To train Kettlebells you have to change your approach to training and the way you think. The big jumps in weight and high repetition of movements required to move up in weight tax you both physically and mentally, more often or not your emotions get in and you quiet before your body dose in a training session.
Kettlebell training requires:
- DELIBERATE TRAINING/PRACTICE
- FOCUS COMMITMENT
- TOTAL AWARENESS OF THE BODY, BELL AND SURROUNDINGS.
Kettlebells train the mind and body and are the ultimate and often most un-utilized form of Strength and Conditioning training. I like to call them the stealth weapon of the gym floor!
You want to LIFT HEAVY-ASS weights, then train the TGU!
To lift heavy weights you need more than just physical strength, you need mental toughness and total body awareness, you need to ensure your CNS (Central Nervous System) is fully firing so you can properly and safely lift your TRUE 1RM or just lift heavy in general. You need to kbe able to quickly switch focus to the muscles that are required, to activate them fully and not loose tension in other areas of the body all while knowing where the weight is and your body is in relation to space.
The TGU is the best movement to build such total body strength and awareness that’s required when you want to lift heavy and safely, and here's why…
- It requires shoulder stability and control, core strength, and leg drive
- Promotes upper & lower body stability
- Promotes cross lateralization (getting right brain to work with left side/ right arm with left leg, left leg with right arm)
- Your upper and lower extremities must work all at once if the bell is not to win the fight.
- Promotes reflexive stability of the trunk and extremities
- Stimulates the body's systems that allow us to balance (vestibular, visual and proprioceptive system)
- Develops upper body, trunks, and hip strength
- Promotes spatial awareness, shoulder stability, thoracic extension and rotation, hip and leg mobility and active flexibility
- Requires both rotary and linear stability
- Stability in two different leg patterns – lunge stance and squat stance as well as
- Single leg hip stability during the initial roll to press and during the bridge
- All this from one movement!