As I explained in my article Grind to Grow: Try Your Squats and Presses with Kettle bells,” part of the reason the kettle bell triggers newfound strength and muscle growth is because of its offset shape. It forces the body to stabilize its joints differently from barbells, dumbbells, and other traditional bodybuilding equipment.
This forces your muscles to contract differently than normal, and increases the demand placed upon them. Look no further than the extra depth that every lifter instantly discovers when they front squat with a pair of kettle bells in the rack position, versus a barbell across the back.
With this new and increased range of motion comes increased muscular growth in your legs, and strength in your entire torso, from the inside out, including the all-important core musculature. Best of all, the kettle bell lends itself to a simple, but very challenging programming.
This 12-week program requires only two kettle bells and time for three workouts a week. But after one time through it, you'll find yourself more muscular in all the areas that matter: shoulders, upper back, upper chest, arms, legs, and posterior chain.
Mechanical Tension: Lifting heavier weights for lower reps, similar to the way powerlifters train; think multiple sets of 2-5 reps. Muscular Damage: Lifting moderate weights for medium to higher reps, similar to the way bodybuilders train; think multiple sets of 8-20 reps. Metabolic Stress: Doing either high reps or complexes where you don't set the weight down, producing intense burning and the release of metabolites like lactate.
Swing (single or double kettle bell): Lower body pulling Start the program with a pair of matching kettle bells you can press approximately 4-6 times.
Your goal is to do as many sets of each exercise, with perfect form, as you can in that time. Then, when you're ready, clean the kettle bells back into the rack position and perform a set of front squats.
Your goal is to do as many sets of swings as you can, with perfect form, in that time. To start this phase, determine your rep max (RM) with both the military press and the front squat using your two trusty kettle bells.
Always round down the number of reps if you hit a decimal point in your math. Your goal is to do as many sets of each exercise, with perfect form, as you can in that time.
Clean the kettle bells to the rack position, then perform a set of military presses. Clean the kettle bells back into the rack position, and perform a set of front squats.
Do an RM test with your pair of kettle bells for the swing. If not, use these weeks to keep practicing with the one-handed swing, trying to build up to 20 reps per hand, each at chest height.
Your goal is to do as many sets of swings as you can, with perfect form, in that time. Once again, find your RM for the military press and the front squat.
There's one big difference in these workouts: You'll clean the kettle bells to the rack position and perform a set of military presses, followed immediately by one set of front squats. When your rest time is over, clean the kettle bells back into the rack position and repeat.
This slight variation may not seem like much, but it increases the time under tension you experience and triggers metabolic stress. *Your RM will drop due to fatigue as the sets progress.
By this point, you should be able to comfortably swing a pair of kettle bells. Do an RM test with your pair of kettle bells for the swing.
If not, keep on practicing with the one-handed swing, working up to 20 reps per hand, each at chest height. The amount of tension running through and across your abs will already be severe, especially combining the military presses and front squats in the same day.
However, if you can't live without ab training, I recommend you do hanging variations, like hanging leg raises, to decompress your spine from all the loading. Since this is a strength and muscle program, you need to eat a lot.
A tried-and-true starting point is to multiply your body weight (in pounds) by 15-20 for total calories. In my book, you can't beat the time-tested 30/40/30 split of protein/carbohydrates/fat when growth is the goal.
If you start putting on fatter than you'd like, cut back. Otherwise, your assignment is simple: Eat, sleep, lift, and grow.
I'm a bit poor (or cheap) and heavy kettle bells are expensive in my country. I just have one of each from 16 kg to 48 kg in 8 kg steps (16,24, 32, 40, 48...) I don't see why one just can't take a 24 kg and a 32 kg, do some front squats, rest, switch and do some more.
Not having a balanced load is more “reality based strength” in my mind, like when you carry a sofa or a fridge. And when you press a single kettle bell the other side of your body has to work hard to have you standing upright.
Level 6 Valued Member Senior Certified Instructor However, if that's not an option I'd try a week or two of a 16 in one hand and a 24 in the other, switching them appropriately to balance the overall volume between right and left.
You can make it for around $20 with some pipe from Lowes/Home Depot, plus the cost of some Standard Weight Plates that have a 1-inch hole diameter. Do-It-Yourself Homemade Hungarian Core Blaster Video The majority don't perform Kettle bell Swing with enough weight.
“Approximately two days following a strenuous bout of exercise, your soreness will likely reach it’s peak, and this soreness is somewhat indicative of muscular damage. Damage is created by either doing something that is unfamiliar, by accentuating the eccentric component to an exercise, or by stretching a muscle while it’s being activated, thereby inducing high amounts of strain.
Breaking It Downscale Damage occurs when muscle is traumatized during a training session. John Carrillo (Bodybuilding Coach) in the 1990s anecdotal data found that Bodybuilder who stretched between exercise were able to increase muscle mass.
Dr Jose Antonio research basically follow up with Loaded Stretches came to the same conclusion. Research by Dr Jake Wilson University of Tampa Human Performance Lab research demonstrated stretching between exercise sets produce Muscle Damage which triggers an increases muscle mass.
Research on Full Range Loaded Exercises has shown the trauma created with loaded stretches, essentially stretching to a slightly greater degree and in a non-loaded stretch, creates Muscle Damage, which trigger muscle growth. This mechanism elicits a greater training effect; an increase in strength and/or muscle mass via...
The foundation of a well written Periodization Training is built on this principle. If you have small barbell plates you can stick them to your 16 kettle bells with a duct/gaffer tape.
I do loaded carries and just keep switching bells, working more on tendon strength and posture and time rather than heavy. Or waiter walk with the lighter bell and carry with the heavier one and keep switching when a shoulder starts to fry.
I guess double pressing might be the only one where I would like equal bells. I'm a bit poor (or cheap) and heavy kettle bells are expensive in my country.
I just have one of each from 16 kg to 48 kg in 8 kg steps (16,24, 32, 40, 48...) I don't see why one just can't take a 24 kg and a 32 kg, do some front squats, rest, switch and do some more. Fair enough, but there are some things where doubles are the tradition, e.g., clean and jerk.
When and if the urge strikes, I'll start collecting a second bell in each size again. I'm a bit poor (or cheap) and heavy kettle bells are expensive in my country.
I just have one of each from 16 kg to 48 kg in 8 kg steps (16,24, 32, 40, 48...) I don't see why one just can't take a 24 kg and a 32 kg, do some front squats, rest, switch and do some more. Not having a balanced load is more “reality based strength” in my mind, like when you carry a sofa or a fridge.
And when you press a single kettle bell the other side of your body has to work hard to have you standing upright. And better to swing one heavy bell than two smaller ones, there's only so much space between your legs before you risk hitting something. Uneven lifting is fine for variety, but not that good for higher reps.
I am biased: my favorite GS lift is double jerk. Since then, he's been a Division 1 college strength and conditioning coach at Rutgers University, opened his town's first personal training studio and first kettle bell -only group fitness studio, has written the books KettlebellMuscle ", “Six Pack Abs 365”, and “The Permanent Weight Loss Solution”, and has worked for Pavel Tsatsouline as one of his Master Kettle bell Instructors.
In 2010, Geoff has teamed up with his good friend Tim Anderson, and since early 2012, the two have been touring the US presenting a simple, and unique way to “reset” your body and overcome movement compensations, dysfunctions, and injuries with their Original Strength Workshops. Links Grab two kettle bells, a bit of floor space, and a timer.
In barely an hour of workout time a week, you'll destroy expectations and build a body to be reckoned with! It's easy to say that your core is strong enough, until that day when you feel a telltale “spring” and are put out of commission.
Sub it out on squats and presses and build strength that shows! Don't try to learn the kettle bell swing by watching it get butchered in your local gym.
Don't try to learn the kettle bell swing by watching it get butchered in your local gym. Thank you everyone for the responses. I think I'll rotate this program in following a Rite of Passage cycle.
I know Viking Warrior Conditioning isn't very popular but I'll like to give that a run as well. IMO you have no business diving into something like this if you haven't built a solid base using single KB lifts (close to 1/2 By press & snatch test) and you are new to double KB lifts.
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For the few that might be worried they will get “too big” just know this: Its 4 days per week and contrasts loading between the anterior chain the A and the posterior chain the P. See your physician before starting any exercise or nutrition program. Don't lift heavy weights if you are alone, inexperienced, injured, or fatigued.
In barely an hour of workout time a week, you’ll destroy expectations and build a body to be reckoned with! Once again, find your RM for the military press and the front squat.
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