How To Instantly Boost Your Kettlebell Pressing Power By 10-20%

by admin on March 24, 2011

Power breathing techniques can instantly boost your kettlebell pressing strength by 10-20%.  A quick story for illustration:

I had never even seen ‘The Beast’ (the RKC’s affectionate term for the ‘big boy’ 106 pound kettlebell) let alone pressed one overhead … in fact, my previous personal best military press was 7o lbs for a single rep.

But as Pavel led attendees of the June 2009 RKC through a series of breathing and tension drills to maximize our pressing strength, no less than 50% (at the very least) of us set a personal record in the KB press … by the end of the day, I was pressing the Beast with ease!

How could this be?  Pavel states in his book Power To The People:

“It is estimated that an average person can contract only 20-30% of his muscles when trying his hardest.  Even a top lifter uses no more than 50% of his impressive muscles!”

He then goes on to detail his various methods of boosting neurological efficiency for instant strength increases – including power breathing.

Here’s how you would use power breathing to give your KB Press an instant boost:

*Also important to note:  A disclaimer is made by Pavel in the book that this type of breathing generally will be frowned upon by medical professionals and could be pontentially dangerous – so make sure to check with your doctor before doing it!

  • Inhale before you load your muscles – so in a kettlebell Press, right before you clean the kettlebell off the ground.
  • Clean the kettlebell to your shoulder and go directly into a press without letting your breath out.  Maintain tension in your abdominals and throughout your entire body.  Do NOT exhale with the KB shoulder or let tension ‘escape’ in any way!
  • Exhale as you press through your sticking point in the press or after you finish the move
  • Use this technique when doing singles or very low reps only

Our muscles have a lot more contractile power than we use, and power breathing is one technique to tap into additional strength reserves and boost your kettlebell Pressing power instantly by 10-20%.   This post just scratches the surface of these methods – for details of many other high tension and ‘neurological trickery’ techniques from Pavel, pick up a copy of Power to The People by clicking the image below:

DVD 47 minutes 	 Power to the People! Russian Strength Training Secrets For Every American

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