By: David Wu
This is an updated repost of an old article from the UWS&C forums. I’ve been getting quite a bit of inquires on kettlebell training and was too lazy to re-write something again. Enjoy -Wu
A kettlebell is a cannonball with a handle. What differentiates it from a dumbbell or a barbell is the off-set center of gravity. Not only does this make the weight “feel” heavier on certain moves, but it also provides us with a unique exercises and interesting proprioceptive situations (google that one ) like the armbar. The Russian Kettlebell is a portable tool that’s a fun way to meet any of your fitness goals.
Provided by the special geometry and the handle, the kettlebell allows performance of ballistic moves like the kettlebell swing, clean, and snatch (Mike Mahler in the above picture performing it). These are similar to their Olympic weightlifting counterparts, yet they’re easier to learn and incorporate into “complexes” (see below). The reduced learning curve allows more repetitions to be performed with less risk of injury from failure or fatigue. This allows unstoppable conditioning for a superior calorie burn.
By: David Wu
The first week of CIF gym stats (daily # people in the gym) runs like this:
85, 80,50, 65, 80 … (Mon-Fri)
Second week’s not bad either. By the third week, we give it one more go:
86, 78,53, 65, 75
And by the fourth week, numbers drop to where I’m happy to finally see free squat racks:
50, 44, 38, 42, 58
Why are we such a pile of suck when it comes to staying on track and getting to the gym? Continue reading
By: Joel Janssen
There’s a disconnect between the powerlifting and bodybuilding communities – however the two might have more in common than ya think. Name the greatest bodybuilders of all time and people such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Franco Columbo and Ronnie Coleman come to mind. Continue reading
By: Praneeth Ellanti
photo credit: Mariam Abdelkhalek
And contains essential vitamins that are important for maintaining your health?
Did you also know that I just made that up? The trouble with internet is that there’s a ton of information available with just one click. I used to believe most of the crap out there in high school; but, you learn quickly when you get hurt/don’t get results.
By: Praneeth Ellanti
So you barely found time to workout. And now that you’re in the gym, you rush to the first free squat rack and start with a plate on each side. This is a common mistake I see every time I go to PAC or CIF.
The following is a guest post from Kathy Hui, one of the up-and-coming executives with WARRIORS S&C. The article details her first experiences at our WARRIORS Conditioning events; it’s short and sweet but resonates well with the experiences of many other members within the club.
Enjoy, and feel free to come check out our Conditioning events this semester, Wednesdays at 6:30pm in the Warrior Zone! – Austin
I am the most unconditioned and unathletic human being I have ever met. Two years ago, I joined the WARRIORS Strength & Conditioning club in Fall 2010 because I thought it meant “getting fit”. Woot! Sitting at the First Term meeting, I wasn’t really sure what I was getting into. I’d never heard of CrossFit; never touched a bar; heck, the closest I’ve ever come to lifting prior to that was lugging my textbooks around campus. (Farmer’s walks, anyone?)
It was at the end of the First Term meeting that I asked Ben how I could get started. Continue reading