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”

The Art of Kettlebell Recycling

What is kettlebell recycling? It is efficiently recreating identical reps (e.g. of deadlift, squat, swing, press, clean, snatch) one after another without movement quality deteriorating and without wasting excess energy.  Your ability to recycle well determines not only how long you can last in a training set, or how well you perform in any activityContinue reading “The Art of Kettlebell Recycling”

Girevoy Nationals 2020: reflections

This is the face of intense struggle and realization from the Girevoy competition this past weekend. It was fantastic and there’s a huge lesson here! I didn’t train for this event. I had a VERY nice relaxing winter 🙂 and I don’t regret it for a second. But I suspected that I would struggle andContinue reading “Girevoy Nationals 2020: reflections”

Why Kettlebells are like Olympic Lifting 2.0

I love Olympic Lifting. It is supremely satisfying to hoist a heavy weight over your head. Plus, it builds power, strength, mobility, coordination, lean muscle, core strength, ability to use the body as one solid unit, and mental focus. However, I’ve always found five downsides to traditional Olympic Lifting (using a barbell) when it comesContinue reading “Why Kettlebells are like Olympic Lifting 2.0”