Thursday, November 2, 2017

6 reasons why you need to be at the Hardstyle Kettlebell class

Photo stolen (with permission) from Dave's archives. Check out his whole album, he's a great sports photographer. 
We have a fairly high barrier to entry at Barbell Strategy. We don't do too much marketing, we wait for you to find us. It helps because the people who walk through the door are the ones who really believe in what we do. We really only have long-term clients because if you make it through the door, you're bought in and already know that we do great things. 

Almost a year ago, we had a guy find us and he came in for a trial class and we really hit it off, our philosophies really lined up well. We just didn't really have a time that fit his schedule. As soon as I sent out the newsletter announcing our new Hardstyle Kettlebell class, he was the first person to send me an emails saying he'd be there. 

After just a few classes, he sent me this great (unsolicited) email about why he loves our new class. I'm reproducing his email here below (with permission) because it's perfect. I love hearing how you feel about our classes in your own words (and it saves me from having to come up with a topic for a blog post).

Rich, thank you so much for your kind words!

Why Hardstyle Kettlebell is Great

Low weight, big challenge - I love that Hardstyle can provide as much challenge with a 24kg kettlebell as I'd previously get with a 200lb clean and jerk or a 350lb squat.

Low impact - I want to save whatever spryness remains in my knees for skiing, so getting an intense plyometric workout without leaving the ground is a big bonus.

Protects my future workouts - I see my fitness journey as a 20 year AMRAP. Being knocked out of the game for a year by a rotator cuff/labrum is a huge risk. Turkish get-ups (one of the core Hardstyle movements) really lock down your shoulder and rotator cuff stability. These are nasty, long-lasting injuries when they happen; you're in for six months or a year of boring icing and PT. A "swing" through Hardstyle for a few months can protect your Oly or HIIT progression for years to come.

Core workout without planking - If you like to mix in a little yoga or Pilates to keep your core engaged, you owe it to yourself to try the kettlebell class. The reason we're able to get great workouts with (relatively) low weights is that all the movements require and develop substantial core strength.

No soreness - We supposedly do HIIT to "not suck at life" but it's hard to not suck at life when you're hobbling around with DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) half the time. Developed partly for military personnel, who need to stay fit and ready, and can't be hobbled by soreness, Hardstyle is designed to give you a great workout today, and keep you actually functional tomorrow (and the next day)

Equipment-light - No shoes, no bulky equipment. Once you learn these techniques, you can get a whole-body workout in a studio apartment with one kettlebell. Great for travel, too. Hotel gyms might not have kettlebells, but they'll probably have a dumbbell heavy enough to challenge your Turkish get-up.


row 500 / run 400
crawling lunge
10 KB swings or snatches
double KB overhead lunge
10 TGUs or windmills
10 goblet squats
5 pull-ups or push-ups or dips


front squat 5-3-2-3x2


2 TGUs between strength sets

Group Workout

6 rounds:
6 double kettlebell front squat at a moderate weight


100 hand-to-hand kettlebell swing


2 minute double kettlebell rack hold


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