April 02, 2012
Kettlebell RX: The Complete Guide for Coaches, by Jeff Martone. 320 pp. Victory Belt Publishing. $34.95.
Jeff Martone is the CrossFit kettlebell subject-matter expert and creator of the CrossFit Kettlebell Trainers Course. He knows kettlebells.
Martone’s book is divided into three parts, the first dedicated to CrossFit athletes and coaches. In this regard, Kettlebell RX can be defined as a supporting manual to his CrossFit Kettlebell course: it’s an extensive and detailed… Continue Reading
Seeking Jeff Martone’s famous “boom!”?
Look no further. At this CrossFit Kettlebell Trainer Course at Progressive F.O.R.C.E. CrossFit in Las Vegas, Martone talks about establishing body awareness to get the hips back in the swing.
First, he has attendees do wall squats with their faces within inches of the wall. Next, he talks about getting the butt back.
“This is really a timing issue,” he says.
And it applies not only… Continue Reading
One of Jeff Martone’s favorite drills is a hip-flexor stretch followed by vertical jumps and kettlebell swings.
“You’ll feel a difference. You should be a lot more explosive,” he says. “A lot of times people say that the weight feels lighter.”
And the drill not only applies to the sport of kettlebell but also to Olympic weightlifting and powerlifting, Martone says. By the time people reach the swing at the end of the drill, their backs… Continue Reading
In the CrossFit Kettlebell Trainer course, Jeff Martone says a good kettlebell swing has four key elements: weight on the heels, neutral neck, straight back and purposeful breathing. He emphasizes kinesthetic drills to help athletes understand the right and wrong ways to move their bodies.
He has course attendees do several reps of kettlebell deadlifts while keeping their weight on their heels, their necks neutral and their backs flat.
What’s often forgotten… Continue Reading
Join CrossFit Kettlebell trainer Jeff Martone as he adds more kettlebell movements to the CrossFit toolbox. In Part 3, he shares one of his specialties: the Turkish get-up.
“This is another exercise that’s phenomenal for your shoulder, and it’s a total body exercise,” Martone says. He believes the movement translates well to getting up defensively, especially for law-enforcement officers.
The first stage of the Turkish get-up is sitting up from a supine… Continue Reading
Join CrossFit Kettlebell trainer Jeff Martone as he adds more kettlebell movements to the CrossFit toolbox.
Today’s addition is the arm-bar stretch. He calls the drill a “stretch” but says it’s a bit of a misnomer because the movement won’t exactly feel like a stretch. According to Martone, “It’s building strength and stability in that shoulder and flexibility at the same time.”
To perform the movement, press the kettlebell over your body from a… Continue Reading
Kettlebells aren’t just for swinging and snatching anymore. They’re for raising money, too.
When Mike Krivka of CrossFit Koncepts went looking for some way to raise money for the troops, it was obvious that a workshop could easily be set up as a fundraiser given his background with kettlebells and his love for CrossFit.
Jordan Gravatt offers a closer look at Krivka’s unique fundraising effort.
You can learn a lot about the kettlebell clean with a whiteboard eraser tucked in your armpit.
To demonstrate the correct position of the upper arm throughout a kettlebell clean, expert Jeff Martone of Tactical Athlete squeezes an eraser between his humerus and torso while performing the movement. The key is to keep your arm tight to your body as you pop your hips to drive the kettlebell upward. The elbow drops, the… Continue Reading