Kettlebell Conditioning SystemSteve Maxwell
Year Released: 2011
Categories: Instructional / How To Videos , Kettlebell
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Steve Maxwell’s “Kettlebell Conditioning System” is a tutorial (supposed to be over 3 hrs of material, I think it was about 3 or a bit less) that demos 59 (single and double) kettlebell exercises, and it is well chaptered by each concept or exercise. It is a companion to the book of the same name (book has several action photos for each exercise & descriptions) that also contains an 8 week program and 8 specialty workouts to follow. Steve’s instruction is excellent w/ clear form pointers, he discusses each exercise in detail, and shows the exercises performed at different angles (side, front or back). He discusses breathing techniques, muscles engaged, purpose/benefits of exercises, pain scale for injuries (recommends to listen to body for any pain signal) and the different concepts (level change, grips, terminology & anatomy of bell) when applicable to specific exercises. The kettlebells are used for cardio, endurance, strength, mobility & stability, so there’s a great range of exercises to learn & work with. I have a couple of Steve’s workouts (300 KB challenge, 300 Spartan & recently acquired Encyclopedia of Joint Mobility), and really like his style of teaching/instructing, variations on exercises & his workouts. Steve's very knowledgeable & experienced/skilled, and it shows in his videos (he’s really great in this one, shares a wealth of information). This tutorial would be excellent for newbies to kettlebells and experienced people who want to learn new exercises and/or refine their technique, very well done & thorough.
Kettlebell Anatomy: handle, horn, ball, base
Kettlebell Terminology: discusses swing, clean, press, snatch, rack position. lockout position
Level Change Theory: hip & hamstring dominant exercise/swing, thigh dominant level change: squat.
Grips: discuss bringing bell through hand/ sits on heel of hand for swinging motion, hook, bottoms ups, bottoms down, crush.
Breathing: anatomical match breathing: inhale lift, exhale lower (high reps, light loads), performance breath: inhale lower, exhale lift (heavy loads)
Good Mornings: bell placed on upper back (between shoulder blades)
Spinal Wave: hold bell by base in standing position> spinal roll to lower bell w/ straight legs, bend knees to reverse motion.
Lockout Stretch: other hand/arm assists bell into rack position & press> static hold overhead.
Chest Opener: bell held behind body (hamstring level)> lift chest & head, bell slides down.
Shoulder Rotations: hinge at hips, grab onto bell, let it hang> perform small shoulder circles
Overhead Squat: sumo/plie stance (wider, turned out stance than I’ve seen or used before)
Reverse Lunge: opposite side arm holds bell in rack position
Deck Squat: squat> roll back into hip raise, straight arm pullover> throw the bell forward & sit-up, stand.
1 Hand Swing & 2 Hand Swing
Walking Swings: two steps forward or back w/ upswing (2 hand & alternating swing)
Standing Russian Twist: 2 hand swing> on upswing, let go w/ one hand & swing bell (torso rotation) to that same side shoulder (free hand catches it briefly
Circular Cleans: clean bell, pivot to face other side, punch & swing bell across to other side into rack position.
Reverse Circular Cleans: pivot to face same side as racked arm.
Halo Chops: pendulum swing (low thigh level) into halo.
High Pulls (Judo Pulls)
The Snatch: breaks it down into swing>high pull>snatch for practice (3 reps each, 1 rep each)> snatch. Discusses spiral (hand/wrist rotates to unravel bell/used for KB sport) & flip (up & over hand) release at top of snatch.
Upright Rows: isometric tension w/ grip (not just a lift), “imagine pulling handles apart”
Crescent Rows: 1 arm row in bent over, lunge position
Crush Push-Up: perform while balanced on bell (handle, vertically on floor)
Reverse Turkish GetUp: start in standing position
Reverse Turkish GetUp Armbar
Reverse Turkish GetUp Side Plank
Handle Planks: balance on bell (hands on corners of handle, elbows rolled in)> static hold w/ leg lifts, circles or rock back & forth w/ bell.
Seated Russian Twists
All of next exercises use double bells:
Russian Sit-Up: start supine, bell held between palms of hand on chest & between feet> lift upper body to sit up, while pressing bell overhead.
Windshield Wipers: arms extended to sides/hands hold onto handles of two bells (laid on sides)
Leg Raise to Plow: arms extended overhead/hands hold onto handles of two bells
L-Seat Push-Up: perform L-Seat, lift legs up & jump back into plank position for 1 push-up, reverse motion.
Sprinters Lunge: bells placed on outside of front leg, hands holding them w/ legs in split stance> alternate switching legs (in air w/ a jump).
Single Leg Deadlift (assisted): rear leg elevated on a box (chair or step).
Single Leg Deadlift
Single Leg Deadlift (elevated): one leg elevated on low block/step, other leg hangs down/held in air.
Double High Pulls (Judo Pulls)
Double Military Press
Double Push Press
SeeSaw Press: version has a side bend (on side of bell in rack position)
Double Power Press: backward lean w/ gaze up (ceiling) & chest engagement
Double Bent Over Rows: bells on inside of legs
Double Front Squat
Double Jump Shrugs: squat jump (roll onto balls of feet, toes stay on floor), shrug on lift.
Plank (Renegade) Rows: demos row & variation w/ push-up
Bear Crawls: start in bent over position holding onto handles of bells> alternate opposite arm & leg traveling forward in position (on toes).
Double Turkish GetUp: start standing w/ bells in rack position (stay racked during entire movement)