I love this idea!
Currently own: 5 bells
12, 16, 20, 24, 40 (kg)
26, 35, 44, 53, 88 (lb)
PLUS, at my GF’s place (we are long-distance, so keeping a set at each prevents us from needing to cart them back and forth)
20, 25, 35, 45, 62 (lb)
KB Programs: Nothing formal, just my own daily workouts
Here is a list of my favorite kettlebell movements:
1 Arm Clean-N-Press (from the floor): the best Primal I’m-a-man-lifting-a-big-heavy-thing movement.
1 Arm Snatches: a perfect KB snatch is like the perfect golf shot, effortless. Best movement to crank high reps and get your HR up.
2 Arm Swings: constant tension required on these, perfect simple-but-effective for teaching the hip hinge, and possibly holding the advantage of not requiring the same “impact” or “landing” that the above movements require
Goblet Squat: as furo said, great for mobility, leg strength, etc. For those that do not have access to barbells and are just seeking “poor man’s” leg strength, some high rep Goblet Squats ought to do the trick.
Favorite Workouts: usually some spin-off similar to Dan John’s 10000 Swing workouts. Basically, trying to accumulate a high-volume of one movement (swings or snatches) mixed with a lower volume of a strength movement. My log has a few examples. One recent favorite has been:
10 Swings / 1 Goblet Squat
15 Swings / 2 Goblet Squats
20 Swings / 3 Goblet Squats
25 Swings / 4 Goblet Squats
One trip through that circuit totals 100 swings and 10 squats. Doing that with progressively heavier bells is a real killer, in a good way. You can also toss in some heavy clean-and-presses in between rounds.
- The aforementioned challenge with furo of Clean and Pressing the 40 kg / 88-pound bell for reps in 5 minutes
- Pass the RKC challenge of 100 snatches in 5 minutes with the 24 kg / 53-pound bell by the end of the year
I would like to do that (the 100 snatches in 5 minutes) in a KB competition. jblues and I have traded a few posts about KB sport competitions that we have found in the United States (sorry, furo!)