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The Kettlebell Press is Important for Athletic Strength

The standing kettlebell press is one of the best kettlebell exercises for an athlete’s upper body strength. This exercise works the muscles of the shoulder, triceps, and develops a strong core to support the weight overhead. Additionally, as we’ll discuss later, it also allows for a great many variations. In this article we’re going to talk about how to perform the exercise, make some programming recommendations/examples, and talk about modifications.   Who needs to use this exercise: This exercise is...

The Warm-Up: Important For Improved Performance

Warming up is an important aspect of any practice or workout and it’s also one that is frequently misunderstood. This post will give you some thoughts about how to construct an effective warm-up.   The textbooks divide warm-ups into two phases; a general warm-up and a specific warm-up. For me this is a little constraining. I like to think that a good warm-up has three parts; a rhythmic movement, dynamic flexibility exercises, and event-specific movements.   Rhythmic movement A good...

Kettlebells And Aerobic Fitness

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Kettlebells broke onto the strength and conditioning scene a few years ago. They have been touted as developing everything from strength, power, mobility, hypertrophy, metabolic conditioning, and even cardiovascular endurance.   Falatic et al performed a study examining kettlebells and their impact on maximal oxygen consumption. The authors studied division I female soccer players and had the athletes perform either a kettlebell snatch session or a circuit weight training session, three times per week, for four weeks. This training was...

There’s No Best Tool For Metabolic Conditioning

This is the third installment of a series of posts about metabolic conditioning (see the other posts at http://wp.me/p1XfMm-cV and http://wp.me/p1XfMm-cW). The other posts introduced the concept, discussed the fact that it is a rather general quality in periodization lingo, and discussed the challenges with making it sport-specific. This post is going to take a critical look at some of the tools that are commonly used in metabolic conditioning programs. This post is going to look at the following: •...

The Olympic Lifts Are Only A Tool

Strength and conditioning coaches come from a variety of athletic background and all have unique histories with training.  Just like with everyone else, it’s not unusual for a strength and conditioning coach to become myopic when it comes to how they train athletes, particularly when they have a background in a strength sport like weightlifting or powerlifting.   The Olympic lifts (the snatch, clean, and jerk) and their variations is an area where strength and conditioning coaches can be inflexible...