The Strongman Swing: Part 2

The “Original” One Hand Swing by Mark Berry (Editor’s Note: I would like to extend a special thank you to Matt who e-mailed me a copy of Mark Berry’s original exercise description taken from the 1936 The Mark Berry Bar Bell Courses.  If you are ever find yourself without your kettlebell, this is a great dumbbell…

Exercise: Swing Release

The “Swing Release” is a dynamic “Hand-to-Hand” exercise that refreshes high repetition kettlebell routines that incorporate the traditional “Swing”. Technique: Take a natural stance. Keep your chest open and your back straight. Sit back rather than down. (Figure 1) Keep your shins nearly vertical throughout the exercise. Lift dynamically rather than hesitantly – SNAP through.…

Excercise: Snatch

Everyone needs to master the all-important snatch. Heavy or high-repetition snatch lifting will develop your core & grip strength as well as functional strength. The snatch has been described as an “overhead clean”, so if you can perfrom the “swing” and the “clean”, you are ready for the snatch. Technique Hold the kettlebell in one…

Exercise: Hot Potato

The “Hot Potato” is a fun H2H drill that can be easily combined with other H2H drills for interesting combinations. Due to the fact when black kettlebells sit in the hot sun – they get HOT – you’ll find it natural to want to toss the bell like a hot potato! The Hot Potato is…

The Strongman Swing

I recently rediscovered Mark H. Berry’s Illustration Chart Third Course In Weight Lifting Technique while searching though some unpacked boxes. I noticed a sequence which is described as a swing. It’s actually an interesting variation of a one-handed dumbbell swing (see photo). Unfortunately, no exercise descriptions accompanied Mr. Berry’s wall chart. I searched for a…

New Life, New Strength

There are two things I never tire of hearing: The personal testimony of believers reflecting God’s amazing grace and The physical transformation of broken people, overcoming all odds, contrary to “conventional” wisdom and “main stream” training methods. It is my hope that the following true story will inspire and motivate you as much as it…

Competitive Shooting Q & A

The following article is a compilation of questions and answers concerning the physical preparation for competitive shooting. Dr. Von Rice gave me permission to share our correspondence with fellow tactical athletes. The training insights are universal and can be applied to physical enhancement for any sport or profession. Dr. Rice: “First let me say thanks for…

The Challenge at the SHOT Show

Tactical Athlete Training Systems, Inc. had the opportunity to raise “the bar” at the 2007 Annual SHOT Show in Orlando, FL last month. SHOT is an acronym for shooting, hunting and outdoor trade – not to be confused with the SHOT DVD I produced (Superior High Output Training). This is a huge event. Imagine 656,100 square feet…