How do you use kettlebells? Specifically, what's your approach when using the tool?
I don't think I've ever really talked about how I specifically use kettlebells in my training (at least not in a while), so here's what I do. Kettlebells are a big part of how I train and always will be. Of course, it all depends on the specific goal I’m training for. You’ll see what I mean in a minute.
We all know that there are many great tools available for training, but I like to keep things simple. And kettlebells are definitely one of the most simple and effective tools we have available. They're no fad or gimmick and they can provide a large number of benefits in terms of general strength, specific performance goals, conditioning, fat loss, lean muscle building, movement, mobility, flexibility and more.
Let me share with you my training approach and how I specifically use kettlebells.
It basically comes down to these 6 areas:
That's a word that comes to mind when I think of the 'Tom Platz' High Rep Back Squat Routine.
I'm not sure if legendary bodybuilder Tom Platz invented it or not, but he sure made it more relevant.
While there are many variations of the high-rep back squat (HRBS), the bottom line is the program involves squatting for high volume with moderate to preferably heavy loads.
I don't usually write articles that are "rah-rah" or inspirational. While I definitely want to inspire you, that's typically not my bag to write the "rah-rah" type stuff. My thing is more about teaching ideas, concepts, or methods that you can walk away with and apply.
Well, this article is a little different.
With the release of my recent book The Edge of Strength I outlined my entire approach to training and optimizing human potential through decades of experiences. I've made mistakes, but I've also learned a lot and continue to learn every day.
It was the legendary George Hackenschmidt who simply stated that “a man cannot derive real enjoyment from life unless he possesses a powerful and healthy physical constitution." I believe this to be true and this is why I wrote my book.
Here's my 4th annual post summarizing the top 5 fitness books of the year.
If you're a regular reader, you know how much value I place on reading great books to improve the quality of your life - in any subject, not just fitness.
There were some great books this year, without a doubt.
While I read a lot of books each year, I can't read everything, so I'm sure there were some other outstanding books that are probably deserving to be mentioned here, as well.
The list criteria has evolved a bit through the years, so here's what I based things on this year:
Is the overhead press bad for the shoulders? That's a common question and often a very debated one.
Should you avoid this exercise?
And, what are the benefits versus the risk?
I’ll give you my perspective, as both a strength athlete and former PT (physical therapist). I'll tell you why I love this exercise, but it may not be right for you.
I’ll talk about pressing in the context of using a barbell, which can be viewed as the most demanding on the shoulders.
Mobility is such a common buzzword in the fitness industry today, but what exactly is it?
Before you read ahead, think about this - how do you define mobility?
And, how do you define good movement?
In this article, I'll provide some simple background information about movement and mobility so that you have a better understanding and can assess your own movement and mobility.
I remember not too long ago interviewing Dan John for the podcast.
In the interview, he mentioned that he had a coach to help him with his training.
I was shocked that even Dan John had a coach, but quickly realized how right he was.
You see, we all need a coach, no matter what level we're at.
We all need a coach to get to the next level - assuming you want to actually get to the next level and I'm sure you do.
Here's 7 reasons why we all need a coach.