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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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Kettlebells are a very useful fitness tool to help someone achieve higher levels of fitness, movement quality and many other fitness related qualities. Now there are some drawbacks to using kettlebells.

 

 

One of them is if you are a person that doesn’t have the discipline to pay attention to your technique as you workout, they will end up possibly exposing your issues with movement by pulling you around.

 

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Lately I have been using moves and complexes that demand good movement with those who can do so as well as my own training and the results have been phenomenal!

 

 

 

This week’s complex is one of those ones that I put together and now it is your turn to try it out, if you dare!

 

 

 

Weekly Kettlebell Workout: A Complex, Complex Part 2

 

 

 

Check out the video below for and explanation and demonstration:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 have a friend that trains with me at my house and he was pressed for time two sessions ago; however there are some drills that he needs to before each session to prepare for the upcoming onslaught of fitness progress.

So being the nice fellow that I am I decided to put together a workout that is all low body and will develop an anaerobic work capacity for him. As a result of those circumstances and my kind side, I decided to develop this workout worthy of the hulk that ends in about 20 minutes and is and was extremely effective to produce results.

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This Workout is done by doing:

8 full pistols a side or wherever you are at in it’s progression (a box etc.)

Then you grab a moderate size bell and do 20 swings.

Try to get in as many as possible in 20 minutes but rest anywhere from a minute to 3 depending on how hard both drills are for you.|

That is it, it is a very simple workout, I will concede. But don’t let its simplicity fool you. After all it is the leg smasher!

Check out 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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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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.

 

Close to a year ago, Dr. Emily Splichal came out to the gym that I work at and taught us her barefoot certification. I remember being extremely challenged by her material and maybe even a little frustrated. Fast forward these few months and some study, I have a better understanding of the concepts given us and this week’s workout will use one of them

 

 

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Weekly Kettlebell Workout: The Barefoot Fat Blaster

So if you want to do this week’s workout, it will require no sneakers or socks. Then before you do the moves make sure the tri-pod of your foot is on the ground, then lift up your toes and grip very hard with your big toe. Tighten your ab and do your movements, hello glutes!

 

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The exercises for this week’s workout are 5 single leg deadlifts, 5 staggered squats and 10 1 arm swings. Be sure to keep your foot position throughout the moves and reengage on the bottom. Do this for five rounds a side alternating your sides and rest up to a minute in between sets. Remember that gal is to be able to keep your foot driven down into the floor on each rep of every set.

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Check it out 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.

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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As I was stuck inside on a Saturday due to the snow storm Jonas, I decided to take a look and edit some old You-Tube videos on my channel found here; I found an older workout and decided to make good on my promise to do a tutorial for the Gorilla clean.

Now before I go on, let me say if you don’t have the one and two bell clean down with at least half bodyweight for ten don’t do this move just yet. Take the time to develop your form and hip drive, soft landing in the rack and so-on. I have seen too many people over the years try to rush the process rather than to earn it and it has led to some problems in the long run. So be wise friends.

 

 

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Now that I got my moral obligation out of the way and if you meet this criteria, then let’s get busy on how to do this kettlebell exercise. This move has a few different components to it that make it different from your basic clean variations.

 

 

1.It starts from the top down

2. It has a sort of squatty catch

3. It Requires more attention to details

Benefits:

1.It teaches control

2. It uses a different pattern (same but different)

3.It makes you think (for the reasons given above)

4. It is fun!

Start off slow and develop good habits and techniques and then have fun training with this kettlebell drill. Enjoy it friends