I have no idea who coined it, but the appropriately named monster kettlebell should only be used by serious lifters. While there is no set definition, it’s assumed that any kettlebell weighing over 100 lbs. fits that description. Unless you’re Hercules, exercises that require the kettlebell to be lifted overhead are near impossible. Typically, exercises with monster kettlebells include squats, rows, and deadlifts.
In a detailed post, several points are made as to how they came to this decision. Interestingly enough, every one of the 8 points starts off with the word “Facebook”. If it wasn’t clear before, CrossFit is pointing the blame squarely on the social media giant. I’m not going to cover every point, but there are a couple that really stuck out to me.
Even though at this time I’ve had several kettlebells at my disposal, I’ve naturally stuck with my current weight and haven’t touched the others in quite some time. That is until now. I wanted a workout that incorporates 3 different sized kettlebells while still providing a challenge. Surprisingly, I believe I’ve accomplished just that.
For as long as we saw it coming and wondered about how it would change the world of technology, virtual reality has been somewhat unpredictable since reaching the consumer market. We’re a few years in now, and things have moved at a slower pace than expected. But now, affordable headsets are coming out, the number of games and applications available is growing larger, and VR is becoming more familiar and more useful. It’s now fair to ask how it may ultimately affect our exercise habits.
There are a variety of different exercises that can be done to strengthen your core muscles. Those muscles, the ones that are located around your pelvis, are important for balance and stability. A floor exercise like the bridge is an example of one such core exercise that can be integrated into a workout or used as a warm-up. However, when it comes to working out multiple muscles at the same time, no other piece of gym equipment does more in less time than the kettlebell. Especially when using them in flows.
There are dozens of various exercises that can be performed with kettlebells. Many of them target multiple muscle groups at the same time. While it’s great to have so many options, it can be a bit overwhelming for beginners. However, what if you could get a full-body workout with just 6 kettlebell exercises? A workout that will build strength and burn fat. That’s what the Skogg System kettlebell program was designed to do.
Muscle and Motion created a short video showing of a skeletal frame with muscles performing the kettlebell swing. If you’ve ever wondered what is happening inside your body as you perform kettlebell exercises, this video details the effects on your muscles and body. It also illustrates the proper technique of the swing, specifically the importance of keeping your back straight throughout the entire movement.
It took me a few weeks to write, but I broke down each day and every lesson from this program. I share my thoughts and experiences in an unbiased review. Be warned, it’s rather lengthy (4500+ words!). However, the knowledge I’ve gained has given me insight and perspective on some kettlebell exercises I thought I’ve always performed correctly. Even if you’ve been using kettlebells for a month or even a year, I encourage you to read my review here.