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Kettlebell "I Achieved S & S Simple! Here's My Story"

Oskarand

Level 4 Valued Member
My bumpy road to simple...

Sometime around 2013-2014 I had a few great years in my business. I did some big events and had some great years financially. However... after doing some tests on my health I realized it was not as good as it used to be. I was in my late 30s... I guess at that age you cannot continue the same lifestyle as in your 20s without consequences.

As I am a bit of a nerd, instead of starting training, I started doing research on the best way of training. I bought 4-hour body with Tim Ferris and he talked about kettlebells and the magic exercise the swing.... I bought a 14 kg and 20 kg. Tried it for a while, got some result but never built a habit.

Later, when Pavel was on Tim Ferris, I got motivated again. I bought the book Simple & sinister and liked the program. 14 kg was pretty easy so I bought a 16 kg. It was not too heavy and after a few weeks I went up to 20 kg. I followed the program and when I could do 20 kg one hand I bought the 24 kg. The 24 kg felt really heavy!!! I was pretty consistent and started to notice results. But it seemed as always when I got closed to doing all 100 with one arm something happened. I got sick, I went on a trip and fell off the habit, summer came (at that time I was living in Dubai but spent the summers in my home country Sweden with no kettlebells). Motivation came and went.
When motivation was low Pavel came on Joe Rogan and got me inspired again...

After some up and down with the 24 kg, I finally started to get ready in early 2020. One of my clients asked if I could take a group from Dubai to Stockholm (my home town). We stayed in a luxury hotel and as I went to the gym I was praying they would have kettlebells as I was on a role again... they did and they also had 28 kg!!! So I decided to try the 28 kg and it was ok. Back in Dubai I ordered my 32 kg and started with 1-2 sets with the 32 and rest with the 24. The 32 felt sooooo heavy!!!!

The motivation was high and I kept going. Average 3 -4 times a week.

In April Dubai decided to do a lockdown. We were not allowed to go out, only for shopping. I was so happy and grateful that I had my kettlebells!!!! My wife and I did a plan to survive the lockdown. For me it was increasing the time I meditated and the amount of times I did KB. During April- May I averaged 4-5 times and slowly moved to simple...

Since everyone was looked down kettlebells was very popular. I sold my lighter once for a very good price!!!

In May my wife lost her job. My business was events, team building and motivational speaking. Which of course crashed due to covid restrictions. We decided to move back to Sweden. We had 3 weeks to get rid of everything...
I made a deal with the guy that bought my 24 kg that he would buy my 32 kg just 2 days before I was leaving Dubai... I kept going and reached simple 3 days before I was leaving!!!! It was a great feeling after all these years. I sold my lovely 32 kg and moved to Sweden.

After a couple of weeks of no training in Sweden, I started with my 24 kg in august. I had now invested also in kb for our place in Sweden so I had two sets. In September 2020 I bought a 32 kg and went back to the road to simple. After a couple of months of consistent training, I again reached simple and did it for a few weeks.

Now I do kb workouts 2-3 times a week. Still love the workout and the principles.

Results? I have lost a lot of weight, added muscles and feel a lot better. Better energy and also many times I experiences the WTF effect in other sports. I play something called floorball (innebandy) which is like landhockey. I feel my stamina is much better after doing kb.
2021 i got so many comments: wow you lost weight. My goal for 2022 is to get at least 10 comments - wow you look fit...
My experience is that I need to do it at least 3 times a week for results. I also combine with intermittent fasting and have cut a lot of gluten in my diet.

Question to other people that have reached simple:
- what did you do after? Did you buy a 40 kg or did you just continue with the 32?
- If you just continued, did you add any more exercises? How many times a week do you do it?
- my main goal is health and energy. Are swings and TGU the exercise I can do for the rest of my life? Or should I mix something up?

This forum has been a great motivation for me also so thank you, everyone.
Oskar
 

Halfakneecap

Level 5 Valued Member
This is a great thread for motivation. I’m almost at timeless simple. Swings I can do all with 32 x 1H, and some with a 36. Getups are are dragging, at 24kg x 5. I can do them, but it’s taking a bit longer to “own” it enough to even think about 32kg getup’s. Have added low volume clean and press, ( I really enjoy it and will move onto The giant, or Strong next ) which I’m sure is helping.
 

Pete L

Level 5 Valued Member
This is a great thread for motivation. I’m almost at timeless simple. Swings I can do all with 32 x 1H, and some with a 36. Getups are are dragging, at 24kg x 5. I can do them, but it’s taking a bit longer to “own” it enough to even think about 32kg getup’s. Have added low volume clean and press, ( I really enjoy it and will move onto The giant, or Strong next ) which I’m sure is helping.
Perhaps you could mix it up with the KB-SF (BJJ) course?
Same raw ingredients of goblet squats, swings and TGU; different recipe.
 

Halfakneecap

Level 5 Valued Member
Perhaps you could mix it up with the KB-SF (BJJ) course?
Same raw ingredients of goblet squats, swings and TGU; different recipe.
Thanks Pete, I have already bought both The Giant and Kettlebell Strong, and really like the clean and press so will follow those up first. You really can’t go wrong with kettlebells I think !

Or did you mean to help move my Getup progress along to finish S&S?
 

Oskarand

Level 4 Valued Member
This is a great thread for motivation. I’m almost at timeless simple. Swings I can do all with 32 x 1H, and some with a 36. Getups are are dragging, at 24kg x 5. I can do them, but it’s taking a bit longer to “own” it enough to even think about 32kg getup’s. Have added low volume clean and press, ( I really enjoy it and will move onto The giant, or Strong next ) which I’m sure is helping.
it was the same for me when I moved up. the swings were easier than the get ups. Hang in there, you are almost there!
 

Pete L

Level 5 Valued Member
Thanks Pete, I have already bought both The Giant and Kettlebell Strong, and really like the clean and press so will follow those up first. You really can’t go wrong with kettlebells I think !

Or did you mean to help move my Getup progress along to finish S&S?
I meant to improve your get-up from a different angle:)
 

WhatWouldHulkDo

Level 7 Valued Member
- what did you do after? Did you buy a 40 kg or did you just continue with the 32?
Definitely get a 40 if you can. But, I'd just say be prepared for it to it be a big change. For me, working with the 40 was where things really started to get "real", and progress came at a slower pace. But it's still a good ride.

Congrats on your achievement.
 
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