Kettlebell Program Minimum-Week 1 Done

Little victories keep me going.

One of my initial goals for completing Enter The Kettlebell (ETK), was to make every effort to complete all the workouts for each week.  This means that for the program minimum, I needed to complete two swing workouts and two get-up practices.

Although I had to move one swing workout from Thursday to Wednesday, we still completed our get-up practice on Friday.  My wife missed Tuesday’s get-up practice and needed a short tutorial to get back in the TGU groove Friday.

In short, I only needed to remind her that on the initial sit-up, she needed to raise her upper body up with a 45 degree roll onto her opposite side elbow, and from there straighten her arm.  She remembered the rest and flowed right into the standing position and smoothly returned to the starting position again, completing five reps per side within the allotted time limit and using a 9kg kettlebell.  I stayed with my 24 kg kettlebell and got 5 reps right and 4 reps left.

Just like riding a bike, you never forget.

For week two, we’re going to focus on practicing a smooth get-up from start to finish.  As fatigue sets in, it’s easy to let the movement deteriorate into its separate parts.  My goal is to complete five smooth reps per side within the five minute time limit.

Here’s a nice video on the get-up and other movements by Anthony DiLuglio.

Corrective Strategies – Anatomy of the Turkish Get-up from art of strength on Vimeo.

Remember, even if your form is not perfect, keep practicing the movement.  You’ll still benefit from the practice and as Zig Ziglar said:

Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing, not the getting; in the trying, not the triumph. Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest that is in us, becoming all that we can be.

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