By now almost every rider I talk to has seen or heard of kettlebell training. Even if they don’t know the name everyone recognizes the funny looking weight that looks like a bowling ball with a handle welded to it from shows like The Biggest Loser. Heck, even Lance Armstrong was pictured doing swings with a kettlebell and you can find them for sale in Wal-Mart.
I wanted to create something that would quickly help those new to Kettlebell Training learn these important exercises.
However, while they get more popular I have also noticed some trends that show the potential dark side of kettlebell training as well.
First, I love training with kettlebells. It doesn’t take long poking around on my site to figure that out and anyone who has been to my facility knows that I have more kettlebells than dumbbells. The unique benefits you get from them and the training methods used with them has really helped my riding and, through my MTB Kettlebell Conditioning Program, hundreds of other riders as well.
Problems arise, though, when you have mountain bikers following programs that are created by trainers who don’t understand the movements we need as mountain bikers and instead simply use kettlebell training to burn calories or build “work capacity”.
You end up becoming “fitter” in the gym (i.e. better at the workouts) but not much faster on the trail, which isn’t the point of training.
As a mountain biker you need to make sure that you are doing each exercise in a way that will maximally transfer over to the movement patterns you need on your bike. If you aren’t moving well in the gym it won’t help you move better on the bike.
In fact, this is the biggest mistake I see rider’s new to Kettlebell Training make. You need to do your kettlebell exercises in a way that addresses the movements you need on the trail so that you can ride faster, longer and with more confidence on the trail.
And it all starts with mastery of the basics.
Kettlebell Training has 5 basic lifts that will form the cornerstone of your workouts:
– Turkish Get Up
– Goblet Squat
– Shoulder Press
Every other kettlebell exercise you do will be built on the foundation of these exercises and the movements they teach you. And if you are new to kettlebell training or are thinking about starting to use it your first priority is to learn and master those exercises.
Over the years I’ve created some great resources for riders looking to learn more about these exercises but I’ve never had them together in one place. However, since I’ve been getting more and more questions about how to use Kettlebell Training for Mountain Biking I wanted to create something that would quickly help those new to it learn these important exercises.
I created this 30 Day Intro to Kettlebells Workout to give riders who were new to kettlebell training a resource that would help them not only learn how to do these exercises properly but also give them a workout to help get them started.
Inside this free E-manual you’ll find…
– Pictures and coaching cues for each of the 5 Basic Lifts. These coaching cues are the most effective and efficient way to learn these exercises based on what I’ve found teaching these exercises to hundreds of riders.
– Video Demos of each exercise. While a picture is worth a thousand words, nothing can beat seeing the lift in action and having it broken down for you. In these video demos I not only go over how to do the exercise but also cover common mistakes and how to correct them.
– A 30 day workout that will help you master the 5 Basic Lifts. After spending 30 days using this workout you’ll be ready to move on to more advanced workouts and exercises with a strong foundation. This will make it much easier to learn and benefit from more advanced kettlebell training strategies and lifts.
So just enter your info below to get immediate access to the new 30 Day Intro to Kettlebells Workout and start using the power of Kettlebell Training to help you ride faster, longer and with more confidence on the trail.
If you have any questions about how kettlebell training can improve your riding or have some results from kettlebell training you’d like to share please post a comment below. And if you would please click one of the Like or Share buttons below to help me spread the word about this free kettlebell training resource I’d really appreciate it.
Until next time…