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.
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.
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…
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.
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).