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First of all, I am getting nothing for writing this but I feel this book deserves the effort. I bought the book because I swing kettle bell. I am a personal trainer. I am used to conditioning because I've been in the Army for the past 28 years but the principles that Bud…Read More
By Bud Jeffries
The Swing is the mother of all kettlebell exercises. It exerts muscular and aerobic effort on every area and system of the body. The explosive snap of the swing builds hip, hamstring, back, quad, abdominal, and shoulder strength. It works grip strength. It works explosive speed. It spreads the focus out onto the body so that many, many muscles, if not all the muscles of the body, are activated at one time. In doing so, it allows you to push further, harder, and faster than almost any other exercise and with a simple movement. The Swing allows you to literally drive the body as hard as you can without localized fatigue becoming the stopping factor.
Why wouldn’t you use the most effective tool, exercise and system to get the most change and advancement into Iron-strength and your best life?
Why indeed would you not? Jeffries lays down an inspirational challenge and illustrates the challenge with his own immensely powerful story. Whether you are a longtime kettlebell practitioner or a complete newbie, Jeffries offers you a complete blueprint for utterly transforming your body—by making the Swing the center of your training universe. The Bud Jeffries story is undeniable. Supply the fortitude and the perseverance, follow Bud’s plan—and the sky’s the limit for your future development of strength, endurance, power and speed.
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The Swing is the mother of all kettlebell exercises. Many people too readily overlook this primal drill and jump too quickly past it to other apparently "shinier balls".
Big mistake, says champion strongman Bud Jeffries, who elaborates:
"All things work together off the basics. The best people in the world at any endeavor are the best at the basic movement, and the basic movement of the kettlebell is the Swing. I also believe it has possibly the most benefits of any kettlebell exercise. Let me explain.
The Swing is possibly the most diversely spread out exercise of the human body. It exerts muscular and aerobic effort on every area and system of the body. The explosive snap of the swing builds hip, hamstring, back, quad, abdominal, and shoulder strength. It works grip strength. It works explosive speed. It spreads the focus out onto the body so that many, many muscles, if not all the muscles of the body, are activated at one time. In doing so, it allows you to push further, harder, and faster than almost any other exercise and with a simple movement.
The Swing allows you to literally drive the body as hard as you can without localized fatigue becoming the stopping factor. In many other exercises, the push up for example, the chest, shoulder and triceps, being the emphasis of that exercise, will tend to fail before the cardiovascular system or before your whole body as a unit is exhausted. The Swing allows you to circumvent that limitation.
When you fail with the Swing, especially after you’ve had a period of breaking in and a period of training time, you fail for one of two reasons. Complete exhaustion pushing the muscles, the endurance, and the internal organs and mind as far as humanly possible, versus failure of any individual specific system. In doing that, you have a key to upper level performance. Something that allows you, literally, to keep going, to test your mind, to test your lungs, to test your muscles and every area of the body. A systematic way to add to the strength of every area involved. The second reason is you just don’t want to go any farther.
The Swing also has, I believe, the most carryover to other kettlebell exercises, as well as other exercises for any other part of strength. For instance, powerlifting, strength exercises, barbell lifting, odd object lifting, strongman exercises and endurance in any form. It will allow you to build a type of grounded strength that almost nothing else can do. That makes the Swing the most effective choice for all our purposes.
Why wouldn’t you use the most effective tool, exercise and system to get the most change and advancement into Iron-strength and your best life?"
Why indeed would you not? Jeffries lays down an inspirational challenge and illustrates the challenge with his own immensely powerful story. Whether you are a longtime kettlebell practitioner or a complete newbie, Jeffries offers you a complete blueprint for utterly transforming your body—by making the Swing the center of your training universe.
The Bud Jeffries story is undeniable. Supply the fortitude and the perseverance, follow Bud’s plan—and the sky’s the limit for your future development of strength, endurance, power and speed.
The famous physiologist refers to one’s inability to go beyond mediocrity if strength and endurance are pursued with equal zeal. I never questioned this axiom as I had met many who had tried to prove it wrong. They all ended up average and hurt.
Then I met Bud Jeffries.
Bud defies the laws of physiology. His body could have been custom made for strength, forged from the same mold as Louis Cyr and Paul Anderson. Jeffries’ 1,000-pound squat starting from the bottom of a power rack is a strength feat legends are made of.
Respect but no surprises so far.
Then I watch this mountain of muscle drop into an effortless full side split, relaxed as a little gymnast girl. I have been fortunate to meet very strong men and very flexible ones—but they were never the same. Until Bud.
But it is Jeffries’ endurance that is on par with bumblebee’s flight—"it is against the natural laws!" He has swung a 53-pound kettlebell for almost an hour non-stop. He has done 1,000 sprawls. He pounded—not tapped—the heavy bag for one full hour. In other words, he performed feats of conditioning which would stop any 150-pound MMA stud in his tracks.
How does a man built like T-rex beat velociraptors at their own game?—I have no idea. But I listen and I learn. Bud Jeffries reminds me of another great strongman, Paul Anderson. The latter’s training had anticipated scientific developments decades ahead of his time. He was extremely smart and he refused to allow scientists’ limitations to become his own.
Ladies and gentleman, I am proud to present Bud Jeffries, the man who never compromises between strength and conditioning.
My Story and why this will work for "anybody!"
What the Swing did for me / Maximizing the Swing
The New World in Long or Third Way Cardio
Style and Technique of Kettlebell Lifting
Cheating For and Against the Grip
Interval and Non-interval Time and Reps
Reverse Assistance Exercises for the Swing
Cycle 1 – Straight build-up cycle – 500-1000 Reps!
Cycle 2 – A straight weight cycle
Cycle 3 – The staggered cycle
Cycle 4 – Pre-exhaustion cycle
Cycle 5 – Swings, other and then swing
Cycle 6 – Three exercise cycle
Cycle 7 – The swing as pre-exhaustion to another exercise
Cycle 8 – Heavy-swing-heavy
Cycle 9 – Specific muscle pre-exhaustion
Cycle 10 – Easier exercise to keep moving
Cycle 11 – Harder than you want it to be
Cycle 12 – Heavy and light the next day
Cycle 13 – Using the swing to continue another kettlebell exercise
Example 1 - Battling Ropes
Example 2 - Stone Training and Kettlebell
Example 3 - Light Barbell Conditioning and Kettlebell Mix
Example 4 - Tire Flipping
Example 5 - Bodyweight Sprawl
Example 6 - Heavy Bag Work
Example 7 - The Dumbbell
Example 8 - Sled Pulling
Example 9 - Sledgehammer
Example 10 - Agility and Physical Harmony Movements
First of all, I am getting nothing for writing this but I feel this book deserves the effort. I bought the book because I swing kettle bell. I am a personal trainer. I am used to conditioning because I've been in the Army for the past 28 years but the principles that Bud Jeffries suggested has pushed me past a few sticking points I have never thought possible. What I learned from him makes me feel I only used to bang my head against the wall. My strength and personal records are through the roof. What I've learned by swinging spills over into the other things I do. If you want results, you must get this book!
I have known Bud personally for about 5 years. I've hosted his Strongman seminar at my gym, CrossFit Gulf Coast, plus learned a lot from his videos, articles, & books.When Bud sent me a preview copy a couple of months ago, I devoured it from cover-to-cover. Then I implemented his training strategies at my gym, and developed our Elite Gladiator workouts from them.I am convinced that this new book from Bud Jeffries will help any dedicated, disciplined person get leaner, stronger, healthier and increase their work capacity.
Bud's program is working so well for me, that I eliminated other things from my weekly program to open a day just for this. This program has results as good as Kenneth Jay's Viking Warrior Conditioning. If you are looking for strength endurance, then you found it here.
Although I bought my first kettlebells back in 2001, I have only recently focussed my training on swings, having always preferred more "sophisticated" exercises such as the snatch, the clean &j jerk etc. What a mistake! Thanks to Tracy Reifkind and now Bud Jeffries, I believe the swing will become my main KB exercise for many years to come. Regarding Bud's book, some of the criticisms raised are correct (lack of a very structured routine as can be found in 'Convict Conditioning'), to me the main point of the book is: 'Get past the interval' (I'm not there yet, by the way). This is the main and powerful message he delivers, quite in contrast to so many programs you read about where a timer is almost as important as the kettlebell, barbell or whatever you're using. Just for that hint, and the courage it takes to build up to such impressive PR's: thank you !!!
Got this recently, been trying the templates and workouts and I have already seen an increase in work capacity. My lungs and grip are responding surprisingly quick. Put together well and easily readable and adaptable. This book is a great addition to any library.
The story is definitely inspirational but I was hoping for more "how-to" than the book provided. It needed at least one more chapter with a breakdown on how to achieve the swing numbers for the desired outcome.
a lot of bud jefferies, but that was ok. I found the book inspirational and depressing. It has pushed me to extend what I have been doing , and that is good. The depressing part comes from the fact that I am almost 69 and so far about 50 reps ties me up - forget a thousand. Oh the power of youth.
This is one of the best Dragon Door books I have read. I've ordered about 6 books from this company and have been sort of disappointed with the quality, length and information contained in each. Other than editorial errors and production mistakes, this is a fantastic book. Finally, a book with glossy pages and no blank pages counted toward the total page count. Information you can use, instead of the same old thing over and over. I would highly reccomend buying this book. Bud Jefferies really knows his stuff.
There really wasn't anything to this that you couldn't figure out from other Dragon Door products and reading the description of the book. Save your money, not worth it. I will summarize right now and it comes right from Pavel, if you want to swing more, swing more. Same thing with pull ups, pistols and everything from here. Most of the time Dragon Door's books and dvd's are great as I own most of the library, but this was a giant let down.
I have been training with KBs for about 10 years. This book has revitalised my training and given me some awesome new targets to aspire for. First workout I managed 1000 KB swings in one hour and I am now tracking towards my goal of 2000.Bud's KB swing manifesto is simple - do lots, fast, without a break! I am seeing awesome gains in my endurance, strength and conditioning by adding this simple yet highly effective routine into my weekly programnme.Great work, thanks Bud.
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