Wars franchise from George Lucas and they’re making
Episodes 7, 8, and 9.
(Yes, I am a Star Wars fan.)
Let’s hope they’re significantly better than Episodes
1, 2, and 3 – although 2 and 3 were pretty good…
In fact, rumor has it they’re bringing back all the “old”
characters – Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia,
and maybe, just maybe, Darth Vader.
Anyway, that got me to thinking – there are an awful lot
of people influenced by the lies of the Dark Side when
it comes to kettlebell training and kettlebell workouts.
For example, I’ve gotten a rash of emails in the past couple
of days about a particularly nasty lie or at least “half truth”
regarding workouts –
People are concerned about doing “enough work” or
not feeling “sore” or “pumped” after their workouts.
Or they’re not feeling “worked out.”
Why is this a problem?
Because you’re body can’t go “all out” all the time.
It just can’t recover from that type of work.
If you don’t believe me, you’re more than welcome to try.
But then of course, I’m betting you already have. That’s
why you keep hopping from program to program – unable
to stick with anything –
Because you’re chasing the ever elusive feeling of being
You listened to the Dark Side –
You remember in “Empire Strikes Back” when Darth Vader
and Luke Skywalker have the lightsaber fight in Cloud
City and Vader says to Luke after telling him that he is
his father –
“Search your feelings, you know it to be true.”
Yeah… Well feelings don’t have that much to do with
getting results from your kettlebell training.
The only thing that matters is what you can prove.
And to do that you need to see the numbers change.
Which means you need to –
a) actually track your training and
b) actually follow a program that allows you to accomplish
In the meantime, if you’re not doing this, you’re really
going nowhere. Fast.
– Your strength hasn’t increased in who knows how long.
– And you’re conditioning levels? Sure, you’ve done some
KILLER swing workouts, but you still haven’t measured
yourself with something like the 5 minute Snatch Test
because – well, you can’t remember the last time you worked
on your snatch technique.
When you finally want to get somewhere – not just anywhere –
but to really get what it is your after –
Getting leaner so that your clothes fit better, others notice
you, and your confidence skyrockets…
Getting stronger so that those heavy KBs now feel light
and you have the increased muscular density to back
up that feeling…
Increased conditioning so that you can pop off 1000 swings
in 30 minutes or destroy the 5 minute Snatch Test – effortlessly
getting 100 snatches in 4 minutes or less barely breaking a
Then you absolutely must get off the Feelings Merry-Go-
Round and start treating your workouts as training.
You must divorce your emotion from the outcome and
only look at the numbers.
They alone must tell you if you’re making progress or not.
Numbers improve, regardless of how much you sweated
or how much of a pump you got, then you’re making progress.
Numbers don’t change or they decrease, then you’re not
going anywhere nor doing anything meaningful in your
If you want to see what this looks like – how to do this and
improve your strength, your body composition, and your
Then make sure you use the “STRONG!” program for
your strength gains and the “One” program for your
That way, you’ll be able to track your numbers, see the
results you want, and divorce yourself from your feelings –