I was out of town this weekend; it was a relaxing – and much needed – get away. I managed to sneak in a workout at a ‘big box’ gym in the area I was staying, and I got a great workout – but I didn’t have access to a lot of the training tools I normally use (like kettlebells) for my routine.
This big commercial gym visit (it was actually my first one in about six months) also left me thinking: The vast majority of folks who lift weights still seem to follow the old body part split, bodybuilding-style workout plans.
Now, interestingly, none of the basic kettlebell exericses (the ‘big five’) are isolation moves in any way – in fact, all of them use nearly every major muscle group in their execution.
The cool thing about this is that even just a pair of kettlebell and/ or body weight exercises – performed with proper intensity, of course – is enough for a full workout. Here’s a short workout sequence from my new Kettlebell Basics Monthly Workout program as a perfect example – it’s just part of one month’s workout plan, but it could serve as a nice ‘finisher’ for your current workout routine, or even as a stand-alone workout if you’re crunched for time.
To complete this kettlebell and body weight sequence, you simply do:
- 10 Kettlebell Snatches on each side
- 12 Body Weight Lunges on each side
- Repeat the sequence three times with as little rest as possible