Here’s a sad fact I’ve discovered over the years I’ve spent working with hundreds (if not thousands) of personal training clients:
Most folks have no long term plan for their kettlebell training. They have no specific plan, no concrete goals … and so end up not getting the results they should!!
I recently signed up for the RKC II this coming July … and this fact really struck me as I sat down and mapped out a plan for the next six months to get ready …
Having specific goals you’re working towards with your training program is so important. And having a specific plan to reach those goals is the difference between getting so-so, mediocre, average results – and getting results you never thought possible!!
So I’m going to make this super easy for you: Here’s a kettlebell goal setting ‘action plan’ to get you started – now – on working towards some specific goals with your kettlebell workouts:
1. Start by writing down your fitness goals. Why are you training with kettlebells? To lose fat? To gain muscle? To get in better shape? To improve sports performance?
2. Now, figure out exactly what you’re going to do to get to those goals. (Hint: Don’t just hop on the internet and find a workout for the day – because I know that’s what you’re more than likely doing now 🙂 )
Have a planned workout system to help you reach your goals. There are some free workout plans right here on this blog – just click on the ‘Kettlebell Routines’ link in the sidebar for a bunch of ’em. You could also opt for a more structured routine – like the 10 week program in the 10×10 Kettlebell Solution.
Whichever route you take to formulate your plan, the main idea is that you’re working towards a specific goal, and all the workouts you’re doing are progressively getting you closer to it.
One more thing: You’ll want to record your workouts and progress. What I do for all my kettlebell training clients is keep a folder with their info in it; I take their weight, body fat, and important circumference measurements every month; and I write down every workout we do so we can strive to get better every time. Whatever system you use is fine; just make sure you’re keeping track so you can know where you’re at and get better.
In conclusion, he who fails to plan, plans to fail! Having a goal you’re working towards with your kettlebell training and a specific plan to get there will dramatically improve your results. Keep training hard and train smart!!
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