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Some Thoughts From a Kettlebell Boomer

06.21.11

Isn't "Why would you want to be strong and healthy after you turn fifty?" the same as "Why would you want to be happy after you turn fifty?" – Sean Schniederjan. For several decades I've been a strength and conditioning coach in many disciplines. For the last few years I've focused on trying to become a very good Hardstyle RKC kettlebell coach. During the day I train high school students. In the evenings and weekends I train adults of all ages, in RKC principles. My students vary greatly in... read full story

 
 
 
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6 Big Questions About Kettlebell Training - Part 2

Master RKC Dan John answers 6 big questions about kettlebell training, Part 2

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6 Big Questions About Kettlebell Training - Part 1

Recently on the Dragon Door forum, someone told us about their first adventures with kettlebells. The poster had six questions...

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Sleep: Don’t Fear The Sleeper

Let me tell you a little secret—sleep is one of the key factors for losing fat, gaining muscle, staying sharper, and living longer.

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Bands and Bells

I know it may sound odd and kind of offensive, but kettlebells and bands are actually a perfect fit. The elastic rubber resistance bands and kettlebells are the ideal combination for increasing power and explosive strength. But, as some may ask—why not just use a heavier kettlebell?

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To Bare Or Not To Bare

As we introduce our students to kettlebells and the RKC school of thought, their first mental hurdle to overcome is simply taking off their shoes.

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RKC Fundamentals + IST Variations: Goblet Squat & Overhead Press

Throughout my career, I’ve worked, trained, and instructed a plethora of different people and personalities. But, they all had interest in at least one of the above goals. As I get older, I have less time I can commit to working out each week, and I’m less focused of lifting the heaviest weight. But, my need for mobility and feeling good increases.

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The Whats, Whys and Hows of Successful Programming, Part V

This is the fifth and final article in a series about successful programming by Master RKC Dan John: Progression or Regression, Adjusting the weight, plus "humane burpee" workout variations

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The Whats, Whys and Hows of Successful Programming, Part IV

I have a simple model for training most people: Life. This training program is based on our movement history: We start off rolling around and crawling. Then, we get up on one knee—then we get back on the ground...

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The Whats, Whys and Hows of Successful Programming, Part III

With an understanding of volume, intensity and specialized variety, we can now move into the basics of programming. I always start with the fundamental human movements as my guide to appropriate programming...​

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The Whats, Whys and Hows of Successful Programming, Part II

This is the second in a series of articles about successful programming by Master RKC Dan John. Let’s look at the most common work to rest ratios: 1:1 This ratio can be difficult. Generally,

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