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How to Speak Martone

By Larry Gallagher

In Kettlebells

October 28, 2008

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Attend one of Jeff Martone's Kettlebell Certs and you will learn swings, cleans, snatches, presses, and other foundational kettlebell exercises. Jeff himself is living proof that these can strengthen and repair damaged body parts.

The kettblebell drills also provide various balance and coordination challenges that tax the body in different ways than similar barbell/dumbbell movements.

And that's not all, as Larry Gallagher found out. You will also learn to… Continue Reading

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In Classic, Competition, Kettlebells

February 01, 2008

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In about May of 2003 I discovered CrossFit when I typed "pull-ups" into an Internet search engine and, no surprise, it appeared high in the results list. I read through the workouts posted on the CrossFit site and was both amazed and skeptical. Who does 100 pull-ups in a workout?! Anyone capable of doing ten was considered a superman in the gym. And who combines lifting with "cardio" for rounds for time… Continue Reading

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In Kettlebells

January 01, 2008

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The push press and jerk are essential functional exercises in the CrossFit toolbox. These movements can easily be adapted from traditional barbells to dumbbells, kettlebells, sandbags, etc. In this article, you will learn how to perform the double-kettlebell push press and jerk. To get there, we must first cover the proper method of cleaning two kettlebells and establishing a comfortable rack position.

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The Kettlebell Press

By Jeff Martone

In Kettlebells

October 01, 2007

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Pressing weight overhead has been one of the classic tests of strength for centuries. Pressing barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells, sandbags, logs, bodyweight, etc. all have their place in a well-balanced training program, and all offer slight variations in stimulus and technique. Kettlebells, like dumbbells, have the advantage of permitting either one-arm or two-arm lifts, and they are biomechanically easier on the elbows and wrists than barbells and… Continue Reading

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In Kettlebells

August 01, 2007

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The TGU overhead squat is the final progression in this series on kettlebell get-ups. It is an outstanding exercise that requires and develops balance, strength, stability, and flexibility in the ankles, knees, hips, upper back, and shoulder girdle. This exercise is an advanced progression that may initially prove too challenging for some people. It is commonly very challenging for those who fit the profile of "mature" male athletes with… Continue Reading

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In Kettlebells

July 01, 2007

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There is an art to kettlebell lifting and it begins with selecting a formula for success. This article aims to highlight differences among kettlebell training methodologies and to help you understand these differences so you can maximize the productivity of your kettlebell lifting practice.

If you ask someone why they do something a certain way and their answer is "because that is the way it was taught" or… Continue Reading

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The Turkish Get-up Part 2

By Jeff Martone

In Kettlebells

June 01, 2007

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I hope that Part 1 of this series, in last month’s Journal, motivated you to practice and experience the benefits of the Turkish get-up (TGU). Now let’s build on that foundation. Last month you learned the "arm-bar" stretch and the tactical TGU. In this issue, we will move on to the gladiator and explore implement alternatives for when kettlebells aren’t readily available.

The Gladiator
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The Turkish Get-up Part 1

By Jeff Martone

In Kettlebells

May 01, 2007

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The Turkish get-up (TGU) is an outstanding exercise that develops strength, flexibility, and stability throughout the entire body. It has especially proven itself as an excellent prehabilitation and rehabilitation exercise for the shoulders. In addition, a mastered TGU will make all overhead exercises safer and easier.

Historically, the TGU was a staple exercise for old-time strongmen and wrestlers. It’s been said that in the days of old, this was the… Continue Reading

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