After years of solid use as doorstops, over the past year I have gotten back into using kettlebells as my go-to for general fitness training. As I did, it became clear to me that, aside from the S&S prescription of swings and get ups, general usage of KBs may have peaked in the West. Either that or the market became so saturated and diffused that it's hard to get a sense of it. At any rate, to get the ball rolling again, I ask of the people remaining on this forum...who still trains with KBs?
KBs, tarp bar and rings are my main training tools. I don't really need/want anything else.
The older I get, the more attracted I am to the Ido Portal, Steve Maxwell, Ryan Hurst and Ross Enamait methods.
I've been following this guy for a while and I do really like his approach to fitness:
And if so, in what manner?
Dan John's Armor Building (slightly modified) workout is my weapon of choice:
2 cleans, 1 press, 3 front squats.
- Choose a *VERY* light pair of KBs: one you can strict press it at least five times. I would be even more conservative and choose my 8-10RM.
- Do five iterations of the 2-1-3 sequence and call it a day.
- Don't rush the reps, take your time between movements, make sure they all are beautiful, crisp reps. I also tend to rest between one minute and ninety seconds.
- Keep doing five sequences until it gets almost too easy.
- Then work your way up to ten sequences in the same manner.
- When it gets too easy again, try to get fifteen sequences (that's fifteen presses, thirty cleans and forty five squats total).
Once you can do those fifteen "easy" sets, there are two possible ways to progress:
- Bump the load a bit and start all over again at five sequences.
- Or do 4-2-6 instead of 3-1-2 and begin at five sequences. The ultimate goal would be being able to do fifteen sequences of 6-3-9 reps (ninety cleans, forty five presses and one hundred and thirty five squats). That would be complete KB ownage.
Aaaaaaand... if you are really, really, really a masochist, add some rack walks to the end of each sequence.
Now I'm also experimenting with a KB adaptation of the 5x5x5 Mind Over Muscle program, which is almost an Easy Strength thing:
- Training Monday to Friday.
- Very, very, very short sessions.
- Original Strength resets as a warm up.
- Exercises are: Cleans, OHP, Pull Ups, FSQ, Bent Row and Dips.
- One easy set (RPE 6-7) of 5-10 reps per exercise.
- Between 15-30 minutes of Maffetone long, slow running afterwards.
Basically, I'm trying to spread the load over the weekdays and see what happens.
And which KBs do you use or recommend?
Competition bells for me. Keeps my technique consistent.
Kettlebell Kings' adjustable bell is supposed to be magnificent, though.