Wednesday, 23 February 2011

It hurts in a good way...

The Russians have been highly renown for centuries for their athletic prowess, and I'm guessing its not all down to the strength of their vodka.
I have woken up today aching in places I can't reach. In a good way. In that oh my goddess I must have worked my body well because I ache like a bastard kind of way. It hurts in a good way,

And it's all the fault of the Russians.

I've been using Russian Kettlebells, with Russian Squats.

Consider the way that Russians roll when it comes to solving a problem. Back during the “space race,” while the American government spent squillions of dollars to develop a pen that could write in an environment without gravity, the Russians solved the very same problem by just using a pencil that cost mere pennies. In the same way, kettlebell fitness exercises strike me as an amazingly simple "why didn't I think of that" kind of strength and interval method.

A kettlebell is just a weight with a handle on it – nothing less, nothing more. No need to spend a huge amount of money, or mess around with a lot of fancy pants equipment - just pick up one of these balls of iron with its handle and away we go...
Usually, the simplest way to accomplish a goal is the best way.

My goal is lovely lady arms and toned legs. As well as a strengthening my core and increasing my cardio fitness. As well as losing weight and toning the inside of my legs. As well as burning fat. Ummmm. High expectations, much?!

So on Monday I did four minute intervals of:
  • Russian squats 
  • Run
  • Kettlebell swings
  • Run
  • Kettlebell snatches
  • Run
  • Kettlebell presses 
  • Run

 And I shall do it all again today......and no doubt be hurting in a really good way again tomorrow......


  1. Wow! Great job on the work out!

    - Lisa

  2. Did you buy some? I've been looking at them for ages, but in my usual fashion, haven't done anything. You are making me squirm Miss Lucy - I really need to get off my squirmy butt and move the goddamn thing!

  3. LOL.That's great. You go Lucy girl. Haven't done the kettlebells yet personally. I am hurting though. Boxing. So I hear ya ....

  4. Andrea - Reaveling the Real MeFebruary 23, 2011

    Great work Luce, I am impressed you are already an amazingly strong woman in my eyes xx

  5. Oh wow, totally impressed!! :)

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  7. Catch the Kids.February 23, 2011

    Wow! Those kettle bells look like they've come from a torture chamber! Don't drop one on your toe! I'm very impressed by your motivated forward planning. Hope you get results quickly.

  8. therhythmmethodFebruary 23, 2011

    Love the Ruski's approach - go hard or go home-sky.

  9. Love the Kettlebell - haven't done them in a few months but oh wow, that's pain you feel right to your bones! Show us your lovely lady arms!! xx


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