Even though this workout video doesn’t feature kettlebells … it’s inspiring and an awesome example of truly hard training! (Make sure to stay tuned all the way ’till the end)
For whatever reason, my kettlebell training facility tends to attract a certain breed of workout enthusiast; we get a percentage of folks (which is probably a higher percentage than you would get in a traditional gym setting) that want to puke during workouts. That want us to completely obliterate them and walk out destroyed every time …
So this begs the question: How hard do you really need to train to get great results and reach your kettlebell training goals? That is … do you have to train so hard you puke, that you’re left in a pile on the floor after your workouts? Or is it enough to just train hard … but actually feel better when you’re finished?
Looking back at my own training background and experience, I can tell you that generally speaking, the harder I’ve worked, the better shape I’ve been in. And this holds true for folks I’ve trained that have acheived dramatic physical changes. I can’t think of a single client I’ve worked with that’s gotten great results and hasn’t worked their butt off.
That being said, I don’t think you need to go to failure every time, to throw up, to get injured, to make progress. As a general rule of thumb, you should feel better after you’re done with your workouts, not worse. It’s okay … in fact, it’s good … to occasionally push yourself super hard. It can actually spur some significant progress if you program it correctly into your overall training scheme … in my kettlebell boot camps, we do a challenge workout once a month (if you’re interested, you can check out an archive of all my challenge workouts here) … and I think that’s a reasonable frequency for workouts like this. Just know that you don’t have to puke and pass out every time to get good results.
That it for this week … keep focused and keep training hard!
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