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The "Half and Half" Kettlebell Workout

I have a real love of heavy single kettlebell swings, especially in sets of 10. That rep range really lets me focus on the form and generate as much power as I can, then the set ends before anything has the chance to get weird. For this reason I really love this rep range for advanced beginners or even intermediate folks for regular swings, they don't have time to let a bad habit sneak in, and plenty of great quality reps get in their memory banks. So, if the kettlebells are properly chosen there's plenty of opportunity to get some near maximal moments in this simple workout. Especially when going for 10 rounds....  That being said, when I did this with a workout partner, I brought out a selection of kettlebells in case we wanted to swap heavier or lighter.  So, in addition to the 32kg kettlebell and pair of 16kg kettlebells mentioned in the example workout, I had a 24kg and a pair of 12kg, a 20kg, and a pair of 10kg. Yes, I have quite the collection... I now have enough kettlebells to open my own gym, or lead a pretty decent sized group class of men and women of various fitness levels... (yes, that's foreshadowing...)
 

The Half N Half Kettlebell Workout

Other things to consider when choosing your kettlebells for this workout: if you go lighter, then really focus on your skills, making every rep super perfect while minimizing rest/breaks.

A Mind Bender Workout for Cardio, Strength, Power, and Grit

So, I have a weird habit of taking on (or creating) a smaller project to break up a larger project. It means I basically do "work" as a "break" and is part of the reason I get a lot of various things done in a small amount of time. Many years ago I discovered that I don't so much need or want a "break", it's more that I need a change of subject. A mental flavor changer...* One such project I have right now is for a friend who is very gifted with the tough love and real world motivation. This project has had a very welcome side effect of being very motivating.

Real workouts ain't purty. That's right, folks, workout photos aren't always pretty.

Now, I'm a self-starter, always have been, but we can all use some help. This has inspired me to get a little more organized. At the same time I'd been listening to James Altucher's The Choose Yourself Guide to Wealth on Audible (here's a free trial and two free audiobooks)... so it all kind of converged over the holiday weekend. I like that book because it seems to support some of my odd behaviors and life choices. That's nice for a change.

Anyway, after eating not one but TWO slices of my friend's gluten free (but not free of anything else) delicious peanut butter pie on Christmas, along with a whole lot of leg of lamb and smoked turkey, I really felt like I needed to get out and put those calories to work the next day.  I also wanted to mess with my own head.

500 Kettlebell Swings for 500 Youtube Subscribers! Hurrah!! A Dan John Workout and More!

WHEW! Finally!  Though admittedly I have not been especially aggressive about growing the youtube channel... (and that may change) I am SUPER proud of the 500+ youtube subscribers I have earned so far... and what a great excuse to try out this awesome simple but no joke workout from Master RKC Dan John!  Check out his recent article on DragonDoor.com here: The Whys and Hows of the One Kettlebell Workout for more variations, ideas and things to keep in mind with your kettlebell training and overall long-term programming.

PCC Blog Post (with two sample workouts), Yesterday's Cardio Grudge-Match and a Grocery Haul Video

Recent PCC Blog Post

Fantastic to be featured on the PCC blog again yesterday with an experiment that you may remember started here.  I've detailed more of what happened and added two sample deload workouts.  Be sure to also read the comments over there for some very fun Q+A, including a part where a top commenter over there and I have a fairly indepth discussion about signs and signals the body has when we are working on something that is neurologically intense. 

Mega Podcast with Dr. Chad Eldridge, DC "The Movement Mechanic" - Goals, The Goonies, Kettlebell Swings and MORE!

So... the game plan is to do more of these Podcasts, and seeing as I've basically found a cool local co-host with a nice quiet office nearby you might be hearing from both of us on the semi-regular if things work out well (and you like the shows). 

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The range of topics discussed is VAST, but there's more than a couple chuckles, and plenty of (we hope) helpful, motivating, info. Not to mention plenty of admissions of personal failings and what we did to get past it to move on to greater triumphs!

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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