When You experience Training Burnout, switch to Kettlebells!

The advanced trainee needs to be constantly challenged in order to see results. When I feel bored with my training and nothing seems to get me excited – not interval training, not bodyweight cardio – then I break out the secret weapon.

This method of training is not my own. It’s developed by Kettlebell Coach Mike Mahler, and it’s rightly called “Mental Toughness Training.” Here’s how to design a Mental Toughness workout:

  • Start off with a full body exercise that effectively fatigues the body. Examples include Kettlebell Snatches, Burpees, etc.
  • Do a tough “grinding” movement afterwards. Examples include Turkish Get Ups, and Bent Press.
  • However, don’t do complicated movements such as the Turkish Get Up and Bent Press unless you’re good at mental toughness training. Other alternatives to grinding movements include heavy squats and presses.
  • Start off with 2-3 mental toughness workouts per week.
  • Start off with light loads, and gradually increase both the frequency of your workouts, and the load that you use.

Using these guidelines, lets create some Mental Toughness Workouts. For the following workouts, I’ve used Kettlebells as a way to fatigue the body:

Workout #1:

  • 50 Burpees
  • 5×10 KB Push Press
  • Superset:
    • 3×20 Squat Jumps
    • 3X10 Barbell Cleans

Workout #2:

  • 25 KB Clean and Press
  • Superset
    • 3×10 Barbell Front Squat
    • 3×5 Barbell Military Press
  • Superset
    • 5×5 Weighted Chinups
    • 5×10 Weighted Pushups

Workout #3

  • 25 KB Snatch
  • Superset
    • 5×5 Barbell Clean and Press
    • 5×5 KB Turkish Get Up
  • 5×10 KB Front Squat

Try one of these workouts the next time you need something to truly charge up your workouts. For more intense Kettlebell training, check out Turbulence Training Kettlebell Revolution.

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