When people first come to KDR they are usually (this is based off on our experience and the clientele that comes in) de-conditioned and not as strong as they could be. Plus, they are generally intimidated! Coming into a weight room full of equipment you don’t know how to use or have never seen before can be very overwhelming. So, we need a tool that isn’t intimidating, can help bring up someone’s conditioning level fast and that also helps to build strength quickly.
Kettlebells are a great way we can accomplish these goals, i.e. improve your aerobic fitness and get you stronger at the same time. PLUS! Thanks to social media and TV, KB’s are a piece of gym equipment most people have seen before so for beginners, KB’s aren’t that intimidating. After all…it’s just a ball with a handle.
According to a recent study by American Council of Exercise
demonstrated that Kettlebell training significantly boosts aerobic capacity, while also improving strength and dynamic balance.
“Kettlebell training increases strength, which you’d expect, but you also get these other benefits,” says Porcari. “You don’t really do resistance training expecting to get an aerobic capacity benefit, and you don’t do resistance training and expect to improve your core strength unless of course, you’re specifically doing core-strengthening exercises. But with kettlebells, you’re able to get a wide variety of benefits with one pretty intense workout.”
My training is heavily influenced by kettlebells as well as most of our members. Here are just a few things I have witnessed due to training with KBs:
- Increased ability to go longer during runs – without running.
- Increased ability to go faster during runs – without running.
- Increased strength in core, glutes, hamstrings AND back.
- Decreased back pain.
- Decreased knee pain.
- Better posture.
- More power and explosiveness.
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If are a member at KDR, you deadlift, sometimes more than once a week in Fitness Training. Most knowledgeable Fitness Trainers are going to have their clients deadlift. Why? What’s the benefit of doing this exercise and why do we have ALL of our members do them?
What is the deadlift?
The human body is an incredible piece of machinery capable of moving in all sorts of ways, from throwing to sprinting and flipping – the ability for your body to express movement is only limited by your ability to safely control that movement. When we sit down to design a program, we break down all of the different ways your body can move into 7 “Primal Movement Patterns.”
– Push (push ups)
– Pull (pull ups)
– Squat (back squat)
– Lunge/step (post lunge or step ups)
– Lift/hinge (deadlift or good morning)
– Locomote (sprinting)
– Twist (throwing)
By doing this, it allows us to design effective and simple programs in a relatively short period of time that yield fantastic results and are easy for the client to perform.
The deadlift is a hinge or lift movement, meaning, you are picking something up off the floor and bringing it to hip level or you are holding something at hip level or someplace and only moving your hips.
What are the benefits of the Deadlift?
There are very few exercises that work every muscle in your body quite like the DL. From your hands to your feet, a properly performed DL will work everything. See below – that’s a shit load of muscles used!
From a real world standpoint, the benefits of a DL are simple – it allows you to pick something up from the ground with confidence and without fear of injuring yourself. This could be something light, or this could be something heavy.
The DL also teaches you how to BRACE. Bracing is a term we use that essentially means two things:
– Tightening your core (*see below for a brief note on core) to allow good force transfer between ground and hands.
– Teaching you how to breathe under load before you exert yourself. Believe it or not, people injure themselves not because the weight is too heavy, but because they don’t know how to breathe and exert themselves at the same time.
* a note on the core – old school core definition was your midsection, i.e. your stomach muscles. The new 21st-century core definition has the core starting at your pelvis and continuing up to your shoulders encompassing MUCH more muscles.
Who shouldn’t deadlift?
First, everyone should deadlift, but not everyone could deadlift the same way. We will cover the different types of deadlifts in a future blog post. Remember – if you pick something up – you deadlift!
However, before you deadlift, you need to get with a competent coach that knows how to deadlift and can teach you effectively. Like a KDR coach!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bites:
½ cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup old fashioned oats
½ cup ground flax seeds
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon chocolate protein powder
2 tablespoons water
It’s easy peasy!
Combine all of the ingredients in a medium bowl.
Stir to combine.
If mixture looks too try add a bit more water (1/2 tablespoon at a time).
Place in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes so they are easier to roll.
Roll into 8 bites and store in the fridge for up to a week.
Can’t get to the gym this weekend? That’s ok. We have a #kdrwkndwrkt for you.
Complete our RAMP. What is a Ramp? Click on the link in case you missed it. http://kdrfitness.com/what-is-a-ramp-and-why-do-we-do-it/
Complete the following movements for AMRAP in 20 mins.
Hand Walk out to Spiderman 4 each side
Get ups 3 each side
Post Lunge 8each side
Ground touch jump squats 15
Rest as needed. Complete as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes.
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What if I told you that the RAMP is the most important part of the workout?
What is a RAMP? AND why do we do it?
RAMP- Range of Motion, Activation and Movement Preparation (also know as a good warm-up)
Most of our clients come from not moving their bodies much, if at all during the day at work to moving A LOT here at the gym. The RAMP is designed to take the body and through multiple planes of movement so that a member is ready to work hard during the actual work out. We make our members warm up dynamically, so they are not just stretching cold muscles. It is designed to get their body temperate and heart rate up. In a sense we are turning peoples muscles on and getting them firing properly.
We take time and design our RAMPS to warm-up every system in the body- from wrists to ankles. We have them getting up and down off the floor several times during the movement and this can be a workout in itself for some. The RAMP is also a sneaky way to get them to burn more calories and build strength and power!
Why RAMP? Our first priority is our member’s safety- (Do no harm, but take no shit!). Warming up is our first step in preventing injury. This happens on a couple of levels, the first being the simple physiological reason- people don’t spend their day moving so they need to prepare for this. Have you ever tried to exert yourself suddenly with no prep after being at a stand still? What would happen if you just decided to jump out of your current position and sprint? You might be cringing to think about it because you’d probably pull or hurt something!
Most of our members sit a desk for hours on end so easing them into moving is our first way of keeping them safe. The other way the RAMP helps prevent injury ties into the RAMP overview above- Our coaches gets the chance to evaluate them that day, in that moment. There are days where someone may be able to touch their toes and others when they cannot. Then the coach has that information about someone before going into a workout.
Here is a RAMP you can do any day just to move and stretch OR before a workout.
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