Old Time Russian Kettlebell Training
"The methodology of kettlebell training developed by Russian specialists before the 1917 revolution and before the World War II is practically identical to the modern one." (Dvorkin, 2001)
Ivan Lebedev, a strongman affectionately known among the public as 'Uncle Vanya', outlines typical for the Tsarist Russia training:
â€œIn heavy training one must differentiate between a record lift and a training liftâ€¦ If the record â€˜doesnâ€™t goâ€™, donâ€™t get upset and do not give up your workoutâ€¦
â€œAs for the life style, the human body does not tolerate restrictions but every excess does harm.
â€œHere is a training schedule for the amateur lifter that presumes that he is free every dayâ€¦ Two hours after breakfast is the workout with heavy kettlebells. Dedicate one day to presses and jerks, the other to jerks and snatches, and the third to presses aloneâ€¦ A resistance workout ought to be done with a very light weight. If, for instance, an athlete can press 72kg with both arms, he should start the session with 32kg and finish with 56kg. The duration of the kettlebell workout is one hour.
â€œâ€¦You should train with heavy kettlebells three times a week every other day.â€
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