Here is a Simple Blueprint for training progress:
1) Clarity of Purpose!
What is your goal? What are you trying to achieve? Are you trying to gain muscle mass? Get lean? Perhaps you want to increase your Squat, Bench and Deadlift numbers. Or maybe you just want to be able to play with your kids without getting overly fatigued. Whatever your short term and long term goals are, be CLEAR! You cannot successfully arrive at a destination if you have no clue where that destination is. This principle has to be number one because without it all other factors don't matter. So once again....clarify your goal.
2) Find the Program that Fits your GOALS
Ok, congratulations! Now that you have your goal, time to find the best program to get you there. If you are reading this blog it's likely that you have been exposed to kettlebell training and currently use them. Great. There are so many good programs out there right now by Pavel and other instructors that you really have no excuse on not achieving phenomenal results from your training. Here are a few that I would recommend:
For Fat Loss I would recommend the following programs:
Master RKC Geoff Neupert created an awesome fat loss program called : KETTLEBELL BURN
The Results people have achieved on this program have been nothing short of incredible.
Revolution Kettlebell Fat Loss Program (Shameless plug of our product...he he).
This is a 12 week nutrition and kettlebell training program designed to get you to lose fat and improve your lifestyle habits. The principles we teach in this program serve as a long term foundation for long term permanent changes.
For Muscle Mass / Strength and Power Gains I would look into the following programs:
Pavel's RETURN OF THE KETTLEBELL.
This the program that I am currently using and so far I have put on 7 pounds of lean body mass in less than six weeks. Based on double kettlebell movements I couldn't recommend this program enough. Brilliant yet simple programming will get you strong and pack some muscle on your frame.
Geoff Neuperts KETTLEBELL MUSCLE.
This program is based on Geoff challenging Complexes which put multiple exercises back to back which creates some serious systemic stress and metabolic disturbance. This program has been getting people all over the country (and world) crazy strong. If you want mass and strength both of these programs will get the job done.
For people wanting to prepare for the RKC Certification try the following:
Pavel's ENTER THE KETTLEBELL.
This program get you good at the basics: Swings , Get Ups, Presses. I personally think all KB enthusiasts should go through this program at least once before they do any of the other programs I have mentioned here.
For people wanting learn the best in CORRECTIVE EXERCISES I recommend the following products:
Kettlebells from the Ground Up DVD and Manual - A must have if you are serious about moving well and functioning at the highest possible level.
Hats off to Gray Cook and Brett Jones. Where would I be today without the SECRETS SERIES of DVD's;
SECRETS OF THE SHOULDER / SECRETS OF THE HIP AND KNEE / SECRETS OF PRIMITIVE PATTERNS / SECRETS OF THE BACK SIDE
And the list goes on and on!
3) Pick the Plan and stick with it!!!!
It's that simple folks. Decide on the plan, pull out your calendar and flat out get it done. Commit to at least 3 or 4 months with a plan and do not waiver. I truly now see and understand that RESULTS will come with persistent, consistent work. It's like Dan John says,"Champions are built on punch the clock workouts." Half the battle is just showing up. Plan your work and then WORK YOUR PLAN!!!!
The only thing that matters is consistent effort in the same direction. Remember that you cannot get good at all things at the same time. Having a lot of variety in your plan means that you will be really crappy at a lot of different things. Not cool! Focus, buckle down, and follow the plan already!