Question Unable to do S&S consistently, advice needed please

Jwsco

First Timer
Hey,
I got the simple & sinister book and a 16kg kettlebell for Christmas and have just started on the program. It suits me perfectly as I can get the routine done and dusted first thing in the morning before my daughter wakes up. The only problem is, as the title suggests, I can’t do the program consistently. I know the whole idea is to do it almost daily at first. However, due to my job I won’t be able to (I work on an oil rig on a three weeks on, three weeks off rotation). The gym I go to when I am at home has plenty of kettlebells so I plan to do S&S almost daily during my time off. The gym at my work doesn’t have any kettlebells. There is a good selection of dumbbells, barbells, squat rack, leg press, pull up/dip station and lots of cardio machines. I have asked about purchasing kettlebells but this has been knocked back due to safety concerns (I know)! Anyway, I’m just wondering what to do for the three weeks while I am at work with no access to kettlebells? I have tried swings and get ups with dumbbells before and don’t like using them for these. I was thinking a couple of full body workouts, a 5k on the treadmill and a HIIT session on the bike each week. That way I’m getting some strength work in as well as cardio. If anyone has any suggestions/advice it’d be much appreciated.
Cheers.
 

Oscar

> 1k Posts
Here are some ideas :

First idea is to do S& S 3 weeks and Power to the People 3 weeks ( this us a barbell program). The usual recommendation is 2 weeks each, but given your schedule I think 3 weeks each is fine.

Another idea is to pick a nice barbell program and just do that. If in the future you have access to kettlebells all year long you can tackle S&S. PTTP is an option, but there are many.

Another idea, but that I like less, is to build a T- handle and use it for 2 hand swings while at the rig. For TGU, dumbbells suck, so you could try this:


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For the TGU I was using the plates on the left.

Onle last idea is to do swings and bench press instead of swings and TGU. TGU is great, but so is bench press.
 
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johanness

Second Post
I was thinking a couple of full body workouts, a 5k on the treadmill and a HIIT session on the bike each week. That way I’m getting some strength work in as well as cardio. If anyone has any suggestions/advice it’d be much appreciated.
Hi, don't go for the HIIT session, it is against the S&S (and generaly Strongfirst) philosophy.
You are free to think in terms of ballistic + grind, e.g. jumpsquats & benchpress, ...

I have experienced difficulties moving the bell after 10 days off, in the third session everything went smooth again then. 3 weeks completly off and doing only treadmill or yoga would not be a good idea in my opinion.

rgds Johannes
 

masa

> 4k Posts
My vote goes to @Oscar. Three week blocks of S&S and PTTP is the way to go IMHO. Two of the best programs on planet earth.
 
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