1 tip for better kettlebell form

by admin on August 19, 2019

This morning while leading my kettlebell workout group, I noticed a mistake that several people were making when doing their swings.

I gave them a simple cue, and it improved their form in seconds.

I got this cue at the first RKC I attended in 2009, and have used it since with great success.

It’s great because it gets your neck neutral with your spine when you are doing hinging movements like the swing, instantly making the move safer and more efficient.

The cue is:

“Look where the wall meets the floor.”

You see, one common mistake is that people look up when they swing.

I remember when I was in high school, our coach would tell us to do this when we were doing back squats. “Look at the ceiling, get your chest up!”, he’d scream.

Maybe that’s where it comes from, who knows.

But you don’t want to look up when you are swinging or doing other hinging movements, because it puts extra stress on your neck, and makes the movement far less efficient.

Another common mistake is that people look down swing they swing.

This is also bad because it tends to cause more rounding in the back, and turns off the muscles in the core.

The great happy medium is to think about looking where the wall meets the floor. So you’re not looking up, you’re not looking down, you’re kind of looking straight ahead and down slightly.

If you are training outside, another similar cue is to “look down at the horizon”.

It gets your neck right where it needs to be for a safe and effective movement. And I find it works for the majority of people as a fast fix.

Give it a try at your next KB workout, and see if it helps.

And keep in mind – this is just one little coaching tip.

But it’s tips and cues like these – for the right person, at the right time – that can make ALL the difference in keeping your workouts safe, and you getting results.

These are the kind of tips you’ll get when you participate in our 42 Day Kettlebell Challenge, that starts today.

The direct link for info and to sign up is below:

https://bit.ly/gvktchallenge

I normally don’t send the direct link to sign up without having folks apply first, but since we are starting today, and you would have to sign up within the next few hours if you still want to participate, I’m just going to do it.

When you sign up, you verify that you meet the requirements listed on the page below:

https://bit.ly/gvktchallenge

And that you are in healthy and fit condition to participate in an intensive program like this one.

This is likely the last Challenge we are doing like this in 2019, so if you’ve been thinking about getting in on one, now is the time.

Details and sign up using the link below:

https://bit.ly/gvktchallenge

Look forward to hearing from you!

- Forest and the FVT Team

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The more training volume you do, the more muscle you can grow – assuming you don’t exceed your ability to recover.

So, if your primary focus is building muscle, your training should be structured to gradually perform more volume each workout week, month, etc.

This way, you can keep progressively overloading your body, cause adaption .. and build bigger muscles!

In my new 42 Day – German Volume Kettlebell Training training program, this is exactly how the program is structured.

Each workout builds on the last to help you get a little better and stronger and more muscular each day.

We take the famous German Volume Training protocol, and make some small adaptions so that it works perfectly with kettlebells.

This way you can build strength and muscle any time, any place with just a couple of kettlebells.

Check out a sample workout from week 1 below:

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German Volume KB Training, Upper Body Day, Week 1 (sample workout)

(Video demos, recommended weights, and daily coaching are included in the full program.)

1 – Alternate the following exercises, performing 10 rounds of 5 reps of each movement.  The reps should be performed at a pace of 4-0-2: 4 seconds to raise arms/press, no pause at the contraction point, 2 seconds to return to start. Rest 45 seconds between exercises:

– Double KB Gorilla Rows – 5
– Double KB Shoulder Press – 5

If you only have a single KB do the following:

– 1-Arm Gorilla Row – 5
– 1-Arm KB Shoulder Press – 5

2 – Tabata Finisher – Alternate the following exercises for 20 seconds of work, 10 seconds of rest for 8 rounds (4 each):

– Kneel Squat Jump
– Mountain Climber

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German Volume Training - also known as GVT – has a reputation for adding rapid muscle to lifters.

It’s the fastest way I’ve ever added mass in my 25+ year lifting career.

However, for people working out at home and with limited time, it’s had limitations. It’s typically done with barbell moves and machines that most people don’t have access to or knowedlge / desire to learn how to use properly.

That is, until now.

We’ve put a twist on the traditional GVT and slightly tweaked the protocol so that you can rapidly add muscle any time, any place, with just a couple of kettlebells.

We are looking for men and women who are serious about adding strength and muscle, who want to challenge themselves, and are serious about making rapid progress towards their fitness goals.

If you can commit to three to four, 20-30 minute workouts per week for the next 42 days …

If you can follow our meal plan that shows you how and what to eat …

And if you are serious about making this happen …

Fill out the short application here, and we’ll message you with details.

Look forward to connecting!

– Forest and the FVT Team

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New Video – Kettlebell Rack Position

by admin on August 16, 2019

One of the most overlooked techniques of training with KBs is how to properly rack a kettlebell.

The rack is where the KB ends up after a clean. It’s the start of overhead pressing, various kettlebell squatting variations, and more.

Check out the three simple tips I cover in today’s video to get it right!

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I’d like to send you a copy of my 5×5 Barbell/Kettlebell/Bodyweight Hybrid Workout … 100% FREE!

http://bit.ly/forestvance5x5

Inside, you’ll find:

– My “hybrid” version of the classic 5×5 training program – you’ll lift heavy and gain strength, but also stay in top condition, burn fat, and move great … ALL at the same time … in about 30 mins of training time per day

– Video walk-thrus of each exercise – so that your deadlifts, Turkish get ups, hanging leg raises … and the rest of the moves we use in this awesome workout … are performed with PERFECT form, safely and effectively

– Training tips, coaching cues, and workout hacks to get faster results than you ever thought possible

… and much more!

Click the link below to get it now (it’s free):

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German Volume Kettlebell Training

by admin on August 12, 2019

German Volume Training is a method that has been around for quite a while.

It’s one of the most famous and most brutal protocols for gaining muscle.

I remember doing it in my early 20′s. It was quite painful, but it worked big time for adding mass. It was 17 or 18 years ago and I don’t have exact records, but I recall gaining a solid five pounds, at least, in about six weeks.

Here’s how it traditionally works:

– You split up your body parts and hit different muscle groups on different days – chest/back, legs, arms/shoulders for example
– Each workout has two main compound exercises in a superset
– The main exercises are performed with ten sets of ten at 60 percent of your 1-rep max, with ninety seconds between sets: exercise one, rest 90 seconds, exercise two, rest 90 seconds, repeat a ten times

Now we are going to use German Volume Kettlebell Training as the theme for our next Challenge, starting next Monday the 19th.

And the application period will be open tomorrow, so stay tuned.

But we are going to make some small tweaks to the original program to make it work for kettlebells, and also to give you a *bit* more work on strength.

Without giving the whole program away, one of the big ones is this: we are bumping the reps on each exercise to five to start.

So here’s what your shoulders and back day on week one might look like:

– Double KB Press – 5 reps
– Rest 90 seconds
– Chin Ups – 5 reps
– Rest 90 seconds

Repeat for a total of 10 sets each.

We’ll also add a warm up, and some accessory work at the end for similar muscle groups, and maybe some core or conditioning work to finish off.

And we will have two other training days – for legs, and for chest and arms – to compliment this as well.

But this gives you an idea.

If this sounds like something you might be interested in, applications for the coming Challenge will open tomorrow, so stay tuned.

It’s going to be a lot of fun.

- Forest

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I led an early morning kettlebell bootcamp workout this morning at one of our studios.

The house was packed, and it was so awesome to see people showing up to WORK at 6am to get it done.

If you’re reading this message, chances are you’re doing your workouts at home … which is great too!

(And I can help you with that as well – details HERE)

The workout we did today could easily be done in your living room or garage.

So give it a try!

All you need is a single kettlebell.

You’ll get a full body workout, burn fat, and build lean muscle in about 20 minutes.

Check it out:

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FVT 7.24.19 KB Bootcamp Workout

Do as many reps as you can of each exercise in 40 seconds. Rest for 20 seconds between moves. Do 4 rounds total:

- Burpees
- KB Swings
- Alternating Step Ups to Box (add optional KB in goblet position for added difficulty)
- Alternating Swing Lunge (step forward then back – that’s one rep! – alternate legs, back and forth)

Rest ~2 mins, then do a “ladder” with the exercises below – 8 reps of each, 10 reps of each, 12 reps of each, 15 reps of each

- KB Towel Curl
- Close Grip Push Up

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Working out at home by yourself is one thing.

But did you know that I work with a handful of distance coaching clients at any given time, all around the world?

About a month ago, I took a poll, and I had clients located in:

- Indiana
- Luxembourg
- California
- the Netherlands
- North Dakota
- Maryland
- Kansas
- Montana
- Louisiana
- Wisconsin
- Arizona

See, we can work together, no matter where you are in the world.

You just need an internet connection, a postive attitude, and a desire deep down to get it done and win!

Everything else, we can work around :)

The cost is about what you’d pay monthly for my in-person group training program.

And my distance coaching get just as good, if not often BETTER, results as my in-person training clients.

I am accepting new clients this week.

At time of this writing, I have room for 7 more.

Details and submit your application now at the page linked below.

But hurry, spots are filling fast – two people signed up yesterday, and two more are planning on / likely going to sign up today:

=> Apply for Online Personal Training with Forest

Have a great day -

- Forest Vance
Owner, FVT Boot Camp and Personal Training
Certified Personal Trainer
Master of Science, Human Movement
ForestVance.com

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Kettlebell “CPO” Method

July 19, 2019

This week, a lot of people have been asking: “HOW are your clients getting such great results in 6 weeks with Kettlebell GAINZ?” It’s with what I call, the “Kettlebell CPO Method” (CPO stands for Creative Progressive Overload). You’ve probably heard the term, “Progressive Overload”. The Progressive Overload principle basically states that, in order for [...]

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(new video) 15 Min Kettlebell EMOM Workout

July 18, 2019

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Single / Double KB Workout for GAINZ

July 15, 2019

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“Break the Chains” 15 Min Bodyweight (and KB) AMRAP Workout

July 4, 2019

Bodyweight Training Fans Worldwide: Our famous 42 day Challenge is BACK! And we’re doing this one different than EVER before. See, it’s the time of year where you want to “Break the Chains” from the gym. You’re on the road, you’re getting outside, you’re on the go for the summer. But you still have goals! [...]

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7 Day KB Program for Beginners – Starts Tomorrow (sample workout inside)

June 30, 2019

Wow! Interest for our 7 day “Foundations” – Beginner kettlebell program is really strong. Did you reply back and get more info yet? Read today’s post, and if you are interested, hit me back and let me know! Cool thing is, we’ve done dozens of these Challenge / coaching programs since 2014. But this “Foundations” [...]

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