When David came to me with a shoulder injury, I trained him for about a while, and then he became interested in some kettlebell movements.
I will be honest, I was probably more apprehensive than he was about the potential strain to his recently torn shoulder.
He could hardly crawl, let alone lift a heavy kettlebell above his head. I spent a lot of time coaching proper recovery and allowing him to take small baby steps toward kettlebell work.
The day he could crawl backward pain free was a HUGE milestone for me to see. Although he probably thought the inability to crawl backwards was just a hindrance, I knew he was leaps and bounds toward an overhead kettlebell lift.
We started small and arduously with single and double kettlebell lifts, and the large technicality of the lifts can be sort of awkward at first.
Through good recovery techniques with dynamic warm-ups, mobility drills, smr, and decent nutrition, Dave was able to get a 12 kg kettlebell over his head for a few minutes. I remember he once told me, “he didn’t think he would ever be able to snatch heavy kettlebells, ever!” Instead of concurring or disagreeing, I let good calculations and progressions take their proper place in his programming.
The greatest victory to me is his ability to stay with something, even when it seems hopeless at first. I am so proud of his diligence, consistency, loyalty, and hard work! All of the kettlebell performances are emotional when you spend a ton of time training for it, and it is always nice when the emotion is excitement, happiness, and transfomational! Thank you, Dave, and I look forward to your continued success!!
Here’s a snapshot of Dave during his set:
- Have a plan and stick to it. It sounds obvious… but it’s never been obvious to me. Whenever I’ve run a 10k or played in a soccer game or whatever, I’ve tended to “wing it”. Sticking with the 9 reps every 30 seconds allowed me to last the entire 10 minutes and do well.
- Consistency and dedication pay off. Again, obvious. But true.
- For me the biggest victory has been overcoming my left shoulder injury. My torn anterior delt has given me problems for over 2 years. It’s taken a LOT of band work, stretching, rehab, and dedication to get past it. Being able to do 5 solid minutes of 16kg kettle on my left arm was huge for me and has given me a lot of confidence.
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