Have you conquered the ETK Rite Of Passage? Can you do 100 Snatches in 5 minutes and Press the KB closest to 1/2 your body weight?
It’s time to graduate to Return of the Kettlebell. But in his opening letter, Pavel is very clear that unless you have completed these pre-requisite requirements (unless you own the ‘black belt fundamentals of kettlebells’), you have no business doing the exercises or workouts in Return of the Kettlebell.
Return of the Kettlebell is a guide all about getting big and strong with explosive kettlebell training. The focus of ETK is on single kettlebell training, while the focus of Return of the Kettlebell is on double kettlebell training. You’ll learn the Double Clean, the Double Snatch, the Double Press and the Double Clean and Jerk.
These exercises are then put together into training schedules that are based on the Russian ‘block system’ of periodization. As is expected from Pavel, the book includes a great balance of old-schoool lifting wisdom backed by scientific research.
One of the greatest things about this book is how it breaks down each movement into detail and gives you multiple coaching points and corrective exercises to drill down your technique on each movement.
The first time I read through Return of the Kettlebell, I’ll admit that I scanned the text and got right to the end of the book where it talks about programming so I could start on the training plans it lays out.
And part of the reason for this is because this isn’t the ‘exciting’ stuff – it’s not as fun to read about coaching points or corrective drills as it is to read about and plan for the actual workouts you’ll be doing.
But in hindsight, I think this was a big mistake – and one that you have to take care not to make yourself. Much of the value of the book lies in the detail of the exercises and the corrective techniques presented. So if you pick up a copy of the book, make sure to read it all the way through before skipping ahead to the programming section.
If you’ve completed the Rite of Passage from Enter the Kettlebell and you need a new training challenge, Return of the Kettlebell will be exactly what you’re looking for. Learn more about the book and order a copy by clicking the banner below: