Strength: noun. the ability to overcome.

“Kettlebell-Shape”

by GEOFFN on April 1

One thing I love and hate about kettlebells is the way the fatigue sneaks up on you then wallops you right upside the head. You know what I mean.

You’re training hard, focusing on your exercise and then you stop and BANG! all of the sudden your muscles feel like they’re going to cramp up and your heart feels like it’s going to jump out of your chest and that was just your third set!

As I break back into the kettlebell ballistics, I am quickly and abruptly reminded of this fact. I am also reminded of the fact that there’s “Kettlebell-shape” and there’s “everything else.” I may have managed to keep my technique going on the platform, and even pushed my strength up, but there’s no doubt in my mind that “Kettlebell-shape” makes everything else better, stronger, faster, and more conditioned, as well as easier to recover from.

Two-hand swings are my current ballistic du jour. They’re all I need. Especially since they’re the foundation for all the other ballistics. To be quite honest, my hips have been out of whack for so long, that anything else just scares me (not in a horror movie sort of way). The last time I did unilateral or double ballistics, my right glute med. and my right erector spinae overloaded. That was the give-away that something was wrong. So, the 2H Swing is a good place to reboot, reload, and rebuild from. Conveniently, it’s also the starting point for Pavel’s Program Minimum in ETK.

So, the goal really should be to get back into “kettlebell-shape” and everything else will not only fall into place, but be magnified. 2H Swings +  Mastic Gum + Oil of Oregano = Goal Acquisition. Ready for that.

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