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Kettlebell Sport: 4 Week Beginner Training Program

Posted by Kettlebell Kings on Dec 28, 2016 10:41:30 PM

We have posted pretty frequently breaking down the lifts involved in Kettlebell Sport. One of the most common questions we get is how to apply it.  If this is your first time hearing the term Kettlebell Sport, we have published extensively on it. You can read an intro HERE, that breaks down all the lifts. What we have created for you now is a free 4 Week Training Program for beginners in Kettlebell Sport. Our goal is always to provide the absolute best training equipment and best content to help you get maximal use out of your kettlebell and your training  so we have created this at no cost to you. 

Kettlebell Kings has collaborated with Texas Kettlebell Academy, which trains some of the top Kettlebell Sport athletes in the United States, to develop a four week training program designed to help you get started with this method of training. Texas Kettlebell Academy also hosts the annual Texas Open which is attended by top kettlebell lifters from around the world. We highly recommend you give it a look should you decide to become more involved in Kettlebell Sport, it is in our great hometown of Austin, Texas!

Kettlebell Sport has all the elements that make for a good training regimen and workout! You build strength, endurance and test your will!

The Basics of Kettlebell Sport:

  • endurance kettlebell lifting, lifters have 10 minutes to complete as many reps as possible
  • efficiency and technique are important to maintain energy throughout set
  • lifters compete in specific lifts with either one arm or two arms

The Benefits:

  1. great goals to motivate your workouts
  2. blend of strength, endurance, balance and coordination in one workout equals efficiency
  3. build amazing mental tenacity, this carries over to other aspects of life

 

 

 

We have created a 4 Week Training Program You Can Sign Up For Here: 

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How Does It Work?  

If you subscribe to our weekly workouts, we will be designing the format just like that. After you sign up, for the next four weeks you will receive an email each week which breaks down your training regimen for that week and how to apply it.  Each email will list your workout each day of the week as well as links to demonstrations about how to perform each lift correctly. We like this format because it keeps your workouts new, exciting and challenging which is important to break up the monotony of knowing what is coming each week. 

The training program is three days per week (example: M,W,F or T,TH,S), just make sure to take a rest day between days and then two days after the third day over a seven day period.

ALSO, if you have any questions you can consult directly with the experts who crafted this training throughout the four week program!

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Building Your Back With Kettlebells

Posted by Kettlebell Kings on Nov 23, 2016 4:58:15 PM

Build Your Lats & Upper Back With Kettlebells

You thought kettlebells were only for functional training? They are phenomenal for body building and aesthetic training as well.  You can get some incredible results with kettlebells added to your routine. When training for aesthetics you want to maximize the pump and focus on particular muscles, which you can with kettlebells, even more so than you can with dumbbells and barbells because of the mobility they allow compared to other training. 

Part Three in our collaboration with the team at Mind Pump Media is all about building the back muscles for aesthetic training.  If this is your first time reading, we previously covered leg building exercises as well as shoulders.  

Who Is Mind Pump?

The guys at Mind Pump have a really popular podcast  in which they shed truth on health, fitness and a host of other topics by providing unique perspectives about workout programs, supplements and faux science.  They are all experienced, certified professionals and are unique even in their own space because of their approach to training by incorporating tools like kettlebells into a space in which they are under utilized.

Building Your Back With Kettlebells

Everyone has seen the famous kettlebell swing.  The movement that burst onto the mainstream fitness scene within the last 15 years (though it has been around for a long time) is an awesome functional movement for building the posterior chain, building power and muscle endurance.  However, few people have thought of the swing as something to combine with other exercises as a muscle builder.  

Below is a unique super set that you can do for your back with kettlebells utilizing rows and kettlebell swings.

Kettlebell Row

  • Start with a staggered or split stance (one leg in front of the other), with the kettlebell to one side of you and hinge your hips back to get into position with a nice level back
  • start with a pronated hand grip (the back of your hand is facing foward gripping the kettlebell) in order to add some rotation, grab the kettlebell and look forward with your eyes
  • pull the kettlebell up toward using your back while rotating it in (shown below) 
  • squeeze the shoulder blade in at the top and let it down
  • utilize the rotation of the bell to work the rhomboids, the lats, and mid traps when you squeeze at the top
  • Aim for 10-15 reps and immediately switch to the close grip upright row

Yes, you can do a similar row with a dumbbell, but the difference here is how it feels and affects your back muscles because the weight is further down from your hand due to the shape which creates a longer lever when you pull upward. Just like the other movements we have shown, the key here is the center of gravity of the weight and the mobility it allows for your muscles.  Then, immediately go into the next movement, working the same side of the body. 

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Chest Building Kettlebell Workouts

Posted by Kettlebell Kings on Nov 23, 2016 4:58:12 PM

We are excited to collaborate with the team at Mind Pump Media on a five part series to bring you some kettlebell exercises and movements designed to build your physique and muscle mass with kettlebells.  The first few posts in our series covered legs, back an shoulders. In Part 4 we will be dissecting a chest building super set with kettlebells. 

Myths

There is a misconception that kettlebells are only good for functional training and even among the lifters who use kettlebells for aesthetic training; the one muscle group most people do not think of kettlebells for is the chest. The guys at Mind Pump will show you why this is a myth because of the pec activation you can achieve with kettlebells.  

Why Train Your Chest With Kettlebells?

The movements that kettlebells allow for compared to traditional barbells or dumbbells will make you feel more of a squeeze at the top of these movements and allow you to go deeper into your press at the bottom compared to what you are used to.  You will be hitting your chest muscles in a different way then they are used to and different is the key here for building muscle, specifically more range of motion will build the entire muscle better than limited range. 

Kettlebell Bridge Press (Shown Below)

  • Lay down with your back flat on the ground and a kettlebell to each side 
  • Bring your feet up so that your knees are bent at about 45 degree angles (demonstrated)
  • Bring your hips all the way up off the ground and activate your glutes and squeeze so you have a neutral spine. This will allow you to get a lot deeper into your press
  • Your shoulders will be automatically retracted in this position as well
  • Press the kettlebells upward, keep your elbows tight, squeeze the chest at the top of the press, barely letting your elbows touch the ground
  • Aim for 10-15 reps and immediately switch to the next movement

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Building Your Arms With Kettlebells

Posted by Kettlebell Kings on Nov 23, 2016 4:58:09 PM

Here it is, Part 5 in our our collaboration with the team at Mind Pump Media.  So far, we have brought you kettlebell movements for building your legs, back, shoulders and chest.  In this last post we will cover using kettlebells to build your arms. (insert shocked emoji).  We hope you have enjoyed our series on kettlebell exercises and movements designed to build your physique and muscle mass with kettlebells. Our goal is always to create helpful, informative and safe content for you to explore the world of kettlebells and we think using kettlebells for building muscle mass is an untapped area in our world and that of Mind Pump Media. 

This should not be that controversial, but we have a feeling it will be. It seems that the idea of building your arm muscles with kettlebells might be the thing that traditional kettlebell folks and traditional body building folks can unite on, in both not liking the idea.  Back when we first started we posted an image on Instagram of one of us curling a kettlebell and it did not go over so well and we never did it again. Hear us out, and like any post we make you do not have to do it, but our posts are designed to be informative and bring different types of training to different types of people. 

Building Biceps & Triceps With Kettlebells

If you are trying to build your arms, why would you consider kettlebells? The answer is the shape of the kettlebell, center of gravity and the way it rests on your wrist and forearms. Because of this, it causes a lot of stabilizer muscles to have to kick in and do work while you perform these movements.  Also, the center of gravity created by the kettlebell resting on your forearm at the top of the curl or tricep exercise will create more tension at the top of the movement compared to a dumbbell and really make you work throughout the movement.

Kettlebell Bicep Curls

  • With a wide stance, pick up both of the kettlebells in front of you with your palms facing outward (pronated) so that you are holding the kettlebells with the handles pointed toward each other (shown)
  • It is okay to use your hips a bit for momentum but you do want to focus on using your biceps to bring the kettlebells up
  • Curl the kettlebells while rotating on the way up so that at the top of the curl your palms are facing outward or supinated (shown)
  • Keep your arms in tight to the body 
  • Aim for 10-15 reps and immediately switch to the close grip upright row

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Leg Building Kettlebell Workouts

Posted by Kettlebell Kings on Nov 23, 2016 2:30:14 PM

We are excited to collaborate with the team at Mind Pump Media on a five part series to bring you some kettlebell exercises and movements designed to build your physique and muscle mass with kettlebells. Our goal is always to create helpful, informative and safe content for you to explore the world of kettlebells and we think using kettlebells for building muscle mass is an untapped area in our world and theirs.  The guys at Mind Pump have a really popular podcast  in which they shed truth on health, fitness and a host of other topics by providing unique perspectives about workout programs, supplements and faux science.  They are all experienced, certified professionals and are unique even in their own space because of their approach to training by incorporating tools like kettlebells into a space in which they are under utilized. Let us get to it!

Myths

There is a misconception that kettlebells are only good for functional training. They are also really good for body building and aesthetic training. Mind Pump will show you a muscle building, pump inducing combo with a super set of front loaded kettlebell squats and back loaded kettlebell lunges. kettlebell workouts

Superset For #Legday, It's A Thing.

You can get some phenomenal results with kettlebells added to your routine. When training for aesthetics you want to maximize the pump and focus on particular muscles, which you can with kettlebells. You can use kettlebells similar to how you have used barbells and dumbbells to provide a stimulus to your muscles but you can do more by isolating those muscles in ways that you are unable to with dumbbells and barbells as well as gain mobility.  For example, Mind Pump suggests using kettlebells on front loaded squats (demonstrated below) because a lot of bodybuilders have a hard time with internal rotations of the shoulders and using kettlebells helps with the mobility because it is easier to get into the front rack position. 

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Front Loaded Kettlebell Squats

  • Using two kettlebells, start by picking up the kettlebells like a deadlift and getting into the rack position  (demonstrated below)
  • Kettlebells rest on arms, arms are tight into the body. You will feel more here in your thoracic then you do with traditional barbell front squats, also you will get a lot more quads and core in with this front squat compared to traditional back squat
  • Squat down into a deep squat and come back up, since you are training for aesthetic you will take the negative a little bit slower than you would on a power movement
  • Aim for 10-14 reps and immediately switch to the next movement

Watch the video demonstration of two kettlebell workouts for legs below!

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Beginner Kettlebell Movement: Part 4 - Putting It All Together

Posted by Kettlebell Kings on Aug 20, 2016 6:03:22 PM

Kettlebell Workout

After you have mastered all of the movements in Parts 1, 2 and 3 you can put them together into a full body workout designed to strengthen your entire body and burn calories. 

This workout was put together by Brittany van Schravendijk, who walked us through the beginner movements we have covered thus far.  She put together a two part workout which involves the Kettlebell Deadlift, Kettlebell Swing and Kettlebell Squat Press.

Part 1

  • 5 Sets of 10 Deadlifts, increase weight of the kettlebell each round. Ideally by the 5th set, the last couple should be pretty challenging
  • AFTER each set, do 20 Kettlebell Swings with a moderate weight you could normally swing 25-30 times.  Rest as needed after kettlebell swings before conquering next deadlift set.

rest for four to five minutes and then do Part 2

Part 2

  • Do 6 minutes of total work
  • 30 seconds of work followed by 30 seconds of rest with a running clock do Kettlebell Squat Press. For the first two minutes do kettlebell squat presses with right arm, then two minutes of kettlebell squat presses with the left arm. End with two minutes total (30 seconds on and 30 seconds of rest) with two kettlebells doing squat presses.

We do create new kettlebell workouts you can subscribe to each week:

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Beginner Kettlebell Exercise For Women: Part 3 - Kettlebell Squat Press

Posted by Kettlebell Kings on Aug 15, 2016 4:32:11 PM

The Kettlebell Squat Press

Part 3 in our series based on beginning kettlebell movements for women is about the Kettlebell Squat Press. After this post, we will put all the movements we have gone over into a workout you can do involving all three. After mastering the Kettlebell Deadlift and the Kettlebell Swing you can move on to this latest movement. The reason it is important to first master the Kettlebell Deadlift is because some of the movements and muscles engaged are essential for performing a proper kettlebell swing and the kettlebell squat. So make sure you have that down first.

Brittany van Schravendijk, will be walking us through video tutorials of the three movements we are highlighting in this series, including this one and then helping us put them all together for a workout at the end. Brittany is a Master of Sport, World Record Holder, and National Record Holder in Kettlebell Sport. Brittany is the Head Coach of Kettlebell Sport at KOR Strength and Conditioning in San Diego, California. She has traveled all over the world to teach Kettlebell Sport workshops. Brittany is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA.

The video below will walk you through the correct way to execute The Kettlebell Squat Press, but here are some key points.

Why The Kettlebell Squat Press?

The Kettlebell Squat Press is a fantastic total body exercise because of all the different elements of your body you engage to perform correctly. It will involve your lower body, engaging your core and pressing at the top of the movement. Because of how the kettlebells fit on your body your momentum will be forward and this is where having great body control and core strength will have to stabilize your body. If you don't have this already, this movement will help you develop it.  Additionally, you should be able to squat deeper than with a barbell because of the positioning of the bells. The results of this exercise will be a stronger midsection, a stronger and defined figure as well as more overall strength. 

If you like what you see, we do have  a weekly workout list you can sign up for which incorporates the movements we will be going over into cardio and strength training sessions.

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The Kettlebell Squat Press:

  • Combines lower body work, upper body press with core activation
    • use core to stabilize bell overhead
  • Start by bringing the bell into the rack position (shown in video below)
  • Feet are hip width apart, weight is on heels, sink with hips level with knees or slightly lower
  • MAKE SURE to keep your elbow up and chest high to keep the core engage -- drive your body up with the heels back to standing position then press the bell overhead
  • Return to rack position and then begin your squat again
  • inhale as you come down and exhale as you go up

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Beginner Kettlebell Exercise For Women: Part 2

Posted by Kettlebell Kings on Jul 29, 2016 11:48:24 PM

This is Part 2 in our three part series based on beginning kettlebell movements for women. At the end of the series we will put them all together for you in a workout you can on your own! After you have mastered the Kettlebell Deadlift, you can move on to the Kettlebell Swing. The reason it is important to first master the Kettlebell Deadlift is because some of the movements and muscles engaged are essential for performing a proper kettlebell swing. So make sure you have that down first.

Our friend, Brittany van Schravendijk, will be walking us through video tutorials of the three movements we are highlighting in this series, including this one, we will be highlighting and then helping us put them all together for a workout at the end. Brittany is a Master of Sport, World Record Holder, and National Record Holder in Kettlebell Sport. Brittany is the Head Coach of Kettlebell Sport at KOR Strength and Conditioning in San Diego, California. She has traveled all over the world to teach Kettlebell Sport workshops. Brittany is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA.

The video below will walk you through the correct way to execute The Kettlebell Swing, but here are some key points.

Why The Kettlebell Swing?

The Kettlebell Swing may be the best all around exercise anywhere for building strength and burning fat. It will help you develop strength in your hamstrings, glutes and core which are essential in other lifts. Just like the Kettlebell Deadlift, the swing strengthens the posterior chain. As we said in Part 1, that is the group of muscles in your body which affects your ability to move. The Kettlebell Swing can be performed with one or two kettlebells for added intensity.

Posterior Chain Refresher

The posterior chain is a group of muscles consisting of tendons and ligaments on the posteriorof the body, including the biceps femoris, gluteus maximus (main extension muscle of your hips), erector spinae (straighten and rotate the back), trapezius (large muscles that cover almost your entire back), and posterior (butt). 

These muscles are responsible for running, jumping and getting up and down all of which are required in every day life. 

If you like what you see, we do have  a weekly workout list you can sign up for which incorporates the movements we will be going over into cardio and strength training sessions.

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The Kettlebell Swing:

  • back position of your swing is like the bottom position of your deadlift
    • load hamstrings and glutes to not tax lower back
  • start with the kettlebell a couple feet in front of you in order to hike it back into the swing to get momentum
  • set up like deadlift, but reach forward, hike it back into swing then push hips foward, snapping them to create explosiveness and squeeze glutes at top similar to deadlift
  • swing to the top and let the bell fall down with gravity to hips before pushing into back swing
    • IMPORTANT: wait until arms hit hips before coming back up, if you do before a lot of space is created and the load is transferred to your back
  • exhale as bell comes up to tighten glutes and engage core, exhale engages core

 

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Beginner Kettlebell Exercise For Women: MASTER THIS BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE

Posted by Kettlebell Kings on Jul 25, 2016 10:43:07 PM

MASTER THE KETTLEBELL DEADLIFT BEFORE ANY OTHER MOVEMENT

We are going to begin a three part series highlighting kettlebell movements aimed at helping women who are beginning kettlebell users get the most out of their kettlebells. At the end of the series we will put them all together for you in a workout you can on your own! Quite a number of people who have entered our contests and subscribe to our workout list have identified as beginners, so we are doing this with them in mind.  If you know anyone who you have been preaching the gospel of kettlebells to you can forward this post to them as a way to help them get started.

Our friend, Brittany van Schravendijk, will be walking us through video tutorials of the three movements we will be highlighting and then helping us put them all together for a workout at the end. Brittany is a Master of Sport, World Record Holder, and National Record Holder in Kettlebell Sport. Brittany is the Head Coach of Kettlebell Sport at KOR Strength and Conditioning in San Diego, California. She has traveled all over the world to teach Kettlebell Sport workshops. Brittany is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA.

The first movement we will be going over is The Kettlebell Deadlift. The video below will walk you through it, but here are some key points. Below the video we will talk about which weight to use and what style of kettlebell you should use.

Why the Kettlebell Deadlift?

The purpose of the kettlebell deadlift is to strengthen the posterior chain. What is that? It is the group of muscles in your body which affects your ability to move. Seems important.

The posterior chain is a group of muscles consisting of tendons and ligaments on the posteriorof the body, including the biceps femoris, gluteus maximus (main extension muscle of your hips), erector spinae (straighten and rotate the back), trapezius (large muscles that cover almost your entire back), and posterior (butt). 

These muscles are responsible for running, jumping and getting up and down all of which are required in every day life. The Deadlift is a great lift for overall improvement in and outside the gym.

If you like what you see, we do have  a weekly workout list you can sign up for which incorporates the movements we will be going over into cardio and strength training sessions.

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The Kettlebell Deadlift:

  • targets hamstrings, glutes and strengthens lower back
  • stand with feet hipwidth apart, right outside kettlebell
  • grab the bell while keeping our back flat and your arms straight
    • avoid rounding back and pulling with back
  • push away ground with your heels, squeeze glutes at top
  • do not use your back to lift the kettlebell(s)
  • try the suitecase deaflift after perfecting form

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Things To Do With Heavy Kettlebells: Part 1

Posted by Kettlebell Kings on May 23, 2016 11:57:39 PM

Most people probably still think of kettlebells mainly as equipment for high repetition and/or high intensity workouts, which they are great for. However, kettlebells can be used for high weight/low repetition movements as well if you really want to build muscle, especially one of the most important muscle groups in your body. Some people know this, which is why our 48Kg|106 Lb Powder Coat kettlebell is always one of our top sellers when it is in stock. 

At Kettlebell Kings we recently launched even heavier kettlebells in 56, 68, 80 and 92 kilograms, designed for those who want to take their low repetition kettlebell movements to the next level, so we wanted to do a series on some of the best uses for them. 

For the purposes of this series, heavy is a relative term. The movements we will cover in this series can be done with any kettlebell that is heavy relative to your current strength. For example if you currently train with an 8 kilogram bell for high rep workouts you could do these same movements we show here with a 20 or 24 kilogram bell.  We chose to showcase some of the super heavy bells we have designed for folks with a pretty high level of fitness, kettlebell or lifting experience but you can do the same movements with kettlebells which are heavy relative to your current training.

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Jessica and Seneca from Texas Kettlebell Academy have put together an instructional piece on the 'Heavy Kettlebell Deficit Deadlift (squat hybrid)' which we will go over here. The purpose of the 'Heavy Kettlebell Deficity Deadlit' is to strengthen the posterior chain. What is that? Only one of the most important groups of muscles in your body which affects your ability to move. 

 

The posterior chain is a group of muscles consisting of tendons and ligaments on the posterior of the body, including the biceps femoris, gluteus maximus (main extension muscle of your hips), erector spinae (straighten and rotate the back), trapezius (large muscles that cover almost your entire back), and posterior (butt). 

These muscles are responsible for running, jumping and getting up and down all of which are required in every day life but even more so in competitive lifting and athletics because of the necessity of powerful hip extension, which this lift helps. Overall, that makes the Deficit Deadlift a great lift for overall improvement in and outside the gym.

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The Deficit Deadlift :

  • increased range of motion compared to normal deadlift

  • place kettlebell in between platforms/boxes and stand on them above the kettlebell

  • knees are over the ankles, the weight is back on your heels

  • spine is straight, lift with arms first, keep back straight and drive with force through heels

    • you do not have to drop kettlebell all the way back down when coming down but you do want to get low

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