Lent begins today. To make a short story even shorter, Lent is the period of 40 days before Easter. Lots of people around the world give something up for Lent. Some people take on something new. We’re encouraging a workout . . . not just any old workout, 40 days of workouts . . . and not just any old 40 days of whatever workouts, 40 days of Lent workouts as suggested by Dan John & Pavel Tsatsouline. Did I mention that Kettlebells would be involved?
Dan wrote about this way back in the prehistoric year of 2009 (feels that long ago, sometimes), but the information is just as relevant & necessary today as it was then . . . we’re just applying it to another well-known & long-standing 40 day period . . . Lent.
(In case you missed the link to the original article, it is here, at T-Nation)
As the article indicates, you can design your 40 days any way you’d like, but stick to the design. I say it that way because depending on where you find yourself, you might have different tools available, so stay open to potential possibilities.
One possible suggestion, and the suggestion I’ll be following until Easter is:
- One-leg Kettlebell Deadlifts – 2 sets of 5 on each leg
- Kettlebell Strict Press (or Bottoms Up Press) – 2 sets of 5 for each arm
- Squats (Air or Goblet) – 1 set of 20 to 50 reps
- Kettlebell Swings – 1 set of 20 to 50 reps
- Sit-Ups (Crunches, TTB, Knee Raises, etc) – 1 set of 5
Lots of variations are available in this simple-looking workout because some days I can do this at the gym, some days at home, and some days at the park or by the river . . . Kettlebells are highly portable, and that takes care of equipment for 4 out of the 5 exercises, and while I’d prefer to do Knee Raises or TTBs every day, I haven’t yet purchased my handy Free-Standing Pull-Up Bar. Shame on me, I know.
The point is to pick 5 pretty basic exercises you can do each day. Of course we want variety from one day to the next in our lives & in our workouts, and the weight available or the weight we feel like we can lift determines some of that variety. We won’t last the full 40 if we try to max out every day with the heaviest & burliest Kettlebell we have. Some days will be 16kg, some days are days of the Beast (48kg), and some days are in between.
Whatever you choose, pick exercises you can do and are willing to stick with. Consistency is king, always & forever.
Above all else, have fun with it.