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Running Grit: Kettlebell Training v2.1

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Running Grit: Kettlebell Training v2.1


Andrew McDonald

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10 Weeks

Plan Description

Grit: Kettlebell Strength and Power Foundations

Grit is the foundational kettlebell programme, but do not underestimate its effectiveness. Regardless of age or starting ability, following this programme with the right technique will have you stronger, more mobile and powerful in a relatively short period of time.

Strength and stamina will also be greatly improved as a solid foundation for running, riding and all dynamic sports.

Maximal tension is the primary component of ‘Hard-Style’ kettlebell training, very similar to that used in Martial Arts. A strong brace in the core with each swing brings excellent internal tension.

The programme is designed not to exhaust you, rather supplement sports specific training or restore basic functional movements. It is also flexible in nature, aim to complete at least 3 sessions per week.

After an introductory period of 2 weeks, the aim will be to complete a total of 100 Swings and 10 Get-Ups in each session. Quality of technique is of paramount and should be performed at maximum power. The rate at which you progress through the sets is determined by you and if technique slips at any point, the session must end.

Regular testing will provide you the feedback required to determine progress and offer direction toward the density, volume and intensity of the subsequent reasoning block.

This plan has been adapted from the Simple and Sinister Kettlebell Training plan, please visit to find out more. Technique videos can be found on YouTube but if you wish to continue the programme to supplement your sport-specific training, please contact for coaching details.

Practical technique feedback can be arranged via video submission - contact for more details.

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Training Plan Sample Week


Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
Strength x5
03:38:00 01:00:00
Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
03:38:00 01:00:00

Training Load By Week

Andy McDonald

Grit and Glory Coaching

I keep coaching simple (note - not basic) to help the 'Everyday Athlete' achieve more. Life is demanding enough for athletes to be bogged down in the minutae of equipment, nutrition, strategy etc. So let me keep things focused for you.

Beyond training plans, performance testing and regular feedback, my services include:

  • Mental Strength & Wellness
  • Race Preparation & Strategy
  • Strength & Conditioning
  • Remote Kettlebell Coaching
  • Practical Skills Sessions
  • Personal & Team Coaching

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