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Mixing Kettlebells and Strength Training for Power and Fitness

Posted Aug 23 2008 3:00pm

I am currently working to get back my old powerlifting strength back without getting fat this time. As a result I am doing a lot of heavy strength training along with sprints and kettlebell lifting. I am hoping that this variety makes a strong and lean lifting machine and not just a jack of all trades that sucks at everything. Anyways, like many kettlebell lifters I am combining barbell lifting with kettlebells to build strength and power. Some people get pretty stressed out about combining both disciplines but it is quite simple really.

Here is the workout I completed today that combines powerlifting with kettlebells.

  • Row 5 x 5

  • Bench Press 5 x 3

  • Kettlebell clean and press 5 x 5 each hand

  • Stationary bike Tababat Sprints

That was it, pretty simple really. Two strength movements, one power movement and one energy system (fat guy work) drill. This was a short workout due to the heat, but as you can see, it is easy to combine weight lifting with kettlebells, you just have to think about first. Some people warm-up with kettlebell swings, but I prefer to use them as a finisher.

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