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I teach four classes a week at the gym that I work at and no one ever ends up disappointed when I use the kettlebell swing to give them a challenging workout. Sometimes the move is at the end of the class as a finisher. Other times it is placed during the class as a strength move or as a part of a complex and so-on.

 

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This week’s workout is based solely on the kettlebell swing and will challenge during, then make you feel successful as on who has overcome the adversity of training.
 

Watch the video below to learn how to do it, (it is under two minutes) then get to it!

 

 

 

 

 

The guidelines are:

 

  1. Safety first- Always value proper form and movement above all. Do as many Quality reps as possible.
  2. Breathe– As always match up your breathing to your movements (In on the bottom of the swing and out on top).
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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Sometimes simple is better. Don’t get me wrong, I love complexes, difficult moves that I need to learn to master and so-on. However, there are days that it just isn’t there and I need something that is challenging, helps me burn calories and is fun to do. That is where the kettlebell swing comes into play. It is probably the easiest to perform but an extremely effective move that gets the job done on those days.

 

 

 

This week’s workout is a few different ones all based on that move, so enjoy and get workin’!

The Walker Swing workout:

 

 

Choose your level and have fun with this awesome workout.

 

 

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The I walk the line workout:

 

If you have 2 kettlebells this will  turn you into a torch of calorie crushing goodness!

The undertaker Kettlebell swing workout:

This one is still one of my favorites, enjoy it !

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 has been awhile since I have done one of these posts and I hope that our separation did not cause too severe of an anxiety for you. However,  as AC/DC once sung, I am “back in the saddle again” and I am bringing with me an intense kettlebell complex!

 

 

 

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Learn how to do this workout and see an example by yours truly in the video below:

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.

 

 

Muscle, glorious muscle. This goal seems to be an important one to many who have been bit by the iron bug. Yet, it seems as though a multitude of those “afflicted” with this desirable problem don’t ever make much progress in their developmental goals.

Thankfully. the answer is simple and is given to you in the video below in the second part of my  vlog series, The Coach’s desk.

 

 

So take a second to listen and pass it on!

 

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In the last 15 years ago or so kettlebell as an effective have grown in popularity. I have been fortunate to have found them in that time period and my life and my client’s lives are much better a result of adding this implement to our workouts and programs.

As a means to give back and to help, I have endeavored over the last three years by this blog to bring simple but not easy workouts that they can do and enjoy. This series is my utter joy and I am thankful for every view, comment, Facebook message and follower that has come through this blog. Thank you each and every one of you for your continued support and for making this series a success!

Now enough with the mushy stuff let’s workout!

 

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This week’s movement based flow or complex is one that you all will enjoy and is down by doing:

A lateral lunge to snatch for 10 reps each round per side.
Followed by 5 overhead squats
Lastly, three overhead presses

Do it for about 10 to 20 minutes, pick a challenging weight and go to town.

This workout will have you moving better, burning fat , working your heart and building strength.

Check out the video below to learn how to do it:

 

 

 

 

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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Lousy/crappy workouts, we have all been plagued by them at one point or another. In fact, sometimes we go to the gym or our workout area feeling good and come out greatly disappointed by our performance in that session. If you have ever had this happen to you, I want you to know that you aren’t the only one and you don’t have to take it personal. I would even dare say that if you workout you have three things guaranteed to you: taxes , death and an occasional sucky training session.

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However, there is a way to better prevent this phenomena that leaves questioning your gains and worth as fitness buff, as if all of your awesome previous gains were delusion.

One you have to make sure that you are following some sort of periodized program. Due to our bodies ability to adapt and to prevent overuse of joints, etc. Failure to do so will often lead to the bottom falling out on your results. (More to come on how you can do that soon.)

This post is not about that specific topic but a way to get a glance at your physiology and to know whether or not it is time to kill it, lighten up the load or rest . You may be thinking that you couldn’t afford because it sounds expensive. But thankfully that is not the case, it can cost up to $50 for the accessory and the app can be free. The wonderful thing that I am talking about is heart rate variability or HRV.

 

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As you know, I am a big believer that if you aren’t assessing you are guessing. So before this we used to go back how we feel as to whether we should train or not and it would end up being most of the time because our human physiology is a lot more complex than that. With HRV daily scans, scan get a look a that part of us and see how we ready we are to train and handle stress for each day.

It also can help us better lean our responses to certain foods, our rest needs , issues that are stressful and so-on. This of course will help you improve your health and fitness, due to your eliminating the things that are hindering you without your awareness of them.

 

Now, just be aware that this is not magic and requires a consistent daily scan and the willingness if necessary to not train hard or at all on a certain day due to what is going on in your autonomic nervous and immune systems.

 

 

Let me explain further the readings and what they mean.

It is a well known fact that stress affects us, but what is not a well known fact is that the overload of training is stress also. Which can also affect our health negatively, if we don’t manage  and recover from it.

HRV offers us an objective chance to view how well we are doing in terms of this need. It can show how the stresses of our life can affect our workout performance as well as our food choices (what and how much.) ,sleep quality/ needs  and so-on.

 

 

Now in terms of practical application, you take about two minutes in the morning and then you get a read out of green, which will be something like this:

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This simply means that you are ok to train and will most likely not have a crappy workout.

There is also yellow:

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Yellow as you could imagine can mean that you need to get in some breathing and other activities to balance out your system. Then a not so intense workout.

 

 

Finally there is red:

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Which simply means that the day in which that reading was given is a day for mobility, breathing and a nice walk maybe a pooch will go with you.
So as you can see, if you tried to train hard on the last two days with not optimal readings you would have had what you would have called a lousy workout. That is why this post is called a simple way to avoid lousy workouts. So get the strap and spend a few bucks to do so, download an HRV app and get scanning each day to get going and to make serious progress in your fitness.

 

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Lately I have been training a lot of what some may call strength-cardio, wherein the goal is produce force (not maximum) while keeping my heart rate in the aerobic training zones. Now, if you have been following this blog and my post on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (which you can access from this blog.) you know that there many huge benefits that one can get form training in this zone; from heart-health, stress management, recovery form difficult training and so many other great things.

 

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So being the wise investor in my health and fitness that I am, I have by collecting these benefits plus some strength work. This is one of the workouts that I have been using with myself along with my ion person and online clients. It is a challenging but reasonable workout that will make you and heart happy with its outcomes!

 

This workout is done by doing the following:

Finding a challenging weight that doesn’t take you into anaerobic training and that you can do for 10 to 20 minutes.

Then do 8 to 10 reps per side, keeping your heart rate between 130 and 150 beats per minute.

Keep it going for 10 to 20 minutes

 

 

 

 

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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Over the years I have been extremely blessed to mentor new trainers and coaches and to help them get started on their path to what I hope will be a successful career for them. Many of them will ask me questions such as: what are the best exercises/ tools to use? What is the best program to help my clients get the results that they want and so-on. To me these are good questions, but the lack the most important aspect any good and effective program, the why behind it .

You see, any so called training program that lacks purpose and individualization in personal training, will most likely end up leaving the client disappointed. Especially, if they aren’t new to this whole fitness world.

 

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Just random workouts can work in getting a person leaner and somewhat stronger. Yet in my opinion that will only go so far and probably will leave glaring issues that the person has unaddressed. So instead, let’s have a reason for doing what we are doing with our clients.

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This does take more energy and forethought to make this happen, but your success will be obvious to others and lead to great results and joy from your clients!

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Since the inception of this program, I have tried to offer as much of as a periodization that one could do without the doers not working directly working with me. So you may that the last few sessions have had a focus of cardio or aerobic training. However, as with anything, everyone needs to take time off from an approach to recover and get ready to kill it in that area again. So this week ‘s workout has a strength emphasis with the goal of getting you stronger in the overhead press.

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Everything that you need to know is in the video below. Take a few minutes to learn how to do this workout and get strength results!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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Programming a workout to get out of it what you want from it is not the most complicated thing in the world when you know what your overall goals are and you are willing to do the work. It may however require that you change your approach and thoughts about training a little or completely.  Then of course you will need to apply those new thoughts as long as they are scientific and safe.

 

 

 

Over the last few years I have had such a paradigm shift and as a result my training takes much more planning (which I love) and I have made much more progress in my overall goals. One of those thoughts that I have implemented even more is the need to train aerobically for health reasons as well as to help me have better and greater success in my main goals of strength, explosiveness and so on.

 

 

 

Today’s workout is an aerobic workout using two moves and a protocol that was developed for the kettlebell snatch, the 15/15. This is done by doing 15 seconds of work and 15 off for 80 rounds or 40 minutes. Except today’s workout not only involves the snatch, but the kettlebell jerk as well.

 

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It is done by doing: 6 to 8 snatches to a lockout on each one (hips and elbows) for as many quality rounds that you can get in. Then when you are done with that doing the kettlebell jerk for the same time period and getting in 5 to 6 each round. You want to do this for at least 20 minutes in order to get the aerobic training effect.

 

This tough workout will challenge you and help you burn a good amount of calories while training your heart!

 

 

 

Look at the video below to see it done:

 

 

 

 

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!