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I wrote a post a little while back about the usefulness of kettlebell training when used with good form and technique coupled with intelligent programming. (To read it click here.) In light of how well that post did, ( thank you) I decided to continue with the same premise and break down a bit more how kettlebell and its movements can and will train your core.

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Before we begin the practical part of this post, I think it is important to realize exactly what the core is. One simple way to understand exactly what our core is as humans is the saying, “that if I cut off my arms, head and lower leg, there is my core.” So you see our middle as humans is more than just the abs and obliques. (To learn more about this subject, click here.)

Now that we have that out-of-the-way let’s get to the topic at hand: 6 Ways kettlebells can work your core.

The swing works the core:
It is a well-known and accepted fact that the kettlebell swing works the glutes and hamstrings. However, it does even more than that in its proper execution, those two other aspects as I stated earlier are part of your middle. Yet, the swing when done in the hard-style format will also train your abs. In order to make this happen one must brace the abs as if they were going to get punched on the top of the swing. This also serves as a veritable brake to stop the low back from hyper extending at the lockout of the swing.
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The Overhead Press works the core:
The body has a highway of sorts on which we transfer energy from the floor into a movement. The overhead press is a perfect example of the concept, in which we wedge ourselves between the floor and the kettlebell that you desire to press. The glutes, abs, lats, diaphragm and so on are activated in order to achieve the overhead move in a way that is safe and strong.

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The Kettlebell front squat trains the core:
The kettlebell racked squat is both an anti-rotational drill when done with one bell and a heck of an abs exercise when done with two. It once again hits the glutes as we hip extend, trains the pelvic floor, (more on that in the future) diaphragm when we use proper breathing patterns and so much more. This move is also a great one to teach a lifter good technique to begin to train the squat with barbells.

The Turkish Get-up works the core:
The Get-up is an awesome exercise. It teaches the practitioner to stabilize their shoulder and to move at the same time. It also works hip mobility, and shoulder mobility. But for the sake of this post it has been shown by E.M.G. to work all of the muscles of the core throughout the movement. It has built into a rolling pattern, spinal stability/shoulder stability and so-on. It is safe to say that the Get-up is an awesome exercise that saves time and trains multiple movements at the same time!

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The Single leg deadlift works the core:
This move is both a stability and strength exercise. It is also anti-rotational exercise depending on where you place the bell in correlation to the move. This exercise when coupled with the right loading will lead to you having to use an abs brace to produce the force needed to lift the loading that you are using off the floor. Give it a shot and see!

Carries work your core:
Loaded carries can be like magic to those who never do them. These moves when used appropriately can bring balance to your muscles in patterns. Train shoulder stability, anti-rotation, build strength and just make you feel plain great! Click on the link above to learn more about them and to learn how to do most of the variations.

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When most people think of the core they think abs and having a “six-pack.” I hope that after you read this post that there is much more than that to it than just a muscle and a look. Your core being balanced and things working well can lead to less pain in your low back and many other issues; it is also important for your performance as a fit person and or if you are an athlete.

So if you aren’t begin to train these moves and if you don’t know how, learn from a qualified, certified instructor in order to get all of the benefits that come training with kettlebells with good form and intelligent programming

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 Warning

 

This week’s workout is an intense one that involves advanced movements. So make sure that you have spent adequate time on the basics of these exercises before you dive in full on and get busy blasting fat with this intense complex.

For those who have been following this blog for awhile know that I enjoy kettlebell complexes and advanced kb moves.

This week’s workout is an advanced kettlebell complex involving: Gorilla Cleans, Renegade rows and pushups.

The rep ranges for these moves are: 10, 5, 5 and rest a while after because this particular complex should be done with pretty heavy weight for you!

 

 

ONCE AGAIN WE HAVE YOUR GUIDELINES FOR SUCCESS.

  • Do all of your sets and reps with quality form. Crap only produces crap!
  • Breathe by matching your breathing with each pattern
  • Rest as much as you need to and no more.
  • Tough it out while working out ( keep in mind the results)
  • Enjoy the fat blasting effect  and raised metabolism.

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After spending a little time on developing its technique the kettlebell swing quickly becomes one of the simplest moves that one can do for both strength and conditioning.This week;s workout utilizes this movement plus a carry to build some core strength for you and to develop your work capacity as you do it. Plus this one can be improved upon each week by adding in quality reps and rounds.

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This workout is done by doing:

One arm swings with a moderate bell (16 to 24 kg)
Immediately followed by  a bottom’s up carry  ( You can learn more about it here.)

Keep this going for 20 minutes alternating each side  and getting in as many quality rounds as you can each time.

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Once again we have your guidelines for success

  • Do all of your sets and reps with quality form. Crap only produces crap!
  • Breathe by matching your breathing with each pattern
  • Rest as much as you need to and no more.
  • Tough it out while working out ( keep in mind the results)
  • Enjoy the fat blasting effect  and raised metabolism.

My Online coaching program is back, Click here to see if you are candidate for it.

 

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When I was younger for some strange reason I enjoyed watching The Twilight Zone and in the beginning and at the end of each episode the dude with the cigarette would talk about the person and how they unknowingly were about to enter the Twilight Zone. Then afterwards would give a commentary on them and the lesson that we all should learn from them.

This week’s complex is very intense and felt like I was stuck in an episode of the show so I want to share it with you. It was a complex that made for one of my advanced clients . Then I partook of it and now it is your turn! (do, do, do  that is supposed to be the T.W.Z music!)

 

 

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Enjoy it friends!

This workout is done by doing:

10 cleans

5 Jerks

5 front squats

8 Pendlay rows

All of these use tow kbs and keep it going for ten to fifteen minutes if you dare !

 

 

Once again we have your guidelines for success

  • Do all of your sets and reps with quality form. Crap only produces crap!
  • Breathe by matching your breathing with each pattern
  • Rest as much as you need to and no more.
  • Tough it out while working out ( keep in mind the results)
  • Enjoy the fat blasting effect  and raised metabolism.

My Online coaching program is back, Click here to see if you are candidate for it.

 

 

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I don’t know if it is still popular, but there was a kid’s show a few years back called Bob the Builder. (I have a toddler, so I assume I will find out soon if it is.) At times, I like a builder or maybe more of an architect with what I do. You see, I help people build a better life, confidence, strength, freedom, etc.

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I love this aspect of my career immensely, because 5 to 6 days a week – I make a difference in the lives of my clientele and hopefully, I am helping you my readers at least in a small way. This week’s workout as a result of this aspect of my job, is called the builder and yes it is a toughie!
As you know from last week’s workout we are now on a phase of building strength and power with these weekly workouts. This week’s workout will use three moves to do so the snatch, the jerk and the front squat.  These move in conjunction with each other and using the joy of ladders promises to be a “fun” time of building power and strength.

Watch the video below to learn more about this workout and maybe hear a terrible joke or ten!

Once again we have your guidelines for success

  • Do all of your sets and reps with quality form. Crap only produces crap!
  • Breathe by matching your breathing with each pattern
  • Rest as much as you need to and no more.
  • Tough it out while working out ( keep in mind the results)
  • Enjoy the fat blasting effect  and raised metabolism.

My Online coaching program is back, Click here to see if you are candidate for it.

It seems like there are endless thoughts in this fitness and performance world about just about every subject in strength and conditioning, as well as a myriad of opinions on how to get the job done. Conditioning is no different, many coaches wrongly believe that running their athletes into complete fatigue is the way to go and to give no thought to movement quality and how the brain learns how to apply the work that we are doing to the sport that we want to improve at.

Then there are those that just use circuit training and assume that their approach will yield the results that they crave when it comes to better performance. Finally there is the group that assumes that drawn out duration training like running for miles at a time will enhance performance. The goal of this post is to not only reveal that these ideas will not work but how to better approach getting in shape for their sport.

 

The first thing that we have to understand when it comes to preparing for sports is the role of movement quality in the athlete’s training program. You see if we go to absolute fatigue often not only will our recovery take too long, but the athlete will only learn how to compensate in order to survive their session and as a result could increase their chance of injury. As well as only learning how to cheat to do a movement pattern during performance and working out.

 

 

The answer first and foremost is to view your conditioning as it is, an opportunity to improve your ability to perform a task at full capability over the long haul of play thus truly making a better athlete and conqueror, rather than just a survivor.  So in your preparation make movement quality, force production and consistency your goals in order to create a better athlete and to better prevent injury.

Secondly, Just a generalized program will only get you so far in the sport world. Grant it, that everyone must begin with a general and less specific program, however there are certain components of strength, power, work capacity and goal oriented training that helps the athlete in their sport.

 

So just a general circuit program that is used for everyone will only carry the athlete so far in the realm of performance. In the general phase, athletes need: control or stability, mobility, strength, power and various types of endurance.

Lastly, just low intensity training all of the time for length will not prepare any athlete for the riggers and demands of sport, unless they are long duration sports like: cross country and distance races.In a sports conditioning program, the energy systems of the sport need to be reviewed and then each quality should be trained in a structured way to get the individual ready for play.

Remember, athletes need power, agility, speed, and balance in varying degrees according to their sport’s needs.

Conditioning is not as easy as the old school thoughts that have been addressed in this post, but rather it is a complex task that requires planning and thought, knowing about the sport that you are working with. Finally and most importantly, you must keep power production up or speed, while maintaining movement quality.

It seems like our culture is getting worse and worse when it comes to mobility and movement quality. We usually have locked up t-spines, ankles and hips and as a result cannot move the way that we need to stay safe and get the results that we want from our training. One of those issues that we find a lot in our clients and athletes is an obvious lack of the ability to touch ones toes.

This movement pattern is vital for your safety and performance in lifts and movements that require that your hips move in a hinge pattern and at times in hip extension. (Hint, just about everything that utilizes lower body requires these movements.)

But before we go any further, let’s look at these moves so that you can have better understanding of them.

Hip hinging is when you are required to moves your hips back. This is seen in the exercise world in the form of deadlifts, kettlebell swings, broad jumps and other like movements.

Hip extension is the finish of these moves and is also seen in proper running and walking mechanics.
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(Dave knows how to extend his hips!)
Now that you understand in a very simple way what these moves are, let’s discuss how a lack of toe touch can mess up these patterns and lead to less than stellar performance.  You see a lack of toe touch is often a problem of not being able to shift your weight back and as a result your brain fires you hamstrings to keep you from breaking your nose. There are also times that your brain senses that a muscle is inhibited in the movement chain and as a result tightens up muscles to keep us from hurting our precious joints.

So then if stretching isn’t the answer, then what is?

The answer isn’t as simple as a 1, 2, 3 solution and can vary from person to person, but we can give you a few drills to help you:

1. Breathing;
Proper breathing patterns that utilize the diaphragm as the main respiratory muscle has a huge in stabilizing ones midsection and can enable you to move better by causing your brain to release any unnecessary tension in the body and to better stabilize your mid-section.

2. Toe touch pattern drill:

As a stated before an inability to toe your toes is usually a lack of being able to shift your weight back. This drill can helps you re-learn how to do this important movement and give you the ability back to deadlift with proper positioning.

To do this drill find a two inch elevation, such as a book, board or even dumbbells. Put your toes on the lift. Then stick something between your legs right above your knees, reach up to the ceiling, crush the object between your legs; and touch your toes 10 times. It is ok to bend your knees if you have to, in order to get to your toes.

After you have done that direction, stick your heels on the lift and follow the same sequence. You will either be able to touch your toes or you will be closer. Keep on practicing this drill until you can touch your toes, when you aren’t warmed up.

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3. Glute strengthening:

Lastly is if your glutes are weak or inhibited, you will probably not be able to get in the proper position to lift and train safely with good form. Now when people sit often as well as those who are just begin to workout usually have overactive or tight low back muscles and hamstrings and under active glutes as well as being stuck in a flexed or forward shoulder position.


To combat this and to help better position yourself you will want to, release (stretch, foam roll.) The tight areas and strengthen the weak ones. For the sake of this post we will only discuss the glutes. (We will be doing a posture post soon.) Glute development isn’t too difficult, you will just want to do it in a way that doesn’t keep the imbalance though.

1. Lower rolling for glute strengthing:

2. Supermans, birddogs and reverse hip lifts:

3. Bridges, Single leg and 2 legged

4. Glute ham raises:

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5: Hip thrusters :

These aren’t the only exercises that train the glutes they are just simple and effective ways to do so.

Having a comfortable toe touch that is controlled is very important for your health and fitness. So it is worth finding out what is limiting you from being able to do so and to take the time to correct this issue if it is present in your life.

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Programming and creating a workout that is effective for the long-haul of training is not as easy as one may think. Especially when the person that is in front of you is an advanced client. You see just adding weight on to a bar or going to a heavier kettlebell is not enough and can lead to burn out and failure to progress any further in your training and fitness goals. It can also lead to an overuse injury, if you simply try the same approach or if you endeavor to simple just do something without rational programming and thought.

This week’s workout is a way to get some more overhead work in with some extra volume but without completely using up your reserve and without going too far into what may be dangerous territory as you train. It is done by combining a chain ( the same exercise done at three or more bell using heavier or lighter weight as you go along.) and a ladder (adding or taking reps away to increase volume or to go heavier.)

 

 

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Weekly Kettlebell Workout: A Pressing chain that is harder than you think

 

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This week’s workout is done by doing: 

Overhead presses at three bells each a bit heavier than the next at 3 to 5 reps
(If you only have one bell do a ladder of adding more reps in each round.)

Going back to the beginning and then doing push presses at each bell of 5 reps each

Finally doing the same thing but jerks at 3 to 5 each 

Make sure to do both sides and rest up to 5 minutes after each round, in order to fully recover and to lift safely each round.

Do two the three rounds 

Enjoy and see the video below to see how it is done!

The guidelines for success:

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  • Do all of your sets and reps with quality form. Crap only produces crap!
  • Breathe by matching your breathing with each pattern
  • Rest as much as you need to and no more.
  • Tough it out while working out ( keep in mind the results)
  • Enjoy the fat blasting effect  and raised metabolism.
Also as a gift to you; I want to share with you my free videos series on how to do the kettlebell swing properly for strength and conditioning,  Click here for it.

 

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Movement isn’t just exercising, it is rather a lifestyle of striving to hit various directions and movement patterns across different planes of motion. Trying to fit those into a program can be challenging but is a lot of fun to figure out and to do.

Lately I have taken that challenge on and in my kettlebell training program have been adding in multi-directional components to my workouts and to my student’s training as well. We have been rotating, stepping, reaching and hitting a ton of other movement patterns, without neglecting strength, conditioning and other important factors, of course in less time spent training.

This week’s workout is one of them and is basically a rotational workout with a kettlebell that is designed to challenge you and help you get to your fitness goals.

 

Weekly Kettlebell Workout: An Intense Bendy Twisty Kettlebell Complex

 

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This week’s workout is done by doing: 5 rotational cleans, 5 “curtsy” lunges and 5 pivot presses.  Keep this going for as many quality rounds as possible in 10 to 20 minutes.

Take a look at the video below to see it done and then do it yourself.

 

 

Once again we have your guidelines for success

  • Do all of your sets and reps with quality form. Crap only produces crap!
  • Breathe by matching your breathing with each pattern
  • Rest as much as you need to and no more.
  • Tough it out while working out ( keep in mind the results)
  • Enjoy the fat blasting effect  and raised metabolism.

Click here to get my Ultimate Kettlebell swing tutorial and workout series. This series will not teach you the swing,  but show you  how to train with it to get to your goals!

 

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No matter what people may say we need to train aerobically. You know the sayings of some, “cardio makes you fat” weak, stupid and so-on. (OK, so I made that one up.) These thoughts are a bit misguided and are not completely correct, depending on the person’s goals and or sport. There is also the fact that it can be overdone, but so can strength training.

 

 

The fact us we all need an aerobic base no matter what your goals maybe. Aerobic training helps its users:

 

 

Fight inflammation
Train their heart
Recover quicker and so-on

 

 

So in light of these facts, I have put together a simple swing training session that will build work capacity, burn fat, build strength and better looking glutes 😉 in 20 minutes spent training. Now if that isn’t a big return from your investment of time and energy, I don’t know what is!

 

 

This workout is done by following these guidelines:

Do ten to 15 swings with a good size bell. (Not too much or it will require a long recovery time or too little and it won’t get your heart rate up enough.) Then check your heart rate and if you are in the bottom part of your cardio training, go again. If not recover a bit more until you are and then go again. Then keep doing that for 20 minutes. Boom cardio training, you are welcome!

See the video below to get the whole scoop

 

 

 

 

 

Once again we have your guidelines for success

  • Do all of your sets and reps with quality form. Crap only produces crap!
  • Breathe by matching your breathing with each pattern
  • Rest as much as you need to and no more.
  • Tough it out while working out ( keep in mind the results)
  • Enjoy the fat blasting effect  and raised metabolism.

Click here to get my Ultimate Kettlebell swing tutorial and workout series. This series will not teach you the swing,  but show you  how to train with it to get to your goals!