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Kettlebell Strength Workouts Frequently Asked Questions
July 25, 2023 4:16 PM
We're thrilled to have guided strength and mobility video workouts as part of our plans on the MōTTIV training app, at no extra cost. Unlike standard weight training, the Kettlebell workouts in the MOTTIV app were written specifically to support and enhance your endurance training. They specifically target the most common areas of weakness in endurance athletes.
And by using kettlebells instead of dumbbells/barbells, the workouts are incredibly functional, which means each movement targets multiple areas of the body with real movements that you use on a daily basis, to make you stronger all over!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1) Which kettlebell weights should I buy?
2) What if I don't want to do kettlebell strength training?
We really encourage you to try the kettlebell workouts in the app. You can follow along with Trainer Craig and our MOTTIV athletes in the videos, or you can use the descriptions to do the workouts on your own.
Of course, you can do your own strength workout if you'd prefer, but make sure the exercises you're doing are targeting the areas where endurance athletes most need support and strength.
3) What if I have an injury and can't use certain body parts for the kettlebell workouts?
Trainer Craig offers modifications within the guided workout videos if you have an injury or you don't feel strong enough to do the full movements. You'll notice that our athletes in the videos even need modifications: for example, Chris has a shoulder injury, Julie-Anne wears a knee brace, and Demi is pregnant! If they can do it, so can you!
4) Why can't I add more than one strength workout to my schedule?
During race season, athletes can only add one strength workout to their schedule. During the off-season, you can add up to three per week.
Athletes are limited to one strength workout during race season, because the body is already sustaining a tremendous amount of pounding from endurance training.
Studies show that adding extra strength sessions to an endurance training schedule will put too much pressure on your system, and can quickly compromise your ability to gain more endurance -- in other words, you can find yourself plateauing or even getting slower. It can also quickly lead to over-training injuries.
Race season is the time to focus on endurance. The off-season and baseline season are the times when we can focus more on adding strength and muscle.
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