So, it’s not just running now

Today, I added another set of exercises to my routine: Kettlebells. I’ve been reading the book, “Kettlebell Simple & Sinister” by Pavel Tsatsouline, a former Soviet Special Forces physical training instructor. I’ve been interested in kettlebells for about a year, and I even bought a set last year. I started working with them, and within a few days of starting, I broke a toe (not related to the kettlebells; I kicked my dog’s doggie stairs when I wasn’t paying attention) and I stopped with the kettlebells. Now, after some reading and after all the gains I’ve made in my running and push ups, I decided I needed something to do on my non-run days.

Kettlebells it is.

I did 10 sets of 5 and 6 for a total of 55. It doesn’t sound like much, and it only took me about 15 minutes, but HOLY COW was it a work out. The first two sets were really pretty easy and I was wondering if I started too easy or too light. Those thoughts were quickly laid to rest when I got past my fifth set. By the time I was done, I was out of breath, and my legs felt a bit noodle-like. The best part; nothing was burning or really worn out, just well used.

In the book, Pavel says that you should end a workout with a little bit left in the tank to handle daily life and whatever it brings. He says it’s not a good idea to work until failure because you will be sore and unable to handle surprises. I agree wholeheartedly, and it turns out, this has been a big strategy of mine throughout my running and fitness journey. I made it to 110 push ups doing it this way as well as my current running times and pace.

I will likely be doing kettlebells 3 times a week on the days I don’t run. I figure between my runs and the kettlebells, I should be in pretty awesome shape within the next three months.

Author: PaleoMarine

Former active duty Marine who went from 170 lbs to 328 lbs and decided that he had to change his life or die. He lost 130 lbs in 1 year through Whole30 and adopting the Paleo Diet without doing any exercise at all. Since starting running, he's lost an additional 20 lbs and is comfortably back in the 170 lbs range. He is a Warrant Officer in the Army National Guard and writes multiple blogs about topics he is passionate about.

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