Weaponize Your Training: Do The Kettlebell Walk

The Kettlebell Walk: A Topical Exercise?

Kettlebell walks are a popular exercise for those who want to add variety into their training program. They’re great because they allow you to build strength without having to lift much weight or doing any additional cardio. However, there’s one problem with them – they don’t really teach proper form!

If you’ve ever done a kettlebell walk, then you’ll know how difficult it is to maintain correct form. You have to keep your body upright while keeping your head up and shoulders back. If you don’t do these things correctly, then the movement will just look like a sloppy version of a regular pushup.

Now if someone were teaching me how to properly perform a kettlebell swing, I’d probably learn something new right along with them!

So why does this happen? Why doesn’t the kettlebell walk teach proper form?

Well, the answer lies in two factors. First, most people aren’t taught proper technique when they first start learning a skill. Second, many times people simply don’t practice the skill enough before attempting to use it in competition.

How To Fix These Issues

Now, it’s clear that a kettlebell walk would help you with the first one. Since you’re using a weight that is significant to you, you’ll naturally start to think about your form. It really helps if you have someone there telling you exactly how you should be performing the movement.

The second factor is a little trickier. It’s easy to tell someone to practice something over and over again. However, it’s rare that people actually do it. Instead, they usually just rely on talent and instinct alone.

One way of fixing this problem is to change up the type of kettlebell walk that you do. For example, as you practice your regular kettlebell walks, you can also learn how to do a suitcase carry or a farmers walk. These movements force you to concentrate and practice your form even more.

Another way is learning a skill or drill that is similar to the one you’re practicing. For example, if you’re learning how to swing a kettlebell, then it would help to learn how to swing a club or mace first. The same goes for skills like overhead pressing or getting up from the ground.

Both of these methods help fix the second major issue with kettlebell training. It gives the lifter more to think about. This in turn forces them to concentrate more on their form and how they’re performing the exercise.

How Often Should I Practice?

This is a great question, however the answer to it really depends on you as an individual.

How much time can you commit to training per week? How motivated are you to learn the skill you’re trying to master? How much practice is enough?

When I first learned the swing, I probably did it for about 15-30 minutes three times a week. That was on top of all my other training. However, as time went on, I dedicated more and more time to just swings. By the time I got to the point where I could perform 100 reps in less than 3 minutes, I was doing nothing but swings (and pushups) for at least an hour a day, 4-5 days a week.

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Now, that’s just an example of one exercise and how I approached it. Depending on what skill you’re trying to learn, your practice time will vary. The most important thing is to make sure that you are having fun with it and that it’s not a chore. If it is, then you’re not going to see much improvement no matter how much time you put into practicing it.

Besides the sheer practice time, another important thing is how often you’re actually practicing. In my experience, it’s best to practice a skill more frequently but for a shorter amount of time. For example, instead of practicing the swing once every 3 days, try to make it more like 3-4 times a day. This will force your body to adjust and keep you from getting hurt.

What Are Some Other Skills I Can Learn?

There are countless skills you can learn, however the ones you choose really depend on your goals. I’ve broken them down into two categories, GPP (General Physical Preparedness) and SPP (Sport-Specific Physical Preparation).

GPP

Basically, these are skills that improve general fitness. These include things like climbing, jumping, balancing, and other similar movements. You can apply these to everyday life as well as a bunch of other sports.

Squat

Deadlift

Overhead Press

Bench Press

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Row (Chest-Press)

Pull-Up

Bent-Over Row (Lateral Pull-Down)

Press (Upright Row)

Front Squat

Push-Up

Split-Stance Lunge (Bulgarian Lunge)

Lunge (Back Lunge)

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Step-Up (Box)

Single-Leg Deadlift

Trap-Bar (High Pull)

Push Press (Split-Stance)

Loaded Carries

SPP

These are skills that are much more specific to strength sports like weightlifting or strongman. Many of these can also be practiced as GPP exercises, however I’ve found these to be the most beneficial for myself. You may find some of them to be too difficult or just not fun for you. However, they all have their place in a training program on occasion.

Deadlift

Overhead Press

Bench Press

Row (Chest-Press)

Pull-Up

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Bent-Over Row (Lateral Pull-Down)

Press (Upright Row)

Squat

Strict Press Behind Neck (Standing Military Press)

Sumo Deadlift High Pull

Trap-Bar (High Pull)

Snatch-Grip Deadlift Hyperextension (Romanian

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