning, power, and endurance.

Under Armour's Armour39 Performance Heart Rate Monitor

Type of Product: 
Exercise Equipment
Summary
Rating: 
5
Pros: 
  • Comfortable with a hand-washable light-weight chest-strap
  • Accurate
  • Fun to use
  • Great iOS app
  • Works while out of Bluetooth range (saves data until you return)
  • Nice charts, useful info real time and after the fact
Cons: 
  • Only works with more recent Apple mobile devices - no Android version at this time
  • Would like a way to input LBM (lean body mass) data for even greater accuracy

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Under Armour.

Must confess, before using Under Armour's Armour39 I have had a somewhat negative attitude towards the usefulness/relevancy of heart rate monitors in my own training.  Part of this was due to past experience with bulky plastic HRM straps collecting sweat across my ribs and only providing very boring data like realtime HRM (not saved) and maybe average HRM over a period of time if I was lucky.   In other words, the data was not useful enough to me to warrant wearing a clunky uncomfortable sensor band. 

The first thing I noticed about the Under Armour Armour39 was the unusually soft and flexible band.  The only hard plastic part is the very center which houses the removeable Bluetooth enabled Armour39 module.  During several of my workouts I forgot it was even there.   I was slightly annoyed to find out that the Armour39 was not going to work on my iPhone 4 and that it needs at least an iPhone 4s for the right kind of Bluetooth.  Before using this product review as a "great!" excuse to upgrade my phone, I decided to try it on my iPad 3 aka "The New iPad" and found that it worked fantastically.  I also enjoyed the larger iPad readout.   My iPad spends some of its time in a specialty clamp-mount on my desk, so when I work out at home I can see exactly what's going on from nearly any angle in the room.   This proved to be very interesting and entertaining during my at home workouts.     The large iPad display was also very amusing for my workout partner when I brought it to one of our infamous "go all out" workouts.   She felt vindicated to see I was being challenged as much as she was!
 

Three Views of Workout Summary from the Under Armour Armour39 App
(click to see larger versions of each)

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