Friday Q’n’A – Ladders, Home Gyms, Crappy Gyms & KB Certification

I'm sitting by Gate 151 here at Pearson Airport in Toronto waiting to board a flight to San Diego where I'll be attending the first ever TTSummit run by my good friend Craig Ballantyne.  I'm really looking forward to meeting all the new and potential Turbulence Trainers and talking shop about what's new in the fat loss & training world.

I'll be up on stage for a segment to talk about kettlebell training and to give some demos.  I brought my FlipCam, so I'll try to capture some video for you.

Poor Craig, he has no idea what he's in for.  I can be a bit of a jacka$$ – in a joking kind of way – when I get up in front of a crowd of people.  It should be good times.

I'll be there until Saturday evening where I have to take the red-eye back to Toronto and get home in time to take AJ (my 13 year old) to camp – which is a family tradition.

OK, on to today's mailbag where I've got some interesting questions for you….

Q: What are your thoughts on LADDER INTERVALS? ie. Start with 14 burpees, then do 14 swings, then 13 of each, etc, all the way down to 1. Then back to 14.

A: I love them.  I think ladders are some of the easiest ways to do your interval training and they're easy to progress (just add one more rep to your ladder each workout and you know you're getting better).  Check out this ladder finisher…

Q: I was wondering what you would recommend for amount of weight and range for a home gym? I currently have 1 x 20, 1 x 25, and 2 x 35lb kettlebells.  I'm not trying to get big, I'm just trying to lean out.

A: I think having the 2 x 16kg (eh, I'm Canadian so I like the metric system) are the best and most versatile kettlebells you can have.  I think I would add one other HEAVIER bell to do some 2 handed swings with – like a 24kg – but other than that, I think you're set.

Other essentials that I think you should equip your home gym with are:

  • an ab wheel or Power Wheel
  • a chin-up bar
  • a suspension trainer (like a TRX, Blast Straps or rings)
  • some bands (but now I'm stretching for things to include) Ha!

Q: Is training with kettlebells alone enough? I have access to a gym, but have no inclination to go at all. I would much rather prefer to get started on KBs, except finding the motivation and discipline is a bit tricky.

A: Yes, Kettlebells are enough.  My wife has trained with ONLY with kettlebells since the birth of our last child, has never set foot in a gym, trains at home in our tiny living/family room, and got back to her pre-baby weight in less than 4 months.

=>Click HERE to get the program she used

 The only advantage that I see to going to a gym is if you need a change in environment, other than that, it's a useless additional expense.  So if you're spending money on it and not using it, get rid of your membership.

Q: I would like to ask about possible certification, so that I can include it to my clients routine?

A: Best kettlebell certification in the world is the RKC.  I thought I knew some stuff about kettlebells and after preparing and completing my RKC, I realized that there is so much MORE to learn.  If you want to use kettlebells with your clients, the RKC is a must…

 =>Get RKC Certified HERE

In addition to the RKC, another certification that I'm very passionate about is my Turbulence Training Certification.  We have a mission of helping 1 Million People and it's important for me to be part of something that is bigger than myself.  The TT Certification is the whole reason why I'm heading down to San Diego.

=>Learn more about being Turbulence Training Certified HERE

OK, time to board the plane. I'll make sure to give a full report from San Diego and give you some video coverage of my on-stage appearance(s).


Don't forget to grab your copy of the TT Kettlebell Revolution HERE.


  • Reply August 27, 2011


    Can someone tell me what size kb is good for starting out for both female and male? My husband and I want to start doing kb workouts and are wondering if we need to get more than 1 each to start??? Thanks.

  • Reply August 28, 2011


    Hi Amy,

    You should start out with an 8kg Kettlebell and your husband should start out with a 16kg. You can always increase weight later and you can always make lighter kettlebells work harder for you. Actually pulling hard on a backswing rather than just using gravity will make a 16kg kettlebell seem like a 24kg kettlebell after a few swings.

    The best thing I ever did was to go and get a one on one class with an RKC instructor to learn the basic moves properly right from the get go.

    And get a copy of Enter The Kettlebell, that will give you some great training inspiration and will be handy to go back to if there is something you forget from your one on one session.

    Good luck with it…

  • Reply August 30, 2011

    Michael Suggs

    Hey Chris, another great post. I’m like you, I only work out at home. Got a few bells, an olympic weight set, a TRX trainer and a chin up bar. All I need. Agreed, that a gym is a good change of scenery. There is a place not far from where I live, it’s a crossfit type place. They sell single visit packs. I’m thinking of getting a few of them, just to go train somewhere else, but man, I cant say how much I like training in my house!

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