Over the past few weeks, I've had quite a few emails and questions regarding my own approach to physical training and how this connects to my traditional karate practice. So I thought that I would record a short video clip to share a particular kettlebell combination exercise that I like, especially for those times when I haven't got much time to train - hope you enjoy :-)
This workout combines the double hip clean, snatch, squat and press into one exercise and the idea is to alternate between arms for the allotted period without setting the weight down. Although this may seem a bit boring, it is actually quite challenging and enjoyable to focus on the quality of performance, attempting to make each rep identical to the last.
This combination exercise also covers the lift, squat, pull and press movement patterns together, as well as switching between dynamic and grinding movements, which makes it a very efficient compound workout. The double hip clean and snatch also closely mimics the power dynamics used in karate so the functional transfer effect is high.
Give it a go and see what you think. After a joint mobility and warm up, Set the timer for 15 or 20 minutes and just go for it. get 'inside' the lifts and focus on coordinating your breathing and movement together so the whole body works as an integrated whole - as it was originally intended!
Let me know how you get on - it's always great to hear from my website visitors :-)
Chris Denwood has been studying martial arts since childhood and specialises in the practical application of karate's traditional principles for civilian self-defence, personal development, life integration and discovery.