Today was a rainy Saturday and I just didn't feel like going in to SKOGG Gym, so I pulled out the SKOGG System DVD and did the "Ladders" workout at Level IV (Warrior). It kicked my butt!! Actually, I was surprised by how winded and sweaty I got. I'm used to doing that type of workout, so I thought this was going to be a piece of cake. For anyone out there that thinks the SKOGG System is ONLY for beginners is very misinformed.
Michael introduced me to kettlebells over 5 years ago. I started with a 9 lb. kettlebell, and when he tried to teach me a Turkish Get-Up, I revolted. Turkish Get-Ups are my favorite exercise now, but at the time, I very loudly protested. My body wasn't ready for that movement. After years of traditional weight training, my body was inflexible and tight. However, I loved doing the basic 6. They are a group of exercises that work your entire body. It was fun, and I sweat more than I ever did lifting traditional weights...with only a 9 lb. kettlebell. It was invigorating and empowering!
Soon I moved to an 18 lb kettlebell, and became pretty comfortable at that weight. But comfortable is not where I wanted to be, I wanted results, so I was soon swinging a 26 lb bell. Not only did I get stonger very quickly, my flexiility improved, especially in my shoulders and hips. Fast forward to the present. I use a 26 lb. kettlebell for fast paced workouts. That gives me a great cardio workout, and is heavy enough for strength training as well. For a slower paced workout, I will use a 35, 44, or 53 pound kettlebell for snatches, cleans, dead lifts and two handed swings. If you really want to feel your glutes, pick up a 44 or 53 pound kettlebell and do some two handed swings. If you do the swings the way Michael teaches, your glutes and hamstrings will get the workout of their life.
The moral of this story is.....you can use a light kettlebell and get a great cardio workout. But if you think the SKOGG System workout is too easy, it's not the fault of the workout. All you have to do is pick up a heavier kettlebell, and the workout turns into a brand new experience.