Now I Remember Why I Like Kettlebells So Much

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that I posted an article on the Art of Strength AOSx workout, “Blast From The Past”. I described the workout and even wrote that I would complete the six-week program and post before and after pictures of myself.

Well after completing four of those workouts I’m done.

I like Art of Strength products and workouts.

I respect Anthony and his style of kettlebell training.

I like working out with free weights.

I like some of the more “unique” exercises in this workout, like the get-up sit-up. Those are fun and challenging.

What I don’t like is the time suck associated with free weights and this workout in particular. Even though I have 7 different bars of various lengths and types. When my wife works out with me, it still takes a while to change out the weights to accomodate us both.

In the case of “Blast From the Past”, it takes me 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete this workout. And that’s with rest periods of 1-2 minutes between sets.   1 hour and 30 minutes.

When I was doing the Enter The Kettlebell (ETK) workout, we were spending about 45 minutes on the longest and heaviest workout.  And that was with me, my wife and son working along with me.  And when we were done, we knew we had completed something significant.

In 45 minutes.

Which is why I now remember why I started spending so much time with my kettlebells and let my weight plates collect dust and rust.

In 30-45 minutes, I can complete a whole body workout, and not feel like I should have done more.  Even a quick 20 minute swing workout feels more productive to me than 1 hour and 30 minutes with free weights.  But maybe that’s just me.  So please, choose for yourself, but I am going to go back to my kettlebell workouts.  Maybe I’ll supplement them with a free weight movement or two.

But I’m not going to invest an hour and a half in a program that doesn’t give me the same results as a shorter and more intense kettlebell program.

That’s the magic of kettlebells.


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