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.
Here at Kettlebell Krusher, I usually only discuss products directly related to kettlebells or accessories used with them. However, as I’ve come to realize, many other kettlebell trainers and enthusiasts use other fitness tools as well. Some of them, like the macebell, are great for targeting specific areas of the body. Others, such as the plyometric jump box can even be used in conjunction with kettlebells!
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.
It’s been 1 week since starting this challenge and unfortunately I don’t have much to show for it. Realistically, it’s not unusual to see little to no difference visually at this point. I have high expectations and it’s been a tough week, but I have faith the results I’m looking for will come at the end. I suppose the important takeaway from this week is adjusting to the strict guidelines both physically and mentally.
Kettlebell juggler extraordinaire Michael Lisichkin has created one hell of a compilation video. Featuring his favorite tricks of 2019, his ability to blend exercising with entertainment is quite astonishing. This video showcases over a dozen moves that still have me in disbelief. There’s swinging, flipping, balancing and other acrobatic kettlebell tricks all crammed into a brief minute and a half video.
Now with the new year approaching and the holiday feasts in the rear window, it’s time for a new challenge. I’ve never been a vain person and in the past would scoff at the idea of building 6-pack abs. However, after putting so much effort and work into bettering myself and body, flattening my stomach completely seems like the next logical step.
Since I’ve been working out with kettlebells over the last 20+ months I’ve expanded my collection of them from time to time. Although they are small and don’t take up much space individually, having several of them has started to present a clutter problem. If it weren’t for my wife, I’d still have my kettlebells strewn across the floor of my workout space. Thanks to her creative idea of gifting me a kettlebell rack for our wedding anniversary, things are a lot tidier!
Some of my favorite kettlebell flows aren’t all that dazzling to watch but offer an effective workout none-the-less. The first flow I ever covered by Onnit’s Eric Leija is one I perform weekly and still thoroughly enjoy. Why? It checks off all the boxes that I look for in a flow which are simplicity, pacing, and alternating sides for symmetry and recuperation.
Searching for a unique kettlebell for yourself or a loved one? We’ve recently updated our novelty kettlebell page that includes some very cool designs. For those in the military, there’s a grenade kettlebell that will surely lead to some explosive workouts. Fans of horror will appreciate several demon kettlebells from FringeSport which they call “Hell’s Bells”. Not to be outdone is the kettlebell collection from Forged Commodities. These were created using traditional blacksmithing techniques and serve as both functional and decorative!
When it comes to shaping specific parts of your body, it’s no secret that some exercises do a better job than the rest. For the women out there who are sweating day after day, trying to get stronger hips and lift their butt, it’s important to know exactly what type of exercises we’re talking about here. After all, strong hips and bum aren’t only aesthetically pleasing, but also play a huge role in supporting your lower body, as well as the upper.
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