Well I’ve been at it again, outdoor workouts i do love!
Today I’ve got one that i call the Kettlebell Sleeper. No I’m not going to tell you why i call it the sleeper, you’ll just have to watch and find out.
What did you think? Ive got another kettlebell outdoor workout called the Shot Put. Hit the link.
Now if you are one of my loyal followers you will know that i love kettlebells. For all those new readers i want to talk to you about why you can’t ignore kettlebells any longer.
Believe it or not, kettlebells have been used in outdoor workouts for close to 300 years and actually originated in Mother Russia (I’m putting on my best Ivan Drago voice). Since KB’s have been discovered there has never been a Russian army deployed without taking kettlebells for training.
A good friend of mine is in the Australian Air Force and he was recently deployed with his team and KB’s where included with the gear.
You may be thinking, “but I’ve never heard of KB’s and only recently have i seen them in the gym” Yea thats correct. The western world is finally catching up.
Outdoor Workouts & Steve Cotter
A world famous KB instructor named Steve Cotter has an extremely impressive back ground in martial arts and several years ago he decided to travel to Russia and learn about these iron cannon balls with handles.
Steve considered himself a pretty fit guy and everyone else considered him an extremely fit guy. Anyway long story short Steve entered into a Girevoy competition. Now this is a sport used with kettlebells. A little hard to explain in writing so ill include a video below so you can see what I’m talking about.
So the sport of girevoy goes for 10min and the idea is simply to get as many reps out as possible in that 10min.
Away Steve went. When he got to the 30 or so rep mark he relised he was pretty ‘stuffed’ and couldn’t go any further. When he put his KB’s down and caught his breath he turned around to see men half his size and what appeared to be no where near his strength push out 40, 50, 60 ,70, over 100 reps.
Steve knew right then that something was up with these kettlebell and there was something he needed to learn. Now Steve Cotter is certainly one man who was had a major influence in bring kettlebells to the western world but there has been other, Pavel Tsatsouline who is know as the ‘Evil Russin’ for is sickening KB workouts. His books are very comical but at no time is he joking. I recommend you check them out.
Here is a link to an advanced outdoor workout you may like
So the reason why I’m an avid user in kettlebells is because they are so versatile and make them the outdoor workout must have piece of equipment.
Now if you want to build muscle mass, then KB’s are not for you. KB’s are designed to build endurance strength and benefit the cardiovascular system. Say good bye to boring cardio for ever.
One of my colleagues went as far as say that running is for pussies, stick with kettlebells. Lets just say he had every runner in Asia Pacific at his door, but you get the idea.
What kind of kettlebell is best for me?
Ladies and Gents, stick with pro-grade KB’s. These are what they use in competition but they are also much easier to handle. The weight is distributed very evenly, its easier on the hands and is made of steel so it won’t break.
Ladies i recommend starting with an 8kg KB and gents grab yourself a 12kg KB.
Click this link and learn how to do the proper Kettlebell Swing.
So yea, i’m pretty crazy about kettlebells and as for outdoor workouts, make sure you check out my video up the top and make your own mind up about if they will work for you.
To the Russians,
P.S – If you’re not sure about kettlebells then try these bodyweight exercises designed for outdoor workouts. Let me know what you think
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