The 10,000-swing challenge!

http://kettlebellinc.com/magazine/2011/11/10000-swing-challenge/

The 10,000-swing challenge!

I did this in July.  It was mentally and physically grueling on some days, but on other days, it was an exercise rush.  In August, after the challenge was over, I found myself wanting to swing some each day…weird, huh?

In order to get through 10,000 swings in one month, I had to do the math.  To stay on track, I knew I should do at least 322 swings a day.  Some days I did 400 swings; some days I did 100 swings.  Towards the end of the month, there was one day I did 1,200 swings.  I found that 100 swings took me a little over 2 minutes to do.  This was the mental part of the workout.  I knew I could handle 2 minutes at a time, so I would break up my 300 swings into 100-swing intervals.  I would swing in the AM, maybe at lunch, while working with clients (we both would swing), and definitely after dinner.  I would start with a light kettlebell for the first 100 swings, and then increase to a heavier bell for the rest of the swings.  Some days I would just stick with the lighter bell.  Again, I just listened to my body.  If I weren’t feeling it, I would put the bell down and begin again the next day.

I found that I felt much stronger with the rest of my workouts during this challenge month.  My abs were always sore and that’s a good thing!  I plan on doing this challenge again in January and I hope to have you join me this time.  You have plenty of time to practice, and to get some kettlebell instruction if needed.  We can do this together and support each other.  It’s going to be fun!

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