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Excellent Training Tool
on February 4, 2012
I own a kettlebell gym, and we train regular everyday folks, high school athletes, and college and professional athletes. In our opinion, kettlebells are the ultimate training tool suitable for anyone at any level.
When we were first approached by fighters to help in their training, the common complaint was that typical strength and conditioning programs don't respect the fighter's need to actually train to fight. We have a former Light Heavyweight Champion (boxer) that trains with us, and his first words were "I don't have a bunch of hours a week to get strong."
As a trainer, I'm always looking for new ways to help my clients. That's how I came across this book. Scott Shetler has assembled seven training templates that act as a starting point for fighters to get strong fast. His programs accomplish this without burning out the athlete and without requiring the athlete to spend hours under a barbell.
The programs also mimic fight conditions. Using the fundamental kettlebell lifts detailed in the book and Scott's templates, we can put a fighter in conditions that feel a lot like those experienced in the ring. It takes a special person to go hard for a three or five minute round, and fighters gotta dig deep in the middle of our training rounds just like they do in the ring.
Scott's templates also work to keep fighters fast and sharp. Put a guy under a barbell or work him heavy in a "traditional" gym environment today and watch him get killed in his sparring session tomorrow. Scott's programs fit seamlessly into the fighter's overall training regimen.
Like our former Light Heavyweight Champion mentioned earlier, we trained a college boxer using these templates almost exclusively. He went to the NCAA Championships two years in a row and finished second (losing to his nemesis both times by one point). Proof is in the results.
If you're looking for a book full of platitudes and fluff, look elsewhere. I've lost my patience with the most recognizable kettlebell book publisher. If you're into the false motivation sold in those kinds of books, you shouldn't be anywhere near a fighter (and you shouldn't be one). If you want to learn more about training a fighter (or training like one), and you can't pay someone like me a small fortune, then invest a couple of bucks in this book. It's worth it!