Believe it or not, even though I am strong with a
barbell, when I first got into KB lifting, making the
jump from the 32s to the 40s was quite challenging.
(There were no 36s at that time.)
I was strong enough to “bull” my way through pretty
much anything with the 32s, but with a mere 16kg jump
up to the 40s – I struggled – BIG time – even though
the weight felt light on the barbell compared to the
Why was that and what’d I do to overcome this?
Well, I “discovered” that there are actually THREE easy
ways to jump up a KB size.
Discover and practice the correct techniques for the
lift you’re working on. (Every lift in fact.)
I was just pushing the bells over my head.
I didn’t know how to really move my body – to control it
and therefore exert control on the KBs.
I couldn’t direct my focus.
So I had to learn how to do that.
For example, learning how to press from my lats. I could
never do that. I just pressed like your average gym rat –
from my shoulders and triceps.
I learned some really phenomenal concepts at my RKC
in 2005 and have since gone and refined and added to
Which brings me to my next point –
2. Fix Your Weak Points
This is no shocking revelation to you if you’ve been
following “Kettlebell Secrets” for any length of time.
As a refresher, there are several “problem areas” common
to all of us:
– upper back
– lower back and abs
Fix your issues in these areas and *BOOM!* – more often
than not you get “instantly” stronger.
For example, one of the reasons I couldn’t press from
my lats is that they were tight and inhibited. So after
stretching out my lats, I was able to boost my press.
Of course, finding and fixing my other specific issues
3. Follow a systematic and progressive training plan.
There is really no secret to this.
You push a little bit, you back off. You wave your loads –
up and down, up and down, up and down.
And over the course of time – not too much time if
you do this right – you get stronger.
That’s exactly what I did.
Because there were no 36s at the time (thankfully), I
took those 32s and worked on increasing my volume
of work –
More one day, less the next, and somewhere in between
on other days –
Really owning each and every rep of every single set –
applying my new technique.
And yeah, sure, the weights already felt light, but
when I added in what I learned about technique, they
felt even lighter.
The best part was that not only was I conditioning my
shoulders but my entire body (which apparently was the
So when I went back to press the 40s they felt like
butter. Or “butt-ah” if you prefer. Smooth and easy.
It doesn’t matter if you’re using 32s or 12s – this
3 step approach will work for you – regardless of the
Whether it’s a Press or Clean or a Snatch.
There is however, a threefold problem with this approach:
1. Knowing the proper and “best” techniques for each
and every exercise (and how they relate to each other)
2. Identifying your weak points and then using the
correct “fixes” for them
3. Implementing the simplest, most effective progressive
training programs that will make that jump easy.
When you’re tired of fumbling around with your technique,
or can’t find your weak points, or fed up with not seeing any
progress – or the progress you expect –
Inside you’ll learn EVERYTHING you need to know about
getting as strong as you want using only a pair of kettlebells
and how to easily jump up a kettlebell size.