How I Discovered The Kettlebell
I had this insane workout partner at one of the “big box” gyms I worked at when I first got into the personal training world. He was an ex-marine, and we would do these ridiculously hard workouts every day, and always compete with each other.
One day, he brought his kettlebell with him to the gym, and we mixed it into one of these performance-based workouts I am speaking of here. I was instantly hooked.
It was just about the coolest thing ever. The shape of the weight, how you could do things with it that you couldn’t do well with other training implements, just the flat-out uniqueness …
From there, I went on to do multiple kettlebell certifications with the RKC, incorporate them into all of my own workouts and those of my clients, and eventually open my own kettlebell gym in Sacramento, CA.
Now I’ve gone on to help thousands of people – both online and off – reach their ultimate fitness goals. And a big way I’ve done that is using kettlebells … even more specifically, kettlebell challenge workouts.
The Magical Combo of Kettlebells and Performance
Workout #12: Kettlebell & Bodyweight Beatdown
- Start today with two exercises paired together – the plank and the lunge jump. You’ll do four sets total of each, for as many reps as you can in 25 seconds. Rest for about 15 seconds between exercises.
- Second pairing is the standard push up and the KB swing – 12 reps of each, as little rest as possible, as many rounds as you can in five minutes.
- Now for a killer finisher. You’ll do seven reps of each exercise without putting the ‘bell down – single arm KB press, KB rack squat, and KB bent row. Then you’ll set the KB down, do seven burpees, and repeat the entire sequence a total of four times (two times on each side).
This workout looks so simple on paper, but once you try it, you’ll be a believer. It’s super high intensity, you can hit all of your major muscle groups at once in a very short amount of time, and with just one simple piece of equipment!
Here are a few of the benefits you can expect when you try out this full system for yourself:
- Slash your body fat
- Get a lean, athletic looking build
- Bump up your current weights
- “Tighten up”
- Get STRONG – WITHOUT lots of expensive equipment
- Do it QUICK – with a workout that can fit into your crazy schedule
- Seamlessly integrate kettlebells and body weight, and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of your KB routine
Component #1 – The Ultimate Kettlebell Challenge Workouts Main Manual ($29.95 value)
- Doing it Way Big
- Super Circuit
- The Punisher
- Pull Up, TGU, Swing, Cardio Giant Circuit
- Welcome to the Jungle
- FVT Challenge Workout
- BW and KB Smoke Session
- Up the Ladder
- Strength Tri-Set
- Simple but TOUGH
- Kettlebell and Body Weight Beat Down
- Fun Day
- Strong and Simple
- Swing and Burpee Kettlebell Challenge
- Total Body Strength and Conditioning
- Mega Strength Day
- Hybrid Cardio
- Single KB Complex
- Cardio Strength Training
- Get It
- Death by Snatch and Burpee
- KB / BW Blowout
- Killer Kettlebell Complex
- Killer Kettlebell Complex 2
- The Puker
- Down ‘n’ Dirty KB Boot Camp Workout
- Full Body Melt Down
- Total Body Insanity
- Time to Get Tough
- Shoulder Bully
- Fearsome Foursome
Component #2 – The FVT Kettlebell Basics Workshop ($29.95 value)
In this video series, I take you by the hand and walk you through, step-by-step, EXACTLY how to do every basic kettlebell exercise.
The biggest obstacle folks have in getting started with kettlebell training is making sure they are performing all the exercises safely and effectively – and these workshop videos solve that problem.
We had a professional film crew come in and film the last Kettlebell Basics workshop we did at my studio. It’s literally the closest thing to attending one in-person, without actually being there 😉 These are typically $97-$197 to attend – and we only do them in Sacramento, twice a year.
In these workshop videos, you will get detailed instruction, coaching, cues, technique corrections, drills, and more on ALL the basic kettlebell exercises, including:
- The Deadlift and variations
- The Swing
- The Turkish get up and variations
- The Clean
- The Press and variations
- The squat
- The Snatch and progressions
- And much more!
Plus, these videos are formatted to watch online, can be downloaded to your computer – even viewed directly on your mobile device!
Component #3 – the Ultimate Kettlebell Guide ($19.95 value)
The Ultimate Kettlebell Guide is your fully illustrated guide to 41 different kettlebell exercises.
PLUS, you’ll get muscle group illustrations for each movement. There are a TON of kettlebell moves explained in this resource.
It’s the perfect compliment to the Ultimate Kettlebell Challenge Workouts package – it’s like your own personal kettlebell training encyclopedia!
The Ultimate Kettlebell Guide includes fully illustrated instructions on how to perform the following exercises:
- two arm military press
- one arm split jerk
- one arm snatch
- power plank with row
- kettlebell push up with row
- alternating kettlebell press
- double kettlebell windmill
- goblet squat
- two hand swing
- one hand swing
- two arm row
- figure eight
- high pull
- overhead lunge
- Russian twist
- one arm floor press
- side step swing
- pistol squat
- Turkish get up
- leg over floor press
- lunge pass-through
- one-arm row
- overhead squat
- snatch to press
- alternating snatches
- burpee to squat press
- overhead reverse lunge
- woodman’s chop
- standing side-crunch
- one-leg deadlift
- starfish reach
- get up plank
- single arm front squat
- rotating lunge
- around the world
When you order the Ultimate Kettlebell Challenges I want to make sure that you are completely blown away, so in addition to this killer one-of-a-kind workout manual, video series and instruction book, you’ll also going to get these two complimentary bonuses when you grab a copy today...
Bonus #1 - Total Body Abdominal Annihilation ($19.95 value)
Traditional ab training … crunches, leg raises, sit ups, etc. … not only is it ineffective … it’s boring.
In Total Body Abdominal Annihilation, you will discover the best, most effective kettlebell and body weight exercises and workouts to give you a strong, lean, defined set of abs.
You’ll learn how to safely and effectively perform awesome NO crunch or sit up ab exercises like renegade rows, windmills, Janda sit ups, and much more. I’ve included written, picture, and video descriptions for all of them.
You’ll also get killer total-body ab workouts that you can use as stand-alone sessions or tack on to your existing training program.
In just three short ten to fifteen minute sessions per week you’ll be on your way to a lean, strong, and defined set of abs!
Bonus #2 - Extreme Kettlebell Cardio Conditioning ($19.95 value)
Beat boring cardio and kick your fat loss into overdrive with 21 of my extreme kettlebell cardio conditioning workouts!!
Here’s What’s Inside:
- 21 fat-scorching, shirt-soaking KB cardio workouts to change up your slow, boring cardio routine and kick your fat loss efforts into overdrive
- The BEST way to program your KB cardio workouts for maximum results in minimum time
- Detailed instruction on each kettlebell exercise to make sure you’re using 100% safe and effective form
- Bonus videos and training tips to squeeze every ounce of “fat loss power” out of each exercise and workout
- And much more …
If you’re serious about losing fat fast and taking your conditioning to the next level, this program will help you do it.
Check out what some of my happy kettlebell training clients have to say:
“Growing up I never thought I’d get into shape. My defeatist attitude combined with sheer laziness made me pack on the pounds over the years. With my 30th birthday approaching I decided to make a change – and I’m so glad that I did!I changed my diet and lost a bit of weight and then I discovered Forest’s workouts.
Erik dropped 60 pounds and 16% body fat
Mark Blasted His Fat Loss Plateau with Kettlebells
I started doing some bodybuilding type exercises in my garage. I tried to set up a little garage gym with some dumbbells and a weight bench. I got myself down to about 190 and kind of getting back into shape and started to do a little bit of running. But then I started to get bored and I had kind of hit the wall and I wasn’t saying any more progress.
A friend of mine had been working out with Forest and seeing some results and mentioned that Forest had a kettlebell class.
So I said, “okay, that sounds interesting. I’ve never seen these kettlebells before but anything that can be described as a cannonball with a handle, I’m going to check that out.”
So I signed up for the kettlebell class. It was a six week class and it kicked my butt every class but I loved it. It burned me out, I was tired but I felt great and I was excited about my workouts again. The other things about the kettlebells is that I ordered a couple and it was a workout that I could do at home. So it was easy. No excuse to not work out.
So I’m working out with kettlebells at home, getting the strength but also getting the endurance. Getting blasted and I started seeing myself losing weight again. I’ve been working out with the kettlebells, doing a little more running. I’ve actually signed up with Forest and we did some one-on-one training for awhile and Forest helped me get my strength up a little bit and showed me some more workouts that I could do at home. Also some variations on the workouts with the kettlebells at home, integrating some of the things that I had been doing.
Here I am today down between 165 and 170. I’m never bored with my workouts because I can always switch it up. I know that I have a wide variety of things that I can do at home if I can’t make it to the gym. I’m always able to mix it up and keep it fresh.”
"Since I started with Forest I’m down in weight from about 211 pounds to 178, my bodyfat went from 25% to just under 15% and my good cholesterol and bad cholesterol numbers reversed themselves.
I do classes at Forest’s gym once or twice a week where we do high intensity cardio with some strength training and then at home I use what I learned here and with private sessions with Forest doing kettlebell workouts and just straight cardio.
My favorite exercise is anything with the kettlebell. It’s an extremely explosive feel-good-at-the-end in an extremely short amount of time”
Andrew Lost 33 Pounds and 10.5% Body Fat in Five Months
And a few more comments from my online kettlebell clients/blog readers/email subcribers/etc.
“I’m 58 years old and completed P90X 2 years ago and Insanity last year, but both times I could not stay motivated to work that long and hard on a regular basis. This spring I did Insanity again but the results were disappointing. Then I discovered Kettlebells! Between the short intense workouts and the way my body is responding, I’m hooked! Starting on my 4th week and loving your straightforward instruction and the variety of your workouts.”
"My “gym” is outdoors wherever I happen to be parked(I’m a trucker). My ultimate goal is to get down to my maximum weight when I was in the army(184lbs). That was when i was in my early 20′s. when I started working out, I weighed 278. Today, at 52, I’m down to 231."
"Version 1.0 changed my life – With kettlebells and clean eating, my waist is down almost ten inches in the past year."
"I’m a Type 2 diabetic, and can proudly say that I manage this condition 100% drug-free, thanks in large part to my kettlebell workouts!"
"Since using Kettlebell training I lost 65 pounds and went from a wheel chair to walking with a walker to walking with a cane."
"I am 75 years old and a fan of kettlebell workout. It is short but efficient and leaves me vigorous and energetic. I know I am in better shape than most of my friends my age or younger. I am stronger and my balance is better than they. Recently I had a college reunion, and my old friends were all amazed at how I look."
"Working with Kettlebells has changed my thinking regarding exercises in general. Not only is it a great cardio workout but also my strength overall has really improved, having a stronger core, losing weight and being able to work out in a short time are all pluses for me. Having the proper form to follow and develop into a regular routine has made me a believer in Kettle Bells. Thank you for the routines, tips and suggestions to add to my training."