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Ellen Grant
• Tuesday, 27 October, 2020
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Strengthening a handful of small, upper-back muscles through some deceptively hard exercises can pay big dividends. All it takes to make serious gains is to come up with 10-15 exercise variations that you enjoy and can hit hard.

You'll see results quickly when you do these with either high amounts of volume or load. The effects are similar to that of a reverse hyper which places a lot of tension on the glute complex, spinal erectors, and hamstrings.

Additionally, the anterior core experiences a fair amount of contraction at end range. Stronger folks usually won' t have access to a heavy enough kettle bell to get the job done, which is why you may want to add a band for resistance.

Keep in mind though, adding band resistance changes the intent of the movement, increasing the demand on fast-twitch fibers. While this isn't' t a bad thing, it may be harder to sustain this level of power output for bigger sets so changing the rep counts may suit you better.

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Band-Resisted Russian Swing Do 100-200 total reps and increase volume over time. Another great option if you don' t have access to a particularly heavy kettle bell is to add another 'bell to the mix.

The contraction of the glutes at the top of each rep may be stronger with this variation compared to the last. In fact, you may find this version more challenging than its barbell counterpart.

By using the box and breaking up the phases of the lift, you'll add an even greater level of difficulty. But that'll defeat the purpose of what you're trying to achieve, which is single-limb strength while keeping the midline engaged.

It's a nice change from its dumbbell counterpart because of the placement of the load and the higher demand on the forearm flexors. Because it's a globally demanding movement that's more challenging for the respiratory system than it is for local musculature.

And most people don' t need to go into an excessive amount of spinal extension to gain range of motion, particularly at lockout. Additionally, the unilateral component is exactly what more people need anyway, so this version will actually strengthen your overhead press.

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The biggest limiting factor with this exercise (which is almost why I decided NOT to share this one) is finding the right load. But if you do have access to a pair of lighter 'bells, this is an excellent version to train the top range of your bench press lockout while enhancing stabilization of the lats.

Plus it's a novel version of the one-arm row because of the placement of the load versus a standard dumbbell. This teaches you how to brace and create 360 degrees of tension, which is paramount to staying safe with big lifts like the squat and dead lift.

In this case, I've opted for the single-arm front rack carry simply because I see too many people do this incorrectly. When performing this unilaterally you can use the opposite hand to provide a tactile cue to keep the abs tight and turned on.

Whether your goal is strength and performance, or getting better at the “sport of fitness,” kettle bells have a variety of benefits. The fact that you can experience a novel stimulus during otherwise basic movements is important in avoiding stagnation.

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There are easier, more fun ways to squat than below parallel. Barbell back squats are actually not the king of leg exercises.

A program to increase hip strength and mobility that can be done anywhere in a short amount of time. Jim Gender's 5/3/1/ program promises slow and steady gains that will eventually turn you into the strongest guy in the gym.

You need this hip adduction exercise for structural balance, injury prevention, and even better glutes. The program is simple, the workouts are short, and the results are fantastic.

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Put maximum tension on the lats and prevent your forearms from burning out. This little workout covers all the basic human movements.

It requires only one kettle bell and can be adjusted with reps, sets, and load to fit anyone. Twenty rounds equals 300 swings, 100 squats, and 60 push-ups.

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But I wasn't' t there to ogle scantily clad women or to lose my paycheck with one limp-wristed roll of the dice; I was there to work. The next day I was to be picked up by Mike Mahler to attend his level-one kettle bell workshop.

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So after hitting the strip, having a few bourbons, watching the topless Fantasy show, flirting with the waitresses at Tender Steakhouse, and slumbering back to my room at 1:34 A.M., I was ready to get down to business. After some breakfast, coffee, and a half dozen Hail Mary's, Mahler picked me up, and we drove to UFC legend Randy Couture's gym for the seminar.

Mahler explained that kettle bells are traditionally known as endurance tools; a lot of guys will actually do 10-minute sets of swings, cleans, and snatches to help build up their aerobic capacity, strengthen their stabilizer muscles, and increase their flexibility. He also quickly dispelled the dogma promulgated by some fanatics that kettle bells are such a superior tool that you don' t need anything else to get in great shape.

Before we got started with the swings and cleans, he told us about the importance of tensing every muscle in our body to help increase strength while doing certain movements. Screw your feet into the ground and tighten your wrists, forearms, biceps, triceps and shoulders.

Now you're ready to generate some power... or at least crush the metacarpals of the next guy who offers you a handshake. As he wrapped up his intro, he emphasized the importance of power breathing, which slows down the amount of air that comes out of your lungs and keeps the midsection contracted.

Romanian dead lift “Just about every kettle bell exercise engages the hamstrings and the rest of the posterior chain,” Mahler told us. That's why the Romanian dead lift, which teaches us how to load the hamstrings properly, is a good one to start with.

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Bend your knees slightly, and sit back like you're about to jump forward. Looking straight ahead, grab the 'bell with both hands, maintain a neutral spine, squeeze your glutes, and stand.

Single-arm swing Place the 'bell between your feet and get into the Romanian dead lift position, this time grabbing it with one hand instead of both. Swing the kettle bell between your legs forcefully, as if you were passing a football to someone behind you, and then quickly reverse the motion, explosively driving through with your hips and bringing the 'bell to waist level.

Let gravity pull it back down between your legs as you repeat the motion. So you have to remember to sit back on each rep, load the posterior chain, pop the hips, and let your shoulder stay loose throughout the movement.

The one-arm swing (All photos of Mike Mahler demonstrating exercises courtesy of Michael Never.) Swing the kettle bell between your legs, quickly reverse the motion, and pop your hips.

But instead of letting it go back down, rotate your hand around it, and “catch” it between your forearm and biceps. This seems simple enough, but I've got to warn you, if you're used to performing Olympic barbell cleans, it's not even close to the same thing.

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• Think about throwing an uppercut, snaking your elbow through instead of pulling it up like a traditional clean. • Before you start, grip the kettle bell handle on the opposite side of the arm you're pulling with.

• Make sure to “catch” it with your hips locked out, glutes contracted, knees slightly bent, and shoulders squared. This is very different from a traditional power clean, in which you catch it with your hips back and knees bent.

Put another way, your upper arm is parallel to your torso when working with a kettle bell, rather than perpendicular to it. The first half of the exercise, the clean, works your entire posterior chain.

The press then hits much of your upper-body musculature, even if you aren't' t necessarily working the muscles you expect. From there, without using any leg drive whatsoever, contract your latissimus and push the 'bell straight overhead, locking your elbow at the top.

Hold for a couple of seconds, then “pull” the 'bell back down into the clean position. • The kettle bell clean and press has one thing in common with sex: You don' t want to rush through your reps and finish the set as quickly as possible.

Mahler suggests staying in the clean position for as long as you need to catch your breath and focus on the next rep. Once you catch the 'bell in the clean position, make sure to contract your glutes and midsection while pushing your hips forward and keeping your elbow pointing straight down toward the ground.

Don' t do a lot of Turkish get-ups at the end of your workout; you'll be too damned tired to do them properly. Renegade row Place a pair of kettle bells about shoulder-width apart on a firm surface.

Hold for one second, and then lower yourself to one side, making a circular motion back to the floor. You can also do an easier version by holding the kettle bell in front of your chest with both hands.

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