Posts Tagged ‘fitness world’

 

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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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.

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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!

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Training for long-term results requires intelligence, planning, spending time on movement quality and many more factors. Each and every week, I strive to bring you my friends workouts that acknowledge these needs and help you get big gains in less time spent training.

 

 

That has been my goal for the last three years and I plan on continuing to do it as long as I am blessed to do so. This week’s workout offers my own brand of methodical madness to develop work capacity with the use of kettlebells and four basic movement patterns. They are the push-press, row, swing and squat.

Weekly Workout: The Intense Blast It Kettlebell Workout

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This week’s workout is done by doing: 10-15 push presses on one side
Immediately followed by row on the same side for 10 reps
Then keep doing it until you can’t be explosive in that move.

Then do 1 arm swings for the same rep-range
Followed by “competition depth” goblet squats for 10
Once again keep it going until you can’t be explosive.

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!

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Fitness in general has become a breeding pot for extreme ideas or so it seems to me. Throughout my 14 year career  I have seen and heard so many thoughts that just aren’t true or have been taken to harmful extremes. Now don’t get me wrong a nice thrashing once in a while will put some hair on your chest. (if you want it!) Also if you are getting ready to compete or do compete in a sport, then you will want to be a bit more extreme depending on what you play and do.

 

However, If we always get thrashed when we train you will not get to goals or at least be able to maintain the success that you have achieved so far. As a result, I am a big believer in doing the right amount of everything to get the maximum benefit. In spite of how much this reasonable mentality is catching on. most of mainline fitness thinks that one must kill themselves and spend every single free minute at the gym to get results.

 

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I am here to tell you that it is not so, unless you are training for some sort of completion, you can do the bare minimum done well with the right amount of intensity and get amazing results. I have seen nothing good from being too extreme and going overboard. Setting p.r. s all the time, making too big jumps in weight too often, not owning a move for the sake of just trying to do more and so-on. Not only will these mind-sets eventually lead to the law of diminishing returns, but they will also most likely leave you “licking your wounds” on the sidelines while others who trained in a balanced way continue to progress!

I don’t know about you, but I have been there and it is very depressing and discouraging.

 

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There is also the sort of going crazy over an nutrition program and thinking that you must perform absolutelty one hundred percent to see change . When that is not the case, again unless you are competing in a physique event, there is no need need to be an extreme dieter.

In fact the body needs balance and if you seek to continue to live this lifestyle over your whole life, being balanced can help you achieve that goal. So eat some “bad stuff” once in awhile, if you enjoy alcohol, have some and so-on. Just remember not to go crazy and to eat more whole foods than anything else and you will do fine.

 

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Then there is also the extreme no nutrition, no exercise and self indulgent lifestyle and that is also destructive and can lead to major health problems and death. So this post is not saying to live that way either. It is rather exhorting us to find balance in what we do.

Train hard some times, go heavy, hit the conditioning hard. Work on mobility and satbility, eat well and cheat sometimes. Be lazy here and there and spend lots of time with your family. Just remember in everything that you do to seek and learn balance and if you do, you will be so much happier , healthier and get amazing fitness gains!!!!!!

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One of my kettlebell students Steve is a real stand-up guy, he works very hard, has a very good sense of humor and is very athletic. So you can imagine that when I design workouts for him that they can be epic and are worthy of being on this blog for you my friends to enjoy. This week’s workout is one of them, so hold on be ready to be challenged!

Weekly Workout: Your Rentz is due!

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This workout involves bottom’s up lunges and presses, but don’t fear if you can’t do them yet– you can always do the moves from the rack position.

Click here for more on the bottom’s up kettlebell drills.

This workout is done by doing an outside the leg bottom’s up clean, controlling the kettlebell then lunging forward, pressing on the bottom and then standing up switching sides, then repeating it for 3 to 5 reps per side for as many quality rounds as you can do.

If you are pressed for time (pun intended), use a pretty heavy bell for this workout. You can go a bit lighter and work on this complex some more, if you have enough time to do so. The  choice is yours , just make sure that each rep is a good one. Because as you know crap leads to more crap in the long run!

Enjoy forends and watch the video below to see it in action

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!

If you have ever seen the movie the History of the World, you know about the part when Moses goes on the mountain and comes down with his “15 commandments.” then he drops a tablet and exclaims, ” here are my 10 commandments!”

Today’s post is not about those commandments funny or real; it is rather my fitness commandments based on science and my experience over my 12 year  career. Over the next few weeks, I will break down those principles and attempt to apply them to our training.

These principles of training have been around for a while and have brought fitness success to the user for many years now. They will do the same for you if you begin to incorporate them into your programming and training. It will take some thought and practice but in time you will begin to think by using these laws to train.

These rules (if you would) are as follows and I will write about each one in a post over the next few weeks and we then can discuss how to apply them to each of our own fitness training.

  • First have a goal and plan
  • Track your progress
  • Recover from your training
  • Individual differences
  • Overcompensation
  • Overload
  • The S.A.I.D Principle
  • The use/disuse principle
  • The Gas principle
  • The specificity principle 
  • If it makes you feel better, I will put a “thou shalt” before every post when I write them. Just to further cement the thought into your mind and to hopefully make you laugh a bit. So pay attention to this blog and subscribe if you haven’t to get all of these posts and to join in on the fun!

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.

You all may know the Geico commercial that has the group Salt and Peppa in it ; wherein they basically harass people who have to push something. Such as an elevator button, a door, lawnmower and so on. As they saw people  doing their activity they would sing, “push it from their song.”  It is a very creative commercial and very funny. If this was some kind of real thing and if this group would appear every-time some one did some sort of pushing movement, they would have been in my house this last Thursday as I did my workout.

The last few days of the week were busy and strangely enough, as a result I didn’t have a lot of time to train.  So as my wife ran errands and my son went to sleep, I grabbed a kettlebell and began to “push it real good!” The result of this time training came this week’s workout.

Weekly Workout: The Fat loss Push it

This workout is done by doing the following pressing variation followed by one arm swings for time.

5 seated kettlebell overhead presses
3 half kneeling presses

3 tall kneeling presses
1 standing press
45 seconds one arm swings

I struggled with this workout and so will you if you use the right load for it!

Men use a 16 to 32 kg bell

Women use a 10 kg to 16 kg bell

 

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!