29 Aug Big Problems With The Latest In Kettlebell Science

I love research. We can learn a lot from it. Each and every study I read, I respect the work that went into it. I know how much time, effort, and commitment goes into doing a research study at any level. No study is perfect. Yet, each one is a potentially important piece of the puzzle, right? So, I was really excited to see the title of the latest research study about kettlebell training. Shortly after immersing myself in the study, I found myself feeling let down and disappointed once again that another kettlebell study missed the mark. This one in a major way, which I'll explain. This article is an attempt to "bridge the gaps" between the scientific research and the "real-world" practical applications.
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24 Apr How To Have Beautiful Strength With The Turkish Get-Up

The more I learn about human movement and strength, the more I'm convinced of one thing. A well executed Turkish get-up (TGU) will make anyone who performs it better and stronger. It's beautiful strength. That is, moving better and moving stronger. It's being more resilient. How phenomenal is the Turkish get-up? While, I hate to use the word "magical" about any one exercise or approach, the Turkish get-up (TGU) is about as magnificent as I've seen. It's truly a "one-stop-shop" for many things. Here's a quick list of benefits from this "ancient" exercise:
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07 Feb Struggling With The Kettlebell Snatch Test? Try This

(*If you're struggling with kettlebell snatch test or simply want to make it a better experience, this article offers 2 great solutions.) One thing is certain. High rep kettlebell snatches will get you in great shape and forge a leaner, stronger, and more conditioned athletic body. The truth is, the kettlebell snatch test is not my favorite thing. I'd much rather do heavy deadlifts or clean and jerk a loaded barbell. With that said, building strength-endurance is a very important quality because it allows you to "do more" and perform better over a longer period of time. While there are many qualities of strength, strength-endurance is the ability to produce force over time, it's the ability to continue to produce force over a given time period. That is essentially what the snatch test is - sustained force over a given time. Snatching a *24 kg kettlebell (see below) in 5 minutes or less can be very grueling for most people, but it's outstanding for building a high level of conditioning, improving strength-endurance, developing explosive hip power and dynamically enhancing shoulder and upper body strength. It's a wicked exercise and explosive movement.
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24 Jan 3 Unbreakable Rules For A Resilient Turkish Get-Up

When I think of a Turkish get-up, I think of the word, resilient. It's an amazing movement and extremely valuable exercise for any athlete or fitness enthusiast. Gray Cook (Author, Physical Therapist, and creator of Functional Movement Systems) stated at one time that if he was limited to only one exercise, it would be the Turkish-get-up. If you have at least a basic understanding of how to perform a Turkish get-up, then these are the essential rules that are important when performing this exercise. If you think about the 3 things I share with you here and apply them, your get-up will be stronger, safer, and more efficient. These 3 rules will allow you to get more out of your get-up - that I guarantee.
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16 Jan Kettlebell Training And Olympic Weightlifting – An Analysis Of Hip Power

Here's a training topic that no one else talks about.

In this article, you'll learn about the single biggest difference between kettlebell training and Olympic weightlifting. While there are many differences between these 2 explosive training methods, there is one thing that makes each of these strength skills so unique.

Make no mistake, these 2 training methods are very different from each other, yet also complementary.

There’s one thing that is central to both and no one seems to talk about this.

When I started to learn the Olympic lifts (the snatch and clean and jerk) - after establishing a strong foundation with hardstyle kettlebell training - I thought that my kettlebell skills would somewhat easily transfer to the barbell.

I thought that lots of technically sound swings, snatches, cleans, and other kettlebell exercises would set a good baseline that would transfer to the Olympic lifting.

I was wrong.

There's a key difference between kettlebells and Olympic weightlifting that requires new motor learning and skill development to excel in either.

It comes down to hip power.

Yes, there are many technical differences between training with a kettlebell and a barbell, but the biggest difference comes down to one important distinction.

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01 Apr How To Smash The Kettlebell Snatch Test (And Keep Calm And Cool Under Pressure)

I vividly remember my first "official" kettlebell snatch test with Pavel (and the previous RKC) back in 2010. Many times before I had performed a snatch test, but not when it counted - as it did at the certification. I'll be honest, I had some jitters before stepping up to snatch that bell. No doubt, there's pressure when you're being timed (and judged) to snatch 100 reps with a 24 kilo kettlebell in 5 minutes. The backstory was that I had been well prepared and had nailed the snatch test countless times prior to doing it at the RKC. No doubt, I was ready to go. Yet, why was I anxious about it? Why do so many others seem to get "freaked out” when it comes time for the vaunted snatch test? Well, there’s a stigma to it - even though it’s only a very small part of the kettlebell certification experience.
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27 Mar The Awesomeness of The Turkish Get Up

TGU504The Turkish Get Up (TGU) is one of the most valuable exercises for every fitness enthusiast and athlete. This isn't even a question. The TGU is an exercise that offers improved movement skills, dynamic strength, powerful and  resilient shoulders, and a high level of mobility and stability. If there's a "breakthrough" exercise for most people, this is it.
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