Why and How to Combine Kettlebells and Sandbags (Includes 3 Workouts)
Kettlebells are one of the most popular weight training tools. They have been used for centuries in many different forms.
However, they were not always so popular. For example, some ancient civilizations had no use for them because they could only lift light objects such as bricks or pebbles. Even today, some cultures do not consider them useful.
But then again, why would they? If it was useless, wouldn’t there be no need for them?
The reason is simple: They don’t work! That’s right! No matter how hard you try to make something out of nothing, it will never become anything at all. And that’s exactly what kettlebells do: They don’t work!
However, if you want to get strong, you must start somewhere.
So where does that begin?
Well, let’s say your goal is to build muscle mass. You’d probably think about doing a strength program consisting of heavy weights with short rest periods.
Now, I’m sure you’re thinking “But what good would that do me?”
The answer is none whatsoever! Strength training programs consist of several exercises performed over time until failure.
What happens when those exercises fail?
Nothing! It’s a waste of time because your muscles become accustomed to failure.
There is another way! It’s called the GPP (general physical preparedness) training method.
This is a unique strength program in which you never perform the same exercise twice in a row. Not only that, but you also switch up your workouts every single day. For example, if today is Monday, your workout might consist of the following:
1. Backward running for 10 minutes
2. Sandbag Clean and Press for 20 reps
3. 30lb Medicine Ball Throws for distance
4. Farmer’s Walk (dual 50lb dumbbells) for 10 minutes
5. Kettlebell Swings for 50 reps
6. Kipping Pull-ups for 10 reps
This is just an example of one day’s workout. There are several different options you can choose from, but the point is to shock your muscles every single day.
This works because you are allowing all of your muscles to adapt. By only challenging some of your muscles, you give the others no choice but to adapt and get stronger.
The Problem With Kettlebells
Now, if this system sounds too good to be true, that’s because it is. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t effective.
The main problem is that kettlebells were never designed to be used in this way.
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