Monday, September 20, 2010

VIDEO: Why Kettlebells?

Dragon Door has been one of the top names in kettlebelling since the trend exploded a few years ago. They have a huge library of online videos available here. I will say this: There aren't all that many free resources online about the actual workouts -- that might take money out of the pockets of enterprising kettlebell trainers! It's easy to do a YouTube search and find tutorials on how to do a specific exercise. However, the development of a workout SESSION (one workout) or a SCHEDULE or PROGRAM (long term plan consisting of many workouts) is virtually non-existent in online forums.

How do I recommend beginning? Learn a few of the exercises or movements individually at a slow and deliberate speed or intensity. Check the right column for some of the better videos I've pirated online >>>>>>

We recently had a group purchase of 1475# of kettlebell iron. If you do the math, that weight equates to over 42 one-pood (35#) KBs. Of course not everyone purchased 35#ers! Many of the women are in the 25# range, while men are graduating to 55# for some lifts. There were even two 100#KBs in that order!! With this much iron among the local kettlebelling disciples, we are gaining more and more folks with experience to share. The so-called "Ripple Effect" is amazing.

Keep in mind that we have The Prison Workout #2 for kettlebelling (also can substitute a dumbbell in many cases). Also coming next month, is The Prison Workout #4, also with kettlebellls. I do NOT recommend beginning with PWO#4 if you haven't done PWO#2. The plan with PWO#2 was to create metabolic conditioning (cardio) through the use of multi-planar and multi-joint body movements at relatively light loads. There were a large variety of movements, and high repetition counts. The plan for PWO#4 is to develop more strength-endurance by using much heavier KBs during some portions. I include some workouts with near-maximal loads. Simply put: unless you have heavy KBs (men: 55+, 70+; women: 35+, 55+) you probably won't get much out of this.

Is The Hard Routine 2010 the opportunity you've been waiting for to commit to a 60-day kettlebell program? My introduction to functional fitness was through a 12-week program of nothing but KBs!

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