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3/10/21 12:40 A

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Good idea. We have four like minds, so lets get this team really going again. Let's get our numbers recorded on the team goals and invite friends to join the group.

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3/9/21 6:36 P

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Cool! I like the idea of the right music at the right time...

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3/9/21 3:35 P

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I fully agree. A kettlebell workout is a great workout by itself.

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1DERLAND99 Posts: 376
3/9/21 2:21 P

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I'd love to see this group get back into the 'swing' of things too..hahaha (pun intended)

I have always enjoyed strength trainings over cardio or aerobic exercise, but when you use kettlebells, your getting the best of both worlds for a COMBINED cardio & strength training workout. There is no need to perform separate workouts to get in both and this, in itself, cuts down your overall workout. Instead of having to go at it for upwards of 60 minutes a day to get in both cardio & strength training, you can get in an awesome, heart pounding workout, while toning and strengthening several muscles group at the same time...in around 10-15 minutes.

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3/9/21 2:01 P

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Thanks for replying and for the information. This is a great topic to get people involved and talking.. I just want this group to stay active.

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1DERLAND99 Posts: 376
3/9/21 1:46 P

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You don't have to get anywhere near as creative as I did in customizing your routines...I just do it because I find it fun.

But I will say...using kettle-bells as part of a HIIT workout (high intensity interval training) really does make for one hell of a workout as your just going, going, going during that set, whether it be 60 seconds or two minutes long (whatever you customize yours to be)

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3/9/21 1:42 P

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Bob, I replied to your comment that you left in my blog, but in case you didn't see it, the app that I use is called the Tabata Interval HIIT Timer. (you can find it in the Google Play Store)
This is what the little icon for the app looks like

I created my routines (the ones you see in my blog) specifically to fit my own schedule and comfort level. If you notice, a lot of the exercises I included target my belly and upper arms as these are some of the areas I really want to focus on more so than others.

Like you just said, You would most certainly have to create your own routines...ones that worked for you, based on your own needs and abilities....but that's the beauty of using these apps. They are fully customizable...you can add all of your favorite kettlebell exercises.

I also add certain dumbbell and weighted bar exercises to my routine also.
I love my kettlebells, but there are some exercises I have found work better with dumbbells.....but it's all good :)

Edited by: 1DERLAND99 at: 3/9/2021 (13:42)
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3/9/21 1:34 P

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You two both motivate me to get with the Tabata training. I checked out your blob and subscribed. Thank both of you for getting something going. I am going to try the timed sets. I have been doing 20-25 two handed swings for five to six sets with up to a two minutes in between sets of walking. I will be trying some of your workout and also maybe reducing my reps.

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1DERLAND99 Posts: 376
3/9/21 12:58 P

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Each of the sets that I created are anywhere from 60 seconds to 2 minutes long, with a 30 second rest period in between each set.
I personally found for me, 30 seconds of rest was just long enough for me to take a breather, but not so long that my pulse rate would begin to lower...
Performing 'swing' for a full 2 minute (set), with only 30 second break (rest) in between the sets, believe me, not only will you reap the benefits of strength training, but you will also reap the benefits of cardio as your heart will be going a mile a minutes, lol...

I got back into doing my routines just yesterday and being a bit rusty, it kicked my butt (routine #3)...but it was so incredibly fun at the same time.

Several years ago I was doing the same thing...and I lost a LOT of inches on top of 60 lbs or so.
If you keep at it..you will most definitely see the results.

Edited by: 1DERLAND99 at: 3/9/2021 (13:00)
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3/9/21 12:45 P

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I've been using the Tabata Interval HIIT Timer app for several years now (on and off).

Absolutely love mine...and it is awesome when you customize your own kettle-bell routines on it.
I paid for the premium version (like $3 or something..nothing that will break the bank) but it allows me to upload music and sync that music to my workouts.

Basically I customized a workout to include rest periods, sets, and so on...
I named each SET after a specific KB exercise so that if you select the voice option, you will hear an initial starting horn sound followed by a voice letting you know what set you are on and what specific KB exercise you need to be performing.

So from there..I got a little creative and started choreographing my music files to these routines I was creating.
Using the Movie Maker app on my desktop computer, I selected small clips of my favorite music that coincided with the length of each SET, REST, etc (60 sec, 90 secs, 2 min etc) and pasted them together for one long, smooth soundtrack.

I've made about a 6 or so different KB routines, all different, and I've synced each one to it's own music playlist.
I specifically chose music clips that had a similar rhythm to the specific KB exercises I was doing so that I didn't feel like the music was going too fast for any given exercise I was doing.

Now, when I click START on any of my custom routines, not only does the voice chimes in on what exercise I need to be doing, but my music will also play and/or pause depending if it's a set, or at a rest period.





Here is the link to my blog entry from a few months ago. I listed a few of my custom routines that I created, along with the playlists that I created using the Movie Maker app..
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It's all completely hands free too as I use my bluetooth ear piece to start, pause and/or stop my routines while I'm exercising. The music and voices also comes through the ear piece so I'm not blasting music around the house.
Using kettlebells are a lot of fun...but when you sync your kb moves to music it opens up a whole new world of enjoyment...and I personally think you see a huge difference in results too..


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3/9/21 11:49 A

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I had been lowing my number of swings per set, which has been working, and trying to find ways to not lose count as I concentrate on form and explosive hinges. Recently I put a Tabata timer application on my phone, and I really like it. I do 20 seconds on (which is about 12 swings or so), and 40 seconds rest (I know, not prescribed Tabata, but it works for me). I finish my daily 120 two-handed Russian style swings in just over 10 minutes, and this is becoming a motivator for me. In addition to the team swings goal, of course.

Have you ever tried timed swings?

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