Fitness Catch-All

Short answer: YouTube. I probably spend an hour or two each week watching KB videos for inspiration/ideas.

I really like Mark Wildman's channel - he does great KB technique and programming videos.

Kettlebell Kings (where I bought all my bells) have a good suite of videos too.

Longer answer, you can do a lot worse than simply focusing on the 6 core KB movements: swings, press, clean, squat, snatch and Turkish get up. My basic basic weekly programme is usually 3-4 of those for sets, with a couple of assorted other things, push ups, core-focus or more advanced KB movements.

As my "students" have moved from novice to intermediate I've started hitting "complexes" (multiple KB movements chained together e.g. swing, clean, press, lunge =1 rep), more advanced movements (e.g. outside circles, KB flow/juggling, windmills), and focusing less on individual reps and more considering time-under-tension as the thing to maximise.

One other thing of note that changed how I looked at core training was the realization that any one-handed KB exercise is, by definition, a core exercise (because you have to use your core to stabilize an off-centerline weight). So I do a lot of one-handed stuff as one of the primary training goals of my peeps is better core strength.

I read and think about this stuff a lot - happy to shoot the sh*t about it more here or via PM.

I can also take pictures of my "Fitness Bible" - a notebook that I keep that is essentially a shopping list of exercises/movements that you can use as a mix'n'match to make this week's program from.

EDIT - one weakness of a KB forward program I've found is that specifically training the chest is a challenge, so I put a heavy focus on push-ups in my programming to try and address that deficiency.

Google Strongfirst kettlebell programs. There are a number of good programs posted there.

Simple and Sinister is a popular choice for beginners.

Second on the Mark Wildman videos. Kat's Kettlebell Dojo is a youtube channel of similar quality.

I've finally got back down to my pre-pandemic weight. Next goal is another 5-10kg off to get back to pre-children weight.

Nice to see a few kb enthusiasts here too. They're also my training equipment of choice. I've been starting to get the itch to transition to GS - the levels of volume sure are intimidating, but it's got to feel good to start hitting them.

Congratulations!

I've just recently gotten below 190 lbs., which feels great. I'd love to take off 5-10 more. But the shifts in the weather are really killing my urge to work out. It needs to get below 80 and stay there.

MyFitnessPal will be moving barcode scanning as a food-entry mechanism to their paid plan soon. So I’m curious if anyone pays for MFP and feels it’s worth it? I’ve used the free plan for years with varying success, though that’s mostly on me.

Maybe there alternatives y’all like?

I've used paid MFP for years.

Pros: cheap; annual fee isn't burdensome (couple bucks/mo); tons of foods...
Cons: ...that may/not be accurate; annual fee means if you want to change you're out the money; UI not as good as...

MacroFactor app.

From one of the firms in the evidence-based fitness community, this thing is awesome. Ui is good, macros are accurate (no user-entered junk) and it includes regular updates based on the literature (and not one-off studies in mouse trials or something weak).

The algorithm appears to do a better job predicting my caloric intake and (n=1) I've slimmed down using it the last 1.5mo.

What I like best is the healthy, sustainable approach to nutrition with this app. Focus is on modifying behaviors and not getting so caught up on outcomes. It's helping me establish good habits for life

I tried an app called Cronometer as a possible replacement.

Didn't like it. Had a LOT of codes not available. Hard to get it to show macros rather than calories for easy tracking. Couldn't copy a meal from a previous day.

The last point was the deal breaker. As a single person I often cook a meal to eat one now and heat another in a day or two. Having to reinput the whole thing was too much whereas MFP make it easy to do.

Any other runners here?

I've been running for about 15+ years, though it's been a bit of a rollercoaster ride over that time. I got really fit (for me) in the early 2010s and saw my half marathon and marathon PRs around 2014. Then I maintained a jogging hobby for a while, but didn't really prioritize it. After a few years of horrid back problems (not running related, mostly), followed by surgery, rehab, weight gain, pandemic habits, etc., I finally recommitted in a big way this year. I'm back to incorporating speedwork in my training, which makes a huge performance difference for me. I joined a local trail running club and participated in weekly races all summer, which was great. This weekend I'm doing a half marathon in which I hope to get within a 5-10 minutes of my PR; something that was unthinkable over the past few years.

Hit me up on Strava if you want to compare notes! https://www.strava.com/athletes/4326...

halfwaywrong wrote:

INice to see a few kb enthusiasts here too. They're also my training equipment of choice. I've been starting to get the itch to transition to GS - the levels of volume sure are intimidating, but it's got to feel good to start hitting them.

I am still using hardstyle programs. I feel great with swings, get ups and am just getting right with the clean and press, double front squats. Next stop is the snatch but I really haven't found any programs geared for the snatch.

After that definitely looking to GS.

hubbinsd wrote:

Any other runners here?

I've been running for about 15+ years, though it's been a bit of a rollercoaster ride over that time. I got really fit (for me) in the early 2010s and saw my half marathon and marathon PRs around 2014. Then I maintained a jogging hobby for a while, but didn't really prioritize it. After a few years of horrid back problems (not running related, mostly), followed by surgery, rehab, weight gain, pandemic habits, etc., I finally recommitted in a big way this year. I'm back to incorporating speedwork in my training, which makes a huge performance difference for me. I joined a local trail running club and participated in weekly races all summer, which was great. This weekend I'm doing a half marathon in which I hope to get within a 5-10 minutes of my PR; something that was unthinkable over the past few years.

Hit me up on Strava if you want to compare notes! https://www.strava.com/athletes/4326...

I've been running for about a year and getting ready to do my first half marathon in November. I just started changing up how I run and I'm focusing more on the 80/20 method. I'll throw you an add in Strava and some encouragement as I can!