I couldn't believe it! I had gained close to ten pounds of muscle by working out a mere 3 days a week for ten minutes a day. And the only tool I had used was a single 20 kilogram iron kettle bell!
It didn't happened over night but took close to 5 weeks, and I'd followed not only a precise workout regime (Occam's Protocol) as perscribed in the mind-body fitness tombe, 4-Hour Body by Tim Ferris. I had also abided by a specific diet, high in the right foods and calories (more details on this in a separate post, or pick-up a copy of Tim's book).
But only one kettlebell?! The idea was not born from any tests or studies but was rather the bastard child of necessity. It was the only weight I had. I adapted the recommended routine to a single weight as follows:
I performed Workout 1, rested 3 days, then performed Workout 2. In between, I ate 4-5 meals a day. I occasionally performed a 3 minute core workout following the prescribed workout routines, depending on how I felt. These consisted of either plank holds, flutter kicks, KB swings or a combination thereof.
That's it! No running. No junk food. Four to five weeks later, I was noticeably bigger and stronger!
That's nice John, but what does this have to do with the Kettlebell Sandbag? Remember, in my previous post I mentioned I was working as a product and event manager for an outdoor gear supplier. This entailed traveling for 2-3 day events in remote, off-road friendly, desert areas. I had plenty of space to workout, but I had no weights.
Bodyweight exercises just weren't providing me with the same bang for my effort as I obtained via the kettlebell. Although I had packed the iron KB on a couple of trips, once I sold the car and was left with my motorcycle... the kettlebell was staying home.
At these off-road events, there was plenty of sand, dirt, stones... nature offered up a plethora of massive, weighty objects. All I needed was a tool to manipulate them, and so the Portable Kettlebell Sandbag (TM) was born. Several iterations and tests of kokoro later, I had put together what you now see advertised on this website. A tool reviewed, used and tested by active and former Navy SEALs, U.S. Marines, elite CrossFit athletes, garage gym scrappers, adventure athletes, kids, moms...
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