Can I turn out my toes in kettlebell swing?

Question: ‘When we adopt a squat stance, we can play around with the width of our stance and turnout of our feet, depending on individual hip structure and the upright torso requirement (Goblet, Front or Overhead Squats have different requirements when it comes to upright torso position, thus the stance for them will be different).Continue reading “Can I turn out my toes in kettlebell swing?”

What Kettlebellers Can Learn from Bodybuilders and Old School Russians

Hardstyle kettlebell training is notorious for its goals of strength and power, short training sessions, using compound lifts, practicing the same movements over and over again, and using low rep ranges: 3-5 sets of 3-5 reps being the standard format.  Bodybuilding is notorious for its goal of muscle hypertrophy, ultra-long training sessions, employing both compound andContinue reading “What Kettlebellers Can Learn from Bodybuilders and Old School Russians”

How to Kettlebell Train Outside in the Winter

There is always temptation to spend the entire winter training indoors, but such a temptation is a false friend. Being outside in winter is even more important than it is in summer. In general, outdoor training boosts energy, allows us to reconnect with nature and escape the electronic and concrete jungle, improves creativity and inducesContinue reading “How to Kettlebell Train Outside in the Winter”

10 Essential Exercises for Optimal Fitness

Imagine your body is made of clay, with each type and frequency of movement shaping the physical outcome. Take your imaginary body-ball-of-clay through your personal movement timeline, considering your early development, favourite activities, accidents or sports injuries, footwear habits, the desks at school, your favourite couch, and driving posture. Create the ‘resultant’ shape in yourContinue reading “10 Essential Exercises for Optimal Fitness”

The Philosophy of Fitness Minimalism

My whole life I have been obsessed with growing up. There was a freedom, discernment, drive and ability in it that I felt was inaccessible to my scattered and emotionally immature child’s mind. This is, I believe, a natural instinct most children possess. However, it can be suppressed or derailed, by family, culture or circumstance.Continue reading “The Philosophy of Fitness Minimalism”

Mindfulness Doesn’t Rock – it SWINGS.

One of our new members said the other day: ‘it is interesting that when I’m using a kettlebell, my mind has to be completely and utterly on it. There is no space for anything else, it is total focus’. I agree. In fact, kettlebells and mindfulness seem to go together like Red Caviar, Lewis RoadContinue reading “Mindfulness Doesn’t Rock – it SWINGS.”

Are Kettlebells Safe?

Short answer: YES Long Answer: In my nearly 1.5 decades of mastering and coaching just about every major fitness discipline, I haven’t encountered a safer overall strength and conditioning tool. After years of coaching Powerlifting, Boxing, Bootcamp, Crossfit, Sprinting and Gymnastics, I chose to make kettlebells my ultimate specialty, because I see the results theyContinue reading “Are Kettlebells Safe?”