Kettlebell Series: Tension

When we did our kettlebell training, we were a big fan of the Russian Pavel Tsatsouline. He is amazing and fantastic. I remember summers when I was in high school, reading his books and watching his videos.

A key component that we would first teach before we even showed movements was tension. Being an instructor, we learned we could get a workout just through tension and squeezing. I can kick my butt without even using a weight.

With tension you can use your whole body with one move. Sometimes I would go in and do one heavy move and I was good to go.

Here my beautiful mother, who was queen at teaching, talks about tension.

Next week we’ll explore pressure points and working out barefoot. There is so much to cover and learn before you even touch a weight! But breathing, tension, all of this is important for a good lift. Plus it is all essential for protection and to prevent injury.

Kettlebell Series 3: The Importance of Breathing

Breathing is kind of an important thing. No? I mean we do need it to live obviously.

It’s an unconscious thing we do, but what if we became more aware of it?

What if we harnessed the power in a breathe?

With years of training people, I have seen it overlooked many times. It kind of drives me nuts to see someone chewing gum and exercising. That should not be happening.

When you go to a yoga class, there is a certain type of breathing taught.

Same with kettlebells and weight training. There is a pattern. Pay attention to breathing.

Pay attention to it when you work out. Throughout your day. A decade ago my cousin Jacki recommended the book, Three Deep Breaths to me.

Focusing is not only good for us physically, but it is spiritually soothing as well.

Thank you to my beautiful momma for partaking in this little video with me. Next week I hope to share another on the Importance of Tension, so stayed tuned. Working out is more than just lifting weights.  Continue reading “Kettlebell Series 3: The Importance of Breathing”