A kettlebell is one of the best pieces of exercise equipment you can have.
You can throw it in the back of your car and take it with you wherever you go.
If you know what you’re doing, you can get in great shape with a kettlebell alone.
When you combine a kettlebell with the best kettlebell programs, it’s magic!
One of the very best programs I’ve found is Viking Warrior Conditioning.
Viking Warrior Conditioning is a program centered around VO2 max training.
In “Why MetCon?” I talked about energy pathways and how, at a certain level of intensity your body can no longer use breathing oxygen as its main energy pathway. VO2 max determines that point.
The easiest way to think of VO2 max is the point in exercise at which you can no longer maintain a steady pace.
Now, why is this important for getting in shape and transforming your body?
Having a high VO2 max is like having an easy pass to skip waiting in lines or siting in traffic. You go straight past the lines to your goal, fat loss.
People who are really out of shape, ie low VO2 max, get out of breath just climbing a flight of stairs.
People with a high VO2 max more burn fat and get better results for any given exercise.
Viking Warrior Conditioning helps you get your VO2 max up so you too can enjoy these awesome fitness perks.
The Viking Warrior Conditioning program is a tool I use when I want to lean out but don’t want to create an entire conditioning program.
It’s perfect because you only have to do this two times per week.
If you want to work out five days a week, you can lift Monday, Wednesday, Friday and do Viking Warrior Conditioning Tuesday and Thursday.
Your conditioning is taken care of.
What’s the catch?
Why is it that you only have to do this two times a week?
Well, it’s called Viking Warrior Conditioning.
You get in insanely good shape but you have to work for it.
You start off at 12 minutes and you work your way up to 40 minutes.
The way that it’s set up, you are constantly out of breath, yet somehow you keep it going.
The program revolves around high volume kettlebell snatches done in a way that increases your VO2 max.
You may have done kettlebell snatches before, but not like this; this is crazy.
You’re gonna want to have some water nearby and imagine that you’re a Viking.
I may or may not imagine that I’m Lagertha.
Whatever you have to do to get you through it…
40 minutes of this will cause you to drop fat faster than just about anything else you can do with a kettlebell.
There are certainly more intense workouts that you can do, but I think that Viking Warrior Conditioning really hits the sweet spot.
It’s the only thing I’ve seen this intense, yet able to last 40 minutes.
Another benefit of this program is the freedom to pursue other goals while doing it.
I thought very seriously about naming this post, “How to Train for a Marathon without Actually Running” because that’s what Viking Warrior Conditioning will allow you to do.
You get in such good shape from it that all you would need to do to smoke a marathon is Viking Warrior Conditioning and a weekly long run.
You’d still need to build your long run up to 20 miles to condition your feet and your joints, but you could run a marathon with way fewer training runs.
With Viking Warrior Conditioning, you have your conditioning set with just two times per week, forty minutes a session.
The changes in your body, from Viking Warrior Conditioning, are incredible.
You’ll notice changes within a week or two at most.
That’s how effective it is.
There are also some great side benefits to Viking Warrior Conditioning.
Your posture improves pretty radically because you’re hammering your posterior chain.
You have to squeeze your butt really hard to generate the force to get the kettlebell up over your head. Multiply that times hundreds of reps and Viking Warrior turns out to be an incredible glute workout.
You’re getting lean very quickly, getting killer glutes, and developing fantastic posture.
There’s no reason why you can’t get in amazing shape and completely transform your body, even if you don’t have access to a gym, you’re on a very limited budget, very limited time.
Get a kettlebell and do Viking Warrior Conditioning.