25 Jan Thank You Mr. Kettlebell.

My KettlebellThank you Mr. Kettlebell.

I want to be brutally honest here and give a little praise for changing my life and my training approach.

The tool is simple.

A cannon ball with an offset handle.

Just another fitness fad or gimmicky exercise device? Don’t think so.

Maybe for those that haven’t truly discovered the wicked effects this little puppy can deliver.

Instead, it’s an all-purpose tool that offers high performance training to anyone and everyone, if they can ONLY learn how to use it the correct way.

After decades of training, this ridiculous training tool has taught me more about human movement, strength, performance, and an “elite” level of fitness training.

Thank you Mr. Kettlebell.

I realize that this tool is NOT for everyone.  Maybe it’s not for you.

It’s not for those that don’t want to work.  It’s not for those that are skeptical.  It’s not for the “I gotta run to get in shape” mindset.

Some people won’t “buy into it” or won’t believe it to be that effective.

It is that effective.

I’ve been training for a long, long time and I can tell you, IT’S THAT DAMN GOOD.

I’ve told many people, including some very good friends, about how this tool is revolutionary and can address everything and anything they could want.

They heard me, but they didn’t listen.

I honestly feel bad for them because I know they are missing the “self discovery” of what this brilliant little device can do for them.

Again, they heard me, but they didn’t listen.

That’s a damn shame, but there’s nothing I can do about that.

People have “exercise A.D.D.”  We all want to do different things, I get it.

But, we have to remember that 80% of our results really comes from 20% of what we do.

Why not focus on the 20%?  Let me tell you this, it’s about fundamentals.

Say it with me please, fundamentals.

Thank you Mr. Kettlebell for teaching me that.

The kettlebell also reacquainted me with my first love: the “mighty” barbell.

The difference is this time I feel like I have a better sense of how to use it for a more powerful result.

Why?

Well, it’s about movement and mechanics.  Human physiology, biomechanics, and physics.

Human movement and strength training is a science and I’m constantly learning and discovering new ways to move better and get stronger.

I’m now applying the principles the kettlebell has taught me to the barbell and it’s wickedly awesome, if I can say that.

Strength, flexibility, cardiovascular conditioning, fat loss, muscle building, mental toughness, power, a rock hard body, and resilience.

These are ONLY a handful of what the kettlebell can offer you, literally.

Is the kettlebell the ONLY thing you should do?

Am I trying to convince you to join a “kettlebell cult?”  (Sorry, but no such thing exists…)

No and no.

The kettlebell is simply a tool.

But, it’s a very powerful tool and can be the foundation of a rock solid, no bullshit strength training and conditioning program.

Sure, you can do other things and you should do other things, but why not have the kettlebell as a central piece to your training program?

The kettlebell will always be a part of my training regimen for as long as I train.

That’s the plain truth.

If you haven’t discovered the tool, you owe it to yourself to learn.  And, if you have discovered it, this article should resonate with you big time.

Learn how to perform a kettlebell swing properly.

Learn how to do a Turkish get up properly.

Immerse yourself in these exercises and learn from someone that is certified and knows what they are doing with a kettlebell (this is a requirement by the way, not a suggestion).

Once you have a solid foundation with these exercises (meaning you can do them safely and effectively), try this simple training session:

  • 12 minutes of kettlebell swings (rest as needed and log your reps)
  • 5 minutes of continuous get ups, switching hands every rep.

Do this and let me know what you think.

Then, and only then, tell me this is just another exercise modality.

Thank you Mr. Kettlebell…

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4 Comments
  • Christopher Wishnie
    Posted at 17:27h, 25 January Reply

    So true Scott. Mr Kettlebell changed my life and rocks my world on a regular basis. I consider it a blessing to have met him. BTW your recommendation of Chris Newton down in Miami over New Years was spot on. My final Kb training session of 2012 was outstanding! Thanks for the referral.

    • Scott
      Posted at 20:19h, 25 January Reply

      Christopher, very glad it worked out with Chris. I met him at a workshop and know he’s very good, so great to hear it went well for you.
      Train strong with the kettlebell, my friend!
      Scott

  • Tracy
    Posted at 01:35h, 26 January Reply

    He changed my life. I’m a fan. ’nuff said.

  • Joseph
    Posted at 07:16h, 06 February Reply

    Excellent Scott! Kettlebell training is #1 in my book. In support of what you’re saying, Mark Reifkind highlights the power & completeness of KB training in the following article:
    http://giryastrength.com/pdf/hardStyle200707.pdf

    I’ve recently added Foundation Training to my exercise program. When you have a moment, check out some of the videos at http://foundationtraining.com/home/

    joseph

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