I got an email the other day from Kyle who asked the following:
“Hi Geoff, I have decided to purchase a copy of KB Strong, solely
based on how I felt doing double C+P the other day at the gym.
In a few words, my workout was much shorter but I felt amazing
afterward. My question is, if I own a 12 and a 16, what size kb
should I purchase first (to complete a pair)? I use my 12 for
TGUs and the 16 for everything else. Thanks for your time.”
Here’s what I told him:
“I’d err on the side of caution and go with the lighter bell –
the 12kg. When that pair feels super easy, then go for the
I know this is counter to EVERYTHING in our culture right
now regarding workouts.
We have all those late night infomercial workouts with people
lying in pools of their own sweat. “Insanity” I tell you.
We have an entire culture built around “Pukie” – a clown who
vomits after workouts.
And we have workouts that are supposed to make you “tough.”
What ever happened to “sustainable?”
We have become so myopic (short-sighted) with our workouts
that we’ve forgotten that the key to success is to be able to
do this until the “dirt nap.”
Well why not?
Don’t you want to be healthy, vibrant, and strong until the
day you step into eternity or do you want to be weak, frail,
and sick, doped up on meeds with tubes running in and out of
Probably the former I’m guessing.
Well the key to achieving that is to, for the most part, make
your workouts sustainable.
And the key to doing that is to make them relatively easy.
And the way to do that is to take a long-term view.
You need to walk away from your workouts, as my coach says,
in such a way, to “make the muscle hungry.”
In other words, you walk away from every workout KNOWING
without a shadow of a doubt that you could’ve done more, if
you had chosen to, or required to.
It’s the idea of staying “fresh.”
And it’s that concept that will keep your workouts feeling easy.
Life has enough challenges, why throw one more your way
I’m not saying to be a slacker when you work out.
What I am saying is you can train heavy and you can push your
conditioning levels and still make your workouts “easy.”
Like Kyle said, your workouts should leave you saying, “I felt
Your workouts will be sustainable.
Your workouts will be relatively easy.
Your workouts will be relatively short.
(The “One” program is “only” 10 minutes long.)
Best of all – your workouts will produce RESULTS.
… Than quite possibly ever before.
Imagine that – non-stop, perpetual progress.