The “Triple-Double” Kettlebell Swing Program (Part II)
Interested in a simple, proven way to build a strong, athletic posterior chain?
Here’s a simple program template for building the posterior chain with the kettlebell swing.
As it’s designed, it can be for the intermediate to advanced kettlebell enthusiast who’s experienced with using double kettlebells. However, this template can also be perfectly adapted for the novice who’s still learning and improving their kettlebell swing. I’ll discuss this more in a bit.
Remember, there are many benefits to the kettlebell swing, but building a strong posterior chain is the real beauty.
Here’s the program I call the “triple-double.”
THE TRIPLE-DOUBLE (SWING) PROGRAM
Triple is for 3 days per week.
And, double is for using double kettlebells.
That’s the “triple-double.”
Yes, you can also use a heavy single kettlebell for this, but it’s better with double bells for the reasons I mentioned in the first part of the article series.
Keep in mind, this is not a “stand-alone” program, meaning that you can do (and should do) something else in addition to this.
This is what I call a “plug-and-play” program (similar to what I created with the Peak Performance Blueprint, although that is a much different program and approach).
This means that you plug the program into what you’re already doing. You may need to play around or tweak your exercises – and other training variables – to effectively accommodate the program. That’s what I mean by “plug-and-play.”
What should you do? Well, that depends on your current goals and what else you want to work on. There are many other things that can easily be combined with this program. All that’s required is that you use common sense and good judgement.
Remember, the “triple-double” is a kettlebell swing program.
THERE ARE 3 SIMPLE REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS PROGRAM
1-You must have technical “know-how.” That is to say, you need to know how to perform the basics of a kettlebell swing.
2-You need to be consistent. Follow the program.
3-You should have the correct load (intensity). After the first week, you’ll have a good idea whether you’ve gone light or too heavy. You want the load to feel “just right.” When in doubt, be conservative. Let’s talk more about intensity.
WHAT KETTLEBELL SIZE SHOULD YOU USE?
Use a “reasonable” kettlebell size (if you are, in fact, using doubles).
In general, go with your most common kettlebell size or probably even 1-2 bell sizes up if you’re more experienced.
For example, if you typically use 24 kg kettlebells for double swings, consider using 28 kg or 32 kg kettlebells as long as your technique is solid.
If you do use a single kettlebell, use the heaviest kettlebell that you can perform with excellent technique.
The volume with this program is conservative and reasonable. But, it’s also quite the challenge when you have selected the appropriate weight.
Kettlebell size matters.
HOW MUCH SHOULD I REST BETWEEN SETS?
Rest as needed between sets or go with every minute on the minute (I prefer the EMOM, which is an excellent pace for this).
All sessions are done 1o minutes or less. Obviously, this is very time-efficient.
Session #1, week #1 will feel kind of easy and it’s supposed to feel that way.
Over time, this is a progressive escalation of training volume and you’ll feel gradually more challenged as you move through the program.
WHAT IF I CAN’T PERFORM DOUBLES YET – CAN I DO THIS WITH ONE KETTLEBELL?
Even though I wrote this as a double kettlebell progression, I think it’s almost the perfect single kettlebell program that’s suited very well for a novice who is still learning how to swing a kettlebell.
The volume isn’t too much and it progresses gradually over the 6 week time frame. It’s simple and it’s effective.
The approach with this program is not overly aggressive and that is intentional.
The kettlebell swing is a clear winner in the development of a strong, powerful posterior chain.
But, don’t take my word for it.
You’ll have to test out the “triple-double” and see what you discover for yourself.
Anything I haven’t answered for you? Post your question below.
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Source: Rdella Training