Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Something is Happening at Revolution........

After 4.5 years at our current location we are moving Revolution Fitness to a new facility located in downtown La Jolla on Girard Avenue, one the nicest and busiest streets in all of La Jolla.
We are grateful that we had the experience of growing our business in our current location on La Jolla Blvd.
There will be more classes and some very new and exciting programs happening at Revolution!!
So stay tuned for more details about the new facility.

Improving your Pressing Strength



One of the true tests of full body strength and power is the ability to press a heavy weight overehead. If you have not completely experienced the benefits of kettlebell military pressing, perhaps now is the time to start performing this incredible exercise. For those of that have experience with the kettlebell military press we want to give you some extra tips that could increase your pressing strength.

One of the principles that I learned from my twin brother Keats Snideman and strenght Coach Charles Staley some years back is the concept of "same but different." Essentially what this means is that rather than totally abondon the movement you are trying to get stronger in, try performing the same movement but in a different way. For example, rather than doing the strict kettlebell military press you could try the following variations of presses:

1) KB Palm Press

2) Bottoms Up KB Press

3) Double KB Press (2 KB's in the same hand)

Why does the "same but different" principle work? It works because it forces you to recruit your muscles and body in a slightly different way. For example, the Palm press for many people improves the "groove" or pathway of the military press, enhancing the biomechanical efficiency of the press. The Bottoms up press in a similar way can also improve the groove of your pressing pattern as well as strengthen your wrist (which in most people is a huge weakness). The Double KB Press totally overloads your grip causing the central nervous system to over recruit practically every shoulder, arm, hand and finger muscles as well as a huge overload on your CORE.

The bottom line is that if you have stagnated in your pressing or are just bored with your pressing, try one or all of these movements for the next 6 to 8 weeks and watch your kettlebell military press sky rocket to a new level!

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12 comments:

Blake and Hollie said...

Congrats on the new location! I know that must feel wonderful.

The Double KB Press is amazing. I haven't seen that done before (I was a little afraid to watch), but that was awesome!

Joe Pavel said...

Thanks for the video and idea's Franz.
I also squeeze a hackey sack in my other hand to get added strength.

Franz Snideman said...

Hollie,

Thank you!!!!

Franz Snideman said...

Joe,

The hacky sack idea is awesome! I sometimes use a COC gripper in one hand!!!

How is the family? How is your training going?

Pete said...

Hi Franz,

It has been awhile checking blogs! Congratulations on your move, and thanks for the helpful tips. In fact, I will share that in my class this morning. :)

Take care,
Pete

Josh said...

Great ideas, Frans. Always a big help and your explanations are very clear. Kudos on your new digs.

Franz Snideman said...

Thank you Pete!

Hope you are well!

Franz Snideman said...

Josh!

Thank you!!!

Lauren said...

Congratulations on moving to a new spot!! I can't wait to check out th place. You guys must be super excited. Let me know when it's all finalized.

Aaron Friday said...

Franz, I believe you are correct about the "same but different" principle.

But, dude. Barbells are really good for pressing, too. Better than kettlebells, IMO.

Franz Snideman said...

Lauren,

thank you! You have to come by and check it out.......we move this weekend!

Franz Snideman said...

Aaron,

you are right brother! Barbells rule for pressing!!!! I just teach kettlebells for a living so it makes sense for me to keep the KB info flowing :)