I think the metabolic effect is undeniable with shorter more intense workouts.
Truthfully, with a properly structured kettlebell workout, I’d be shocked to see someone go longer than 40 minutes straight without sacrificing quality of movement and form in their exercises.
One of the major reasons why I like shorter workouts is because I’m a realist.
I have 5 kids.
I own 2 businesses.
I like to enjoy life with my family and not be a slave to my work (or my workouts for that matter).
I first started training with kettlebells because of the restraint on my time. The only way for me to get a GOOD QUALITY workout within a set time was to train with kettlebells and bodyweight.
In saying that, I know that a lot of people are like me – we have kids, we have jobs, we have commitments, we have LIVES – and so we need an effective fat loss solution that fits into our busy schedule.
Short but intense kettlebell workouts fit that mould, give us a great hormonal effect and make us feel energized as opposed to some of these high-rep marathon workouts that make you feel like you just got hit by a truck.
That’s another thing about training with kettlebells – and forgive me if I’m off on a tangent – but I don’t think that your workouts should be punishing.
I think with the birth of some of these 80% technique, 100% guts and puke workouts (and I won’t mention the name of the workout I’m talking about, but you and I both know), people believe that if you’re not hurting by the end of the session then you’re doing something wrong.
The whole “no pain, no gain” mentality has been taken to a whole other level and now people think that it’s normal to sacrifice injury for the sake of losing a couple of pounds.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not advocating a lazy attitude because there is no way in H-E-Double-Hockey-Sticks (eh, I’m Canadian) that you can shed the last 10lbs if you don’t work your tail off. But you have to do it in a safe and controlled manner.
So the whole “I’m not sore so I didn’t get a good workout” mentality, logically, that just doesn’t make any sense.
If we are trying to feel better. If we’re trying to move better and improve the quality of our lives, why are we trying to hurt ourselves into submission to get to that healthy state?
When it comes to exercise and health, if people just stop and think – apply the rule of 165, remember that they’re supposed to feel energized and not hurt after a workout and eat real food – not only will they lose fat and gain muscle and strength, but they’ll be a lot happier as well.
This is part of the reason why I re-wrote the TT Kettlebell Revolution…
1. I saw the frustration that people were having in thinking that they had to go to the gym 5-6 times per week to get results.
My TTKB Solution – 3 short, but intense, workouts per week that will have you burning fat 24 hours per day, 7 days a week in the comfort of your own home (not in a disgusting, germ-infested gym)
2. I saw that people thought that “working out” was all it took to lose weight.
My TTKB Solution – I teach you how to eat so you can make the right choices for you. “Give a man a fish…”
3. I saw that people had enough of trainers & so-called fitness experts telling them lies about how long it will take them to lose weight.
My TTKB Solution – I give it to you STRAIGHT and don’t hold anything back.
So stop being frustrated.
Drop the gym membership, take fat loss into your own hands and work hard for it without hurting yourself.
Chris Lopez, RKC
P.S. Don’t forget that short-intense kettlebell workouts burn more fat than long, slow, boring, do-nothing-else-but-make-you-soft cardio…