How To Trick Your Body Into Doing More Reps

Winners compare their achievements with their goals, while losers compare their achievements with those of other people. ~ Nido Qubein

For this project you’ll need four things:

  1. A kettlebell of a challenging weight.
  2. A brain.
  3. The ability to count to ten.
  4. The ability to do #3 and swing a kettlebell with either hand (ok, or both hands).

Those of you following along in the Enter The Kettlebell workbook may be having a hard time raising your swing numbers. After all, if you’ve never had to swing the bell for fifty reps, it can seem like a long climb to the top when you’re only at rep twenty-five.  And it can seem even longer when you’re on the third fifty rep set and the timer still has five or six minutes on it.

If this is the case, I have an easy solution for you, one that will make your kettlebell swing practice something to look forward to, rather than something to dread.

  1. Start your swings off with your favorite hand (or two-handed if you wish).
  2. As you swing, count up (or down) until you hit your tenth rep.
  3. At the top of the swing on the tenth rep, switch hands.
  4. Now count up to ten as you swing with the other hand.
  5. At the top of the swing on the tenth rep, switch hands.
  6. Repeat numbers one through five until you reach the desired total.
  7. Rest and repeat.

As you count to a measly ten reps, your brain will trick your body into believing that you’re only doing ten reps.  And you are!  Just with that hand.  Then you switch and do only ten with the other.

Ten, schmen!  That’s simple! Anyone can swing for ten reps!  Before you know it, you’ve done your forty or fifty and you’re done with that set.

Give it a go!

Enter The Kettlebell Training Log, 01/28/10

Scott Sonnon’s kettlebell joint mobility stuff.

10 minute warm-up consisting of goblet squats, halos and pumps.  The goblet squats are getting easier, but we’re staying with our weights or 16 kg (for me) and 12 kg (for my wife).  This is only a warm-up, not a workout.

12 minute swing set. One-handed as described above for forty rep sets.  We got 5-40 reps sets in and a 20 rep final set as the time ran out for 220 total reps.  I used my 24 kg kettlebell while Val used her 12 kg.

Cool down and stretching.


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