TGIF…Turkish Get-ups Involve Focusing

YES! They really force me to concentrate. Especially with the 24 kg Russian Red I’ve got. I prefer to use my Art of Strength kettlebell with its thicker handle instead of my AKC competition bells whenever I do get-ups. My wife uses her 9 kg Ader bell for her Tuesday/Friday workouts.

Like Tuesday’s workout, we’re doing our warm-up circuit for ten minutes, followed by get-ups. It’s really important to focus on the movement and keep your eyes on the kettlebell at all times as you’re doing the get-up. Wear a helmet if you think you’re going to frop it on your head. It will leave a mark.

Finish with some ab work or stretching and that’s it. We’ve successfully completed week one. Next week will get tougher. Don’t worry about the numbers though, we’re not trying to run a marathon our first week. We’re building on success to keep coming back to the next workout. If you dread the next one, you’ll be more likely to skip it and make excuses for why you’re not working out.

Yes, I could probably start off with a heavier bell for my swings (like my 24 kilo), and I’m tempted many days, but I’m not trying to prove anything to anyone. I’m building up my numbers and my stamina. That will lead to greater strength and endurance, and yes, even with a 16 kg bell. Believe it!

As this week winds down, I would like to thank everyone who has been visiting Ironbell Athletics. My stats show I had 26 hits one day in March, and 21 last Wednesday. While those aren’t enormous numbers, I’m still flattered that someone is taking the time out of their day to read my blog. Thanks.

Hey, if you don’t have a kettlebell yet, what are you doing with your tax refund or stimulus check? Think about purchasing a handheld gym (kettlebell) and a book or DVD to get started. What have you got to lose?

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