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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:

Down by Twos... a Kettlebell and Bodyweight Workout

This is another fun "benchmark" workout that definitely let us all know where we are with our conditioning.   Amusingly, the Primal Move warm up, Convict Conditioning Trifecta, the sequence and then the Primal Move cool down took about 40 minutes.  According to my Armour39, during that 40 minutes, 409 calories were destroyed.  That wasn't the goal, but it does explain why I eat so much sometimes.  Anyhow, here's what happened:

Using Google Maps, I measured out a 30 yard straight run in our park, then grabbed a selection of kettlebells, so there'd be choices!

Ask GiryaGirl: To Chalk or Not to Chalk When Swinging or Snatching Kettlebells?

A lively discussion erupted online the other day surrounding the use of chalk with kettlebells.   This is another one of those interesting situations where there's no one right answer, there's the right answer for you--which also may or may not be situation dependent!  So in an effort to hopefully help you or your clients, here's some of my personal observations which may or may not help you.   Please also realize that most of my personal workouts take place in ever-so-humid Florida.  And for whatever reason I get moist hands pretty easily (to the point at which I could WATCH it materialize on my fingertips the other day when I was practicing some of

Practice and Variation Kettlebells and Bodyweight Workout

I'm going to do another one of those park workouts tomorrow - so I wanted to make sure what I did today wouldn't interfere with tomorrow's holiday calorie-destroying-strength-building extravaganza.    On facebook, a friend of mine posted some kind of crazy 4 minute push up challenge from a UFC fighter and his buddy, and while what he was doing didn't QUITE fit the bill for tonight, he did give me a great idea.  He was doing 10 sets of 10 push ups which sounds fine and dandy except that each set was a different (intermediate to advanced) variation, and he was aiming for doing all of them in under 4 minutes.  The video* reminded me of some of my favorite variations which will be listed below.   As with other workouts, this is more of a "practic

A Sunday Practice Time Workout

Friday night's class was rained out!  But we made up for that today - its basically a twist on program minimum with a couple extras thrown in for fun.

Start with your favorite joint mobility exercises then

On your best time (just taking breaks as needed) do 5 rounds of the following

  • Kettlebell Halo - 5 Right, 5 Left
  • 20 Swings (one or two hands your choice!)
  • Figure 8s - 5 Right, 5 Left

 

THEN - because they just learned how to snatch last week, it was practice time - we started out reviewing the form, and everyone did a few so I could check.   Next was the following:

For advanced - aim for the RKC Snatch Test result - 100 snatches in 5 minutes

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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