October 31, 2018

Accelerate towards your goals using this magical ingredient.

Like any obsessive self-employed kettlebell fanatic, soon after falling head over heels in love with kettlebell training, I made it my business to collect an entire family of pairs. Back then, I was into kettlebell sport so I had competition bells in all the weights from 8kg to 32kg in 4kg increments. A few years later, I converted to Hardstyle and collected pairs of cast-iron bells from 8kg to 40kg and singles up to 68kg. At the time, I thought that pairs were necessary and optimal.

I stumbled on the ever-surprising benefits of training with offset kettlebells by accident. The inconvenience was forced upon me when I turned my London business into an outdoors and at-home service. It simp...

December 10, 2016

This article is geared towards those looking to design their own home exercise routines.

All the different ways that the human body can move or be exercised fall into one or more of the following categories. In healthy human movement that involves continually moving around in three dimensions and getting up and down from the floor frequently, all of the following should be present. It’s important to include each of these into your program because the brain operates by the rule ‘use it or lose it’ – if you don’t regularly use your body the way it was designed to move, you’ll literally lose the capability. The human body is the great adaptor. It will adapt to any stimulus you regularly apply to it. If you regularly move often and well, you’ll keep...

August 29, 2016

Being a sports massage therapist, with my hands regularly doused in coconut oil, the skin on my palms is as soft as a unicorn’s scrotum. I have therefore had to pay particular attention to refining technique and building grip strength for ballistic kettlebell movements. I’d like to share the one, all-powerful drill that has helped me over the years. Contrary to popular belief, the main cause of skin damage during interval swings is not soft skin or bad technique, it’s a lack of grip strength / grip endurance.

The kettlebell clean and snatch require a higher level of skill and technique in order to keep the hand skin from tearing. However, the swing only requires the kettlebell handle to remain in one place. If the handle does not move against the...

April 6, 2016

 

 

There are many great swing training programs out there, Mark Reifkind published one this time last year. Mine is no better, it’s just another very effective and simple way of skinning the cat. Just bear in mind that any programme is only as good as its compliance.

 

To steal Dan John’s wonderful concept: This is a park bench programme, so you just keep going (forever!) enjoying constant gains. It has worked on most people I’ve tried it with.

 

Here are some success stories…

  • Me (37 y.o. male trainer): 32kg to 48kg in seven months, 1-3 sessions per week

  • 54 y.o. female lawyer: 12kg to 24kg in nine months, 1-2 sessions per week

  • 45 y.o. male businessman: 20kg to 32kg in six months, 1-3 sessions per week

  • 36 y.o. male banker: 28kg to 36...

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