Are you as lean and as strong as you want to be since
you started swinging around your kettlebell?
If not, don’t worry – I wanted to take some time this week
to give you 5 secrets that I’ve used successfully with
both myself and my clients that I know will help you out.
Before we get there though –
I had two really great conversations this past weekend
with friends in the KB world.
The first was with a customer/client/colleague and we
were doing some brainstorming.
She asked me if most people used KBs for anything other
than getting strong.
I told her that most of the people I know who aren’t using
them to get strong or “in great shape” use the wee
beasties to lose fat and get lean.
That’s what drew her to my work she said.
In my other conversation with another Master Instructor,
he was telling me about one of his friends and clients
who, like so many of us, used the KB to get strong again.
And this guy came back from the brink – bad back, two
knee AND two hip replacements, and bad elbows AND
bad shoulders. Worse yet, he lived in chronic pain. (Not
a big surprise there.)
Talk about high mileage!
Yet his client was raving about how the KB gave him a
sort of “deep” strength – strengthening his body from the
inside out – driving out the pain and allowing him to live
I think most of us fall into one of those two categories –
Maybe both –
At any given time.
What’s the point of me telling you about these conversations?
There are people “out there” who are “getting it done” with
kettlebells, despite their issues, problems, and setbacks.
How do they do it?
More importantly –
How do YOU do it – in spite of ALL that you have going on?
That leads us to the first “secret” –
SECRET #1: VISION
You might have thought I was going to say something
But you’d be wrong.
See, many people using KBs have desire – they want to
They want to get in shape.
They want to get stronger.
But that’s as far as they’ll go.
That’s as far as they take it.
They’ll buy a KB and a workout program and “try” it
to “see if it works” – but deep inside, they don’t really believe
And so the kettlebell collects dust and the program gets
And life remains the same.
Maybe that’s you.
If so, don’t worry, it won’t be for much longer.
What makes people like my client/colleague and my friend’s
client successful is they have a vision of what their lives
will look like.
See, here’s the thing that 95% of people don’t know about
how your mind works -
Your subconscious mind doesn’t recognize “negatives.”
For example, whatever you do, don’t think of the Eiffel
The first thing that popped into your mind was the Eiffel
So if you’re like most people you have a vision of what
you don’t want, but not of what you want.
“I don’t want to be fat.”
Your subconscious doesn’t recognize the word “don’t.”
So all it hears is “I want to be fat.”
So you keep making stupid decisions to forage late
night in the fridge and wonder why for some strange
reason “no matter how hard you try, you just cant’ lose
(Not to mention all the negative programming in that
statement… but more on that later.)
So you have to replace what you don’t want with what
EXACTLY what you want.
And you must take the time to use your imagination
to see your end result.
This is what is meant by “vision.”
Literally “seeing” or “envisioning” the results you want,
rather than the results you don’t.
For example – maybe you’re trying to lose 20lbs.
You want to envision yourself slimmer, leaner, more
ripped – whatever words float your boat.
You want to envision what your life WILL look like -
How you’ll look and feel once you achieve that final
And then of course you’ll want to write it down.
And like I mentioned earlier, write it in the positive rather
than the negative.
Because it’s a fundamental law of the universe -
You’ll have what you say.
Don’t believe me?
Your life is a product of your words.
(Which were a product of your thoughts, which, after spoken,
You got that college degree because you said you would.
It works in reverse – the negative too.
Feel inadequate or inferior?
That’s probably because someone in a position of authority
said something or did something to you to make you feel
that way. And you accepted it as truth – probably because
you didn’t know any better.
(Hey, I’m not judging – I’ve walked a ton of miles down
that road before. And it sucked. Big time.)
Remember, the subconscious mind doesn’t work in
You didn’t think I was just going to leave you with that
knowledge and not have you do anything about it, did
I care way too much about your results to let you slide
by knowing, but not doing anything about it.
I WANT you to succeed.
And I know you want to succeed. Finally.
So here’s a quick exercise for you.
1) Write out your goal.
“Lose 20 pounds.”
“Press the Beast.”
“200 Snatches in 10 minutes.”
Whatever it is, write it down.
This is important.
This stimulates a part of your brain called the Reticular
Activating System that is like a targeting system that
makes it easier to achieve your goals.
2) Now write it out in the positive, using adjectives to
program your mind for success.
“Drop 20 pounds of unsightly fat and get lean – fitting back
into my high school jeans.”
“Effortlessly press the Beast with both hands, at will,
any time, any where.”
“Crush 200 snatches in 10 minutes barely breaking a
sweat, with plenty of energy left over.”
3) Meditate (think) on your vision and speak it out loud to
Yeah, yeah, I know what you’re thinking, this is getting
more and more “woo-woo” all the time.
But hold your horses.
Let me ask you a question:
How’s what you’re doing now working for you?
Not so good, right?
Otherwise you’d have the results you were actually looking
for and wouldn’t be bouncing from program to program
or “waiting till you get motivated,” right?
So bear this out – because I’m telling you – I’ve seen this
work in my own life both for me and against me.
And I think you’d agree with me, that you’d much rather
see this work for you rather than against you, right?
So let’s keep going.
There’s an axiom, for lack of a better word, that “faith comes
Think about it – if you’re parents told you you were stupid
repeatedly, what do you think of yourself?
Or if you keep telling yourself how disgusted you are
because your so fat, is it any surprise you’re still fat?
You’re re-enforcing your situation with your words – both
the ones that you’re thinking and speaking.
Conversely, when your sport coach told you that you
had what it took to succeed – essentially telling you that
he believed in you – in maybe not so many words – what
You most likely repeated that in your mind or maybe even
out loud and were successful because you held on to
These examples may not be exactly applicable to your
situation, but you see what I mean, right?
For example, something that haunted me for years was
when my first weightlifting coach told me I had weak legs.
I heard it and received it because my leg strength wasn’t
where I wanted it to be, so I repeated it to myself
Even after squatting 405# for 5 sets of 5 rock bottom with
no belt I still struggled with those thoughts.
It wasn’t until my second weightlifting coach affirmed
what I always wanted to be and proved it to me – that
the picture in my mind changed.
You get the picture.
4) Keep repeating your vision of your goal out loud
daily until you reach it.
This one is pretty self-explanatory.
Like begets like.
The more you speak it, the more it will become a part
of you – a part of your reality.
And if you’re going to succeed, you need something to
combat all the stress and garbage that will most likely
stand in your way – all the negative words that are
thrown at you day in and day out.
So when you keep repeating your vision, it will truly
become a part of you until you actually see it happen
right in front of your eyes – where your imagination and
hope become your reality.
It’s almost inevitable.
So that’s the first “secret.”
Take 5-10 minutes to do the exercise.
You’re worth it.
Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
Tomorrow I’ll be back with the second secret.