Friday, May 1, 2009

Power is Safety and Safety is Power

I did all my work today on the one legged squat or pistol. I did 68 repetitions using a 10 pound plate as a counterbalance.

I wanted to discuss on the keys to RKC style Strength work and that is proper breathing and it's certainly related to pistols. If you fail to breath properly while working the pistol, you will almost assuredly loose tension through your core and then you will lose your balance.

We call it "breathing behind the shield." You exhale sharply before your movement and then brace your core, as if for a blow to your gut. Inhale during the descent so that you build up a girdle of air below your diaphram. This protects you and give you power. In the RKC Power system, power is safety and safety is power. Remember that for your own training.

Breath behind the shield in all of your kettlebell movement and you will be much stronger and be practicing safely.

Feel free to ask me any questions at all and leave a comment:)

Sandy Sommer, RKC

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At May 2, 2009 at 9:14 AM , Blogger SG Human Performance said...

Great post Sandy! It is so true about power behind the shield.


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