How do you use kettlebells? Specifically, what's your approach when using the tool?
I don't think I've ever really talked about how I specifically use kettlebells in my training (at least not in a while), so here's what I do. Kettlebells are a big part of how I train and always will be. Of course, it all depends on the specific goal I’m training for. You’ll see what I mean in a minute.
We all know that there are many great tools available for training, but I like to keep things simple. And kettlebells are definitely one of the most simple and effective tools we have available. They're no fad or gimmick and they can provide a large number of benefits in terms of general strength, specific performance goals, conditioning, fat loss, lean muscle building, movement, mobility, flexibility and more.
Let me share with you my training approach and how I specifically use kettlebells.
It basically comes down to these 6 areas:
In this week's show, I answer some fantastic reader and listener questions about training and performance.
You're guaranteed to learn something new in this week's episode where I'll chat about some "hot topics" in strength and conditioning.
And I want your feedback on this - so post your big takeaway, comments or any questions below.
In this week's show, you'l learn:
Greg Everett, Olympic weightlifting coach and multi-book author, is today’s featured guest on the podcast. Greg Everett is a national-level competitive weightlifter & coach, author, writer, producer, director, and founder of Catalyst Athletics, which is a the world’s largest source of educational material for Olympic Weightlifting.Greg is the author of the most popular book on Olympic weightlifting - Olympic Weightlifting: A Complete Guide for Athletes & Coaches - and has just launched the 3rd edition, which has been completely revised, improved, and expanded by 150 new pages. During today’s interview, I talk shop with Greg about Olympic weightlifting, coaching, training, the 3rd edition of his book, and so much more! Here’s what you’ll hear about in this week’s amazing episode:
Dr. Stuart McGill, Professor of Spine Biomechanics,is BACK (pun intended), and is this week's featured guest on the podcast. Dr. McGill is a world-renowned lecturer and expert in spine function, injury prevention, and rehabilitation. He has written more than 300 scientific publications on lumbar function, mechanisms of low back injury, investigation of rehabilitation programs matched to specific categories of back pain patients, and the formulation of work-related injury avoidance strategies. He has also provided expertise on assessment and reduction of the risk of low back injury to professional athletes and teams around the world. Dr. McGill’s latest book - Back Mechanic - is a step-by-step guide to fixing back pain and his approach has helped thousands reclaim their lives. During this interview, you'll learn the truth about optimal back health, so you can improve your training performance and better achieve long term results.
Charlie Weingroff, strength coach and renowned physical therapist, returns to the podcast this week.
Charlie is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, a Certified Athletic Trainer, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and an elite level powerlifter. Charlie’s DVD series –Training = Rehab– has redefined the language between rehabilitation and performance enhancement training. It is a “must-have” for every physical therapist, strength coach and personal trainer.Charlie’s no-nonsense coaching style will force you to start asking yourself tougher questions. You’ll walk away from this interview wanting to search deeper for more reliable answers that will make you a better athlete, coach, and overall person. In today’s episode, I talk with Charlie about his philosophies on training, coaching, and the importance of incorporating rehabilitation into your training. He also answers a few great listener questions.
I greatly admire Charlie's "un-filtered" thoughts and opinions on training and performance.
That's a word that comes to mind when I think of the 'Tom Platz' High Rep Back Squat Routine.
I'm not sure if legendary bodybuilder Tom Platz invented it or not, but he sure made it more relevant.
While there are many variations of the high-rep back squat (HRBS), the bottom line is the program involves squatting for high volume with moderate to preferably heavy loads.
Frank McKinney is the first guest to be interviewed "live-in-person" on the podcast in an amazing and powerful episode.
Frank is a Mega-Real Estate Developer and Artist, 5-time International Best-Selling Author, Philanthropist, Ultra-Marathon Athlete, and True Visionary.
Frank's ground-breaking book -Make It Big- has been a best-selling book and has changed peoples lives all over the world.
I'm honored and excited to share this dynamic and inspiring interview session as we sat down "live" from Frank's treehouse office in Delray Beach, Florida where we chatted about key life lessons to "Make It Big."
This is a different type of interview and one that will benefit every listener in this insightful discussion about life success - in training and beyond.
Frank shares many great stories and messages in this session.
Here's what you'll hear about in this week's amazing episode:
I don't usually write articles that are "rah-rah" or inspirational. While I definitely want to inspire you, that's typically not my bag to write the "rah-rah" type stuff. My thing is more about teaching ideas, concepts, or methods that you can walk away with and apply.
Well, this article is a little different.
With the release of my recent book The Edge of Strength I outlined my entire approach to training and optimizing human potential through decades of experiences. I've made mistakes, but I've also learned a lot and continue to learn every day.
It was the legendary George Hackenschmidt who simply stated that “a man cannot derive real enjoyment from life unless he possesses a powerful and healthy physical constitution." I believe this to be true and this is why I wrote my book.