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An Under 25 Minute Stacking Kettlebell Workout! Intermediate Level

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There's always a few interesting moments in a stacking workout - the first is usually a false sense of security, or the quickly fleeting thought that you might have chosen a kettlebell that's a little too light. Cherish these moments, because a few minutes (or for some, seconds) that same kettlebell may feel mysteriously waaay heavier.

Because I wanted to go straight though, and because recent Dan John articles have inspired me to think up more "one kettlebell workouts" I ended up doing the workout below with the kettlebell I would use for the RKC Snatch Test, the 14kg kettlebell - that is unless I hit another bogo sushi night with the neighbors then I might need to start using the 16kg. But with a stacking workout, when in doubt, go light!

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!

The Short Stack Kettlebell Workout

It goes without saying that doing a great mobility warm up and cooldown sequence is always a good thing.

Stack Attack!

Here's another variation on a kettlebell stacking workout - though there are a few different drills for variety, I also chose these particular exercises to not overwork my kettlebell group on some exercises we had really hammered the previous session.  A more traditional approach can be seen here: another stacked timed sets workout

Stacking workouts are great ways to really ramp up the intensity of a workout - make sure you take rests where needed, but be sure to also do your best.  Choose a moderate weight kettlebell for this workout, beginners will need to rest more - no big deal!

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