Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Unexpected benefits

Lauren goes up to the 16 kg bell for snatches. She did a few with the 20 kg too.
I was so pleased yesterday that everyone in my class challenged themselves and went heavy on the kettlebell snatches. That required crisp form, strength, mental toughness, and a lot of guts. It's tempting to stay in your comfort zone with a demanding technical movement like the kettlebell snatch, but sometimes you have to push it. I was especially impressed by Lauren's progress - she snatched the 16 kilo bell for a full round of the workout (50 reps) and even did a few with the 20 kilo bell, matching the guys' highest weight for the day. Lauren has been working hard on the rowing program, and I think that played a big part in this big jump in kettlebell performance. Rowing trains your grip strength, explosive power, upper and lower body strength, and pain threshold, and all of these are important for kettlebell work.

Honestly, I didn't expect rowing to push gains in what I thought of as an unrelated skill. But it's a good wake-up call, to me as a coach and to you as athletes. You never know what is going to provide your breakthrough. Don't avoid the things you don't like training because they may be just what you need to progress in the stuff that's most important to you. Strive to be a well-rounded athlete in the gym, and you will see unexpected benefits and progress across the board.
10 rounds (every 2:00):

1 squat (90%)
1 heavy suitcase carry