There were over 80 people on Facebook who had said they would be participating as a group for the Raising The Dead Kettlebell Challenge. However, when the time came, approximately 10 or so actually followed through. It's disappointing to have spent so much time creating this challenge but I'm very grateful for those who did join. The feedback, motivation, and encouragement to complete the full 10 days made it all worth it.
Raising The Dead is an AMRAP-style kettlebell challenge where each exercise has the kettlebell start in the dead position for every rep. Lasting only 10 days with 6 timed rounds per day, you'll test your endurance and strength as the allotted time increases each day. This challenge requires only one kettlebell and features a couple of options for scoring and progressing.
The kettlebell clean is an exercise with dozens of variations as detailed in Cavemantraining's Master The Kettlebell Clean. In my opinion, it's probably one of the most underrated kettlebell exercises and doesn't receive as much acclaim as the swing, snatch, or press. This is likely due to the quick action of the move. However, in order to get the most benefits from the clean, it's important to practice proper technique.
The 21 Day Weight Loss Challenge is a fresh approach to a common problem. Which is burning fat and keeping it off for good. The idea is simple. See results first-hand during this challenge and maintain a positive mindset afterward. It will only take a little bit of your time and some willpower. You'll learn how to stick to realistic and life-changing habits.
At the beginning of August, the team at Cavemantraining kicked off a 28-Day challenge that tasked participants to complete sets of burpees and kettlebell swings. While people were free to choose their own specific number of reps, the suggested goal was performing 50 burpees and 100 kettlebell swings. For observers, some questioned the intensity of such a challenge assuming that such a low number of reps requires little effort. While it's true that it typically took less than 10 minutes each day for all the participants, the challenge was anything but easy.
The burpee has become one of the best bodyweight exercises to couple with a kettlebell exercise for achieving quick results. Do you want to target cardio, strength, endurance, and more? Simply choose a kettlebell exercise that focuses on vertical movement to pair with the burpee. Last year, I wrote about such a workout designed by Cavemantraining that incorporated a burpee with alternating dead snatches. It sounds simple but is extremely demanding and hence the reason I said it was one of 3 kettlebell workouts I love to hate.
It was actually my wife who suggested I attempt another challenge to help me get out of this funk. Honestly, my eating habits have been terrible lately. So giving me something to focus on physically is probably just want I need. It took me a few days to brainstorm an appropriate challenge. One that isn't too difficult, nor dependent on a diet but more so on mental toughness. Thus I came up with the idea of doing 100 kettlebell swings a day for the duration of lockdown.
Technically, the 6-pack ab challenge isn't over until two days from now. However, being the weekend, those are my off days from exercising. I doubt very little will change physically until that point. So I'm calling it. Challenge over! The number 1 question everyone is likely wondering is if I did indeed build 6-pack abs. The short answer, no I did not. However, there's been a substantial increase in muscle mass in my core area and I've developed a 4-pack.
January is proving to be the perfect opportunity to rebound from all of the holiday craziness. No special occasions or distractions to prevent me from exercising on a regular basis. Nor are there any excuses for eating delicious but unhealthy junk food and sweets. At the very least, I'm happy that the pounds I put on from Thanksgiving to New Year's have been erased. My stomach continues to shrink inward, but I'm doubtful that any major definition of the abs will be visible when this challenge is over.
Two weeks into this challenge with two more to go and I am feeling it! What I thought would be an easy addition to my warm-up routines before my kettlebell workouts has proved challenging. I'm talking about the increase of ab wheel exercises from 30 to 50. That extra twenty reps of stretching out take a greater toll than expected. Although, I certainly believe it's had a huge effect on my progress of building 6-pack abs.