Kettlebells – Nothing New Under The Sun (Or Is There….?)

I like to surf…

… the ol’ interwebz.

I do like real surfing – only been once – but my wife won’t let
me cause she’s afraid I’ll get eaten by a shark. Or multiple
sharks. All devouring me at the same time.

And now that I have a kid, it’s best if I let her win that
battle – for now.

Anyway, one of the things I do when I surf the interwebz is
look for “new” strength stuff.

I have a couple of “favorite” guys, other than my friends
in the KB community like Pavel and Dan John and Brett

But there’s this one guy – just drives me crazy.


Cause I’ve been doing this since ’93 and I’ve seen a lot of
stuff come and go…

… And this one guy is literally rehashing and ripping off another
guy’s work almost verbatim. Now, it was work published 15
years ago, but still, does he think no one will notice?


Anyway, here are what I think are the 3 “Best” ways to train
with your kettlebells, based on what I’ve seen and used over
the last 20 years or so.

1. Mix them with other modalities.

– Mix them with barbells.

–Use them as a warm up or as finishers.

– Mix them with bodyweight.

— This is one of my favorites. Alternate days or alternate
exercises – like the two “Total Body Smoker” programs
in “Kettlebell Express!” –

2. Use density training.

Popularized by Charles Staley and his EDT system, density
training is simply doing more work in the same amount or
less time than you have in the past.

And it’s perfect for KB training – especially when you’re busy.

And of course…

3. Use them as a stand alone tool for all of your strength
and conditioning needs.

Now some people may think that’s crazy – why limit yourself
they think?

Simple. We live in a world of too many choices.

And too many choices cause distraction and confusion, both
of which destroy productivity. Which of course means you
never reach your goals cause you’re always looking at the
next shiny object in front of you.

And if you think you can’t get strong using “just” kettlebells,
let me ask you this:

How many times can you Clean and Press the Beasts – that’s
right – a pair of 48kg KBs?

Or, can you do the RKC Snatch Test – 100 reps in 5 minute –
with a 32kg? (Or a 24kg if you’re a woman?)

Bottom line is, sure, there’s “nothing new under the sun” except
the premise that when it comes to working out and getting into
phenomenal shape, all you really “need” is two things:

1. Learn how to master your bodyweight


2. Get a KB (or 3…) and add that into your training.

Sure, some may argue that it’s only #1, but I would counter that
#2 will help with #1 more than anything else I’ve seen.

Speaking of bodyweight mastery – off to Boston this afternoon
for our first full one-day “Becoming Bulletproof” workshop. It’s
gonna be a blast.

We’ll use KBs while there – we have people test out the
range of motion on their Goblet Squats or the speed of their
Swings to see how the drills affected them.

(This was awesome when we did it back in Alexandria in
April – one guy – 60-something years old – best squat ever
by his own admission!)

Anyway, I’ll let you know how it went on Monday.

Talk soon.


P.S. I think there’s only like 5 spots left for Chicago on November
10th and the Early Bird Registration is about to close – so if
you’re the fence – I’d get off and grab your spot before we
fill it up.


Unfortunately, space is limited due to the size of the facility – so
lock in your spot now.

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