Sunday, July 17, 2016
One key to my fitness success was finding an exercise that I could in enjoy and would actually do. I have a love / hate relationship with running. To get myself started is very difficult, yet I enjoy the feel after a good workout. I was training to run 1/2 marathon but have issues with leg pain around the 5 mile mark. So running has gone away for now. I love the rowing but don't have access to a quality row machine. I don't like those flimsy shove under the bed kind. Elliptical is so so. I can do it but there is no thrill. I have a collection of videos and I'm eager to start them and then about week 2 it is no longer an interest to me. This attitude has made fitness a challenge for me. Once I start something I need to go 7 days a week. If I take a day off it is hard to get back into the routine.
This was the case for several years until I had an upper arm / shoulder injury. After a year of pain, I was told maybe surgery was the answer. I started researching anti-inflammatory diets and exercise. That research led me to the low carb plans and kettlebells.
I started out with a 10 lb bell. I used Paul Katami and a couple of other videos but like usual just was not into it. Then I found Geoff Neupert, Tracy Reifkin, Paval, and the RKC group. I quickly found that I enjoyed high reps of the hard style swing. I know do swings with 35 / 40 bells, double swings, snatch, TGU, thrushers, and all kinds of combinations. When I'm really into the program I will do 2016 swings in one session every three months or so.
The benefit was finding something I would enjoy. I really love KB workouts and have found the match for me. I enjoy working out, training and challenging myself.
For those of you looking for something, try some of the SP workouts. A 10 lb bell is really cheap and will give you a chance to explore the activity. Most will quickly advance to a heavier bell and more challenging exercises.