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    mu5547 is offline Junior Member
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    Thumbs up Kettlebell Muscle got me STRONGER!

    I just finished the 1st six week phase of KB Muscle...I knew I would get stronger but my results even surprised me! I took a week off and tonight I strict overhead pressed my 100lb. KB 9 times with right arm and 8 times with left. Previous best was 3 times left and right. Definitely put on some muscle too. Thanks Geoff....Awesome program.

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    Wow! Impressive stuff!
    I'm through three weeks now using 16s, may I ask what weight you are using?
    I am fairly new to kettlebells and have been surprised with my strength gains as well as muscle gains. Can't be sure but I think once I finish up this cycle and cycle-off with a strength program when I return for a second round I'll be able to use the 24s.
    Any tips or tricks picked up along the way you could pass on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mu5547 View Post
    I just finished the 1st six week phase of KB Muscle...I knew I would get stronger but my results even surprised me! I took a week off and tonight I strict overhead pressed my 100lb. KB 9 times with right arm and 8 times with left. Previous best was 3 times left and right. Definitely put on some muscle too. Thanks Geoff....Awesome program.
    EXCELLENT Job, mu5547!

    Please post a review here.
    Thanks!

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    Thanks WestKB,
    I used my 45lbers throughout and stayed very strict with the program as outlined. The only extra exercises were pushups, pull-ups, and hanging leg raises. I didn't do a lot of them, just enough to stay in the groove and never to failure. As far tips go I would say always hold the KB's at the top of the presses for a split second. Don't just go up and down...press, hold briefly and control on the way down. I believe holding them for a brief pause definitely helped with getting me a lot stronger. Thanks for the reply and good luck!

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    Thanks Geoff, coming from you that is a huge compliment! I'll post a review ASAP. I have to say I've followed a lot of strength programs through the years (former div. I football player) and that is the strongest I've ever gotten in that short of time...and I'm 39 years old.
    Thanks Again, keep up the great work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mu5547 View Post
    I just finished the 1st six week phase of KB Muscle...I knew I would get stronger but my results even surprised me!.
    Anything to report with respect to leg strength?

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    What is the prerequisite to starting this program? Could front squats be replaced with pistols? To keep the groove.

    Thanks

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    Pistols are very different from double front squats, obviously. As Geoff would say, sure, replace what you want, but then you're not doing the program...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Girevikapprentice View Post
    What is the prerequisite to starting this program? Could front squats be replaced with pistols? To keep the groove.

    Thanks
    Prerequisites are simple:
    Press double MP x 10
    Competent with all the exercises (double swing, clean, snatch, MP, high pull, squat and push press)

    Notes:
    Although the book doesn't say so, I would recommend against doing the program with less than double 16s (kg).

    Competent with the exercises means that your form is well-grooved. You will be fighting to complete sets while fatigued and sucking wind, so your form has to stay solid under those conditions.
    In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorkfish View Post
    While on the subject of Kettlebell Muscle and with a former Division 1 football player plus Geoff hisself hanging around: would KB Muscle be appropriate for my 16 year-old son DURING football season? Their barbell strength training is underway now, but will taper-off as they put the pads on and during the season. I'm interested in an "Easy Strength"- style approach to continuing strength gains without unrealistic gym time. I know time efficiency is very central in Geoff's programming. He's a D. End/Tight End if it matters.
    KBM is NOT an Easy Strength style approach. It is a concentrated 3x/wk program of a high volume of double KB complexes with short rest periods between sets, that is designed to build muscle.

    That being said, although KBM is nominally a muscle-building program, I think it is a great all around minimalist program that develops or maintains a lot of qualities simultaneously. I found it easy to recover from and did not detract from sports performance. I liked that it didn't take much time for each session and was only 3x/wk.
    In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

    Just because it happened to you doesn't make it interesting.

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