What Differentiates Living.Fit From Everyone Else?

 

Living.fit is now all around the world. We've had people from Saudi Arabia, Netherlands, India, Dubai, England, Ireland, Germany, France, and the list goes on.

What is Living.Fit's big differentiator?

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The two from Marcus's perspective are the amount of technical knowledge that goes into these plans, and the amount of plans.

Normally, you find a lot of not the highest quality programs, or really technical and really great programs, but you get very, very few of them. We wanted to do high quality, high quantity, so that way, there was so much to pull from. Whether you are a coach, whether you are a fitness enthusiast, dabbling with battle ropes and kettle bells, we have every base covered.

For Aaron, it is a bit different. How can you get them the ground floor, so to speak, and be able to go all the way up to the highest levels? Or if you're at the highest level, how are you gonna get benefit? That's a hard line to walk...

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Does Your Morning Routine Need a Tweak?

 

Every amazing day, starts with an amazing morning routine!

Why is a morning routine so important?

  1. Mindlessly set yourself up for success
  2. Set aside your willpower for the difficult problems
  3. Automatically do the things that will start your day off right

No matter the time that you wake up, your morning routine can set you up for success, without having to get sucked in to other people's problems with the news, social media, etc.

How do you start small and win big with your morning routine?

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  • Start with an affirmation or gratefulness that you can say to yourself, as an automatic response, and build on that affirmation
  • Bring your family or loved ones that you live with into a routine, which will help you stay with yours
  • What is your ideal start to your day? Do that.
  • Eat the Frog first...think about the most challenging thing that you have to do in the day, and knock that out.

Just like beauty, morning routines are very subjective,...

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Build a Stronger Core with the No Hands Get Up

 

If you’ve picked up even the slightest bit of kettlebell knowledge you’ll have learned about the Get Up. Not only is it a powerful, full body strengthening exercise, but it’s a great way to assess core, shoulder, and leg strength as well as mobility and coordination. There’s time under tension from the second you start until you bring the bell down safely to the ground.  

Traditionally you’ll be starting from the ground with a bell overhead and work your way up through a series of positions until you’re fully standing. You’ll then reverse the movement and make your way back to the starting position on your back on the ground. 

If we’re talking efficacy and functionality it’s a fantastic movement. Practicing getting up from the supine position is enough for most. Adding in load makes it significantly more challenging. Why is it so effective? For one thing it’s multiple movements in one. For a standard get up...

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3 Loaded Carries to Build Upper A Stronger You

 

Why Carry Heavy Things?

  1. It’s functional AF
  2. It’s relatively easy on joints 
  3. It builds core strength
  4. It builds shoulder strength
  5. It builds upper back strength 
  6. It DEFINITELY builds grip strength
  7. It will also build ankle and calf Strength 

Whether you’re an aesthetics seeking lifter or functional purist carries will do you a load of good. As far as exercises that benefit you in multiple ways loaded carries can’t be beat. Carrying heavy things in a variety of positions has the potential to make you a stronger, more resilient person. 

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The farmer walk is the go to when it comes to loaded carries whether with one implement or two. You can load it heavy and you can do it just about anywhere to build Herculean strength. While this may be one of the best things you can do with heavy weights it’s just one of the MANY variations of loaded carries you could (and should) be implementing. 

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Living.Fit Makes Programming Simple

 

Here are the guidelines to keeping programming simple:

  1. Breathwork/Mobility/Warm-up
  2. Static Engagement/Movement Preparation
  3. Power/SAQ
  4. Strength/Hypertrophy/Strength Endurance
  5. Endurance
  6. Cool Down/Mobility

 

For examples of the way we build our workouts using these programming principles, check out some of our follow-along workouts here: Workout Plans

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For a breakdown of the principles and concepts that we use to design our programs, check out our certifications here: Kettlebell Certifications & Battle Rope Certifications

The keys to making the above programming guidelines working for you is to make sure you include:

  1. Consistency, Consistency, Consistency
  2. Progressive Overload
  3. Full Body
  4. Do What You Like To Do
  5. Minimum Amount to Make the Change Happen

Marcus Martinez, the Kettlebell Master Coach, and Aaron Guyett, the Education Director and Battle Ropes Master Coach, break down the programming principles to make building your...

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Build a Powerful Chest with Kettlebells

 

A common complaint with most kettlebell programs is the absence of horizontal pressing. Sure you’ll get some push-ups, but who doesn’t love that feel of pushing weight away from you multiple times?  

From a programming standpoint the lack of horizontal pressing is made up for in overhead pressing, but this can lead to imbalances. Chest presses aren’t just for the beach and mirror. It aids in your overall strength while building shoulder and triceps strength as well and putting more stress on bigger muscles like your chest.  

There are myriad tools you can use for chest exercises. At the end of the day a weight is a weight so anything that challenges you has the potential to build strength and size. With that said here are three movements specific to the kettlebell that offer unique benefits. At the end of this article there will be a chest workout you can incorporate into your training to supplement or replace what you currently do for a...

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5 Kettlebell Do's and Don'ts for Maximum Results

 

Kettlebells are still the new kid on the block in most big gyms. There are plenty of ellipticals and benches, dumbbells and mirrors, but still only a handful (a small rack if you’re lucky) of kettlebells. Even with ALL the information out there I’ll still see and hear some things being done with these versatile little cannonballs that make me shudder.

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What attracts most people to the kettlebell is its devious simplicity and how it can deliver incredible workouts in limited time just about anywhere. From complexes to flows and everything in between you can hit just about every muscle and movement pattern while adding a unique flavor to your sessions.

Here are a few things to avoid as you begin (or continue) your kettlebell journey and some ways to get the most from your training.

#1: Don’t figure it out on your own

The kettlebell is simple in nature and design, but delivers complex exercises. Cleans and...

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Kettlebells Versus Dumbbells

 

Why not just use dumbbells?

“If you can do it with a kettlebell you can do it with a dumbbell!”

I hear this all the time from people who have zero experience with a kettlebell and it couldn’t be further from the truth. Most tools have a time and place in your training depending on the goal. If you’re just going to do deadlifts, farmer walks, rows or just use the weight to prop a door open then sure, kettlebells and dumbbells offer the same thing. However, if you plan on using the kettlebell for the things that make a kettlebell unique, then no.

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Before you think that this is a dumbbell-bashing article and kettlebells are superior in every way, you’re right. End of discussion.

Seriously though the intention here is to shed some light on why kettlebells are unique to dumbbells and what you can do to get the most from each tool. Let’s take a look at the...

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5 Snatch Kettlebell Mistakes and How to Fix Them

 

The kettlebell snatch is a phenomenal movement at building strength, power, endurance and coordination. It’s a fairly complicated movement that can create a lot of pain and strife if done incorrectly so a focus on technique is crucial for success. Leaning on solid technique will allow you to do more, go heavier, and get a better overall session in. 

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The snatch is a powerful move with any implement, but a kettlebell allows for a couple main benefits. With a kettlebell you can work unilaterally as opposed to both hands on a barbell. This builds single arm strength, rotational power, and balance. The single arm snatch creates an  anti-rotational component that will create more stress on the trunk.

Typically with snatches the bar is dropped from the overhead position taking the eccentric out of the equation. The kettlebell snatch (single or double) creates added stress on...

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The Kettlebell Windmill

 

“It makes you comfortable in uncomfortable positions” I said to my client who started complaining about the weird, contorted position I was having them get into. I had one of the pro fighters I trained performing a windmill with a light kettlebell and he was struggling. Not only was he a strong dude, but an insanely capable athlete. Even so, a kettlebell windmill was challenging because it wasn’t about brute strength. It’s about stability and flexibility in a pattern that most people rarely train. 

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The windmill challenges your shoulder stability, core strength, flexibility and glute strength all in one. It’s a move popularized by old school strength athletes like Arthur Saxon typically done as a bent press or side press, but morphed into the straight arm windmill. It’s a show of strength and balance that creates a more capable, resilient...

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