Russian Kettlebell Challenge.
Our RKC kettlebell focused program design is based on the teachings of Pavel Tsatsouline, the Russian kettlebell guru who is responsible for the recent explosion of kettlebell training across America. Pavel has a less-is-more approach to strength and conditioning, and uses the kettlebell for mobility and flexibility training as well as to develop a high level of strength and power.
The RKC is a school of strength based on complementary opposites:
Strength/Power- Using 2 categories of movements, the low repetition “grinds” and the high repetition “ballistics”, we develop maximal strength alongside explosive power and muscle endurance.
Tension/Relaxation- Tension is used for force production and reduction, relaxation for energy conservation. Too much unnecessary tension and you run out of energy; too much relaxation and you run the risk of damaging joint structures. Both tension and relaxation are used in different parts of the body at different points of each lift. Proper breathwork is taught to maximize recovery between high rep sets of ballistics and to maximize force production during heavy grinds.
Skill Work/Metabolic Conditioning- The RKC treats strength as a skill, something to be practiced regularly to increase neuro-muscular efficiency. This kind of training builds strength without bulk, and creates a lean and durable body, able to withstand the intensity of metabolic conditioning (high rep ballistics, or mixed mode circuits).
Stability/Mobility- Proper skill work in the basic RKC movements fosters optimal range of motion in the joints, and strengthens the tissues around them for stability.
The RKC class is a great way to jump into cutting edge fitness training without being overwhelmed by a multitude of movements.