When I'm in my groove there is no thinking. Everything just happens. ~Ozzie Smith

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Bells Will Be Swinging!

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, 
find your eternity in each moment. 
Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. 
There is no other land; there is no other life but this.”  


The new year has arrived yet again and am excited for the KB Swing challenge! 

Take it with me? 

January 2013 Challenge
10,000 Kettlebell Swings in 31 Days
Swing it!

Here are the guidelines ;). Comfort in knowing that these are still the same! I love being able to use the variety here. My swings have come along over these last few years because I was willing to shake things up a bit and use this time for practice as well as endurance and volume.

Ok, that's 324 (ish) swings a day for me. Outside of my normal workouts. I plan to use this month for skill work, warm up and creating solid neural pathways as it relates to my form.

Take note: If you are interested in a challenge but 10K is a little daunting, go with 3 or 5,000 the first time out. There is no Rx, it is about learning and growing in your skills ;)! 

Guidelines:
There are no rules, per se, but here are some suggested guidelines for the 10,000 KB swing challenge:

If doing 10,000 swings feels impossible, then set your goal of reaching 1,000 swings, then 2,000, etc. Before long, you will be at 10,000! 

Use whatever size kettlebell that you want to use. Be smart with your weight. 

Shake it up with all types of swings and incorporate other ballistic movements (exchange 2 cleans for 1 swing; 1 double clean for 1 swing; 1 snatch for 2 swings, etc.).

Challenge yourself but listen to your body. 

Do your swings whenever you want - morning, afternoon, evening - you can break up your swing sets throughout the day, if you like. 

Rep scheme: 
http://nofearfitness.com/articles/10000-swing-challenge.php
Do what works best for you. I provide these reps schemes as a guide or just to give you some place to start After only one week into this challenge you will know what works best for you. I personally liked sets of 25, 30 or 50. This made it easy to keep up with all the reps. As I mentioned before, I focused on 100 at a time. While I did my set I wouldn’t count to 25. I counted to 10 two times and then 5. It was easier to get through the sets toward the end if I only had 10 or 5 reps to do at a time, mentally. 

Combine one arm and two arm swings in one set. 10/10 x 2= 40 swings then 10 two arm swings as a finisher. You get 50 reps in before you know it. 

Swing ladders with multiple size bells are also a great way to get a lot of reps done in one set. For example; 44lb bell x 10, 35lb bell x 15 and a 26lb bell x 25 = 50 reps in one set. 

Swing ladder using one size bell. 10, 15, 20, 25 = 70 reps in one set. You do 10 reps with a small break (10-15 seconds), and then do 15 reps with another small break, etc.

Play around with it and come up with some reps schemes of your own. Be sure to share when you come up with something good

Have fun!

BTW Still my favorite KB Guy
Great resource for "How To" on all your favorite or soon to be favorite KB movements~

Excellent KB programs, information and unconventional training stuff!
MyMadMethods

Nutrition Challenge for the New Year?
If you are taking time to set goals and do the work, make sure that food is your priority as well. There are many challenges going on, pick one and stick with it! The key is to find what is right for your body, your lifestyle and find a better quality of life through it.

No sugar
No sugar, no starch
Primal
Paleo
Epi-Paleo
Whole30
Perfect Health
Clean Eating
Ancestral
Whatever label ... get to know yourself and GET SOME!

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