Tuesday, October 18, 2016

You get better with kettlebells as you get tired

Our kettlebells are more reasonably sized
You may be wondering why we're hosting an event like the One Hour Long Cycle given all our rants about efficient training and not risking injury with show-off workouts. Well, we actually see this kind of kettlebell endurance work as something special, not just a long grind of a workout.

Kettlebells provide a unique opportunity to do high-skill, weighted movements over a longer period of time, with a focus on form and efficiency. Even in a relatively short kettlebell workout, say, the 15-minute kettlebell triathlon we did yesterday, you are challenged to not put the bell down, to find a way to get active rest, to keep moving through discomfort and fatigue - without sacrificing form. I think that's the key difference between kettlebell endurance work and other long workouts; as you get more tired, your form should actually get better. And I love the mental challenge that everyone encounters in a long kettlebell workout. You need to find a way to quiet that voice in your head that says you should stop. It can be a deeply personal challenge and a real triumph to work through that.

I encourage everyone to come out and try the One Hour Long Cycle on Saturday to give yourself the opportunity to work through a real challenge. I think most of you could actually do it, but if the solo hour is out of the question, try the team event - it's only 6 rounds of 2 minutes at a time and working as a team is really fun. Let's see a great turnout and meet that challenge!



Workout

squat 3x5
5 light double KB C&J between sets

then

8 rounds
every 2:00
3 tall box jumps
3 heavy cleans



Endurance Option

accumulate 15 squat at 5RM
5 light double KB C&J between sets

then/or

8 rounds
every 2:00
3 tall box jumps
1 heavy clean



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