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Assessment and Mis-Matched Kettlebell Fun

After writing a blog post about how I will no longer try to weigh in at 123.5lbs for the 12kg kettlebell when performing the RKC kettlebell snatch test, I figured it was a good time to see where I stood with the 16kg test.

Start with joint mobility of course -

Open ended fun time - 100 snatches with a 16kg to "see what happens" and how long it takes

Circuit for Kettlebell, TRX, with a bonus Tabata finisher

A little Monday fun for my small group - their skills are developing very nicely, but I wanted to test them on the press a bit - we used moderate to light(ish) kettlebells for this (for instance, one small woman who has recently come back to class used a 8kg and 12kg kettlebell - using the 12kg for the two hand swings and goblet squats.  One of the guys was using a 16kg and 20kg kettlebell in the same way)

Don't forget your Joint Mobility warm ups! (and don't forget to read my mildly humorous but informative review of the Dragon Door classic Super Joints)

Do 4-5 rounds of the following, taking breaks as needed and using perfect form on all reps.

Leg Attack! Workout with Kettlebell and Sandbag

Lots of fun in the car port of pain today - keeping out of the rain and getting a whole lot of work done...

Choose a moderate to heavy kettlebell (everyone had several to choose from, and made weight adjustments as necessary during the workout), and if possible, at least a 20lb sandbag.   We used the nice little handmade ones I have - they're triple stitched and made to be abused.  Which they were.  Some of the participants seemed to enjoy throwing them on the ground for some reason. Hmmmm.

Start with your joint mobility warm up, and 20-40 two hand swings or a short jog.

Then its time for....   a little bit of stacking workout fun:

Trial Tabata Thursday....

Location is undisclosed at this point until papers are signed etc etc, but I was scoping out a new gym this past Thurs as a possible place to offer group classes, small group, and one on one training.   It's a non-traditional sort of gym and I get along well with the similarly non-traditional owners.   So - in addition to stopping in that morning I wanted to see what the "vibe" was like at a time that would theoretically be directly BEFORE one of my alleged classes.


Woozy Caveman Wednesday... Simple Does NOT Equal Easy

Brutal heat and humidity today.... a few participants left looking like we'd had a water balloon fight and not a workout....  I'm serious.

Begin with a joint mobility warmup - ours uses a lot of the great drills from Super Joints.

Use a kettlebell that's heaver (a little or a lot!) than your usual :)

First circuit - Repeat 3 times

  • 20 2 hand kettlebell swings
  • 10 rows right, 10 rows left
  • 20 2 hand kettlebell swings
  • 10 rows right, 10 rows left
  • Group A: 30 sec plank; Group B: 30 sec L-Sit (use handles of 2 large matched kettlebells)
  • Group A: 30 sec held L-Sit; Group B: 30 sec plank

Part 2 (still using heavier kettlebell)


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