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Disclaimer You must get your physician!s approval before beginning any of these exercise programs. These recommendations are not medical guidelines but are for educational purposes only. You must consult your physician prior to starting this program or if you have any medical condition or injury that contraindicates physical activity. This program is designed for healthy individuals 18 years and older only. See your physician before starting any exercise or nutrition program. If you are taking any medications, you must talk to your physician before starting any exercise program, including Kettlebell Express! If you experience any lightheadedness, dizziness, or shortness of breath while exercising, stop the movement and consult a physician. It is strongly recommended that have a complete physical examination if you are sedentary, if you have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or diabetes, if you are overweight, or if you are over 30 years old. Please discuss all nutritional changes with your physician or a registered dietician. If your physician recommends that you not use Kettlebell Express!, please follow your Doctor!s orders. All forms of exercise pose some inherent risks. The editors and publishers advise readers to take full responsibility for their safety and know their limits. Before practicing the exercises in this workout, be sure that your equipment is well maintained, and do not take risks beyond your level of experience, aptitude, training and fitness. The exercises and dietary programs in this program are not intended as a substitute for any exercise routine or treatment or dietary regimen that may have been prescribed by your physician. Don!t lift heavy weights if you are alone, inexperienced, injured, or fatigued. Don!t perform any exercise without proper instruction. Always perform a warm-up prior to all forms of training. !

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Foreword I have wanted to write this book for a long, long time. In fact, I started a variation of it in 2007, which niched out later became Kettlebell Muscle. As I write this Foreword, I am sitting out on my deck, finally getting some peace and quiet. My wife, just took our 4 week old son out for a walk. (Read: No more crying.) Those of you who have kids know full well the demands of children as I am only now experiencing. And with kids! demands comes more responsibilities and less time for yourself. In order to keep your sanity, you have found that exercise allows you to maintain your energy levels (somewhat) and give you a refuge from the pressures of life, even if that refuge only lasts 20 minutes and can only be found three times per week. It!s true: Something is better than nothing. Sure, we!d love to spend three to five hours a week just “playing” around in the gym or with our kettlebells, but those days are long gone. The fear is that we won!t be doing enough to make progress if we cut back from those longer workouts, but we can!t stop altogether, but quite honestly, we don!t have the time to investigate and plan the workouts that meet our goals. So we!re faced with three choices: 1. Quit working out. For some of us, that!s not an option. For others, this is right where you find yourself. 2. Make something up that!s completely random because we don!t have the time or energy to focus on designing our perfect program. Many times we end up just doing “some Swings.” 3. Have someone do it for us, that is, design our workouts into something that makes sense for us right where we find ourselves in life - busy and quite possibly overwhelmed. Kettlebell Express! is your answer to those three choices. I wrote it for you specifically because, well, you deserve to achieve your goals and your family deserves to have all of you, not just the leftovers. And in order for them to do that, you!ve just gotta have enough energy and feel good enough about yourself. And the truth is, even if you!re still stuck at #1 above, because you don!t see how you can possibly not make progress working out less than an hour a day, your body will adapt. You can make phenomenal progress off shorter, abbreviated workouts. In fact, many people make better progress than ever before because the stress of longer workouts was holding them back. So, kick back, dig in, and read through the rest of this book. Pick something that not only looks easy to do, but that!s manageable and fits your personality. There!s plenty to choose from. ________________________________________________________________________________ Kettlebell Express! Copyright 2011. Geoff Neupert. All Rights Reserved.

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Ok, let!s get started. Time!s a wastin!.

Geoff Neupert. Master RKC. NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Durham, North Carolina. 2011.

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Introduction One of the most beautiful things to me about the kettlebell, especially the noncompetition kind, the ones with the thicker handles is how hard it makes your body work. Here are three major reasons I like them: 1. They force your joints to line up in an “anatomically correct” position when you hold them. This position aligns the hand on top of the wrist and the wrist on top of the elbow and the elbow on top of the shoulder and helps you set the upper arm correctly in the shoulder joint, thus positively affecting the natural and preferable mechanics of the shoulder joint. This positioning then makes your muscles contract harder, getting you stronger, faster, and allowing for less time doing “pre-hab” exercises. 2. They extend the body!s ranges of motion. Simply swing a kettlebell through your legs and compare that to a dumbbell. (Please don!t try this with a barbell!) Because the center of mass of the kettlebell is under the handle, the range of motion of your hips is increased and so is the load placed on the muscles of the legs. This makes your body work harder. Because more work is being performed in each “stroke,” you are also burning more calories. Nice! This brings me to my final point, which is the point of this book and the only logical conclusion to be drawn from points 1 and 2 above: 3. Kettlebell [workouts] are inherently time efficient. You can accomplish more work in the same amount of time when compared to other traditional strength training tools, such as a dumbbell or barbell. Unfortunately, there is a MAJOR problem in the kettlebell community right now workouts are trending toward becoming long and complex, just like “traditional” forms of resistance training workouts. And that!s a crying shame because they don!t have to be. In my book Kettlebell Muscle (available through www.dragondoor.com) I tackled this issue head on with regards to building muscle in the most time-efficient manner possible. Unfortunately, that book is not for everybody. In fact, it!s for intermediate and advanced kettlebell users only because the exercises, sequencing, and program design is very rigorous. So where does that leave the rest of my “time crunched comrades” who have different goals than packing on slabs of muscle? I!m glad you asked. That!s the whole rationale behind Kettlebell Express! ________________________________________________________________________________ Kettlebell Express! Copyright 2011. Geoff Neupert. All Rights Reserved.

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Kettlebell Express! is the new kettlebell manifesto for those who don’t have or don’t want to spend a lot of time working out. !

In it you!ll find a variety of workouts that would traditionally fall into 3 broad categories: Fat loss, Strength gains (conditioning is included in here), and Muscle growth. However, there is some blending between them because at the end of the day, we all want to be strong, lean, and supremely fit and conditioned. That!s why we bought our kettlebells in the first place! This being an e-book, I!ve decided against putting the various rationales and scientific bases for why each workout is structured as such, and have opted instead for just a power-packed series of short, intense, and effective kettlebell programs. All the programs inside are 30 minutes or less. So let!s get to it!

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The Only Warm-Up You’ll Ever Need. For me, warming up is intolerable. I hate it. With a passion. I just want to be able to grin and go. But, since most of us sit on our butts all day long, there is a minimum threshold of warming up you need to do. Here!s what I believe constitutes a quick and effective warm-up routine. 1. Child!s Pose - 10 breaths The purpose here is threefold 1) Provide a distinct “line” between the rest of your day and your workout 2) Oxygenate your muscles and focus your mind 3) Make sure you are breathing diaphragmatically (and correctly) in order to load the body • • •

Assume a four-point position (on hands and knees) Rock back until your chest is on your quads and your arms are out in front of you Relax there and take 10 deep breaths into your stomach. Your cue is to breathe into your stomach so you can feel your stomach press into your legs as you inhale

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2. The Pump - 10 reps Stimulates the vestibular system and unlocks the hip flexors which tighten up from sitting.

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From kneeling on your hands and knees, extend your legs behind you so you are in a push up position Push your hips up in the air and look between your legs From here, extend your head and look up at the ceiling and push your hips to the floor – VERY IMPORTANT! Squeeze your glutes together hard as your hips move toward the floor – and exhale Look over one shoulder and drive the opposite hip toward the floor – keeping your glutes squeezed very tightly Then look over the opposite shoulder the same way Then push your hips back up to the start position where your hips are up in the air Perform 10 reps – 5 reps looking over each shoulder – and alternate between them

3. RKC Hip Flexor Stretch - 5 reps each side Direct hip flexor work which allows the posterior chain and the core musculature to do the work they!re supposed to do when using your kettlebells. • • • • • •

Start in the half kneeling/lunge position Reach up in the air with the hand on the same side of your body as the leg that!s in front of you Squeezing your glute on the leg that is down, drive your hips forward and exhale Reach for the ceiling at the same time Then return to the start Perform 5 reps and then switch sides

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While standing, lift your right leg and touch your right knee with your left elbow Put it back down and lift your left leg and touch your left knee with your right elbow Alternate back and forth between the two sides.

This Warm-Up should take you 5 minutes or less.

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The Kettlebell Express! Programs !

Programs v. Workouts I think an important distinction needs to be made here. Anybody can write a workout. Indeed, anybody can write a program I guess. But the point is, workouts are stand-alone events generally with no context. By contrast, a program is a collection of workouts with a singular purpose, for example, to get stronger. Progression is built into programs that allow for overload of the body coaxing it to become stronger over time. It is very important for you to note that Kettlebell Express! is a collection of programs, not workouts. There are a variety of programs, each under common goals. There is progression built in to each. The common theme is that you can perform these programs and achieve your goals in a very short, focused, and dedicated time period between 10 and 30 minutes per training session (workout). Pick a program and pick the time frame you can allot to your workouts and then stick with that program until you reach the end. Because progression is built into the program, you can then look back over the program upon its completion and measure your results. This is called progress and progress produces results. And it!s those results that we are after, not necessarily the “thrill” of a singular workout. That being said, some of the workouts in each program will be “thrilling” - giving you a distinct sense of accomplishment or achievement, and some of them will be singularly mundane, almost like punching a time clock. Both are necessary simply because - and trust me when I say this - it is impossible to push it to the max each and every workout. You will end up either injured or burned out or both.

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“Which Program Should I Do For Fat Loss... Getting Stronger... Packing On Muscle... Getting Better Conditioned...?” Ok, I have a confession to make I don!t know which program you should do to achieve your goals. But before you freak out and don!t think I know what I!m doing, let me tell you EXACTLY WHY I just said that. It!s very important to your success, so please, please - pay very close attention. Achieving your physique / performance goals is dictated by three very important determining factors. Here they are: 1. Your diet. 2. Your current fitness / strength levels. 3. Your life stressors and your ability to recover. Let!s take a closer look...

1. Your Diet. Nobody wants to admit this or really face this down (I know, I!ve been working with weight loss people in some way shape or form for almost 20 years...) but what you do or don!t put in your mouth affects whether you lose fat, grow muscle, or gain fat, or get stronger. It!s true. I can give a pair of identical twins the exact same workout program (I!m thinking of one right now) and make one eat for fat loss and the other eat for muscle gain and the results would astound you. One would drop fat and the other would pack on muscle. It!s true. So, if you want to lose fat, at then end of the day, you need to be in an average caloric deficit. That means, that if averaged over the course of time, you would be under-eating. If you want to get stronger, you need to eat just a little more. And if you want to pack on muscle, you need to eat even more.

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2. Your Current Fitness / Strength Levels. I am strong. But I!m not well conditioned (relatively speaking). You may be the opposite. So, a fat loss program for me may be based on a doing a ton of Swings and Snatches. And the fat would melt off me. But if you!ve been doing that type of program already, you!re body will most likely need a different stimulus to burn off fat. (This is often true for the women I train - especially RKCs. Men will do better using a higher percentage of ballistics in order to lose fat and women the opposite - more strength-based loading.) And that!s the key - the stimulus. Our individual thresholds for change are all different. And that explains why one person can do a program and see amazing results and another follow the same program and get lackluster results. So keep that in mind. At the end of the day, all change comes from the concept of “progressive overload” - doing more work than you once did. And that!s the really cool thing about being pinched for time with your workouts. You can actually use that “lack of time” to your advantage - and please - pay very close attention here because this will forever change your understanding of progress You will always make progress if you seek to get more work done each and every workout session. And the more progress you make, the closer you will come to achieving your goals, regardless of the specifics. So, in order to lose fat, build muscle, get stronger, get better conditioned, seek to do as much of the highest quality work as you can in the given time frame, within the programs in this book.

3. Your Life Stressors And Your Ability To Recover. As I write this, my son is just over one month old. That means that we don!t get a lot of uninterrupted sleep. That also means that my ability to recover from my workouts is severely compromised. So I!m not trying to break any records. Doing so would be stupid and lead to undoubted injury. But what I am doing is making progress where I can. Specifically, I!m working all the stuff I!ve neglected over the last however long. And, in the grand scheme of things, it!s not particularly taxing, so I am able to recover and make progress. You should do the same. For example, you!ll find some “tough-as-nails” programs in here that will challenge your manhood (or womanhood). But if you!re riddled with injuries, it would be stupid to attempt these types of programs. Choose the gentler ones. ________________________________________________________________________________ Kettlebell Express! Copyright 2011. Geoff Neupert. All Rights Reserved.

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You!ll be kinder to your body and you!ll make faster progress. Trust me on this. Been there, done that. Got the T-Shirt.

“So Then, How Do I Use This Book?” Great question and there!s an easy answer. But first, let!s take care of a more important order of business - this is not an instructional manual for kettlebell exercises nor a reference guide for performing those. 1. Determine what you want to do. Fat loss? Gain muscle? Get stronger? Whatever it is, you need to be clear about it. 2. Find out what you can do. Do you have any injuries that need to be addressed? If you have a bum knee, don!t pick a program that!s got Pistols in it - that would be stupid, right? What are your current strengths levels? Determine those. 3. Determine your resources. You may only have one or two kettlebells. In the long run, that just may not be enough for some of the programs in this book. You may need to buy a heavier, or - Heaven forbid! - a lighter one. Either is OK, just make sure you have resources available to you. And yes, this is Kettlebell Express!, which means, every workout is under 30 minutes, but make sure you are honest with yourself and choose workouts that fit your schedule. If you can only work out three times per week for 20 minutes, don!t choose a 5-day a week program. (Note: I know you!re not stupid - I!m telling you all this because I have made these exact same mistakes - somehow lying to myself that I have the time or can make the time. I have always ended up frustrated. Always. Just trying to help you avoid the pitfalls that I!ve made.) 4. Match the three. Look through this book and find the easiest, that!s right, the easiest program for you your specifics, and do it. The easier it is from the start the easier it will be to stick with and the easier it will be to make progress and therefore see the results you!re looking for. There!s plenty to choose from and every single program in here will make you better than you are as you sit here reading this. I know - I!ve used them or variations with my clients and myself over the last 20+ years. You!ll be successful too. So, come on in, the water!s fine.

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“Bare Bones Basics” “Everything should be as simple as possible, but not simpler. - Albert Einstein Sometimes you just need to work out. You don!t have time to think extra-hard about your workouts and you don!t have a lot of emotional energy to spare. You!ve got to save it for something or someone else - a big project at work, your kids, your spouse, you know - you!ve been there before and you!re there now. These workouts reflect that mentality - simple. Not a lot of moving parts. Not a lot of thinking. Very little emotional energy required to get them started and more importantly, done. As Dan John says, 80% of the battle is just showing up. These workouts are the other 20%. They involve using one kettlebell and only one exercise per workout.

1. Swing Season. The Swing, said Steve Maxwell, former Sr RKC and Brazilian Ju-Jitsu World Champ, when performed correctly, is better than 95% of all other exercises for superior strength and conditioning. So why fight it? Go with one of the “biggest bang for your buck” exercises there is. Do this for “a season.” Let!s go with 60 days / 2 months. • 2 Hand Swings - 20 minutes each day, 3 days per week. • Total time commitment: 60 minutes per week. • Total Number of Workouts: 26. • Use a medium-sized kettlebell. • Set your timer for 20 minutes. Workout 1: 8 reps top of the minute. Workout 2: 9 reps top of the minute. Workout 3: 10 reps top of the minute. Workout 4: 11 reps top of the minute. Workout 5: 12 reps top of the minute. Workout 6: 10 reps top of the minute. Workout 7: 11 reps top of the minute. Workout 8: 12 reps top of the minute. Workout 9: 13 reps top of the minute. Workout 10: 14 reps top of the minute. Workout 11: 15 reps top of the minute. ________________________________________________________________________________ Kettlebell Express! Copyright 2011. Geoff Neupert. All Rights Reserved.

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Workout 12: 13 reps top of the minute. Workout 13: 14 reps top of the minute. Workout 14: 15 reps top of the minute. Workout 15: 16 reps top of the minute. Workout 16: 17 reps top of the minute. Workout 17: 18 reps top of the minute. Workout 18: 16 reps top of the minute. Workout 19: 17 reps top of the minute. Workout 20: 18 reps top of the minute. Workout 21: 19 reps top of the minute. Workout 22: 20 reps top of the minute. Workout 23: 18 reps top of the minute. Workout 24: 19 reps top of the minute. Workout 25: 20 reps top of the minute. Workout 26: 21 reps top of the minute. Don!t be deceived, this workout starts out fairly easy. Over the course of the 26 workouts it builds up steam and becomes much harder, literally tripling the amount of work you will be doing. If you!re already in really great shape, here!s another Swing Program for you:

2. Swing Season 2. • 2 Hand Swings - 20 minutes each day, 3 days per week. • Total time commitment: 60 minutes per week. • Total Number of Workouts: 26. Use a medium-sized kettlebell. Workouts 1-3: Work 20 seconds. Rest 40 seconds. Workouts 4-6: Work 25 seconds. Rest 35 seconds. Workouts 7-9: Work 30 seconds. Rest 30 seconds. Workouts 10-12: Work 20 seconds. Rest 40 seconds. Workouts 13-15: Work 30 seconds. Rest 30 seconds. Workouts 16-18: Work 35 seconds. Rest 25 seconds. Workouts 19-21: Work 40 seconds. Rest 20 seconds. Workouts 22-24: Work 25 seconds. Rest 35 seconds. Workouts 25-26: Work 30 seconds. Rest 30 seconds. ________________________________________________________________________________ Kettlebell Express! Copyright 2011. Geoff Neupert. All Rights Reserved.

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3. Swing Season 3. Maybe you don!t have a timer or don!t have a clock with a second-hand and buying either is just too much for you to do right now - just one more thing to pile on the skyhigh “to do list.” No problem, do this instead for 15-20 minutes. (You do have a watch, right?) Use a medium kettlebell. Workouts 1-3: As many sets of 10 Swings as you can. Workouts 4-6: As many sets of 15 Swings as you can. Workouts 7-9: As many sets of 20 Swings as you can. Workouts 10-12: As many sets of 15 Swings as you can. Workouts 13-15: As many sets of 20 Swings as you can. Workouts 16-18: As many sets of 25 Swings as you can. Workouts 19-21: As many sets of 20 Swings as you can. Workouts 22-24: As many sets of 25 Swings as you can. Workouts 25-27: As many sets of 30 Swings as you can. *A Note On The “Swing Seasons” Programs: Yes, you can switch out 2H Swings and replace them with 1H Swings or even Hand-2Hand Swings. Maybe 3 days a week of Swings sounds boring to you. No problem. Here!s another alternative I like and it!s actually a variation of my Kettlebell Burn Quick Start Program. Many people have unrealistic expectations of what workouts should look like - an hour a day for 5 days a week and see no possible way to fit that into their schedules. So they never do anything. Well this is based on the premise of doing something. And something is always better than nothing.

4. “The Something!s Better Than Nothing” Program This is the “bare bones basics” program. Nothing fancy. “Get "er done Larry the Cable Guy type program.” The point here is to just do something. Perform this 6 days a week. Rest on the 7th day. (Hey, it!s good enough for God, it!s good enough for you.) You!ll train for 15 minutes per day - 5 minutes warm up and 10 minutes of actual workout. ________________________________________________________________________________ Kettlebell Express! Copyright 2011. Geoff Neupert. All Rights Reserved.

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Days 1,3, and 5: Get Ups Days 2,4, and 6: Swings How To Perform: • Get a timer or a clock with a second hand. Set it for 10 minutes. • Days 1,3,5 perform as many Get Ups as you feel like in that 10 minutes. Use sets and reps of your choosing - sets of 1, 2, or 3 work best for Get Ups. • Days 2,4,6 perform as many Swings as you can in that 10 minute period. • Sets of 10-20 usually work best. However, every once in awhile, throw in longer sets like 40-60 reps. • Use 2H Swings or 1H Swings - your choice. Change it up from day-to-day. Duration: Perform this for no more than 6 weeks then move to another program that!s consistent with your goals.

5. “Gettin! Down With The Get Up.” One of the most productive months of my training was December of 2009. I committed to just doing Swings and Get Ups every day for my workouts. The reality was, Swings just felt bad so I defaulted to Get Ups and variations of them. By “variations,” I don!t mean anything fancy, but just performing portions, or segments of the Get Up and really “owning” each portion of the movement. Yes, it was very “cerebral.” I was very into the feedback my body was giving me. The reason it was so productive is because the darn things used to hurt my hips and knees. After 30 days of doing the Get Up every day, not only did my knees and hips no longer hurt, but my shoulders were stronger and more flexible and my core was stronger. When I returned to the other kettlebell exercises, they all felt much easier. There are many reasons the Get Up is a phenomenal exercise, but I won!t enumerate them all. Just trust me when I tell you spending a month doing nothing but Get Ups will do wonders for your body and your mind. Here!s a program you can follow. Spend 15 minutes each day, 5 days per week, doing some part of the Get Up. • Perform between 1 and 5 reps per side. • Use a light to medium sized kettlebell. Vary the weights each day, based on how you feel that day. • Pay attention to how your body feels during each part of this movement. • As a companion, you may want to check out Kettlebells From the Ground Up, which covers some really great nuances to the Get Up which will make your body ________________________________________________________________________________ Kettlebell Express! Copyright 2011. Geoff Neupert. All Rights Reserved.

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feel a whole lot better and make your Get Up stronger. Workout 1: Get Up to the elbow Workout 2: Get Up to the hand Workout 3: Get Up to the hip bridge (high or low) Workout 4: Get Up to half kneeling windmill Workout 5: Get Up to half kneeling (lunge position) Workout 6: Get Up to the elbow + Get Up to the hand Workout 7: Get Up to the hand + Get Up to the hip bridge Workout 8: Get Up to the hip bridge + Get Up to the half kneeling windmill Workout 9: Get Up to the half kneeling windmill + Get Up to half kneeling (lunge) Workout 10: Get Up Workouts 11-20: Repeat 1-10. Simple, but definitely not sexy. When you get done with this program, you will feel more “put together” - that is to say, you will feel stronger and more stabile, especially in your hips, core, and shoulders. This in turn will make your other exercises feel easier once you return to them.

6. “Gettin! Down With The Get Up - "Freestyle! Version” In the original Russian Kettlebell Challenge book, Pavel discusses the concept of “freestyle” training, or what is better known as “intuitive” training. This is a preferable way to train for people in highly stressful lifestyles, assuming their intuition is “broken,” which tends to happen to hard-charging Type A personalities who!ve accumulated a laundry list of injuries. Anyway, “freestyle” or “intuitive” training is exactly what I did for the month of December 2009. I just did the Get Up by feel - whatever felt good, I did more of and what felt bad I eliminated on a day-to-day basis. This included the weight of the kettlebell. Some days I did just one or two segments of the Get Up, other days I did most of the segments. And, believe it or not, I actually started with no weight, then progressed to the 12kg and 16kg, and by the end of the month was successfully using the 24kg for each and every segment of the Get Up, including easily performing smooth, Kalos Sthenos style Get Ups. This is not for everybody and entails being gentle with yourself and knowing when to push and when to back off. If you get this right, it pays dividends.

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7. The King-Sized Killer This is a Snatch-based training program. The Snatch is considered the Tsar of all kettlebell lifts. (Tsar = King in Russian). Play around with snatching a heavy kettlebell and you!ll soon see why. This program is based on the Snatch and is designed to not only get you strong, but very well conditioned too. (Yes, it is a “Snatch-only” program, meaning it is the only exercise you!ll do formally. The Snatch works every muscle in your body and you will notice a pleasant change in your appearance by the end of this program.) Monday, Wednesday, Friday - Snatch! Phase 1: 3 weeks, 3 days per week, 20 minutes per day Phase 2: 3 weeks, 3 days per week, 20 minutes per day Phase 3: 3 weeks, 3 days per week, 20 minutes per day Phase 1: Strength Use a kettlebell that you can Snatch 7-8 times maximum per hand. Day 1: Perform ladders of 1,2,3,4,5 Day 2: Perform ladders of 1,2,3 Day 3: Perform ladders of 1,2,3,4 • Perform as many ladders as possible using excellent form in the 20 minute timeframe. Rest as necessary. Phase 2: Strength-endurance Using the same kettlebell as Phase 1, perform the following workouts. Day 1: Perform sets of 3,6,9 Day 2: Perform sets of 3,6 Day 3: Perform sets of 3,6,9,12 • Perform as many ladders as possible using excellent form in the 20 minute timeframe. Rest as necessary. Phase 3: Endurance Using the same kettlebell as Phases 1 and 2, perform the following workouts. Day 1: Perform multiple sets of 9 reps Day 2: Perform multiple sets of 15 reps Day 3: Perform multiple sets of 12 reps • Perform as many ladders as possible using excellent form in the 20 minute time________________________________________________________________________________ Kettlebell Express! Copyright 2011. Geoff Neupert. All Rights Reserved.

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frame. Rest as necessary.

8. The King-Sized Killer 2.0 Some people have spent a lot of time snatching, and maybe even used Viking Warrior Conditioning, (which is great for cardiovascular fitness) and need a little more challenge, with some higher reps. The benefits of Snatches are really, almost fully realized, through higher rep training. Not necessarily full on Girevoy Sport rep training, but higher reps nonetheless. Here is an “advanced” Snatch program. (If you are a “kettlebell purist” you might even want to use this program as a follow up to the first “King-Sized Killer” program.) Phase 1: 3 weeks (Note: Reps given are per hand, not total. So total means double those numbers.) Day 1: Sets of 10 reps (20 total, 10 left, 10 right) Day 2: Sets of 20 reps Day 3: Sets of 15 reps Phase 2: 3 weeks Day 1: Set of 12 reps Day 2: Sets of 24 reps Day 3: Sets 18 reps Phase: 3: 3 weeks Day 1: Sets of 15 reps Day 2: Sets of 30 reps Day 3: Sets of 20 reps • Perform each workout for 20 minutes. • Start by using a kettlebell that you can Snatch at least 25 times each hand without setting it down between hands. • Do as many sets of the specified reps in that 20 minutes. • Rest as necessary. • Do the best you can to not rest between hands.

9. Long Cycle (Of Death...) I just had to put the “Of Death” in there. Whenever you put something like that in, people like us take that as a challenge to overcome. And although the Long Cycle, is technically two lifts - the Clean and the Jerk, it is contested in Girevoy as one event. For our purposes, we will only use one kettlebell, not two. Regardless, it!s still brutally hard on the grip, the arms, the lungs, and the mind. Just the kind of program to do when you!re completely strapped for time. :-) ________________________________________________________________________________ Kettlebell Express! Copyright 2011. Geoff Neupert. All Rights Reserved.

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Use the same loading parameters as you did for the “King Sized Killer” program. Here they are again. They work equally as well here. Monday, Wednesday, Friday - Long Cycle! Phase 1: 3 weeks, 3 days per week, 20 minutes per day Phase 2: 3 weeks, 3 days per week, 20 minutes per day Phase 3: 3 weeks, 3 days per week, 20 minutes per day Phase 1: Strength Use a kettlebell that you can Clean & Jerk 7-8 times maximum per hand. Day 1: Perform ladders of 1,2,3,4,5 Day 2: Perform ladders of 1,2,3 Day 3: Perform ladders of 1,2,3,4 • Perform as many ladders as possible using excellent form in the 20 minute timeframe. Rest as necessary. Phase 2: Strength-endurance Using the same kettlebell as Phase 1, perform the following workouts. Day 1: Perform sets of 3,6,9 Day 2: Perform sets of 3,6 Day 3: Perform sets of 3,6,9,12 • Perform as many ladders as possible using excellent form in the 20 minute timeframe. Rest as necessary. Phase 3: Endurance Using the same kettlebell as Phases 1 and 2, perform the following workouts. Day 1: Perform multiple sets of 9 reps Day 2: Perform multiple sets of 15 reps Day 3: Perform multiple sets of 12 reps • Perform as many ladders as possible using excellent form in the 20 minute timeframe. Rest as necessary.

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This will show you the true power and intent of the kettlebell for maximum strengthendurance, unstoppable conditioning, and incidental fat loss. And One Last Warning - this is not for the weak, weary, feint of heart, or uninitiated this is a “man-sized” program and should be treated with respect. (Yes, of course ladies can do it too...) Here are the parameters again. Phase 1: 3 weeks (Note: Reps given are per hand, not total. So total means double those numbers.) Day 1: Sets of 10 reps (20 total, 10 left, 10 right) Day 2: Sets of 20 reps Day 3: Sets of 15 reps Phase 2: 3 weeks Day 1: Set of 12 reps Day 2: Sets of 24 reps Day 3: Sets 18 reps Phase: 3: 3 weeks Day 1: Sets of 15 reps Day 2: Sets of 30 reps Day 3: Sets of 20 reps • Perform each workout for 20 minutes. • Start by using a kettlebell that you can Clean & Jerk at least 25 times each hand without setting it down between hands. • Do as many sets of the specified reps in that 20 minutes. • Rest as necessary. • Do the best you can to not rest between hands.

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When “More” Is Better More isn!t always better (i.e.: death and destruction). Except when it is (i.e.: strength, money). Sometimes, you have more energy to spare and the thought of doing the same one or two exercises every workout or every other workout makes you want to put a bullet in your head. I get it - I!ve been there. Another excellent program is to do just one exercise a day. (Dan John popularized it in his “One Lift A Day” program but strength enthusiasts have been doing this forever.)

11. OLAD - One Lift A Day Here!s a 5-day per week template: Day 1: Get Up Day 2: Swings Day 3: Press Day 4: Squat (Goblet or Front) Day 5: Snatch Simple. Do this for 12 weeks. I!ve found that with increased frequency, comes decreased [short-term] recovery. So, decrease your work times. Here!s what I recommend: Grinds = 20 minute sessions Ballistics = 15 minute sessions So, Days 1,3,5 will be 20-minute workouts. Days 2,4 will be 15-minute workouts. Here!s how the reps and sets look (sets x reps). Weeks 1-4: Grinds: 10x2; Ballistics: 100 reps any combination Weeks 5-8: Grinds: 8x3; Ballistics: 150 reps any combination Weeks 9-12: Grinds: 5x5; Ballistics: 200 reps any combination *Grinds = Slow strength exercises: Get Up, Press, Squat Ballistics = Explosive strength and conditioning exercises: Swing, Snatch • Time limit: 20 minutes each session. • Seek to complete the total number of reps in less time each week. That!s how you get stronger. Sometimes, 5 days a week is just too much. Here!s another variation. ________________________________________________________________________________ Kettlebell Express! Copyright 2011. Geoff Neupert. All Rights Reserved.

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12. OLAD 1.2 Phase 1: Day 1: Get Up x 1-3 Day 2: Swing x 10-20 Day 3: Goblet Squat x 5-10 • • •

Train for 20 minutes each day. Train on non-consecutive days. Do as many high-quality sets as possible in the allotted time period

Do this for 4 weeks. Then, move on to this Phase 2: Day 1: Clean x 5-10 Day 2: Press x 3-5 Day 3: Snatch x 5-10 • • •

Train for 20 minutes each day. Train on non-consecutive days. Do as many high-quality sets as possible in the allotted time period

Do this for 4 weeks.

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• Alternate between Weeks 1 and 2, so you!ll perform Week 1 twice and Week 2 twice in a 4 week period. • Perform 6 two-week cycles (12 weeks) and then move on to another program. Cycles 1-2: Grinds: 10x2; Ballistics: 100 reps Cycles 3-4: Grinds: 8x3; Ballistics: 150 reps Cycles 5-6: Grinds: 5x5; Ballistics: 200 reps

14. OLAD 2 This is set up on a two-week cycle, where days 1 through 5 are performed on Monday through Friday. Then, you take the weekend off. The following week days 8 through 12, are performed again on Monday through Friday, again taking the weekend off. Day 1: Get Up Day 2: Swing Day 3: Press Day 4: Clean Day 5: Goblet Squat Day 8: Snatch Day 9: Front Squat Day 10: Push Press (or Viking Push Press) Day 11: Windmill Day 12: Jerk Week 1: Perform Days 1 through 5 Week 2: Perform Days 6 through 10 Week 3: Repeat Week 1. Week 4: Repeat Week 2. Repeat two-week cycle. Do this for 12 weeks total. Here!s what I recommend: Grinds = 20 minute sessions Ballistics = 15 minute sessions So, Days 1,3,5 will be 20-minute workouts. Days 2,4 will be 15-minute workouts. Here!s how the reps and sets look (sets x reps). Weeks 1-4: Grinds: 10x2; Ballistics: 100 reps any combination Weeks 5-8: Grinds: 8x3; Ballistics: 150 reps any combination Weeks 9-12: Grinds: 5x5; Ballistics: 200 reps any combination ________________________________________________________________________________ Kettlebell Express! Copyright 2011. Geoff Neupert. All Rights Reserved.

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The “Old Standby” - The A-B Split Sometimes, just doing one exercise for a couple of weeks is boring. I get it. Been there done that. But the thought of doing a ton of different exercises is 1) hard to keep track of, and 2) borderline overwhelming. So, the need for the “A-B Split” arises. (The “Something!s Better Than Nothing” is an example of the “A-B Split.”) You alternate each workout between Workout A and Workout B. I!ve used this very successfully over my career with clients and teams. Here are several examples, using multiple exercises per session.

15. Mixed Bag 1 Here we!re going to mix the workouts during each week - one will be devoted to Grinds, the other to Ballistics. Workout A: Grinds Get Up Press Workout B: Ballistics Swing Snatch Grinds: Perform 3-5 sets of 3-5. Ballistics: Perform 3-5 sets of 10-20 • Duration: 30 minutes per workout, 3 times per week. • Start conservatively. When you reach 5x5 on Grinds, go up a kettlebell size. When you reach 5 sets of 20 on Ballistics, go up a kettlebell size. • Rest as you need to between sets. Do this for no more than 12 weeks.

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Swings Cleans Grinds: Perform 3-5 sets of 3-5. Ballistics: Perform 3-5 sets of 10-20 • Duration: 30 minutes per workout, 3 times per week. • Start conservatively. When you reach 5x5 on Grinds, go up a kettlebell size. When you reach 5 sets of 20 on Ballistics, go up a kettlebell size. • Rest as you need to between sets. Do this for no more than 12 weeks.

17. Mixed Bag 1.2 Workout A: Goblet Squat Press Workout B: Swings Snatches Grinds: Perform 3-5 sets of 3-5. Ballistics: Perform 3-5 sets of 10-20 • Duration: 30 minutes per workout, 3 times per week. • Start conservatively. When you reach 5x5 on Grinds, go up a kettlebell size. When you reach 5 sets of 20 on Ballistics, go up a kettlebell size. • Rest as you need to between sets. Do this for no more than 12 weeks.

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Snatch And use the same loading parameters as the “Mixed Bag 1” program. I find that!s one of the best loading parameters with this style of program. In fact, go ahead and use these loading parameters with ALL “Mixed Bag” programs. Here they are again Grinds: Perform 3-5 sets of 3-5. Ballistics: Perform 3-5 sets of 10-20 • Duration: 30 minutes per workout, 3 times per week. • Start conservatively. When you reach 5x5 on Grinds, go up a kettlebell size. When you reach 5 sets of 20 on Ballistics, go up a kettlebell size. • Rest as you need to between sets. Do this for no more than 12 weeks.

19. Mixed Bag 2.1 Workout A: Goblet Squat Swings Workout B: Get Up Snatch

20. Mixed Bag 2.2 Workout A: Goblet Squat Swings Workout B: Press Snatch

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Pistol Viking Push Press Workout B: Windmill Jerk

22. Mixed Bag 2.4 And another variation with the RKC 2 exercises. Workout A: Windmill Viking Push Press Workout B: Pistol Clean and Jerk Duration: Perform each one of the “Mixed Bag 2.X!s” for a 4 weeks. That means you!ll end up performing each workout 6 times. Here!s what that would look like over the course of a month (30 days or so, taking weekends off): Day 1: Workout A Day 3: Workout B Day 5: Workout A Day 8: Workout B Day 10: Workout A Day 12: Workout B Day 15: Workout A Day 16: Workout B Day 18: Workout A Day 20: Workout B Day 23: Workout A Day 25: Workout B Day 27: Workout A Day 30: Workout B ________________________________________________________________________________ Kettlebell Express! Copyright 2011. Geoff Neupert. All Rights Reserved.

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Speaking of “More Is Better,” this is a perfect segue into our next section...

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“Daylight Savings Time” - Super Sets, Circuits, And Combos (Oh My!) Apart from the obscure Wizard of Oz reference (“Oh my!”), there are a number of different methods you can use to save yourself time and increase the effectiveness of your workouts. That!s the purpose of this section - quick explanations and then a ton of applications. Let!s get it going!

Superior Results With Super Sets! Sometimes you just need to be entertained and can!t do “just one” exercise per workout. Been there too. So then you could do two or even three exercises per training session. But, how do you go about doing them in a traditional format when you!re pinched for time? After all, doing 3 sets of Exercise A, followed by 3 sets of Exercise B, followed (maybe) by 3 sets of exercise C just isn!t realistic when you only have 20 minutes. So how to do you do it? How do you get it all in? Simple. Super Sets. Our very broad definition of a super set is the following: Take one exercise, pair it with another, and alternate sets back and forth between them. You can rest between sets or not. Bodybuilders have been doing this for decades to get better pumps and stimulation. We!ll do it to save time. Here!s an example: 5 Cleans. Rest 30s. Then 5 Front Squats. Rest 30s. Repeat for 5 sets of each. It!s designated the following way: A1. Clean x5 A2. Front Squat x5 Rest: 30 seconds between sets Sets: 5 each Pretty simple.

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23. Basic Training In the RKC (Russian Kettlebell Challenge School of Strength) we teach two kettlebell movements - the Swing and the Get Up as the basics off which all other kettlebell exercises follow. The Swing is the foundation and the Get Up is the framework so to speak. Some of us think you can never spend too much time on these basics. Here!s a program that reflects that. Perform 3 days per week on non-consecutive days, for example, Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Do this for 4 to 6 weeks. (Then be amazed as your Presses and Snatches effortlessly improve as a result!) A1. 2H Swing A2. Get Up Rest: As necessary Reps: Swings: 10-20; Get Ups: 1-3 Day 1: Work out for 20 minutes. Day 2: Work out for 10 minutes. Day 3: Work out for 15 minutes. • Do as much work as you can for each exercise, using perfect technique, and stopping each set just when you feel your technique is about to break down. • Seek to do more work each week.

24. Basic Training 2 - The RKC 6 In the RKC we teach six basic kettlebell exercises, the Swing, the Get Up, the Goblet/Front Squat, the Clean, the Press, and the Snatch. Here!s a program that will not only help you practice them, but get you stronger in the process. Day 1: A1. Swing, sets of 10-20 A2. Get Up, sets of 1-3 Day 2: A1. Clean, sets of 5 A2. Press, sets of 3-5 Day 3: A1. Front Squat, sets of 5 A2. Snatch, sets of 10 • Use moderate sized kettlebells ________________________________________________________________________________ Kettlebell Express! Copyright 2011. Geoff Neupert. All Rights Reserved.

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Perform on non-consecutive days, like Monday, Wednesday, Friday Perform for 20 minutes each session. Do as much high quality work as possible in those 20 minutes. Rest as necessary between sets Perform for 4-8 weeks then switch to another program.

Here!s another, slightly more advanced variation. Day 1: A1. Get Up, sets of 1-3 A2. Press, sets of 3-5 Day 2: A1. Swing, sets of 10 A2. Snatch, sets of 5 Day 3: A1. Goblet Squat, sets of 5 A2. Clean, sets of 5 And another... Day 1: A1. Goblet Squat, sets of 5 A2. Swing, sets of 10 Day 2: A1. Press, sets of 3-5 A2. Snatch, sets of 5 Day 3: A1. Get Up, sets of 1-3 A2. Clean, sets of 5 And last one, honest. (I could do this all day. Wait, I do do this all day...) Day 1: A1. Get Up, sets of 1-3 A2. Goblet Squat, sets of 5 Day 2: A1. Swing, sets of 10 A2. Snatch, sets of 5 Day 3: ________________________________________________________________________________ Kettlebell Express! Copyright 2011. Geoff Neupert. All Rights Reserved.

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A1. Clean, sets of 5 A2. Press, sets of 3-5 Why all the different pairings? Glad you asked. Pairing different exercises quite simply has different effects on the body. For example, pairing the Swing with the Goblet Squat really pries open the hips, creating space and then greasing that new groove, strengthening it with the Swing. This creates a stronger posterior chain (gluts, hamstrings, low back, even calves) and allows you to run faster, jump higher, and all that good stuff. (Plus, it!s good for the ladies who need a little extra boost back there, if you catch my drift...) Pairing the Get Up with the Press teaches you where your shoulder belongs in relation to your body in a static shoulder exercise (the GU) and how to translate that into a dynamic shoulder exercise (the Press). This means you can alleviate shoulder discomfort and even pain when pressing (yes, experienced it firsthand and with clients - all things are possible). And that means that for a guy, you can finally get a that set of broad shoulders that are big enough for someone else to stand on. (Ladies look great with well defined shoulders too, especially in that sun dress.) And, pairing the Swing with the Snatch teaches you how to use your hips and “float” the kettlebell, so that you don!t over-pull with your arms. You then get to see if you “understand” this concept by applying it immediately to the Snatch. This of course means that you have the potential to burn more calories with each and every rep, because the more explosive each rep is, the more work you!re doing in a given time period. See how all this works?

26. Intermediate Training - The RKC Level 2 Drills Here are most of the RKC Level 2 kettlebell drills incorporated into variations of super sets. Day 1: A1. Windmill, weak side then strong side A2. Pistol, weighted, weak side then strong side Day 2: A1. Viking Push Press, Left A2. Viking Push Press, Right ________________________________________________________________________________ Kettlebell Express! Copyright 2011. Geoff Neupert. All Rights Reserved.

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Day 3: A1. Double Clean A2. Double Jerk • • • • • •

Use moderate sized kettlebells Perform on non-consecutive days, like Monday, Wednesday, Friday Perform for 20 minutes each session. Do as much high quality work as possible in those 20 minutes. Rest as necessary between sets Perform for 4-8 weeks then switch to another program.

Advanced Training - Double Kettlebells I call double kettlebell drills “advanced” because they require more body awareness, more body control, and there are less degrees of freedom, which means they tend to lock you into the movement more than the single kettlebell drills do. This also means that your technique has to be crisper, because, with less degrees of freedom, you!re more prone to injury. Conversely, there!s more direct stress on your central nervous system and muscle tissue, so strength, size, and conditioning gains come faster. Here are the double kettlebell drills I love to use and teach at my Kettlebell Muscle workshops: Double Clean Double Press Double Front Squat Double Swing Double High Pull Double Push Press Double Snatch For our purposes, we!ll start off with just a few of these. Click here for a quick (and free) video tutorial on how to perform these exercises.

27. The Foundation Program The “foundation” of double kettlebell lifting is really learning how to be comfortable in the rack position both stationary and while moving. The three best exercises to do help teach you do that are the Double Clean, Double Front Squat, and the Double Press. A steady diet of these three exercises will help you feel like “Master of Your Domain” when performing all double kettlebell exercises. And not only that, they will serve as great preparatory work for the other double kettlebell exercises. Here!s a 6-week program: Spend 20 minutes, 3 times per week performing the following on non-consecutive days, ________________________________________________________________________________ Kettlebell Express! Copyright 2011. Geoff Neupert. All Rights Reserved.

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such as Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Day 1: A1. Double Clean A2. Double Press Day 2. A1. Double Front Squat A2. Double Swing Day 3. A1. Double Clean A2. Double Front Squat • Use a 6 rep max - a pair of kettlebells that you can Press only 6 times. Use them for all of the exercises. Don!t worry, they won!t be too light - Double Front Squats are very demanding for most people. • Rest as necessary between A1 and A2. • Do as many sets as you can in each workout. Week 1: Perform sets of 3 reps on each exercise. Week 2: Perform sets of 4 reps on each exercise. Week 3: Perform sets of 5 reps on each exercise. Week 4: Perform sets of 4 reps on each exercise. Week 5: Perform sets of 5 reps on each exercise. Week 6: Perform sets of 6 reps on each exercise. Quite frankly, I LOVE double kettlebell drills. They remind me of Olympic lifting, my former sport of choice and I believe that!s where the real power of kettlebells comes into play. I could write a million double kettlebell programs it seems like. They are fast, fun, and produce results in what seems like almost immediately. I would write more for this book, but this is more geared to basic and intermediate kettlebell exercises and programs. I just wanted to give you a taste of the possibilities. For more advanced double kettlebell workouts click here.

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A series of exercises where one set of each exercise is performed before a second set. Here!s an example: Swing - Get Up - Clean - Press - Snatch - Squat. Rest periods are usually specified. And reps are specified. Many people think of circuits as a series of exercises performed in sequence without rest. And they can be, but that just makes them that much harder to perform and requires a much higher fitness level from the individual performing them. *(REMEMBER! As fatigue increases, your ability to produce force, or do work, decreases. The goal is to spread out or manage your fatigue to keep your force production high.)

28. The Fundamentals Circuit Here!s a circuit that uses three fundamental movements that we teach within the RKC system. They are the Swing, the Get Up, and the Goblet Squat. Each of these exercises by themselves are great. Combined, they!re phenomenal. Here!s a program that will increase your hip mobility, shoulder stability, and general fitness. (You!ll even see those love-handles start to shrink.) Day 1: A1. Swing x 10 A2. Get Up x 3 A3. Goblet Squat x 5 Day 2: A1. Get Up x 1-3 A2. Goblet Squat x 5 A3. Swing x 10 Day 3: A1. Goblet Squat x 5 A2. Swing x 10 A3. Get Up x 1-3 Rotating the sequencing is a form of changing the loading, and therefore the stimulus on your body. In Beyond Bodybuilding, Pavel refers to it as fatigue cycling. Here are two options for you. Option A: •

Perform each circuit for 20 minutes.

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Perform the circuit as many times as you can in that 20 minutes. Rest as and when necessary. Perform on non-consecutive days.

Option B: Perform each circuit for the following periods of time: Day 1: 15 minutes Day 2: 25 minutes Day 3: 20 minutes • • •

Perform the circuit as many times as you can in the allotted time period. Rest as and when necessary. Perform on non-consecutive days.

Perform one of the options for 6 weeks then switch programs.

29. The RKC (6) Circuit Here!s a circuit using the six exercises we teach at the RKC. It!s simple. It!s brutal. It!s effective. A1. Swing x 20 A2. Get Up x 3,3 A3. Clean x 10,10 A4. Press x 5,5 A5. Snatch x 10,10 A6. Front Squat x 5,5 • Perform the above circuit as many times as possible in 20 minutes. • Use a medium-sized kettlebell. • Perform 3 non-consecutive days per week, for example, Monday, Wednesday, Friday. • Rest as needed. Perform for 6 weeks then change the program.

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A5. Bent Press x 1,1 A6. Clean & Jerk x 5,5 Perform for 6 weeks then change the program. Let!s take a look at some more advanced (and more challenging) programs...

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‘Hybrids” - Maximizing What You Got Hybrids, or what I call “hybrids,” are workouts or programs where kettlebell exercises are mixed with something else - some other implement(s). My favorite hybrid is simply the kettlebell plus your own bodyweight - combining kettlebell exercises with bodyweight exercises. You literally only need a 4 foot by 6 foot rubber mat (not even that, just that much space) and you can mold your body into whatever you want it to be. And, if you have a Pull-up bar hanging over your head, so much the better! Here are some really basic hybrids that will get you in great shape.

31. Total Body Smoker, Push Up Edition I call this the “Total Body Smoker” because there really isn!t a muscle that doesn!t get worked/used in this program. And depending on how you set it up, you can really do a number on your conditioning level. These types of programs never cease to produce elevated heart rates, buckets of sweat, and red faces (and of course increases in strength and conditioning and decreases in body fat). Day 1: A1. 2H Swings A2. Push-ups Day 2: A1. 2H Swings A2. Walkouts Day 3: A1. 2H Swings A2. Walkouts to Planks • Perform each exercise for 30s, then rest 60 seconds. (That!s 2 minutes total.) • Perform up to 10 rounds total. (That!s 20 minutes.) When you achieve that, then • Perform each exercise for 45s, then rest 60 seconds. (That!s 2 1/2 minutes total.) • Perform up to 8 rounds total. (That!s 20 minutes.) When you achieve that, then • Perform each exercise for 60s, then rest 60 seconds. (That!s 3 minutes total.) • Perform up to 6 rounds total. (That!s 18 minutes.) ________________________________________________________________________________ Kettlebell Express! Copyright 2011. Geoff Neupert. All Rights Reserved.

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32. Total Body Smoker, Pull Up Edition This becomes even harder than the Push Up Edition due to the high levels of relative strength-endurance necessary to keep on doing the Pull Up variations in the face of fatigue. (Your welcome!) Day 1: A1. Pull Ups A2. 2H Swings Day 2: A1. Chin Ups A2. 2H Swings Day 3: A1. Mixed Grip Pull-ups A2. 2H Swings • Perform each exercise for 30s, then rest 60 seconds. (That!s 2 minutes total.) • Perform up to 10 rounds total. (That!s 20 minutes.) When you achieve that, then • Perform each exercise for 45s, then rest 60 seconds. (That!s 2 1/2 minutes total.) • Perform up to 8 rounds total. (That!s 20 minutes.) When you achieve that, then • Perform each exercise for 60s, then rest 60 seconds. (That!s 3 minutes total.) • Perform up to 6 rounds total. (That!s 18 minutes.)

33. Upper Body Blast Maybe you want to look like a cobra - you know, a back so broad you could show a movie on it? It feels pretty cool. This program, a slight modification from the original found in Enter the Kettlebell, will do it for you. You!ll get strong and pack on some solid muscle. Set Your Timer For 25 Minutes - Don!t forget, you!re already using 5 minutes for your warm up! See how much work you can get done in the allotted time period. Remember! The following are suggested MAXIMUMS, which means, don!t feel like you have to hit those numbers, but certainly don!t exceed them! A1. Clean & Press, L,R A2. Chin ups (regular and towel) ________________________________________________________________________________ Kettlebell Express! Copyright 2011. Geoff Neupert. All Rights Reserved.

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Day 1: Light Day 2: Medium Day 3: Heavy Weeks 1-6: Use ETK ladders of 1,2,3,4,5 Weeks 7-12: Use “Dan John ladders” of 2,3,5,10 Loading Parameters • Use traditional ladders of 1,2,3,4,5 using a “Light-Medium-Heavy*” format. Then switch to • “Dan John ladders” which are 2,3,5,10 using a “Light-Medium-Heavy” format. Then switch to • A heavier kettlebell • Alternate workouts between regular Chins and Towel Chins for different effects on the grip • Rest as you see fit after A2. • *Heavy = maximum number of rungs on ladder; Medium = maximum number of rungs on ladder minus one rung (make it to 5 reps on heavy day, this day would be 4 reps); Light = maximum number of rungs on ladder minus two rungs (make it to 5 reps on heavy day, this day would be 3 reps) • Perform this program for 6-12 weeks and then switch to another.

34. Total Body Blast A program that doesn!t really have any “direct” leg work isn!t really a complete program in my book (and that!s why I!m including this in this book - my book). So here!s a tweak of the previous program. It covers every muscle in your body and you!ll find it quite challenging. Use the same loading parameters as the “Upper Body Blast.” Obviously, with an extra exercise in this one, you won!t get the same number of ladders as you would without the Front Squats. A1. Clean & Press, L,R A2. Chin ups (regular and towel) A3. Front Squat, L,R Loading Parameters • Use traditional ladders of 1,2,3,4,5 using a “Light-Medium-Heavy” format. Then switch to • “Dan John ladders” which are 2,3,5,10 using a “Light-Medium-Heavy” format. Then switch to • A heavier kettlebell • Alternate workouts between regular Chins and Towel Chins for different effects on the grip • Rest as you see fit after A3. ________________________________________________________________________________ Kettlebell Express! Copyright 2011. Geoff Neupert. All Rights Reserved.

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• *Heavy = maximum number of rungs on ladder; Medium = maximum number of rungs on ladder minus one rung (make it to 5 reps on heavy day, this day would be 4 reps); • Light = maximum number of rungs on ladder minus two rungs (make it to 5 reps on heavy day, this day would be 3 reps) Perform for 12 weeks then change the program. Ready for something even more advanced, more challenging, and something that will literally “turbo-charge” your results? Me too. Let!s take a look at...

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“Killer Combinations” - Your Key To Saving More Time AND Making Faster Progress! What are “Combinations?” They are simply one exercise paired with another, for example, the Clean and Jerk. There are two different forms of combos, a Complex and a Chain Complex = A series of compound exercises performed sequentially without rest in which all the reps for one exercise are completed before moving on to the next exercise in the sequence. For example, 5 Cleans, then 5 Jerks. Chain = A series of compound exercises performed sequentially where each exercise is performed once before starting the sequence again: Each time the sequence is performed is considered one repetition. For example, 1 Clean and Jerk, performed 5 times, or, Clean and Jerk, Clean and Jerk, Clean and Jerk, Clean and Jerk, Clean and Jerk.

35. King-Sized Combos The only thing possibly “better” than the Snatch is combining it with one or two different exercises. The following program is based around the Snatch, the Front Squat, and the Press. Use a medium-sized kettlebell, one you can Snatch about 10 times each hand without putting the kettlebell down. Day 1: Snatch + Front Squat Day 2: Snatch + Press Day 3: Snatch + Press + Front Squat • • • • •

Perform on alternate days - Monday, Wednesday, Friday, etc. Perform the Snatch + the exercise listed back-to-back with no rest, as a complex, moving from your weaker hand to your stronger hand. Perform for 20 minutes. Do as much high quality work as possible in those 20 minutes. Rest as necessary, but only after completing both sides.

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36. King-Sized Combos 1.1 Perform the “King-Sized Combos” program as a chain, instead of a complex. Much different feel...

37. Going Ballistic One of the benefits of kettlebell training that just far outweighs any other type of training is the multiple and repeated explosive efforts that the ballistic exercises offer. These types of exercises allow you to train with very high levels of force production, which in turn, stimulates multiple processes in your body, such as, developing bigger, stronger muscles that require more and more energy. As a result, you shed body fat. (Always a plus!) And probably more importantly, they allow you to reverse the damaging effects of the results of a sedentary lifestyle, such as insulin resistance, the condition that makes it harder and harder to process carbohydrates (and explains the tire around your middle). Here!s a program based solely on the kettlebell ballistics exercises. Expect to get leaner and better conditioned. Much leaner. And much better conditioned. Day 1: 20 minutes Swing + High Pull Day 2: 20 minutes Swing + High Pull + Snatch Day 3: 20 minutes Swing + High Pull + Snatch + Push Press • • • • • •

Use a kettlebell that!s moderately heavy (a 10 rep max - each hand - for your Snatch) Start with your weaker side and then move immediately to your stronger side Perform as a complex Perform as many sets with good form as possible in the allotted time period Seek to do more work - that is - more sets - each workout Rest as necessary, but keep your heart rate elevated

Week 1: Sets of 5 Week 2: Sets of 6 Week 3: Sets of 7 Week 4: Sets of 5 *Note: This is pretty advanced, so make sure you have decent levels of conditioning before you start. ________________________________________________________________________________ Kettlebell Express! Copyright 2011. Geoff Neupert. All Rights Reserved.

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38. Going Ballistic 1.1 Do the “Going Ballistic” program but perform each workout as a chain, instead of a complex. Again, different feeling altogether (and much more “cerebral”)...

39. Going Ballistic 2 Here!s another Ballistics Only variation with a heavy dose of Cleans. Cleans, at first glance, don!t seem that hard when compared to Snatches. That is, until you do a lot of them. So that!s the “theme” of this program. Day 1: 20 minutes Clean + Push Press Day 2: 20 minutes Swing + Clean + Push Press Day 3: 20 minutes Swing + Clean + Push Press + Snatch • Use a kettlebell that!s moderately heavy (a 10 rep max - each hand - for your Snatch) • Start with your weaker side and then move immediately to your stronger side • Perform as a complex • Perform as many sets with good form as possible in the allotted time period • Seek to do more work - that is - more sets - each workout • Rest as necessary, but keep your heart rate elevated Week 1: Sets of 5 Week 2: Sets of 6 Week 3: Sets of 7 Week 4: Sets of 5

40. Going Ballistic 2.1 Do the “Going Ballistic” program but perform each workout as a chain, instead of a complex.

41. Going Ballistic Ultimatum Some people just live for the extreme. Here!s that program for you. Go ahead – knock yourself out. Day 1: 20 minutes ________________________________________________________________________________ Kettlebell Express! Copyright 2011. Geoff Neupert. All Rights Reserved.

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Swing + High Pull + Clean Day 2: 20 minutes. Swing + High Pull + Clean + Push Press Day 3: 20 minutes. Swing + High Pull + Clean + Push Press + Snatch • Use a kettlebell that!s moderately heavy (a 10 rep max - each hand - for your Snatch) • Start with your weaker side and then move immediately to your stronger side • Perform as a complex • Perform as many sets with good form as possible in the allotted time period • Seek to do more work - that is - more sets - each workout • Rest as necessary, but keep your heart rate elevated Week 1: Sets of 5 Week 2: Sets of 6 Week 3: Sets of 7 Week 4: Sets of 5

42. The “Olympic” I have a background in Olympic Weightlifting. I was pretty decent at it. I think it!s the best expression of pure power in athletics. I cannot fully describe to you the sensation of strength, power, and overall physical well-being from doing the Olympic lifts. Plus, the pure athleticism you create is phenomenal. And as far as feeling “in-shape” nothing can compare to how “in-shape” I felt when I was in peak conditioning for a weightlifting contest. Olympic weightlifting contests two lifts - the Snatch and the Clean and Jerk. But the hardest and most demanding on the body - the one that has the potential to really make you strong is the Clean and Jerk. This is a combo program based on the Clean and Jerk and it!s variations. Day 1: Clean + Front Squat Day 2: Clean + Press Day 3: Clean + Front Squat + Press ________________________________________________________________________________ Kettlebell Express! Copyright 2011. Geoff Neupert. All Rights Reserved.

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Phase 1: Ladders: 1,2,3,4,5 Phase 2: Sets of 3. Phase 3: Sets of 5. Each phase lasts 4 weeks. Program lasts 12 weeks total. • Perform as a complex. • Perform for 20 minutes, 3 days per week, on non-consecutive days • Use a kettlebell that!s a 7 or 8 rep max (7-8RM) for the Press on for all the exercises. • Perform all the reps for each set on your weaker side first, then immediately move to your strong side. • Perform 5 reps on each exercise. • Perform as many sets of 5 reps as possible in the allotted time period.

43. The Olympic 1.1 This is the same set up as the original, only you!ll substitute the Push Press for the Press.

44. The Olympic 1.2 Again, same set up as the original, only you!ll substitute the Jerk for the Press.

Press v. Push Press v. Jerk It may same kind of casual to substitute the Push Press or the Jerk into a program in place of the Press. In fact, you might even feel “cheated” and think that any programs that substitute one for another are really just the same thing. I can assure you, from both personal and professional experience, they’re not. Muscle recruitment patterns, energy output, and the systemic demand placed on your body are all much, much different. The general rule of thumb in the strength world is that if you can’t Press it, you Push Press it. If you can’t Push Press it, you Jerk it. Therefore, you are capable of handling greater and greater loads with each exercise. And that’s another reason that changing these exercises produces a different effect. Combine the variations with other kettlebell exercises, especially other ballistics, and you have a very powerful stimulus for change! ! ________________________________________________________________________________ Kettlebell Express! Copyright 2011. Geoff Neupert. All Rights Reserved.

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45,46,47. The Olympic 1.3, 1.4, 1.5 Perform all versions of the Olympic as a chain, instead of a complex. The strain on your system will feel quite different, as will the results.

48. Front Squat Madness One of the most under-rated and overlooked exercises is the single kettlebell Front Squat. And I think because, done correctly, these puppies are just plain hard. They really challenge your core stability, your core strength, and is a great assessment tool to determine how symmetrical you are between your right and left sides. Don!t believe me? Go Clean a 48kg kettlebell and perform 10 Front Squats on each side. I!ll wait... What!s that? You can!t? Oh, OK, then this is the program for you my friend - this will really toughen you up literally from the inside out! By the time you get done with this program, everything will feel lighter. Just in case you don!t believe me, here!s a little story that will dispel your doubt... When I was 22 I was riding my bike to class. I saw a girl about ready to get out of her car, which was parked on the side of the road. She kicked open the door and being the phenomenal athlete that I am, I anticipated the open door and swerved my bike in what I thought was just in time. I almost cleared the door. The edge of my right pedal caught the edge of her door and I flew butt over head over handlebars. Now, I was able to tuck and roll but all my weight came crashing down on my left shoulder. After a few choice words, I brushed myself off and made it to class on time. When the adrenaline wore off, my neck hurt, my left shoulder hurt, and my head hurt. (No, I was not wearing a helmet...) I went to the athletic training room after class and had one of the Athletic Trainers check me out, because by the end of class, I couldn!t lift my left arm to put my backpack on. She diagnosed it as a first-degree shoulder separation. (Later I found out she was wrong - it was a second degree). So, my lifting schedule had to change because I could barely use my left arm. As a result, I took a week off from all lifting and then started back by doing only two exercises, three times per week - the barbell Back Squat and the barbell Good Morning. And I did them for 3 weeks, again, with no upper body work whatsoever. The result? ________________________________________________________________________________ Kettlebell Express! Copyright 2011. Geoff Neupert. All Rights Reserved.

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My Bench Press remained the same and I only lost 5 pounds off my Military Press! That!s how powerful the Squat can be on your nervous system! So never discount the power of the Squat! Here!s the program Day 1: 15 minutes Front Squat •

Use 5-rep max and perform as many sets of 2 as comfortable in allotted time period.

Day 2: 20 minutes A1. Front Squat A2. Press •

Use 5-rep max for Press and perform as many sets of 3 of each exercise in allotted time period.

Day 3: 20 minutes A1. Front Squat A2. Clean Use 5-rep max and perform as many sets of 3 of each exercise in allotted time period. • • • •

Start with your weaker side Perform as a superset, where indicated Rest between each set as needed Stay on this program for 4 weeks then move on to something else

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• Use 5-rep max for Push Press and perform as many sets of 3 of each exercise in allotted time period. Day 3: 20 minutes A1. Front Squat A2. Snatch • Use 5 rep max and perform as many sets of 3 of each exercise in allotted time period. o o o o

Start with your weaker side Perform as a superset, where indicated Rest between each set as needed Stay on this program for 4 weeks then move on to something else

50. Front Squat Madness 1.2 Day 1: 15 minutes Front Squat • Use 5-rep max and perform as many sets of 2 as comfortable in allotted time period. Day 2: 20 minutes A1. Front Squat A2. Jerk • Use 5-rep max for Push Press and perform as many sets of 3 of each exercise in allotted time period. Day 3: 20 minutes A1. Front Squat A2. Snatch • Use 5-rep max and perform as many sets of 3 of each exercise in allotted time period. o o o o

Start with your weaker side Perform as a superset, where indicated Rest between each set as needed Stay on this program for 4 weeks then move on to something else

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Closing Thoughts Ok, I know there was only 49 Time-Efficient Kettlebell Programs and there are 50 listed. In fact, if you look closely, there are actually 54 different programs in Kettlebell Express! I just didn!t enumerate some of them. I just like to over-deliver. :-) Anyway, I hope you can see that there really is no reason why you can!t squeeze in at least one hour of kettlebell training each week and still make measurable and remarkable progress. All it takes is a little bit of desire, some commitment, and imagination. I!ve got the last one covered, all you need to do is carve out the time for the first two. When you apply them to the kettlebell programs in this book, you will literally have measurable, visible results for years and years to come. Wishing you the very best success,

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