In a world of fancy gadgets and apps designed to make "training" easier, in the end it seems they only make the basic human requirement to move and stay active more complicated.
You have watches and apps to track your every movement, big shiny training centers full of big shiny distracting equipment, and an overwhelm of "expert advice" on the net telling you what you “should” and “should not” do to be active and stay fit.
As a mobile trainer and strength and conditioning coach I love to keep things simple. Lift heavy objects to get stronger and use your natural surroundings, such as sand, for added resistance and conditioning.
Keeping it simple does not mean that I have zero creativity. Like anyone else, I love a little entertainment when I train. Yes, pressing, squatting and pull-ups are staple movements with everyone I train (including in my own workouts), BUT pushing and throwing things in the sand is what I call a good time =-)
Enter the Portable Kettlebell. Being portable is a big draw for me considering I carry the equipment that I use to train myself and my clients in the trunk of my car.
What I use is a fold up shovel, a suspension trainer (aka TRX or something similar), jump rope and 2 PKBs (man cannot live on just 1 PKB). All carried inside the 45lb PKB. Simple right?
What does a typical workout look like? Well, not to answer a question with a question but: what does a typical day at the park look like for the average kid? Running, jumping, throwing, crawling, lifting things above their heads, squatting, pulling, laughing, crying, and taking their ball and going home. Note: the crying is when you have to go home, for us adults it is having to go back to work.
You may have to go to a park or the beach to remember what you did once as a child and become inspired by the freedom only children can express.
Don't let your adult, analytical mind trip you up with exact rep and set counts. Let the details go for a change and focus on the time you have to get outside and move!
I do about 45 minutes of this type of play time. You may only have 12 minutes. Whatever works. A certain lack of structure is the whole idea of getting out and being in the playground of your choice.
Just have fun!
Of course I can also develop and follow structured programs for strength, conditioning and endurance, but every once in a while, just roll with it. Have an idea of what movements or type of exercise you want to cover that day, bring a quiver of training tools conveniently stashed inside your PKB and allow your imagination to run wild.
This may be the hardest thing we do forget to do as adults in our “Modern World" of apps, hacks and short-cuts towards results.
Re-energize your routine with fun, wonder and the joy of moving your body. Wherever that may lead.
Robert is a former RKC Team Leader 2008 and later Strong First Team Leader, studying directly under Pavel Tsatsouline. He’s the creator of “Kettlebells at 10,000ft” video workout series and Kettlebell Training: The Basics (Apple App).