Kettlebell Curiosity Cures Workout Boredom

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity. ~ Dorothy Parker

I regularly make time to read through various kettlebell forums during the week to get a feel for what’s going on in the kettlebell community.

Today I found a post from a guy on the Art of Strength forum asking the following about substituting timed sets for the 20, 30, 40 and 50 reps sets of the Program Minimum as listed in the Enter The Kettlebell workbook:

I was just wondering if this can be done in lieu of reps and so that I just have to set my gymboss and get to work…

I plan to use a 1:2 ratio with 2 being the active rest period…

any comments would be greatly appreciated

I immediately liked that idea, if only because it showed curiosity in the many different ways to apply kettlebells as a conditioning tool, but because it also fell in line with Anthony DiLuglio’s motto–“Follow No One.”  Here was my response–

Of course you can! The program minimum is designed to get you ready for the Rite of Passage (ROP). If you look at how long it takes you to do 20 reps of swings and compare that to the 1 minute rest period, you’ll find that similar to the 1:2 ratio anyways.

Depending on how long your total workout is, 12 minutes, 15, 20, you’ll be even better prepared to do the ROP. If you’re just starting out, however, you might want to start with the suggested 12 minutes and slowly raise the length of your total time, so as not to get burned-out too quickly. Of course it also depends on what you’re actually doing for those 2 minutes of active rest. You’ll figure out what’s best as you go.

I think it’s important to remember that programs are written as guides for us to follow, but it’s also important to remain curious about other training modalities.  You might find a better fit training for time than for reps on a particular program. So adjust it to suit your needs!

Today was our swing practice and we decided to stick with the 20 reps sets instead of jumping up to 30 (we’ll start those next week).  After beating myself up on the 5 rounds of warm-ups on Tuesday, I decided to keep it at 4 rounds today, to save our energy for the swings portion.  I stayed with my 16 kg bell for my goblet squats and halos, while my wife did wall squats and halos with her 12 kg kettlebell.

Once done, we rested for about three minutes before starting the timer again and working through 8-20 reps swing sets in the 12 minute time period.

Tomorrow, more get-ups.

Still curious about Enter The Kettlebell?  Order the original program here–
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