It’s funny now that the Olympics are here how many videos
pop up about these athletes’ workouts.
They’re standing in a facility with all the latest gadgetry
and demonstrating fancy exercises that their training
gurus have “designed” for them.
The really funny thing is twofold:
1. How atrocious their exercise form is –
Like a video I recently watched with a female Olympian
doing push ups while her feet were suspended in a TRX.
She was doing those quarter push ups where the head
hangs the elbows are 90 degrees from the body and the
only thing moving barely is the head and the elbows.
It’s a wonder these athletes don’t have more injuries than
they do. (This one was an “overhead” athlete – lots of hitting.)
2. Just how complicated these “elite workouts” are.
Sure, these are elite athletes. But I’d wager that for 8 out
of 10 of them their workouts should be borderline remedial.
“How can you say that – you don’t know…”
Sure I do.
Pavel and I worked with an World Champion NFL Fullback
for a summer back in 2008 and increased many of his
numbers by simplifying his workouts.
Plus, I coached D-1 College athletes for 4 years. And I can
tell you without hesitation that these athletes are great at
the skills of their sport, but many lack strength in basic
Elite athletes are great due to hard work and genetics.
They can be made better at what they do by letting them
play their sport and then filling in the gaps or holes in
Not by making their workouts more complex, which is
so popular among the “Experts.”
(Interestingly enough, when we trained this running
back, he said there were a group of guys on the team
who went out to some fancy place and did a bunch of
fancy sports-specific exercises. These guys always got
injured every year.)
It’s very similar to Bruce Lee’s philosophy on Martial Arts –
Strip away what is useless and only focus on what is
You and I may not be elite athletes (Who are we kidding –
we’re not even close – Ha!) but we can use the same
principles in our workouts.
Keep them simple.
Practice a few things well instead of getting caught up
in the “variety” trap.
And like elite athletes, make sure you plan in plenty of
Olympians and other elite athletes have help.
They get massages, daily treatment, whirlpools and the
They also get sponsors and stipends from governing
bodies to cover expenses. So they don’t have to worry
about getting reports in on time or paying their mortgage.
They don’t have the same kind of stress we do.
And we don’t have access to the help that they do.
So we have to make our workouts and recovery different
Our workouts should have recovery from our kind of
stress programmed in to them.
They should be long enough to get the job done but
short enough and simple enough to automatically allow
That’s why I created the 49 different simple, but highly
effective kettlebell programs for you inside “Kettlebell
They’re simple enough to get the job done, short enough
to allow you to recover, and challenging enough to keep
you motivated, satisfied, and most importantly – making
Make like an Olympian and jump on over here to get them: