Here’s a guest post from the Under Ground Strength Coach, Zach Evan-Esh.
Zach has built a reputation for producing strong, athletic and enduring athletes using no bull training methods. Here he is talking about Kettlebells, and he describes a few training methods that members of the Wild Geese Kettlebell Fitness group are already familiar with.
Read and enjoy
I’m here in Louisville, and on the way out here I stopped through Ohio to meet some friends of the iron game, took a trip through Westside Barbell club & recorded 15 minutes of it for Underground members.
Spent a few hours in the Elite FTS Compound with Jim Wendler and AJ Roberts.
We unleashed hell on how to get stronger, bigger, faster, develop mental toughness, how to optimally train athletes, how to train as you get older, avoiding injuries and tons more.
It was pure gold and I LIVE for that stuff.
If you saw on Facebook, I posted a few pics of Westside Barbell Club and all the Kettlebells they had.
One Kettlebell was oversized and specially made, shaped like a small stone.
The powerlifters, MMA fighters and Football players there ALL use the Kettlebells for the following:
– prehab / rehab
– speed & power development
– grip strength
– mental toughness
– improving conditioning and fitness levels
It was great to see the strongest gym in the world staying on the cutting edge by using OLD pieces of “equipment” such as the Kettlebell. I began using Kettlebells 6 years ago. They challenged me unlike any other training tool I ever used, and they also kicked my a**.
But, they REALLY did push my mental toughness to a new level, and with regards to “functional” strength, they have been KING.
Performing several movements back to back as I recently did with my athletes, or, performing sets for time, 4, 5, 6 minutes non stop without putting the kettlebells down is also a serious test of mental toughness yet at the same time develops strength endurance, power endurance and also increases muscle size….especially in the shoulders, back, traps, hamstring areas.
I call this Hybrid Training, where you mix various movements of kettlebells mixed with bodyweight work, it is highly effective for the development of brute strength, fat loss, speed development and improving conditioning.
The constant swinging of the kettlebell through your legs, pulling the kettlebell overhead….It packs on muscle and helps develop brute strength unlike any other training tool I have ever used. Plus, you can take them anywhere, as I often do when I want to get away and train in seclusion, I carry them into the trails and perform my training amidst Mother Nature.
A recent Hybrid Kettlebell Workout my athletes performed, mixing kettlebells, bodyweight training and sled training pushed their mental toughness and physical conditioning to a whole new level.
Try adding this Hybrid into a workout:
1A) 1 arm Kettlebell snatch 3 x 5 reps
1B) mixed grip pull ups 3 x 5 reps
1C) ring push ups 3 x 5 reps
2A) 1 arm Kettlebell clean & press 3 x 5 reps
2B) mixed grip pull ups 3 x 5 reps
2C) ring push ups 3 x 5 reps
** THE Punisher **
Perform 1 set of # 3, Below, aka “THE Punisher”
3A) 1 arm snatch x 5 + 1 arm clean & press x 5 reps (perform both exercises before switching hands)
3B) mixed grip pull ups x 10
3C) ring push ups x 10
The above is just some of the ways I perform Kettlebell Hybrid Training.
These WILL build brute strength and mental toughness beyond what you ever had before.
Try it and make it happen!
PPS: If you want to snag Kettlebells, I get mine right here ==> http://UndergroundKettlebells.com [Sorry Zach, we sell our own……….]
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Do you need any more reason to try out a kettlebell?
At WildGeeseMA.com we have Kettlebell beginners on Tuesdays at 6.30pm followed by MMA Kettlebells at 7.15pm, Mondays and Thursdays at 6.30 is our advanced kettlebell sessions.
Kettlebells are also available to purchase for home use, drop us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more info.
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