Remember back when you were a kid how the days seemed to last forever? Especially those summer months – you’d be out playing late into the evening before the sun even went down.
What the heck happened?
How did we go from those carefree days were life was fun, easy, full of adventure to the place where we are now – laden with responsibilities, struggling to get out of the bed in the morning, possibly fighting with the kids to get them off to school, arguing with the spouse or significant other over something either trivial or of vital importance, and then rushed out the door, off to work, to face another day punching a clock?
It can be overwhelming to think about – maybe borderline depressing if we focus on it too much.
But it doesn’t have to be – nor should it be.
There is a way out.
And the easiest place to start is that lump of metal with a handle on top – your kettlebell.
Let’s look at what that magical piece of iron really is and what it can really do for you.
H.G. Wells And Exercise
You ever read H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine? It’s a great book and and underscores man’s fascination with controlling and even mastering time. In it the Time Traveller creates a machine that takes him through time and back – living hours, days, and weeks at at time, only to return to his own time, with barely a few hours passed.
If we can master time, it seems we can master anything.
Time, you see, is our #1 source of power.
It’s our ultimate commodity.
It’s the one thing that is common to all of us – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for an unspecified period of time, unknown exactly to any of us, only that on average it last 75 years or so.
And when we learn to “control” it, we can learn to simplify and create the life we ultimately want – one full of adventure, one worth living.
And that kettlebell can be our own Time Machine.
It has the inherent power of turning back the clock on aging.
It can restore injured limbs and parts to full functionality.
It can be the entryway to a new and meaningful life.
But only if you truly understand its transformative nature and use it correctly.
The Kettlebell – Time Philosophy.
The kettlebell is a means to compound all your fitness goals into one training session (when you understand programming and principles – which is what we teach in the RKC).
- You no longer have to do “extra cardio.” Instead, you become more internally focused on your ballistics to get more work done in the same exercise session. This saves you time.
- You no longer have to do “extra stretching.” You can if you want, but by becoming deliberate and methodical in your technique, you can simultaneously create more space in your body while simultaneously strengthening those new ranges of motion, like in the Swing or the RKC Arm Bar.
- You no longer have to do “body part training” – all your body’s parts get worked equally well, and the important parts get worked most. Just use a heavier kettlebell for some higher rep Snatches if you want to work your biceps.
In fact, I’ll argue that all of your fitness and exercise goals – regardless of what they are, can be easily packaged into three 60 minute training sessions (or another variation) or less each week, for a total exercise time of three hours per week. In many, many cases, less. (And I’ll even go so far as to argue that if you decide not to adhere to the guidelines I just described, you’ll actually be working against yourself – wasting your time and robbing yourself of energy.)
The key is understanding training principles and learning how to manipulate those principles to accomplish your chosen outcome – giving you more energy and allowing you to be more productive when you’re not exercising.
And that’s my purpose and my role – to show you how to do that, if you so choose.
I don’t know about you, but my time is incredibly valuable to me. And as I write this post, with the rapidly approaching birth of my son (9 weeks away), I am keenly aware of just how precious time is and will become more so. I’m sure if you haven’t given it much thought, after about 5 minutes or so, you too will agree that your time is incredibly valuable to you – more so than just about anything else you have.
Take Home Points.
The key then, is optimizing our use of our time, to increase our energy, to maximize our productivity. That’s why Time is our #1 source of Power and our most valuable resource. The effective use of our time is the lynchpin for getting and doing everything else. And the kettlebell I believe is one of the key drivers in our ability to do just that.
I would love to know what you’ve discovered so far in your kettlebell journey. What specifically have you noticed change within your body – your capabilities, since you’ve started using kettlebells?
Drop your comments below.
More on time in upcoming posts…