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4 Kettlebell Training Rules To 6-Pack Abs

By: Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
www.KettlebellWorkouts.com

For years fitness “experts” have been preaching the merits of endless crunches and sit ups in pursuit of great abs.

Combine that with the latest low fat diet and the tedious, slow boring cardio and – voila! Instant 6-Pack Abs.

Over time, however, evidence is showing that this just simply isn’t the most effective way to shed belly fat.  Unfortunately, the notion of crunches and sit ups has been in-grained into our brains as being the “tried and true” way.

So when I get regularly asked how to lose fat and get six-pack-abs, my answer more often than not, tends to be met with a look of confusion…

1. Perform full-body exercises.

2. Train your abs the way they were meant to be trained (by forcing them to stabilize your torso, not move it or rotate it).

3. Use some form of interval training instead of long boring cardio.

And the most important rule of all…

4. Eat real, clean food focusing on fruits & vegetables, lean protein and healthy fats limiting grains and refined carbs to a minimum.

That about sums it up in a nutshell and it doesn’t get any simpler than that.

If you’re training with kettlebells, then getting that six-pack is easy if you follow the rules above.

And one of the best exercises to get that 6-pack is the Turkish Get-Up or TGU.

Simply put, TGUs involve you laying on the ground holding a KB vertical with one arm and then performing a series of movements to get you standing upright.

Sounds simple enough, but rest assured, if you use a heavy enough kettlebell and use proper technique, it’s as hard an exercise as they come.  And it will challenge you like no other KB exercise out there.

It’s also important to remember that one of the main reasons we train with kettlebells is to simplify our lives and to give us an alternative to going to the gym. The time saved is precious time that can be spent doing more meaningful and impactful things – like spending time with our families & friends.

But it’s not so much what we do in the gym that gives us 6-pack abs and low % body fat, but instead what we do for the other 23.5 hours in the day.

Are we getting enough sleep?

Are we able to handle our stress levels?  (Stress will always be part of our lives. So, the real key is finding a way to properly handle it)

Are we eating whole, natural foods?

Don’t get me wrong, exercise plays a critical role in getting lean.  After all, it’s still just a matter or calories in vs. calories out – of eat less and move more.

But if you’re using KB exercises and training at least 3 times per week, then, from an exercise standpoint, you’re on the right track!
About the Author



Craig Ballantyne is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and writes for Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Maximum Fitness, Muscle and Fitness Hers, and Oxygen magazines. His trademarked Turbulence Training fat loss workouts have been featured multiple times in Men’s Fitness and Maximum Fitness magazines, and have helped thousands of men and women around the world lose fat, gain muscle, and get lean in less than 45 minutes three times per week. For more information on the Turbulence Training style Kettlebell workouts that will help you burn fat without long, slow cardio sessions, visit www.KettlebellWorkouts.com

If you’re serious about Kettlebell training, then I suggest you check out the Turbulence Training Kettlebell Revolution system.

This is, by far, the best Kettlebell training guide out there on the market, and provides a great introduction to beginners. It also features some great high intensity workouts for advanced athletes.

Click here to Learn More about the Turbulence Training Kettlebell Revolution system.

The Turbulence Training Kettlebell Revolution program will show how to lose fat with kettlebells and build a muscular physique as well. Even if you do not care about getting bigger, all of the techniques on the information packed in this incredible product will teach you how to maximize your fitness with kettlebells and attain the physique that you have always wanted. This program is made for people that love kettlebell training and want to take use Kettlebells to lose fat. This detailed product is for all levels and covers the basics enough for beginners and offers new challenges for experienced kettlebells lifters. Even if you do not train with kettlebells, all of the technique tips that you learn will carry over to other forms of fitness training.

I have no doubt that you will love this program and have decided to include 4 additional months of Kettlebell workouts, which I will send you via email once you’ve purchased the Kettlebell Revolution workout for only $57. If that is out of your price range, you are in trouble!

Click here to learn more about this $57 Kettlebell Fat Loss program.

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Kettlebell Figure 8 Abs Exercise

The Kettlebell Figure 8 is one of the many unique abdominal movements you can perform with a Kettlebell. However, I personally believe that almost all Kettlebell movements work your core region.

Here’s how to perform the Kettlebell Figure 8 exercise:

  • Stand with your feet slightly wider than shoulder width apart. Place one kettlebell directly beneath and in between your legs. Keep your abs tight and back straight as you grab the Kettlebell with one hand.
  • Now push the Kettlebell backwards, through your legs and grab it with the other hand. Swing it around to the outside of your other leg, and swing back past through your legs and grab it with the original hand.
  • Think of dribbling a basketball.

The Kettlebell Figure 8 is best done with lower repetitions. It is not like a traditional sit up or crunch, where you need to perform lots of repetitions in order to feel the movement.

In fact, you’ll feel it within the first repetition. Start off slow and get the technique right or else you can very easily injure your your lower back or pull a hamstring muscle. And, just like all Kettlebell movements, do not let theKettlebell control you.

The first time I taught this to a friend of mine, he started swing the Kettlebell violently from one side of his body to the other. I told him to stop, put the Kettlebell down, and practice the movement without the Kettlebell.

Then I gave him a light dumbbell to practice the movement with. Don’t be a macho man (or woman). If you can’t handle the weight, practice it with no weight, and then with a light weight.

For more instruction on Kettlebell exercises, along with some high intensity workouts, check out the Turbulence Training Kettlebell Revolution program. Click here for more information.

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How to Be successful with your Kettlebell Workout

Achieving success with your Kettlebell workout is easy. The first thing you need to figure out is your goal. Most people workout without sticking to one, singular goal, and end up hijacking their own progress.

A goal does not only have to be “lose fat” or “build muscle.” It can also be something like, “Workout 3 days a week for 12 weeks.” That’s a goal you can easily measure – if you miss a workout, then you’ve failed on your goal.

Also, it puts you in the mentality that “I need to get a workout, even if might not be the perfect workout out there.” The truth is that there is no perfect workout. You learn by actually engaging yourself in a workout program, then making gradual changes along the way as you progress.

The second step is figure out when and where you wish to workout. This goes along with the idea of keeping things consistent.

If you train at the same place and same time everyday, it will become a habit. We are creatures of habit, and if you make a positive habit of working out in the same place and the same time, your body will react.

In fact, your body will WANT to workout. It’s almost like nap time when you were a kid. When nap time came around, you automatically became drowsy since it was a habit instilled by your care taker.

The next thing is to determine how long you wish to workout. Many people just start a workout without any planning, and end up wasting their time for 2 hours. Well, 2 hours, 3 days a week isn’t sustainable, especially if you have other things to take care of (like work, family, and/or school).

Follow these three steps, and you’ll be that much closer to achieving success with your Kettlebell workouts. But if you’re really serious about Kettlebell training, then I suggest you checkout the Turbulence Training Kettlebell Revolution program.Click here for more information.

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5 Best Lower Body Kettlebell Exercises You Can Do Anywhere

By: Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
www.KettlebellWorkouts.com

In this workout you will learn the 5 most powerful lower body kettlebell exercises you can do to gain muscle and burn fat.  But, perhaps more importantly, is with these exercises you will begin to realize the flexibility kettlebell workouts offer in terms of convenience and lifestyle.

The first exercise is the Double Kettlebell Front Squat. So, start out by holding the KBs at shoulder height, push your hips back (don’t bend at the knees first), break parallel, squatting as low as you can while keeping your abs braced. Then drive back up.

The next exercise is called the Tactical Lunge, or a regular lunge with a twist. First, lunge backward and as you are lunging take the KB underneath your front thigh and switch hands. Alternate sides. Be sure to keep your torso upright throughout.

The next lower body KB exercise is the Pistol Squat. So, place the KB at chest height and balance on one leg with your other leg out in front. Next, squat down as low as you can go, and drive back up. Do all reps for one side and then switch.

The 1-Leg Rear Deadlift is another great exercise to do using kettlebells. The previous exercises work the front of the thighs, whereas this will focus a lot on your hamstrings. So, hold the KB with both hands in front of you, balance on one leg and push your hips back. Now, to come back up, you will squeeze your glutes and hamstrings for a powerful contraction.

The last exercise is the Turkish Get-up. And although this is a great ab exercise, in fact it, like all the other exercises mentioned here, is an excellent total body exercise.

So, from a laying down position, hold the KB overhead with arm extended (do not let your elbow bend) and bend the leg on the same side as the arm holding the KB. Next, you want to lift your torso up and get into the lunge position and drive up. Now, to return back to your lying down position, drop your opposite knee to the ground, then your opposite hand, followed by bringing your leg through to the front and then drop your torso down and slowly lower back down to the ground, all while maintaining that pushed out position with the arm.

These are some incredibly effective exercises for your lower body that can be done in only a small space with just one or two kettlebells.  Simple, fast, and supremely powerful.

About the Author

Craig Ballantyne is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and writes for Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Maximum Fitness, Muscle and Fitness Hers, and Oxygen magazines. His trademarked Turbulence Training fat loss workouts have been featured multiple times in Men’s Fitness and Maximum Fitness magazines, and have helped thousands of men and women around the world lose fat, gain muscle, and get lean in less than 45 minutes three times per week. He has partnered with Chris Lopez to form a completely unique Kettlebell Training program based off of Turbulence Training principles. For more information on the Turbulence Training Kettlebell workouts that will help you burn fat without long, slow cardio sessions, visit www.KettlebellWorkouts.com

If you’re serious about Kettlebell training, then I suggest you check out the Turbulence Training Kettlebell Revolution system.

This is, by far, the best Kettlebell training guide out there on the market, and provides a great introduction to beginners. It also features some great high intensity workouts for advanced athletes.

Click here to Learn More about the Turbulence Training Kettlebell Revolution system.

The Turbulence Training Kettlebell Revolution program will show how to lose fat with kettlebells and build a muscular physique as well. Even if you do not care about getting bigger, all of the techniques on the information packed in this incredible product will teach you how to maximize your fitness with kettlebells and attain the physique that you have always wanted. This program is made for people that love kettlebell training and want to take use Kettlebells to lose fat. This detailed product is for all levels and covers the basics enough for beginners and offers new challenges for experienced kettlebells lifters. Even if you do not train with kettlebells, all of the technique tips that you learn will carry over to other forms of fitness training.

I have no doubt that you will love this program and have decided to include 4 additional months of Kettlebell workouts, which I will send you via email once you’ve purchased the Kettlebell Revolution workout for only $57. If that is out of your price range, you are in trouble!

Click here to learn more about this $57 Kettlebell Fat Loss program.

This article links out to a product. If you purchase this product, I receive a percentage of the sale. Click here to read my disclaimer.
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4 Steps to Get Started with Kettlebells

Kettlebell training is all the rage these days. However, Kettlebell training is not like most fads. In fact, it’s not a fad at all. It’s more of a revival. You see, Kettlebell training started out many years ago in Russia.

It’s actually one of the oldest forms of training. Kettlebells were first introduced in the U.S. a little over a decade ago, and there are currently many established resources that can help you ease into Kettlebell training.

I’m going to show you four ways to start training with kettlebells properly so that you do not hurt yourself or feel lost.

Step #1: Make it a Part of your Workout

Get a list of some very basic exercises you can perform, then perform one or two of them as part of your workout. For example, if you currently follow a split-training program, then perhaps you can replace your barbell front squat with kettlebell front squats.

Step #2: Practice on your Off Days

For more complicated movements such as the Windmill or Snatch, you can set aside a specific day for practice. This day can be your off day, this way your kettlebell training does not interfere with your regular training.

Step #3: Make it your Only Workout

Once you start to get good at performing the movements, you can make Kettlebell training your primary workout. However, remember that most Kettlebell workouts are full body in nature.

Step #4: Mix it up as a Full Fitness Program

Finally, do what I do, and use Kettlebells as just one of the many tools in my arsenal of fitness. Over the years, I’ve taught myself how to train with barbells, bodyweight, dumbbells, and now Kettlebells.

For better instruction on Kettlebell training, including full workout programs, check out Turbulence Training Kettlebell Revolution. Click here for more information.

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Kettlebells 101: The Definitive Guide to Building the Ideal Body with Kettlebells

This Kettlebells guide will show you how to achieve your ideal body with Kettlebells with safe and proper technique if you’re a beginner. You will also discover strategies for experienced Kettlebell lifters to bust through any plateau, get ripped, boost your strength, eliminate lower back pain, and much more.

Kettlebells are the most versatile training implement next to Dumbbells because they allow you to target your core with every movement you perform. Kettlebells teach you how to use your entire body as one unit. You will improve your posture, and all your other lifts – including deadlifts, squats, and rows – will improve dramatically.

Can You Get Lean and Ripped with Kettlebells?

Before we even get into the meat and potatoes of this guide, you need to know whether or not Kettlebells actually work. We have already written about this topic here: Can You Get Lean and Ripped with Kettlebells?

Kettlebell Training Guides:

Now lets give you some guides. Instead of providing a single guide for everyone, we’ve broken the guides down based on your level of training and background:

Kettlebell Workouts:

Starting to get a better understanding of kettlebells, and are ready to start using them? What you need a complete training program that will help you get into tip top shape with Kettlebells.

We recommend Turbulence Training Kettlebell Revolution. Click here to read our review of this training program.

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Can Kettlebell Swings Injure You?

The Kettlebell Swing is a basic Kettlebell training exercise which trains the hamstrings, lower back, and hips. It is the prerequisite for all other Kettlebell movements, and hence is one of the safest Kettlebell movements out there.

However, just like any other movement out there, there is a risk that you will injure yourself if you do not follow some simple rules. Here are 8 ways you can injure yourself while swinging a Kettlebell:

  1. Not warming up properly. A cold muscle has a higher chance of getting injured than a warm muscle.
  2. Using a weight that is too heavy.
  3. Not letting momentum do its work. Success with the Kettlebell swing is all about the hip snap. It’s a power movement. Not one that relies on raw strength.
  4. Not getting the technique down properly. If you’re having trouble with the technique, then keep practicing. Use Youtube, purchase a Kettlebell guide, or ask a friend to teach you.
  5. Letting the Kettlebell control you. Kettlebell training is all about controlling the Kettlebell. If you do not tighten up and control the Kettlebell, you’re body will be flapping all over the place and you’ll end up pulling something.
  6. Bending over too much. Keep your back straight, abs tight, and chest out with every single movement (unless otherwise stated).
  7. Doing stupid challenges. There are some dumb challenges going around, such as the 10,000 swings in 30 days challenge. This is stupid because such a training program does not allow your body to recover probably.
  8. Not recovering properly. With that said, don’t do swings every single day. Rest and switch it up with other movements. Eat and sleep enough.

Hopefully these tips will help you design better, safer workouts using the Kettlebell swing. For more training tips, ideas, and workouts, check out the Turbulence Training Kettlebell Revolution Program.

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The Kettlebell Body

When you think of Bodybuilders, you think of big, bulky athletes with low body fats. When you think of basketball players, you think of tall and lean athletes with functional muscles.

But what about Kettlebell athletes? Many people wonder what a traditional “kettlebell body” looks like. Well, a lot of that depends on how you train. If you choose to perform high repetition workouts using lighter Kettlebells, you will develop a thin and lean body.

However, if you perform to focus more on strength, the you will build lean muscle mass with hug shoulders, a thick back, and well-developed legs. This is because the majority of the basic Kettlebell movements train the shoulders, upper back, and legs.

In addition, almost all the movements will train your abdominals, with a handful of chest-specific movements. But since most Kettlebell workouts are done standing up, Kettlebell athletes aren’t necessarily known for their chest muscles.

In fact, it’s not uncommon to see a full Kettlebell program without a single chest movement. You can easily fill in the gap withpushups and pullups, both of which work the chest muscles (yes, pullups do work your chest!)

Another distinct aspect of Kettlebell athletes are forearms. In fact, if you’re a bodybuilder who desires “Popeye forearms” then a couple of cleans and press with Kettlebells should do the trick.

This has to do with the think handle of a Kettlebell. This unique feature of the Kettlebell, along with the cannonball-shape of which the handle sits on, is what sets it apart from a symmetrical dumbbell, and why the Kettlebell feels so much more heavier than a dumbbell of the same weight.

To develop your own Kettlebell Body, check out Turbulence Training Kettlebell Revolution. Click here for more information.

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Kettlebell Circuit Workout for the Average Joe

For the average joe who just wants to get a great workout in the comfort of his own home (or backyard), the best approach is basic bodyweight movements and Kettlebells.

The following basic Kettlebell Circuit Workout combines bodyweight exercises and Kettlebell movements to give you a quick, fast workout that you can perform anywhere.

The Exercises

Kettlebell Press

Pullups

Kettlebell Swing

Squat Jump


Kettlebell Chest Press

Spiderman Pushups

Kettlebell Front Squat

The Workout

Perform 6 rounds of:

  • Kettlebell Press, 10 reps
  • Pullups, 5 reps
  • Kettlebell Swing, 20 reps
  • Squat Jump, 10 reps
  • Kettlebell Chest Press, 10 reps
  • Spiderman Pushups, 5 reps
  • Kettlebell Front Squat, 10 reps

If you’re still a relative beginner to Kettlebell training, then start off with just 2 rounds and half the number of repetitions. Steadily work your way up to 6 rounds and the prescribed number of repetitions.

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Russian Kettlebell Strength Training: Virtues from the Past

About a decade ago, Kettlebells were practically unheard of in North America. However, now everyone is asking their trainers, friends, and almost anyone who looks like they work out about Kettlebells.

Today they’re used by fitness enthusiasts, athletes, celebrities, and the military to develop an incredible lean, and well-conditioned body. What most people don’t realize about Kettlebells is that they’ve been around for quite sometime.

Kettlebells are made out of case iron and are shaped like cannonballs with a single, thick handle on top. According to Henry Marshall, a NSCA-certified personal trainer and IKFF and AOS-certified Kettlebell Trainer they are, “one of the best and most efficient fitness tools you can use.”

Marshall also goes onto state that, “American strongmen like Eugen Sandow and the Saxon Brothers trained with them in the early 1900s, too.” In fact, Arthur Saxon was once photographed in 1910 to be lifting 334lbs over his head with one hand at a weight of 204lbs.

The old timers really did know what they were doing. And we’re slowly seeing a re-emergence of old training styles. People are starting to realize that doing a few sets of bench press andflyes is not what we call fitness.

Fitness is all about performance. In fact, old time strong men rarely ever isolated a body part. Arthur Saxon in his book “The Development of Physical Power” wrote: “I shall teach you to judge a man by his capabilities as an athlete, whether a weightlifter, wrestler or not, and not by the measurement of his biceps or chest. … My idea will be, and always has been, to leave the muscles to look after themselves, but I place a premium upon the possession of untiring energy, great stamina and vital power, and a sound constitution.”

That’s a powerful idea. Now, if you want to start training like the old timers, and develop some real fitness without all that bodybuilding and isolation garbage, then I suggest you check out Turbulence Training Kettlebell Revolution.

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