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Aside from running programs and reviewing them for y’all, I figured I’d give you a peak behind the curtain at my journey toward something I’ve wanted for a long time: a home gym.

Technically, I’ve had a home gym since March of 2020 when the COVID pandemic forced all gyms shut and I bought a suspension trainer. But I’ve been dreaming a full rack focused home gym for almost a decade. The space available to me living in one of the most expensive real estate cities in the world held me back for a long while. But with the pandemic…


This guy is hogging all the equipment

When you find something that works, you just gotta run with it. That’s true in a lot of life, but it’s especially true in fitness. Thus my continuation with Joe Daniels’ kettlebell programs. After having a blast with his Kettlebell Only Muscle Gain program (KBOMG), it made sense to try out his six week program called Kettlebell Complexes.

Unlike KBOMG, Complexes is designed more inside the traditional parameters of kettlebell training: that is using them as a conditioning and calorie burning tool more than bodybuilding. …


I’m sore. I’m beat up. I want more.

As I finish my first year of kettlebell training, Joe Daniels’ Kettlebell Only Muscle Gain Program (KBOMG) seems like a great bow to put on top. An intermediate program, Daniels’ program assumes the lifter has an understanding of basics like the swing, snatch, etc and also introduces a lot more movements and even some circus trick lifts. It was exactly the type of thing I needed to remind me why I’ve been enjoying kettlebell training so much.

While it is an intermediate program, as someone that has done a lot of barbell…


That's the same journey I went on, 10K -> RKC ROP and I really enjoyed it. I think you will too.

There is a lot of posterior chain work in RKC ROP, so your hamstrings should be good to go, but you are correct that there's not a lot of quad work in there. Since the program has two variety days to just kind of do whatever you'd like, I did a lot of goblet squats to make sure I wasn't losing anything in the legs. …


Travel for the first time in about a year meant my gym looked a little different this time around.

As the title implies, I’m back after only a month away with another kettlebell program review. This one continues my journey to branch out a bit from kettlebell mainstays like Pavel Tsatsouline and Steve Cotter. This one is about as fresh as you can get, straight from the March 2021 issue of Men’s Health, Marcus Martinez’s 31-Day Kettlebell Power Play.

This program pushes itself as a way to “train like an athlete,” which is also fairly different than my usual preference for workouts that are more about strength and aesthetics. …


The gym got a bit frosty during this one.

In case you haven’t heard, I’m a kettlebell guy now. A girevik. This started with Dan John’s 10,000 Kettlebell Swing Workout and really took over with Pavel Tsatsouline’s Rite of Passage. This time I’m here with Steve Cotter’s Full-Body Kettlebell Workout, though to be honest I modified it pretty heavily and I’ll get into the how and the why below.

While John and Pavel are very close to each other in terms of kettlebell schools of thought, Cotter broke off from this tree and started his own certification body for kettlebells (IKFF). His workout here is less focused on the…


There’s another way
Another way, somehow

This is not the year in review I expected to be writing at this time last year. Last year I had just finished a year of powerbuilding and was dissatisfied with the results. I ended promising to try to push myself to my limits with some extreme programming. Then the same thing that happened to everything in 2020, happened to my weight lifting routine: COVID showed up. Nothing about this year was conducive to well laid plans, and my attempts at fitness were no different.

I thought about not even writing this. For the…


In my slow descent in being a kettlebell guy, I’m here with a review of arguably the most commonly run kettlebell program on the planet: The Russian Kettlebell Challenge Rite of Passage. I am running the version described by kettlebell evangelist Pavel Tsatsouline in the Second Edition of his famous Enter the Kettlebell book.

While running Dan John’s 10,000 Kettlebell Swing Workout was good for me in terms of pushing myself to complete a challenge and dipping my toes in kettlebell work, this is the real deal. …


A neat little thing, but I’d go for some traditional kettlebells if I could do it all over again. Read my mini-review of this Bowflex below.

It’s been a while. After sharing the suspension training program that I designed, well, I ran it for a while. Two months or so. But already a month in, I was facing the reality that suspension training, while having its good points (portability, easy to do, etc) was never going to be like pushing myself against some iron. So, a little over a month in I staked out many, many websites looking for an adjustable kettlebell. At the end of August, I found one for “only” $40 over MSRP. …


Welcome to my first designed program. After years of reviewing other people’s programs, I’m here with something of my own. Suspension Training Push-Pull-Legs. If you’ve been following me, you may remember my reviews of Suspension Training in general and one of TRX’s programs for suspension training. After finding suspension training itself to be a good stop gap until gyms in my area are allowed to re-open on account of the covid-19 pandemic, but finding the programs packaged with the purchase of a TRX to be a little lacking, I decided to design something to fit my needs.

While I thought…

Erik

Hi. I make movies and lift weights. I write about the latter here.

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