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Monthly Archives: December 2017

All about Kettlebell Tempo Training

Before we dive too deep into an explanation of how to set the most effective tempo for strength gains, it’s important to get an understanding of how tempo is measured in these cases. There are various tempos, so it’s important to know what the numbers really mean. In the case of 1010, the first number defines the amount of time spent in the eccentric phase, or the “relaxing” phase of the exercise. The 0 indicates the amount of time spent pausing after the relaxation phase. The third digit signifies the length of time spent in the concentric phase, or the phase in which the muscle being exercised is flexed. The final digit signifies the amount of time spent pausing after the concentric phase. To help visualize this, in a pushup, the eccentric phase is bending your arms and lowering yourself toward the ground, and the concentric phase is pushing yourself back up. So, at a 1010 tempo, one second is spent going down, then one second is spent going up, with no pauses before or after either of these motions. For a 4010 tempo, 4 seconds are spent bending the arms and going down toward the ground, and one is spent pushing up. For exercises that demand explosiveness and fast flexing, the tempo may include an “X” instead of a number. This is commonly seen in the Olympics where X0X0 tempo lifts are commonly performed; explosive eccentric and concentric phases, with no pauses before or after either. For hypertrophy exercises and attempts at mass gain, the most effective and commonly used tempo is 40X0.

When taking tempo into consideration, changes can be made to the amount of time your muscles are spending under tension. Time Under Tension, or TUT, is a measure of how long a muscle, or group of muscles, is under the weight of the load. When it comes to strength training and maximizing muscle mass, more TUT is necessary. For strength training with kettlebells, 40-70 seconds of TUT is the optimal time period, anything shorter than this would result in lesser hypertrophic gains. Basic math can be done to see the difference in Time Under Tension between tempo and non-tempo training. Taking a look at the real-world variance in the different tempos that are used is a good way to paint a picture for why it’s so important to include tempo training into your kettlebell workouts for strength gains. For a typical 1010 kettlebell overhead press for example, a single rep will take approximately one second to push and one second to relax, making the total length of the rep 2 seconds. Over the course of about 12 reps per set, this equates to 24 seconds of TUT. However, if you are adhering to tempo training, the length of a single rep will change. If switching to a 40X0 tempo kettlebell press, the flex will be immediate and there will be no pause at the apex before dropping the weight back down and relaxing for 4 seconds. When the kettlebell returns to the resting position, there is no pause and it is immediately lifted for the next rep. The total time for this rep is about 5 seconds, with a total of 60 seconds of TUT for a set of 12 reps. When taking tempo into account, the same weight, reps and sets can be used to achieve better strength training results. This is why tempo training is so important for real mass and strength gains. If you’re only taking into account reps and sets and disregarding the time taken to complete each of these, you will be missing out on making large strength and mass gains in your kettlebell workout.

When your goals are to increase strength and mass, many people often increase the weight of the kettlebell that they are using and make adjustments to sets and reps to maximize muscle gains. Although this is an effective way to increase strength, it’s important to note that tempo can also be altered to get the most out of each rep. Although it may take more concentration, tempo training is one of the most effective ways to successfully reach your strength training goals with kettlebells.

If You Cannot Exercise

Prioritize Your Exercise

By prioritize, I don’t mean set up a workout schedule of what comes when. While that CAN be an important part of any physically active lifestyle, at this point, I’m just trying to get you off the couch and out the door.

So, at this moment, I’m talking about making exercising a regular part of your daily routine. It should be as much a part of your life as brushing your teeth or getting dressed. With that in mind, I want you to get much the same feeling when you skip your workout as you would if you walked outside without your pants on.

This means that working out, exercising, should have a high priority (see?) in your daily activities. We often tend to try to fit exercise in little niches and nooks around out other activities. It’s better to give physical activity a front row seat, and work a lot of the other “stuff” into your life, around your fitness routine.

Make It Pleasure, Not Punishment

No one has decreed that “exercise” has to be pushing weights around in a gym, or riding a bicycle until your lungs give out.

First lesson?

Start off low and build up slow. Unless you are already in great shape and regularly tasking your body, there is going to a “train up” period. Also, what you see in the mirror, or on the bathroom scale, does not even begin to tell you what’s going on inside your body.

It’s not all about muscles and fat. There are glands and hormones, and even the brain, involved in physical fitness. You cannot see what’s happening inside, and, it’s important to realize that if you try to do too much too fast, you can actually do more harm than good.

Second lesson?

You are more likely to do what you enjoy than what somebody says you HAVE to do. There are not only many different forms of exercise and fitness workouts and regimens, but, many activities that some people would not consider “exercise” at all.

For example, bicycle riding, swimming, gardening, hiking, and yoga to name just a few.

The fact is that few of us simply “cannot ” exercise. Most of us just don’t want to. We see it as work, as effort now without immediate reward.

Well, the rewards are there, not just in the health benefits of exercise, but in the many physical, psychological, and emotional ways in which regular physical activity, defined as exercise or not, can impact our lives in a positive manner.

Bottom line is that, if you can wiggle your fingers, tap your toes, swing your head from side to side, you can put some activity into your life. If you are fortunate enough to have full use of your limbs, then you cannot honestly say, that you “cannot” exercise… you’ve just found excuses not to exercise.

Burn Body Fat

Based on the name, you’re probably assuming that a Booty Band is only meant for booty exercises… Well, although, it is somewhat true, it’s also, not the entire story… You see, when you work out your booty utilizing a Booty Band, you’ll also, be working out other parts of your body and you’ll be burning body fat in the speed of light. You’ll also, be strengthening different parts of your body, as the resistance offered will allow for this to occur, without any additional efforts from your end.

This is no gimmick. If you use a Booty Band on a regular basis for at least 5 to 10 minutes, you will notice a significant change in your figure in just 30 days. Not only will you notice that different parts of your body are looking more firm and toned, but you’ll also, see that there’s been some significant weight loss.

Sure, as mentioned before, the name may be misleading, but we are here to tell you, that “yes” it will make your booty look nicer than ever before, but we also, want to tell you about the other ways that this will support you while trying to burn fat off your body.

For starters, when you use it, you’ll also, be working out your legs extensively in a fashion that keeps your knees aligned as well as your core for best results. Moreover, you’ll also, be working out your arms, as many of the recommended exercises involve the movement of your arms and you can even add some light weights to optimize toning and / or firming.

One of the primary exercises recommended to burn fat fast is their lower body sculpting circuit workout. This will start off with the Level 1 Booty Band and some of the exercises for Level 1 individuals. Then, it will proceed to more advanced workouts utilizing the Level 3 Booty Band.

Level 3 Booty Band workouts are a bit more intense, as it is a more advanced level. However, typically these exercises don’t take too long and the fat burning results are truly incredible.

You will need a Booty Band and a mat, as these exercises will mainly be done on the floor.

You’ll begin with a warm up involving Dynamic Movements and then it will proceed with a number of different movements / exercises, which will increase your heart rate and power up that body fat burning mode, which we all have…

Some of the exercises you should do along with a Booty Band:

  • Step-ups
  • Iron Legs Squats
  • Curtsey Lunges
  • High Knees
  • Slow Mountain Climbers
  • In/Out Jax
  • Leg Lifts
  • Bridge Hops
  • Push-ups
  • Plank Jax
  • Tricep Dips
  • Alt Side Planks
  • Alternating Plank Balance

All these are typically done in sets of 10 or 15 times each…

The most astonishing thing about this is that you’ll basically working out all of your body, including your abdomen. This is great in strengthening your core, keeping your body aligned, so that you won’t injure parts of your body while working out and last but certainly not least – you will burn body fat fast and look and feel better than ever before!

Bodybuilding Training

1. MORE THAN JUST LOOKS: Realize exercise is more than just having a great
physique. It is about strengthening the mind and heart and soul.

2. KEEP THE BIG PICTURE IN MIND: You will have good days and bad days. Keep a
one day at a time attitude.

3. BE SOLD OUT! No matter if you are a competitive bodybuilder or just one who
does it for a hobby, be sold out for life to exercise.

4. LEAVE YOUR EGO AT THE DOOR. This one will be hard for most of you to do.
But to be a champion, you have to get rid of your ego. Your mind is your biggest
competitor. In order to improve on your health you need to not be self-serving.

5. KNOWLEDGE IS POWER: If you think you know everything, forget, stop right
now. You never will know everything. Continue to learn all the time. Most
importantly, share your knowledge.

6. HAVE FUN: Most people in bodybuilding are wound way too tight. Loosen up a
little.

7. ASK FOR HELP: If you do not know something, ask someone who does.

8. MORE IS NOT BETTER: Put time limits on your workouts.

9. HAVE VARIETY: Never be afraid to change your exercise routine around.

10. HAVE SYNERGY: Incorporate all areas of fitness. Low body fat levels are more
important than the size of your biceps.