Posts Tagged ‘Kettlebell Muscle’

So you have passed the Level I Russian Kettlebell Challenge Certification Workshop. You put in all the hard work to prepare for this moment with months of training under your belt. Then you get to the moment where you pass the snatch test, get your technique fine tuned by the numerous high level RKC’s there to help you, and finally finish by nailing the testing portion, teaching aspect and surviving the graduation workout.

Nikki and I with Pavel in 2009

First of all, Congratulations! I have seen it time and time again. The look on someone’s face after they have returned successfully from getting RKC certified is inspiring. I get goose bumps just thinking about everything that went into getting to that moment and the feeling I had after. You will never be the same again, and more important you are part of a COMMUNITY of high level fitness professionals that will be at your side at a drop of the hat.

The Iron Tamer Clan! Friends and Comrades for LIFE!

So what do you do now? I would like to offer some advice if I may on the training side of things as well as on the business side of things.

TRAINING

Continue to work yourself through some type of program. This will help to keep those skills that you just sharpened from getting dull. I suggest the following in my opinion.

  • Perform the ETK Rite Of Passage 1-2 times per year.
    • Again this keeps your skills sharp and will help you to maintain your level of strength as you progress through the RKC. Plus it will keep you sharp once you need to re-certify.
  • Perform a snatch test AT LEAST one time per month if not more
    • One of the biggest mistakes I made once I was certified is not paying attention to the snatch test. I took 2 months off and then when I decided to do it again I could only muster 74 reps in 5 minutes.
    • It is far better to maintain than to try and train it all back again in my opinion.
  • Be on a program
    • There is nothing wrong with just working through workouts and playing around now and then, but I believe NOW that you need to have a goal in mind to reach for and a program that will take you there.
    • If you are training for Level II. Then prepare for it but do not forget to reassess your Level I skills as well.
    • If you want to maintain your skills but want to get off of the program of ROP for a bit. I suggest Kettlebell Burn or Kettlebell Muscle by Geoff Neupert. Great programs by the Master RKC himself of programming. Plus both carry over nicely to Level I and II training in my mind.
    • There are numerous programs out there for you to go by. It just depends on what you want your GOAL to be. (Return of the Kettlebell is Fantastic Material also).

BUSINESS

  • Become a Dragon Door AFFILIATE
    • For any of you who would like to make more supplemental income, we highly suggest you become a Dragon Door Affiliate. There is no cost to you and it can be a great way to make extra income on the side promoting the products and equipment that you already believe in, use and endorse.
  • Sign on with a business group
    • This really has paid off for us. IF you have a fitness business or are planning on opening up one in the future. It is CRUCIAL that you learn all aspects of your business including marketing, time management and selling. I had little to no experience in this and wish I would have done it sooner.
    • We use the Evolution Accelerator Program through Net Profit Explosion. They were referred to us directly from Dragon Door. We cannot say enough about them! They have taught us everything from proper marketing, to the sales process, to hiring employees, and time management!
    • Another great idea would be to attend Dragon Door’s Marketing Mastermind Intensive with John DuCane.

TRAINING AND BUSINESS

  • CONTINUE to LEARN
    • If the RKC is continually evolving to make itself better. Then so should you.
    • This is extremely important. I saw it in myself and in others when they came back for an RKC event and had a lot of work to do technique wise.
    • If you do not have a workout partner who is an RKC themselves then there is a good chance that your form may fade or dull slightly because there is no one present to give you feedback. I am very fortunate that I have my wife, Nikki, by my side the majority of the time to tell me if my technique can be improved on.
      • So I suggest that you either meet with another RKC every month or every other month for a workout and to check your technique.
      • You can video yourself from time to time and get feedback by watching it or by sending it to other RKC’s or posting it on the forum. I got some great feedback by other RKC’s this way on my kb snatch technique and swing which was highly valuable!
    • Attend more RKC events. I cannot stress enough the importance of attending MORE events. The RKC Level I is just the foundation to your physical and business success.

There you have it. Hopefully I have provided you with some good information for you to chew on when you are thinking of where the next step will be post RKC certification. I hope to see you at an upcoming RKC event very soon.

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Kettlebell Muscle

Hello everyone.  Has been a very busy end of winter and spring for us here at SG Human Performance so I apologize for it being so long since I have last posted anything.  I just recently finished reading Geoff Neupert’s Book “Kettlebell Muscle” and decided to give all of you a little taste of what is in store for you.

As you know I am a HUGE fan of anything Geoff puts out on the market because, IT WORKS!  Geoff is the master of programming as we have already blogged about with his Kettlebell Burn Program.  As a matter of fact the Kettlebell Burn program is a fantastic program for fat loss, gaining strength, and as preparation for the RKC.  I have used many of the burn workouts with great success towards their goals.  But enough about Burn you can read that post if you would like.  Today I am here to talk about MUSCLE!

The forward by Dan John alone should show anyone that Geoff knows what he is talking about and can put it down on paper.  Geoff explains in detail the science and reasoning behind his program.  The great thing about Geoff is that his explanations are in English and they make total sense.

Geoff also provides the idea and science behind complexes and chains and how these workouts convert you into a strong individual with increased muscle.  He also provides the following:

  • 13 benefits to using Complexes and Chains.
  • Breaksdown all the double kettlebell exercises that are in the program
  • Provides nutritional advice to help with the muscle building process
  • AND then breaks down the program details from Weeks 1-6 & Weeks 7-12

What more could you ask for?  As of right now I have not started the program as of yet but will here this Spring/Summer.  The reason you ask?  I need to prepare myself for a proper strength foundation before beginning this program.  I was, however,  fortunate enough to attend last years Summit of Strength event where Geoff presented some of his Kettlebell Muscle Programming and we drilled all the double kettlebell exercises for the program.  It was fantastic and I was blown away by how the double kettlebell exercises taxed myself.  He was even gracious enough to work with me individually to improve my squat :).

Here is MY suggestions of prerequisites before beginning Kettlebell Muscle

1.  Have a very good understanding of kettlebell training

  • I am biased, but being trained by an RKC (or have had a few sessions with an RKC) to make sure you have a good foundation on technique is a must before beginning this program

2.  You are currently asymmetry free and pain free

  • Got a nagging injury?  Take care of it first!  You should know by now how important it is to have balance in your life and that includes your body and your training regimen.  You should seek out a CK-FMS professional to make sure your body is in balance and ready for the density of the loading for this program (OR ANY PROGRAM FOR THAT MATTER!)

3.  You should have completed the Enter the Kettlebell Rite of Passage

  • Just a nice prerequisite to prepare for the program.  Performing and completing Kettlebell Burn would be a bonus as well.  (Can’t say enough about BURN!)

There you have it.  Right now I am in the stage of cleaning up some issues with my body and completing another round of ROP with a 24kg to help prepare myself for the Kettlebell Muscle Program.  More to come as I will take measurements and pics before, during and after the Kettlebell Muscle Program.

I hope all of you are training well and training smart.  Until next time, I wish you all well in your lives.

Great Article by Geoff Neupert, MRKC about increasing gains in 60 minutes per week
Terrific article by Goeff in the new Hardstyle Magazine (Page 5-PDF download)

One thing I absolutely love about Dragon Door is they give you a full preview of what they have. Nothing I want more when I am making a purchase is to get a full understanding of what I am buying. You can check out Geoff’s “Kettlebell Muscle” book that just came out and see a full table of contents, same with other works like “Convict Conditioning” by Paul Wade and even a breakdown of every DVD in the CK-FMS series.

Keep up the great work Dragon Door. I probably would not have purchased as many products if you would not have given me such a terrific preview.
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Mark Snow, MA, RKC, ATC, FMS-C, PES

Hello everyone.  Hope all is well for you and your families.

Today, Nikki and I were scheduled to perform a session of the Kettlebell Burn program we purchased from Geoff Neupert, Master RKC.  Nikki is doing great and was ready for the program.  Myself on the other hand was coming off some low back/SI joint pain from playing sand volleyball last week.

Most people do one of two extremes when faced with this sort of problem:

  1. They don’t do any sort of workout and take anti-inflammatories and rest.  MAYBE ice.  The pain may improve but the dysfunction remains.
  2. They do the workout anyways and push through any pain that may arrive and suffer the consequences in the following days after (usually can end in a visit to the doctor or chiropractor)

Now for me and my understanding how my Functional Movement Screen Score goes, I knew what exercises I could do and what needed to be modified.

Here is how our program was laid out and what Nikki did:

  • Clean and Press Ladder (1,2,3) for time
  • Version of TGU for reps each side followed by reverse lunge each side for reps for a specific period of time
  • Swings for time

Now here is what I did instead:

Warm Up

  • Checked shoulder mobility and cleared thoracic rotation
  • Noticed that hip flexors were dynamically tight, performed 1/2 kneeling hip flexor stretch followed by cook hip lift

Clean and Press Ladder

  • Performed 10kg press ladder in tall kneeling position
  • Performed 5 wall push ups outlined in convict conditioning
    • Repeated the process for the remaining period, tried one set of clean and press to 3 with 16kg which felt “ok” so returned to tall kneeling position for presses
    • You think this would be easy but I was sweating bullets due to the fact that I really had to concentrate on getting my hips and trunk stable for the press without falling on my face

TGU version and reverse lunges

  • I did 5 reps of get up to elbow each side really concentrating on proper form and not “plopping” down at the end.  I tried my best to do what Gray Cook says by “owning the movement”
  • Followed that with 1/2 kneeling hip flexor stretch for 5 breaths from relax into stretch
  • Reverse lunge 5 reps per side with KB in goblet position
    • If this exercise would have caused any problems in my back I definitely would have thrown it out
  • Brettzel each side
    • Repeated the whole process for the prescribed time

Swings

  • Performed the following in alternating fashion
    • static stomp deadlift (averaged about 7) with 20kg
    • regular swings (avg 15) with 16kg)

Was it a smoker of a workout?  Heck no, it was not meant to be (remember I made it corrective instead of conditioning).  But I did break a good sweat, felt good that I did something and I walked out of the workout feeling much better than coming in.

If you want to learn more about the FMS, Dragon Door has a terrific DVD set that covers the whole CK-FMS progressions.  There are also seminars available to sign up for FMS seminar events as well through perform better.  If you would like to learn more about the Turkish Get Up corrections check out Kalos Sthenos.

Also, check out Geoff Neupert’s new book, KETTLEBELL MUSCLE – The Secrets to Compound Lifting. I have been able to see a taste of the book when Nikki and I were test subjects for Geoff and it is a terrific strength and conditioning workout!