I’m sure you’ve heard of kettlebells.
They’re great, Tony would approve, especially after earning your stripes to increase the Pood you use.
Pood = measure of kettlebell weight.
There are only half pood jumps, which is 8kg, meaning as you may have guessed 1 pood is a whole 16kg.
Did you know in Russia you use standard bells:
1 pood = 16kg – The Rabbit
1.5 pood= 24kg – The Fox
2 pood = 32kg – The Badger
2.5 pood=40kg – The Bulldog
3 pood=48kg – The Beast*
*The beast & bulldog are known names, some kettlebell practitioners came up with the other three which seemed to stick in the community. Plus they sound cool.
There is no 4kg, 8kg, 12kg, 20kg, 28kg, 36kg or 44kg kettlebell in the mood system of measuring. Obviously you can buy these weights as they are sold by plenty of manufactures, however do you know WHY the poods are set the way they are?
Have a think.
It’s because you have to earn your stripes by increasing the volume with the lower weights before taking the leap of faith and that massive 8kg jump to the next one.
Now I know what you might be thinking.
8kg is a massive jump, and you’re right, it is, however it means that you have to spend a decent amount of time building your strength through various kettlebell movements, not to mention exercise options to help your body bridge the gap from one bell to the the next.
If we take the strict press as the example.
You might easily be able to press 24kg with ease, perhaps for 5 solid reps, however you won’t get near the 32kg for one, or so you think.
Enter training techniques to close the gap.
- Upping volume – turning 5 reps in to 10
- Utilising eccentric overload – push press the 32kg and work the negative portion of the rep with pauses at certain stages of the lift for 3-5 reps
- Implying yielding & overcoming presses with the 32kg
There are a lot of options, that’s only three potential ones without even looking at static holds overhead, floor presses, windmills, get ups and other such movements.
Thankfully we live in a world where there are 4kg and sometimes 2kg jumps between each kettlebell.
Feel free to progress through them however you choose, however it you want to do it the Russian way, acquire the 5 bells above and be prepared for one hell of a journey to the most impressive 48kg press.