I completed a Timed Simple for the first time today as well! I hit timeless simple for the first time 9 weeks ago, then did that for 4 weeks, spent 5 weeks doing a peak, and hit Timed today. I am going to do some BJJ tomorrow, then vacation, but I plan on hitting Times Simple again next week before focusing on a strength/hypertrophy block for the next 3 months.Well... it's finally story time. I am a 32 y/o lawyer and Air Force officer. I got into kettlebells in January 2015, my last semester of law school. I ordered the original S&S and the recommended starting set (16-24-32). And I started swinging in the living room of my little apartment. Bless my roommate for putting up with that. Anyway, I continued with S&S for years, taking breaks along the way for basic training, ROP, some bodyweight cycles, and the like. But I kept coming back. I struggled with my grip and blistering, and did my best to learn from the Internet and the forum. I definitely did not learn the lessons in the book; I figured that I just needed to do the reps, figure out my grip, and I'd get there.
When I got to Spokane in August 2019, I finally started seeing an SFG. I could afford it and was in a place where there was a coach, so I jumped on it. We met twice a month for a few months before COVID shut us down. During the lockdown, I paid out for 36 and 40 kg bells. I figured if I could hit Timeless Simple with those, timed would be easier. It helped, but not quite enough. @Mark Limbaga recommended testing my 10x10 EMOM with 32 kg. If I could do that, he said, I was one peaking program away from timed Simple. I could do that, so I went back to my SFG. Thankfully, he was open for business in April. He put me on an eight-week program. I tested today under his eyes, and passed! Now I'm ready for Novocaine training for the next year while my trial and travel schedule goes nuts.
Big thanks to Luke Lollis at Forward, and to @Anna C and @Mark Limbaga, who gave me perhaps the best advice along the way!
I know this is an old post now, and don't know how you are doing now, but just want to say how inspiring your story and what you've achieved is! Good for you. Bravo!42 year-old bloke. I've been big all my life but by two years ago I was up at 140 kg, at 1.85 m not a good place to be at all.
Six months of dieting, jogging and going to the gym got me to 125 kg and left me realising: 1) I prefer my own company when exercising 2) I cannot stand waiting for resistance training machines 3) I can't plan or log a workout.
Internet research led me to kettlebells by Easter 2014 and 'Enter the Kettlebell' - I still think this is the clearest description of remedial exercises for learning the swing.
I bought a 12 kg kettlebell initially (no confidence, should have started heavier) and set to work learning how to swing and get-up. I bought S+S and the simple everyday programme really clicked for me and I began doing it by the book at least 5 nights a week in my garden or garage. The jump from 16 to 24 kg was a massive shock and I scared myself once or twice with the get-ups. I went from 24 kg to 32 kg via 28 kg as a result.
Springtime this year I got interested in the writings of Phil Maffetone (someone in this forum called him the godfather of easy-running so I looked him up) and gradually tried to turn my S+S practice into a more aerobic event by using a heart rate monitor and longer rests. I still don't know if this helps at all with strength development but I do feel very good working like this. End of July 2015 I tested myself and ignored heart rate and nailed the simple goals every night of a week then took a two week holiday.
Bodyweight is currently at 102 kg with a resting heart rate of 48-50. On a good day I feel indestructible, and most days are good - swings, get-ups and not eating crap has completely transformed my life, although there is clearly some way to go. Only regret is that I should have done it 20 years ago!
I've switched to the Rite of Passage from ETK now as my press is weak (20 kg) and I have a long term goal of an unassisted pull-up (currently doing band assisted with the RoP). I am unsure yet if I will stay on this programme to a half body weight press - it feels frankly impossible to me and so far snatches are beating my hands up. But I will progress to ladders with 32 kg and see how I feel. I will come back to S+S and try to achieve the sinister goals.
Apologies for the long post but S+S is a great programme and I feel passionately about it (and yes, I have reviewed it on Amazon UK). This is also a great forum and as a KB novice I appreciate the advice (and attitude) of the community.
Awesome!!! I love hearing about other’s accomplishments. Keep that momentum going!Hi guys!
I've just reached Timed Simple last saturday and it was such an acomplishment for me.
My background: I am from Brazil, 34 years old, 176 lbs.
Until the beginning of the pandemic, I used to practice jiu-jitsu 4-5 times a week plus 2-3 barbell strength/hipertrophy trainning.
I discovered Pavel at the beginning of 2020, when I was searching some program to improve my overall conditioning, so I could apply it to my jiu jitsu training.
I read S&S's first edition and 2 times a week I used to play with the 16kg KB at the gym.
When the pandemic and quarantine hit me, I didn't know what to do.
I was 'addicted' to jiu jitsu in a manner that I was just terrifyed to be without it.
Jiu Jitsu brought me back from depression, anxyety and so other mental issues I used to have.
So I had to find an alternative, something thar would challenge me and that I could do at home.
Thus, I bought a 20 kg kettlebell and started to practice S&S daily.
I read the revised edition, watched lots of videos, instructions, and used the forum and all your guys' help in order to learn the movements and progress through the program.
I followed religiously the program, and progressed from 20 kg to 24 kg to 32kg.
In 2021 january I achieved Timeless Simple, but decided that I would try one more step before I get to another program.
So I bought a 40 kg KB (that actually weighed 42kg, poor quality control) and kept on my training.
In the days off, I decided to learn the C&P (Single and Double KB) and the Snatch.
I discovered that for the TGU I could not make de 8kg jump, so I progressed to 36 kg and then to 40 kg.
In the meantime, thanks to the community, I also discovered Original Strenght, which really helped me with my previos shoulder and back issues.
Last Week I finally was able to conquer my timeless sessions with 40 kg and decided to give it a try at my timed training.
I didn't expect to achieve it in the first time. I thought that i would take 3-4 weeks or even more.
Instead, in my first attempt, I achieved it.
Now I plan to keep with S&S for more 4 weeks and then try a new program, maybe ROP or a Double KB program.
In the future, I plan to apply for SFG1 and never let KB's get out of my life.
I used to say that Jiu Jitsu saved my life.
Now, I can say, for sure, that, in the pandemic, KB trainning has saved it too.