All I Want I Want For X-Mas Is My 2-4 Kettlebell…

Believe it or not, but I'm writing this post at Starbucks (I never go to Starbucks) in Newmarket, Ontario (about 75kms north of my beloved Toronto).

Big deal, you say? Actually, yes.

See, on Saturday we drove up to Bradford, Ontario for my daughter's volleyball tournament. I left around 7am with AJ (my 11 year old daughter) and my wife left a few hours later with my father-in-law to meet us up there.

On their way up, she started having "blinding" pains in her midsection followed by several sessions of vomiting. Alarmed at the violence of the sickness, my father-in-law found the closest Emergency Room (which is here in Newmarket) and brought her in.

The staff seeing the severity of the situation, admitted her right away – I think that was the fastest wait time in Emergency Room history.

It turns out she has pancreatitis – due to an over abundance of triglycerides in her blood flow that is common after pregnancy (our son, Joaquin, is 7 weeks old).

So, I have spent the past 2 nights sleeping in a cot here in her hospital room with the baby

 (because he's nursing). My girls – all 4 of them – have been at my parents house for the past few nights about 15 minutes away.

Knowing that I will be taking a few days off to give a hand in recovery, I broke away for a couple of hours to get on the net (apparently they don't know what the internet is at this hospital) so that I can get some work done, pick-up some coffee and get some fresh air.  

I also managed to hit a couple of stores to pick-up some Christmas presents for some friends.

Times counting down to the big day, and in my house the excitement is mounting. My kids are stoked and my wife and I have been trying franticly to make decisions on what to get the kids from their wishlists … no easy task if you're a parent.

My wife asked me a few days ago – before the whole medical fiasco – what I wanted for Christmas, so aside from my standard answer of "I already have everything I need" (which I do), what I really want is a copy of Dragon Door's new book, "Convict Conditioning" by Paul "Coach" Wade – a book about hardcore bodyweight training.

As most of you know, I'm a huge fan of bodyweight training to complement your kettlebell training and this book got the highest recommendation from some of the most respected people in our industry.

If you're not sure what you want for Christmas or are resolving that 2010 is going to be the year that you cut the fluff out of your busy life and do only the things that have the most impact, then take a look at the TT Kettlebell Revolution Wish Lists that I've created to help you get the most out of your workouts.

There's both a "Beginner" and "Advanced" version.

These lists will give you the absolute essential tools that you'll need to get lean and athletic with Kettlebell Workouts.

Remember, as I've said before, we train with KBs and bodyweight because it's the simplest and easiest way to lose fat, gain muscle and get lean and athletic – all in the comfort of your own home using minimal equipment and minimal time.

So without further delay, here are the Beginner and Advanced KB Essentials Wishlists…


-12kg Kettlebell (for women) or a 16kg Kettlebell (for men)

-A copy of the most efficient kettlebell home fat loss program available – The TT Kettlebell Revolution

Gym Boss Timer to time your intervals

-A pair of wrist bands (to help you in learning how to snatch a kettlebell properly)

-A "hole free" door way chin-up bar


-16kg Kettlebell (for women) or a 24kg Kettlebell (for men)

-A copy of the most efficient kettlebell home fat loss program available – The TT Kettlebell Revolution

Convict Conditioning from

-An ab-wheel


So if you have a special someone who wants to make 2010 their year for change, take a look at the list above and see if there's anything that they need and save giving the fruitcake to your boss or the teacher that gave your kid the undeserving "C" in gym class.

Enjoy your week and I'll keep you updated on how my wife is doing.



  • Reply December 13, 2009


    Sorry to hear about your wife… I hope she’s on the mend and better soon.

    That Convict Conditioning book is scary. I’m almost afraid of what your new workouts will look like with this influence (KB Revolution is kicking my ass enough)!

  • Reply December 14, 2009

    Sandy Sommer, RKC


    I hope that your wife is getting better. You will love Convict Conditioning. I reviewed it last week on my blog, Charm City Kettlebells and it is suitable for the neophyte bodyweight athlete to the expert. Merry Christmas and health to your wife and family.

    Train with purpose,

    Sandy Sommer, RKC

  • Reply December 14, 2009


    Wishing a speedy recovery to your wife. I am new to Kettlebells, my son and husband think I am crazy to have taken to them so much, but finally a workout that I feel physically good and energized and wanting more rather than hating the whole routine. We’re all skiers so the squats and core workouts feel great. I am waiting for them to get on the bandwagon! Your blog and vids are easy to follow and doable even for a beginner. Thanks! Keep the great info coming. Merry Christmas!

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  • Reply December 15, 2009


    Sorry to hear about your wife….Congrats on the boy though. if it isnt already obvious…he will be a completely different experience. Big ups on the name that is my sons name too. I got my copy of convict conditioning on friday…it’s what will probably consume my gym time for several months starting January 4th.

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