Monday, March 30, 2009



Not too long ago I was interviewed by the folks at

Check it out and try my favourite Kettlebell Workout below.

Q - When did you first see a Kettlebell?

A - I used to see kettlebells in the old Muscle and Fitness magazines when I was younger, but didn’t pay too much attention to them then. In 2005 I was re-introduced by my close friend Ryan Shanahan and what an introduction it was. At first I was very sceptical about what a strange looking ball with handles could really do for me. I mean, how can you do bicep curls or bench presses or good ole squats with these things? Wow, did that thought change quickly after my first workout.

Q -Describe your first time picking up Kettlebell?

A - When I first picked up a Kettlebell, it was a little awkward as I wasn’t sure what to do with them, but when you learn how to use them, it’s unbelievable how fast the gains can be. I found out Kettlebells sculpt crazy muscle definition, made my body feel incredible day to day and I can honestly say that even playing volleyball was easier.

Because Kettlebell exercise form is so dynamic I felt muscles in my body that had not been used for a while. Kettlebell workouts are definitely a muscle wakeup call!

Now I understand why Champion athletes use kettlebells.

Q -What is your favourite Kettlebell exercise?

A - My favourite exercise has to be the one arm swing – I love that one. I also came up with a Kettlebell exercise called “Slow Cleans” which I use as a staple in my Bicep training. Girls dig Big Biceps.

Q -Why do you Love Kettlebells?

A - I Love my Kettlebell because my physical achievement while working with kettlebells has been monumental. While training with gym weights has always been great, kettlebells have taken my muscle definition and strength to the next level. After a month of incorporating kettlebells into my usual workouts, I jumped to pressing 125dumbells for reps of 10, when I could only do 100lbs before. If those aren’t results, I don’t know what are.

My favourite aspect of the Kettlebell was not only finding them but teaching them to others. During my Funk Roberts Fitness Bootcamp, the kettlebells was an all-time favourite for the trainees. Although they were difficult at first all the trainees were excited to use them, because they felt and saw results. “Funk, Funk can we please use the kettlebells this session”Kettlebells are a treat that gives trainees crazy results.

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1 Two Arm Swing - 20 reps - 3 sets
2 Alternate Swings - 20 reps - 3 sets
3 Slow Cleans - 15 reps - 3 sets
4 Clean and Press - both arms - 10 per side -3 sets
5 Lunge and Squat combo -10 per side - 3 sets
6 Kettlebell snatch - 10 per side - 3 sets
7 Kettlebell Windmill - 10 per side - 3 sets
8 Kettlebell Ab Crunch - 20 reps - 3 sets
9 Turkish Get-Up - 10 reps - 2 sets

1 comment:

  1. Two summers ago, I worked with a great gal from Hollywood, Rachel Nichols.
    Rachel did some TT workouts while filming a movie up here in Toronto.

    That's about it for me in terms of training Hollywood actors or
    actresses in person, but recently I was asked, "Imagine you're
    working with a major film star who has eight weeks to lose 30
    pounds of fat and build some muscle in preparation for the lead
    role in the latest Hollywood blockbuster. What do you do with them?"

    Here's my answer...

    I would have control over every single thing that they eat. That's
    the biggest ticket to success here. No booze, no excess sugar, and
    just giving them enough reward to stick with the program.

    If this "star" is a typical overweight, sedentary individual, we'll have
    no problem getting rid of 20 pounds of fat through nutrition.

    As for exercise, we need to be consistent, and stick with our intensity
    principles. We would do 3 hard workouts per week using strength
    training followed by interval training with the program being centered
    around basic movement patterns done with free weights.

    Everything is done in supersets in the workout to get more done in
    less time. For example, we might do a squat supersetted with a
    pressing exercise. I also like to pair free weight exercises and
    bodyweight exercises in supersets, for example, a dumbbell split
    squat paired with a decline pushup.

    We'll do 3 superset pairs, each for 1-3 sets, and stick to 8
    repetitions per set. Then we'll finish the workout with 6 hard
    intervals of 30-60 seconds (with 60-120 seconds rest between each).
    This way, we are in and out of the gym in 45 minutes.

    On "off days", we'd still get at least 30 minutes, if not 60
    minutes, of low-intensity exercise. But it wouldn't just be slow
    cardio. Instead, we'd focus on low-intensity bodyweight training.
    For example, if the actor can do a maximum of 25 bodyweight squats,
    15 pushups, and 5 chinups, we would use easier versions of those
    exercises in circuits.

    Here's a sample 6 exercise bodyweight circuit that we'd do at least
    3 times, doing 10 reps per exercise.

    Wall Squat
    Kneeling Pushup
    Beginner Inverted Bodyweight Row
    Stability Ball Leg Curl
    Mountain Climber

    After that, we might cross train with a variety of cardio exercises
    to avoid overuse injuries that occur when you repeatedly do the
    same activity and nothing else.

    So that's pretty much it. If he (or she) sticks to their nutrition,
    we're as good as gold and the actor will be ready just in time.

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