Into the great wide open…

Damn I love training out doors! And tonite we had the chance. Marcus Houston of Krav Maga Edinburgh invited me down to spend a little time discussing the benefits of RKC Hard Style Training with his regular class. Along with Marcus, five of the guys had already been through the Kettlebells Scotland KB Basics work shop so they were able to help out.

The guys who come to Combat Ready Conditioning at the club on Mondays were familiar with Mandatory Mobility at the start of the session. This should be a daily practice. If it’s not please don’t complain about the aches in your joints.

Next we perfomed some simple bodyweight drills focussing on perfect form. I good rep is better that 20 shitty ones. Always.

Next, we worked on the swing. After going through the regular round of introductory drills we got most of them swinging with acceptable form.

I asked them what we hit with when we punch and the first answer was “fist”. After a few moments silence someone said “Your body” and we were off. It sometimes takes people a little while to get their heads round the difference between strength and power. Once we stop muscling and start linking the body as a single unit performance goes through the roof.

I hope people take on board the basic bodyweight drills we covered. It doesn’t take much to get to Average. Most people who put in a little effort will get slightly above average and you know what, most people are happy with that. Don’t be most people. Those who are prepared to put some serious effort in can expect the rewards. And remember, effort isn’t about how much time you spend, it’s how hard you work while you’re doing it.

Consider this – Most of us are not naturally gifted athletes. Most of us are not genetic masterpieces. So? We work with what we’ve got. By making the effort, perfecting what we do in terms of technique, pushing ourselves in terms of conditioning we can become greater than the sum of the parts. We can be so much better than average.

Marcus snatched the 32kg for reps tonite. Afterwards he said the 24 felt light. That’s the way to do it!

If the guys don’t take my wordon the benefits of all this work they should check out their instructor. The proof is in the doing.

Thanks to Lee for taking the pics. He was on the bench after doing is foot on Monday. Take it easy Hombre!

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  • Rannoch Donald RKC

    Mark, thanks for that. And hey, the 40 is next!

    Joe, I look forward to meeting you. We really do have our own www going here.

    All the best


  • Joe Sarti

    Don’t Be Most People! I love it, my phrase I use is Be the Exception, we are on the same page and I appreciate your wisdom.

    Thanks for the comments and someday I look forward to shaking your hand and looking you in the eye to show my appreciation for what you are doing!

    Keep making your exceptional effort

  • Dr. Mark Cheng

    Brilliant work, Rannoch & Marcus!!! You guys are Scotland’s cutting edge.

    The Bulldog, however, is 88lbs (40kg), so you’ve still got another rung to climb before snatching that.

    Off to start 3 back-to-back weekends of RKCs! I’ll be thinking about you guys in St. Paul, Copenhagen, & Budapest and looking forward to swinging some KBs with you back in Edinburgh & Glasgow!


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