I’ve got a confession to make.
I used to be one of “those” guys.
Yeah, one of the ones who said “all” you need is your kettlebell.
Well, lemme explain…
Before that, I was one of those “Olympic lifts are all you need”
And before that, I was one of those “Squat, Bench, and DL are
all you need” guys.
Funny thing was, between those phases I actually did “assistance”
work before taking my “new” stance.
And the funnier thing was, hindsight being 20/20, it was that
“assistance” work that made my lifting better which led me to making
my sweeping proclamations.
Admittedly, that was pretty dumb.
And it’s funny how we change…
If you’ve been a subscriber for awhile, you’ll recall that last summer
I pretty much gave up all barbell lifting (save Deadlifts) and all
kettlebell lifting in favor of mastering my bodyweight –
That’s right doing “only” bodyweight exercises.
(No, I’m not going to say “all” you need to do is bodyweight exercises!)
And one of the GLARING weaknesses I found that I had, and you
might too was the following –
1. Reflexive core stability
2. Core strength
Yeah, I know, I hate the word “core” too.
Instead of going to the “core gurus” I had the good fortune of watching
my newborn son develop. (He’s taking steps now – almost walking!)
So I just watched him. It’s soooo simple really. (More about that some
Anyway, I did a bunch of “top secret” abz workz which I’ve alluded to
in the past and it worked great.
When I got back into my KB training, the biggest and most immediate
differences that I noticed was –
1. My strength and power went up on my ballistics work – especially
my doubles work. (It’s no problem for me to crank out sets of 10 of
the double clean with a pair of 40s now.)
2. My front squat went up – I had better control and also maintained
better posture during each squat
And the Truth is that your kettlebell isn’t “all” you need.
If you spend any amount of time on yer butt during the day in staring
into the soul killer – I mean computer – then chances are better than
good that you need to do some core/abz workz too.
So what should you do so that you’re not dumb like I was?
Simply take the time at the end of your workout and add in some
I don’t care what it is, but it should be something you suck at.
Start with Planks.
Or add in some Hanging Knee Raises.
Or even some good ol’ fashioned Reverse Crunches.
And if all those are easy, move to the Hanging Leg Raises – the
REAL ones – where you use your abs to curl your trunk and
help lift your legs – not the ones where you swing them up.
Start with low reps – 3-5 to start. Maybe 3-5 sets. Nothing fancy, but
just enough to wake up those abz. (10-30 second holds on the
And add them to every workout, even if it means you have to back
off some of your KB work. Trust me, it’ll be worth it in the long run.
P.S. If you want some ideas for some other abs exercises, here’s
a little-know website I have that’s got a bunch of videos for you –
all free. Take a poke around on there and see what tickles your