S & S Questions - Links

Discussion in 'Kettlebell' started by Steve Freides, Feb 17, 2017.

  1. Steve Freides

    Steve Freides Forum Administrator Staff Member Senior Instructor

    In our Members Only section, I have asked for topics that might be addressed in an FAQ specifically about Kettlebell Simple and Sinister. (If you don't Watch that forum, please start doing so if you're a registered user.)

    I'd love also to have you post links about older threads that you feel address things that weren't clear to someone after they read the book. Got any links for me? They could be recent or even from the old forum, all of whose messages are still available to everyone here.

    My thanks to everyone in advance and, of course, please feel free to post your own thread in the new sub-section under Members Only devoted to this topic.

    Thanks again.

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  2. Bauer

    Bauer Double-Digit Post Count

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  3. Nick Martire

    Nick Martire Double-Digit Post Count

    I have a S/S question I'm not sure if I'm in the right thread. I was wondering when trying to get 10 sets of swings with each arm in the 5 minutes if it's possible to do multiple sets in a row to finish in the 5 mins. Thank you for any help

  4. Anna C

    Anna C Strong, Powerful, Explosively Athletic Member of the Forum Certified Instructor

    It is possible, sure... but not recommended.

    The swings in S&S are about technique and power. So the recommended daily practice is 10 powerful swings R, fully recover (1 min or more). Then 10 powerful swings L, fully recover (1 min or more). Repeat that 4 more times for a total of 10 x 10, which might take 12-15 minutes to do.

    In contrast to the other extreme, if you were to do say 20 swings R, 20 swings L, and repeat that 4 more times without setting the bell down you would finish in 3 minutes or so. Possible? Sure, but you are no longer working on alactic power, technique, and strength. It is more of a gylcolytic endurance exercise. This has its place too, but not great for daily practice.

    The 5-minute test will be somewhere in the middle of these two. Ideally you do it only once every couple of weeks, or less, to test yourself and/or to give a bit of a different stimulus than the regular daily practice. The daily practice will get easier and you will recover faster (to a point) between sets of swings, so it is possible to do 10 x 10 good powerful swings in 9, 8, 7... then 5 minutes. (Here's a video of me doing a complete session to the time standards). So, would 10+10 every minute be as good? Or multiple sets? I think not as good, because the test should be a condensed version of the daily practice, which does have some recovery after each set of 10. That said, a lot of people do the test as 10+10, and it's really not that much different when you condense down to 5 minutes. I just prefer to follow the prescribed format as much as possible.

    Hope that helps...
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  5. Nick Martire

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    Thank you very much for the response... helps very much
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