Making the Extreme, Routine
If we weren't operating at dangerous levels, we considered the work routine. In the gym the same things happens, but with kettlebells we can eliminate the element of danger with a high level of technique and understanding of human movement, combined with an infinitely calibrated progression, using what I've narrowed down to be the seven variables on intensity (part of our HIFK Program©).
Intensity without danger... as an ex firefighter it makes sense that I would try to make exercise as safe as possible. In the US, fitness has become a potentially dangerous pastime. Ironically, fitness, which really means health, causes more injuries than almost anything out there, with millions heading to the emergency room yearly from sport and fitness related casualties, and that's not taking into account the endless chronic overuse injuries showing up at doctor's and PT offices. I've got a member who works as a physical therapist, who's been training at AKC Fitness LI for over 2 years now, and he says bootcamp classes boost his business.
Obviously, I'm not suggesting that you stop exercising, but either crank down the intensity or build a level of technique with a logical progression that allows high intensity training, making the extreme seem routine. Gradual, calibrated, intelligent progression, focusing on not just strength, endurance, and calorie burn, but the health and longevity of the participant.
In the long run, this strategy will give you the most results. The only way to make it to the top the heap, is with baby steps that never stop, minus the continuous interruption of exercise-halting injuries. Tap into into your full potential. Give HIKF and Cross Performance a try.
So the next time one of my 150 pound members does a 20 minute LongCycle set with a 24kg kettlebell, when two years ago he had a hard time lifting the 24kg one time, I'm going to make sure I remind him to not take that ability for granted, but to revel in the accomplishment. For more on what HIKF and Cross Performance Training can do for you: CLICK HERE
Posted by Mike Stefano at January 19, 2013