Being strong is mostly a mindset, you have to believe in yourself in such a way that anything is possible. Look at strongmen, for instance; they do incredible feats and defy logic most of the time. Do you think they doubt themselves halfway through an event when they are about to do something crazy whether it’s to have a truck drive over their stomach or when they are about to destroy cinder blocks with their bare hands? No, they don’t. If they do, they will end up getting hurt badly.
To change your mindset, it’s not an easy task. I have been there when I was getting out of the Canadian Forces. I was at the lowest point in my life, but even though it’s a hard challenge to overcome this is what you can do. Surround yourself with positive people, read inspiring books and find something that you love to do and eventually you will see the world in a different light.
Now on to the visible portion. Everybody is different when it comes to rep ranges and such, but through trial and error, these exercises that I’m about to show you in this blog and the next will get you insanely strong.
If I knew now about the benefits of kettlebells, when I was a teenager trying to get big. I would have done things way differently. My arms are way bigger now than when they were a while ago when I was doing the same old bodybuilding routine. I owe that to the bells. Kettlebells build an excellent base for you to get strong and you learn how to use your body more appropriately when it comes to the bigger lifts like the deadlift, bench press, squat, etc.
If you have been exercising for quite a while now but, haven’t touched kettlebells. I would recommend doing the Turkish Get Up in your warm up routine. This is what the TGU looks like; I would recommend doing four reps on each side.
After the meat and potatoes are finished (squats, presses, deadlifts, etc.) As a finisher do some kettlebell swings. Ten sets of 10 reps with a 16kg kettlebell if you are a female or 24kg if you are a male. When you can do that make it more challenging and do on the minute training. So you start swinging when the timer starts do your ten reps and rest until the next minute hits. Repeat the process until you hit ten minutes. This is what kettlebell swings look like. Keep in mind this is one arm kettlebell swings which are more advanced, but the concept is still the same with both arms.
Now if you are new to exercise, you should start with an 8kg kettlebell if you are a female or 16kg bell if you are a male. You don’t need to focus on anything else; the rest is just noise. I would recommend getting Simple and Sinister and Return of the Kettlebell. To help you get started and well on your way.
Tomorrow I will go more into detail about what exercises you should do to get insanely strong. Today was just a starting point.
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