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"Turkeybell" Synergy Kettlebell Workout Theme

image Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it means we can now legally eat pumpkin pie. YES!!

Before I can do that, though, I first have to earn it!

This week at Synergy Kettlebell we're launching a series of specifically designed Turkey Day themed workouts. We're going to kick butt before we relax on Thanksgiving, stuff our bellies, and EARN THAT PUMPKIN PIE!!! Join me!

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Here's a sample similar to one of the workouts we will be doing in Turkeybell.

But first here is our warmup & cooldown series because it is ALWAYS important to do both surrounding a workout. You will get a much, much richer training experience because your body will be less prone to injury as well as become more loose and flexible rather than hard and tight.  

Warmup:” This prepares you for today’s workout!”

Synergy Dynamics mobility drills standing series

Then: Weighted Movement Drills 50x High Knees 25x Bodyweight Squats 15x Jungle Gym Rows 10x Quick Style Burpees (no overhead clap or jump) 15x Reverse Lunges- R/L 50x Hand To Hand Swings (do NOT go heavy and focus on letting the body adjust to lifting the weight)

Cool Down: “This prepares you for your next workout!”

Synergy dynamic floor sequence and foam roll

Your “I’m Not Gonna Feel Guilty On Turkey Day” Blaster: 8 Rounds, 30 sec work/ 30 sec rest btwn rds

Prisoner Alternating Reverse Lunges

Jungle Gym Pushups (the more vertical you are the easier, the more horizontal you are the more challenging it will be)

Heavy Dead Cleans- R/L (use the technique that is demoed stating at 0:20, start from the floor w/ bell right dead center btwn feet, clean right, return to floor, clean left, & keep repeating & return the bell to the floor so it makes a dead stop of momentum each rep)

Phoenix Crunches

Finisher: Choose your own adventure

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Jenni Schrader Before & After

Going Past 10: It's Been A Year In The Making

Here is a guest blog from my Kettlebell Sport student, Laura Machuca. I think she did a fabulous job expressing her experience with Kettlebells as her love for lifting the bells have taken her cross-country. Share in her experience and read what she has to say. I think you will gain a new perspective on this rewarding form of fitness. -Bob Garon

Going Past 10: It's Been A Year In The Making

 

“Kettle-balls? What are those?”

“I didn't know that kettlebell was a sport.”

“Wow! You have to do that for 10 minutes without stopping?”

“That judge was really mean. He should be more understanding of the people who compete with the 8 kg and 12 kg bells.”

These are things people say when they learn that I am a kettlebell athlete. I’ve competed four times now, and at the age of 50 I am getting ready for my fifth competition, all in a little less than a year. Some of what I’ve learned:

1. There’s a lot more to it than simply lasting 10 minutes.

Let’s not kid ourselves; kettlebell or girevoy sport (GS), as it’s sometimes called, is pretty darn tough. Many GS athletes say it’s the toughest sport in the world. In my first three competitions, I worried about lasting the entire 10 minutes, common for beginners. Yet, I now think that worrying about finishing means I doubt my abilities, which just undercuts all the time I spend training. I’m also disrespecting the work my coach and I do to improve my technique. Technique is so important—I can’t just get up on the platform and simply swing the kettlebells around for 10 minutes. I have to do the repetitions correctly, or they don’t count! Proper technique also helps me perform most efficiently, which also means less fatigue.

Laura Machuca

However, if you go to IKFF Nationals in Novi, MI to watch the competitions—and you should do this—you’ll see seasoned GS athletes lifting freaking heavy bells who don’t always finish their 10 minutes. But you know what? They get up there and do it anyway. When I competed in May 2012, a man only did one minute of the jerk with two bells that weighed 32 kg (~70 pounds) apiece. Did he look upset afterward? Not in the least. He wanted to prove to himself that he could get up there and do it for one minute, and he did. Next time, he plans to go for two minutes.

Laura Machuca

2. It’s not just about the numbers.

Depending on the event, your weight, the weight of the bell, and how many repetitions (reps) you do correctly, you can achieve a rank of 3, 2, 1, Candidate Master of Sport (CMS), Master of Sport (MS), and Master of Sport International Class (MSIC). When I began competing, I reached a rank of three, which is the lowest. I haven’t achieved a rank of two yet. However, rank isn’t the most important thing to me anymore. Why not? During the first few minutes of my last competition in May 2012, I saw I wasn’t going to make the number of reps I had as a goal. Instead of getting upset, I decided to relax—to experience the flow of doing the long cycle (clean & jerk) for 10 minutes while striving for my personal best technique. Afterward, I received compliments from the judges, with zero no-counts, which was quite opposite from my prior competition, I also won first place in my weight class in my event! If I had tensed up about making rank, I would have enjoyed myself far less—and shouldn’t I have fun while I’m lifting the bells? This is something I want to truly enjoy while I am doing it for as long as I can. It is about the experience of the moment.

Laura Machuca

3. The only competitor you should worry about is yourself.

It’s normal to want to be like the amazing GS athletes I see. However, if I compare myself to others, I limit things and miss out on so much more! That mindset also makes it easier for me to watch and learn ways to improve my technique. One example is Nathan. In May, Nathan performed the long cycle with astonishing precision. He reminded me of a clock, as his movements were very regular and accurate. When I told him this, he thanked me and revealed that he is a classically trained pianist. He thinks of Mozart playing in his head while he competes, and adjusts his rhythm to match. While I don’t know if I will adopt his method, he certainly helped me stretch my mind to consider new ways of practicing and competing. An analogy to the movie, “Field of Dreams” comes to mind—if I build and improve my technique, the rank will come!

Laura Machuca

4. The judges are there to help you get better at it.

Sometimes judges can intimidate, but only if you let them. Don’t let them! Judges often ask you to demonstrate a few reps so that they can see if you have any physical irregularities. Maybe you can’t bend your knees as far or straighten your arm. You want the judges to know ahead of time so they don’t count it against you while you compete. The first time I had to demonstrate, the judge made a comment about “not letting the bell spin around my hand” that rattled me. I now know that she was only trying to warn me so I wouldn’t get any no-counts. In my competition in March 2012, the judge at the IKSFA New York Open asked me not to make the same mistake as several other people that day. I started to worry about looking bad and not finishing. My focus was wrong and I violated a rule seven minutes into the set. The judge told me I had to stop and put the bell down. Later, two ladies approached me and said that they thought he was too strict, and that “he should be more understanding of the people who compete with the 8 kg and 12 kg bells.

I honestly did not feel the same way as they did. Instead, I saw myself at a fork in the road: I could point fingers, blame others, and complain about the judging; or I could work on improving my technique. Even though I felt a bit confused, did I want to be one who blames others when I don’t perform well? Was blaming the judge going to help me do better next time? I didn’t think so.

Kettlebell sport is a huge passion in my life, changing my life tremendously during the past year. My nutrition and my physique have improved because of my desire to be a better GS athlete. I’d love you to experience the joy of GS for yourself. Join me for my next competition at the “Bells Gone Wild” Kettlebell Sport competition on July 14 at Synergy Kettlebell Training in St. Charles!

"FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE" Synergy workout theme overview

Watch this video and hear why only doing 1 rep will make you benefit...

Our new workout theme at Synergy Kettlebell Training is jam packed with program design from the world's greatest Kettlebell Sport (Girevoy Sport) coach, Sergey Rudnev. During this theme our direct focus is strength endurance and overall work capacity which will totally drive up your fitness results because of the exact nature of our simultaneous body specific and well-rounded approach right in the same workout experience. The reason we can do that is because of the program's unique sport style feature alongside the General Physical Preparedness (GPP) burst style cardio training which finishes everything off each day.

Kettlebell Sport Mini-Marathon Demonstrations

I wanted to highlight a Synergy member who I really feel deserves some credit for all her hard work. Courtney Szorc finished her first kettlebell mini-marathon a couple weeks ago in March. She did the Kettlebell Jerk for 30 minutes straight. She did this all without setting the bell down on the floor. Courtney has trained really hard with me in Kettlebell Sport over the last few years. When her brother completed a mini-Kettlebell marathon for a charity in Australia recently with the IKSFA, Courtney wanted to try her hand it as well.

Courtney's brother's 30 min. Mini-Marathon at KETTLEBELL ATHLETICA in MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA.

We video recorded Courtney's work, which was completed at the St. Charles Synergy Kettlebell Training gym location. She used a 16kg (yellow 35lb kettlebell) for 384 reps in one half hour. AMAZING JOB COURTNEY!!!

WATCH HER TECHNIQUE AND ABILITY TO DEMONSTRATE FULL MENTAL TOUGHNESS DURING HER KETTLEBELL MARATHON SET.

The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly Kettlebell Workout 11

"Do not lie in a ditch, and say God help me; use the lawful tools He hath lent thee." -English Proverb

 

"The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly" Kettlebell Workout 11

Warmup: Synergy Dynamics

The Good: M3 Cleans M4 Push Press/ Jerks(if known)

The Bad: M3 Double Cleans M4 Double Push Press/ Jerks

The Ugly: R6, S36, S36 rest between rds Hand 2 Hand Swings (heavy bell) Figure 8's (med bell, NO HOLD & FULL SQUAT) Kettlebell Pushups (one hand on bell & the other on floor, switch hands every other round)

 

 

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These are the exact Kettlebells that we use at Synergy Kettlebell Training and we use them because Professional Grade Kettlebells are the best you can train with. Kettlebells are a tool for your fitness and I recommend always working with the best. They are exactly what you'll need to get the most out of your training whether your focus is on sport or fitness. The shape of the bell allows extended, high rep sets with as much comfort as possible.

The bell handle and body ergonomically conforms to the contours of the hand, wrist, and forearm. This is an important aspect of the top lifts (Jerk, Snatch, Long Cycle).

Personally, I don't use anything else for my own training and have seen my progress quickened directly because of using Pro-Grades.

Lisa Garon Is An Outlaw Kettlebell Lifter

Lisa Garon was highlighted as a top U.S. Kettlebell sportsman, sportsperson, sportswoman (not sure which is appropriate LOL). Check out the featured article Ken Whetham put up on his North American Outlaw Kettlebell Club blog and show Lisa some love & support with a nice comment: Lisa Garon Outlaw Article HERE. Lisa really inspires me with how far she's come in such a short dedicated time. Her commitment to herself and her weekly routine is how this is all possible. When I first met her she didn't even go to the gym and to think about her eating anything healthy was like asking a horse to moo. LOL

She smoked, drank and partied here and there, but one day just decided it was time to get away from that life wrecking habit and create better ones. So she dropped over 30lbs and hasn't look back since. Who would have thought this little bowling ball with a handle on it would change her, and the lives of others, so much.

Watch the video below of her 20kg (44lb) One Arm Long Cycle set at the IKFF Kettlebell Lifting Invitational 2011. VERY solid set!

Great write up honey! You're lookin more amazing every day and every day you amaze me more.

The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly Kettlebell Workout 4

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

"The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly" workout 4

Warmup: Synergy Dynamics

The Good: 5 Min set consisting of 2 Min Double Jerks, 2 Min Long Cycle and 1 Min Double Snatch

The Bad: Another set of "The Good".

The Ugly: 4 Rounds, 32 sec, 32 sec btwn rds Iguana Pushups Double Alternating Cleans Phoenix Crunchers Heavy Lazy Swings