Posts Tagged ‘advanced kettlebell’

 

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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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Mastery is a beautiful thing to watch and when it comes to movement nothing is more amazing to watch when someone can shift from movement to movement without any interruptions and major mistakes in  the moves that are being transitioned through.

 

 

 

This fun approach to train with kettlebells, sandbags or body weight can hit various movement patterns and help it’s user build some conditioning as they do. Not to mention that when it is done well, it can be awesome to watch.

 

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This week’s workout is one such session is just that and hopefully, I make it look as good as some of the flows that I have seen over the years. Now just before we begin to talk about the successive moves, please make sure that you have spent enough time on each of the moves by themselves to have the technique down.

 

 

 

This type of workout isn’t difficult to do once you have the form of each exercise down. You will however, want to go light enough to make sure that you can finish the flow without setting the bell down and disrupting the beautiful movement that you will bring to the world as a result of this workout.

 

 

 

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It is done by doing a Turkish get up on one side, then a windmill on top, followed by 5 split snatches and then finishing up on that side with a clean to squat for 5 times of each move.

 

 

Keep this going for 10 to 20 minutes and get as many quality and beautiful rounds per side.

Watch 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!

After reading our last post on this subject, you have gained some insight into the why of our rotational program.  If you haven’t read it yet, click here to do so now, because I will be referencing some of those points throughout this post. This week’s post will also be the beginning of a programming to train this movement, especially for mobility and stability work to help improve the technique of human rotation.

As you are aware, the body operates in movement systems and have been imformed of the ones involved specificaly in rotation, commonly refered to as  slings. The one thing that we didn’t cover las time, was that these patterns are connected by a substance called fascia.

This is a web like substance that sits over our muscles and pulls them together throughout the body. So in addition to specific muscles firing to accomplish a task, this fascial pulling also goes on as well. Now this is a great thing and helps our bodies transmit force as well as helping us to stabilize , as we do so and  move in our sports or life.  Yet, it can also limit our performance in the same way that it can help it; in the case of an  individual muscle or muscle in a pattern being underactive.

As a result of the weakness of one muscle, another along the movement chain can become tight and overactive as well as it leading to restrictions in a movement such as rotation in this case.

In light of this fact, it would make sense that individuals with this issue would need to mobilize orrelease their tight muscles in this (or any) pattern and then follow it by strengthening the weak muscles that are causing the problem in the first place.

So the first question that we need to deal with is what needs to be mobilized and what needs to be stabilized and or strengthened?

First of all we cannot say with absolute certainty for every person without anevaluation/assessment like the one that we do here at Escape Medford that could identify the issues that the person may have and then a strategy on how to deal with them.

But this post will endeavor to give you some general ideas to help you improve your rotation and then to pattern it with better technique.

Our first step is to mobilize an area that many people are “locked up” in due to our seated culture. That is our Thoracic spine or mid-back. A lot of the times, we cannot rotate properly and transfer energy the way we should, due to not being able to move through our mid-backs well. As result we usually end up using not so good body parts for this movement pattern. (Elbows as in throwing, lumbar spine, etc.)

Use this drill below to help you begin to utilize your upper back to rotate better and to minimize your low back for this human movement pattern.

Once we have mobilized this area, the next step is to stabilize it; so that the new range of motion is maintained. We like to use the following move to develop this quality, especially for overhead throwers

After developing the mobility and stability needed for the move of rotation, we can begin to pattern it while standing, helping the athlete get better at their sport, whether it be golf, baseball, or any other sport that involves a lot of rotation and or overhead work.

Next week, we will continue this theme and teach you how to begin to use your new found mobility and stability to enhance your performance in your chosen sport and for your health.

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Training for fat-loss is not magical and doesn’t require an advanced knowledge of calculus or rocket science. All it takes is that you overload your system in one is the ways that have been proven by science. (Tempo, load, complexity and so-on.) The cool thing about these principles is that you can apply them all or most of them to a single workout. This week’s workout involves, complexity, volume and a few others to help you get the results that you have come to expect from this series.

Weekly Workout: The Fat Killing Kettlebell Complex

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This week’s workout is a little complicated so don’t feel bad if you struggle a bit with any of the moves, just find an easier version to do and get results without creating movement dysfunction by training with a move or load that you aren’t ready for.

This week’s workout is done by doing the following in order then resting one to two minutes or until your heart rate gets low enough to go again.

8 clean and jerks with two bells
(If you don’t know how to do the jerk, simply do a push-press for the same reps.)
6 step forward lunges to side to overhead press.
(use one bell and if you cant lunge safely, do a squat to press.) 

Walking hand to hand swing for 20 steps a side 
( Just regular swings are fine t00.)

Enjoy this workout that will help you burn fat, build mental toughness, get strong and work your heart as you do it!

Once again we have your 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.

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!

Being fit doesn’t have to take a bunch of time away from you and the things and  people who you love. In fact , you can be as fit as you need and want to be with just an hour spent training a week. The only down side about this type of approach is that you have to work very hard in the time that you do work on your fitness. But if you are willing to do just that, these weekly workouts are for you and if it is your first time reading one of these posts, welcome and feel free to look at the archives and try out all of the sessions that I have created along with other friends over the last two years.

After that brief little bunny trail,let’s take a look at this week’s workout and see how it is done so that you can get to it and not read my antics and “isims.”

Weekly Kettlebell workout: The Spliter

This week’s workout has an advanced move in it ; so if you don’t feel comfortable just do the basic version. It will also get you results!

 

 

This week’s fat blasting workout is done by doing:

 

 

5 split cleans to presses.
10 1 arm swings

 

Every time you clean you will also press each time for the reps given. After that then do your 10 1 arm swings. Do each move in the order given on each side, then rest if you need to and keep it going for as many quality reps and sets per side in 10 to 15 minutes.

 

 

Just as I stated earlier this workout will meet your fitness needs if you add in a bit of mobility work and there is your training time. Feel free to practice your hobby, or if you have a 3 month old as I do, you can spend time with him. (or her)

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.