return-of-the-kettlebell-master-6-pavelOn Sunday, February 16th, 2014, we will be having a StrongFirst Seminar.  There is a focus on kettlebells, but it is really about techniques that can utilize all the strength you have now.  It is based on the ‘Kime’ technique, which is an all-out effort during every repetition. Each rep employs high acceleration in the quick lifts (swings,snatches) and high tension in slow lifts (presses, squats)  followed by relaxation. Kime is a Japanese martial arts term that means “power” and/or “focus,” describing the instantaneous tensing at the correct moment during a technique.

Kime is about strength and the duality of relaxation and tension. Tension and relaxation are the two sides of the performance coin. Tension is strength and power. Relaxation is speed, endurance, and flexibility. Many sports and unexpected life situations demand both. An expert 400 sprinter is relaxed and loose at in the starting blocks, however at the moment the starting gun fires, the sprinter tenses with maximal force exploding from the blocks and his speed is backed up with power and mass. As the sprinters initial ATP and Phospho-Creatine stores diminish after about 6 to 10 seconds, he must remain calm and relaxed, utilizing his energy and power to its finest extent.

Kime aims to maximize both extremes, tension/strength and relaxation/speed.  Slow strength lifts (press, squat) are performed with dynamic tension as muscles generate force by tensing. Tension = force. The tenser the muscles are, the more force is produced. Kime teaches how to get stronger by contracting the muscles harder. At the same time, Kime practices relaxation. Mastery of relaxation is a hallmark of an elite athlete. It is known that the higher the athletes level, the quicker he can relax his muscles.

The ballistic loading of the kettlebell swing creates an alternating cycle of muscular tension and relaxation ,the inability to relax the muscles creates too much tension for high speed movement. Hardstyle relies on a rapid-fire sequence of high tensions and relaxation. “Tense-loose-tense”.

Register for this StrongFirst course via this link: by February 10th to give time for manuals to be shipped.

Blog Post By Craig Marker