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Kettle Knights Podcast

Kettle Knights Podcast

By Lebe Stark
Learn powerful insights from the greatest minds in the kettlebell world. Brought to you by Gregory from Lebe Stark. Find out more about Lebe Stark here: www.lebestark.ch
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The Father Of Canadian Kettlebell Training | w/ Shawn Mozen - (Episode #22)
Shawn Mozen is the foremost authority on Kettlebell training in Canada and owner of Agatsu. Considered the father of Canadian Kettlebell training, Shawn was the first instructor to release instructional DVDS, a workbook and to offer instructor certification seminars in Canada. TIME STAMP 00:00 The Father Of Canadian Kettlebell Training 22:00 Open-Mindedness In Fitness 32:00 High Volume & High Tension 46:00 How To Apply Proper Mobility & Flexibility 52:00 The Fundamentals VS. New Ideas 1:05:00 Shawn’s Experience In Russia 1:16:00 Open-Mindedness In Fitness Part II 1:33:00 Complex & Simple Programming 1:45:00 Cyclical Efficiency
01:55:38
January 05, 2022
Show Proof Or Shut Up | w/ Dan John - (Episode #21)
Dan John has spent his life with one foot in the world of lifting and throwing, and the other foot in academia. An All-American discus thrower, Dan has also competed at the highest levels of Olympic lifting, Highland Games and the Weight Pentathlon, an event in which he holds the American record. TIME STAMP 00:00 When Dialogue Stops Improvement Starts 08:00 Complex Training Strategies 19:30 „Back Up Your Bullsh*!“ 31:41 Pavel’s „Rite Of Passage“ And „Simple & Sinister“ 38:00 Heavy Turkish Get Ups Can Kill You 41:50 The 5 Spheres By Dan John 49:33 Hybrid Style Master Class
50:38
January 05, 2022
The Irish Champion Who Got ALMOST KILLED | w/ Paul McIlroy - (Episode #20)
Paul McIlroy is one of the leading proponents of a hybrid kettlebell style. He was first introduced to the world of KB’s 20 years ago in 2001 through the original RKC and became the first person from Irleland to become level 1 and 2 RKC certified. He trained and created a number of ‘Beast Tamers’ with the 48kg bell and competed in 10 Kettlebell Sport competitions, as a two time National champion in the biathlon; representing his country in the IUKL World Championships in 2015. Recently, he also went toe to toe in a competition with the legendary Denis Vasilev in a "Long Cycle Strict Press" battle to hold a fundraiser for Cancer Research UK. TIME STAMP 00:00 Paul’s Background & History 17:00 The Early Days Of Kettlebells 35:00 The Mortar That Unites Kettlebell Sport & Hardstyle 44:00 SFG Snatch Test 1:09:35 Maximum Strength - Effort & Genetics 1:45:00 Denis Vasilev VS. Paul McIlroy 1:57:15 Cancer Research UK Fundraiser 2:07:00 Paul’s Personal Reasons Behind The Fundraiser
02:14:23
January 05, 2022
The King Of Rotation | w/ Bill Esch - (Episode #19)
Bill Esch has earned his title as the Kettlebell Warrior: He trained with Russian National Team coaches, competed in Kettlebell Sport for more than a decade, and was the first U.S. man to achieve the classification of “Master of Sport International Class.” In addition to being a kettlebell champion, he was also a Division I athlete in Football and competed in Collegiate Olympic Weightlifting. Bill has spent decades amassing knowledge about a multitude of fitness disciplines from Pilates and rehab to elite athletic training. TIME STAMP 00:00 Bill’s Background In Fitness 04:50 David Weck’s Coiling Mechanics 07:00 How To Apply Rotational Exercises 21:40 The Game Of Efficiency 27:00 Benefits Of Rotational Exercises 31:50 Kettlebells - Kinetic Tools Of Training 39:35 Breathing From East To West 47:00 Bill Esch’s Kettlebell Programs 51:00 Boundaries & Molding Your Body 58:00 Bill Esch Joins The Kettlebell Avengers
01:01:20
January 05, 2022
Kettlebell Avengers Part I | w/ Kat & Louka - (Episode #18)
This is the first installment of our "Kettlebell Avengers" session where we have conversations with powerful experts from the kettlebell sphere. Today's guests include Kat's Kettlebell Dojo from New Zealand and Louka Kurcer from Canada. TIME STAMP 00:00 KB Avengers, Assemble! 06:40 Best Experience In Fitness 13:40 Worst Experience In Fitness 28:00 Programming For Kettlebell Beginners 37:00 The Importance Of Mobility 57:40 Group Coaching VS. Personal Training 1:08:00 Coaching Options To Serve Value 1:12:00 Charles Polliquin On The Kettlebell Swing
01:29:02
January 05, 2022
Psychovertical | w/ Andy Kirkpatrick - (Episode #17)
The US magazine Climbing once described Andy as a climber with a “strange penchant for the long, the cold and the difficult”, with a reputation “for seeking out routes where the danger is real, and the return is questionable, pushing himself on some of the hardest walls and faces in the Alps and beyond, sometimes with partners and sometimes alone. Andy's speciality is big wall climbing and winter expeditions, which involves pitting himself against vertical climbs of over 1000 metres (that’s two and a half world trade centres), often in temperatures as low as minus 30 degrees. Andy has scaled Yosemite's El Capitan - one of the hardest walls in America - over twenty-four times, including three solo ascents and a one-day ascent (18h), as well as climbing it with a paraplegic climber, his thirteen-year-old daughter and a blind friend. One of these ascents was a 12 day solo of the Reticent Wall, viewed at the time as perhaps the hardest climb of its type in the world, and the subject of his award-winning book Psychovertical. TIME STAMP 00:00 Bin Man’s Fitness 06:00 Physical Attributes Of Climbing 10:00 Climbing El Capitan 13:40 Extreme Anxiety VS. Fear - The Story Of The Baboon 21:00 Resilience Through Experience 38:00 The Basics Of Mountaineering 49:00 Performing Under Pressure 01:05:00 Application Of Kettlebells For Climbing 01:12:00 2 Weeks In The Snow Hole On A Mountain 01:27:00 Always Leave Some Water In The Bottle 01:40:00 Trusting The System 01:48:00 Andy Kirkpatrick’s Books
01:51:50
January 02, 2022
Superheroes | w/ Funk Roberts - (Episode #16)
Funk Roberts is a former professional athlete turned Certified MMA Conditioning Coach, Master Metabolic Trainer, Kettlebell Specialist and Transformation Expert for Men Over 40, 50 and 60. His mission is to help Men lose weight, burn fat, build muscle, improve athleticism, increase energy and better overall health and fitness. TIME STAMP 00:00 The Vibe Is Strong With These Two! 05:05 The Shape Of Men In 2021 07:00 Superhero Mode 13:50 How Funk Handles His Business & Social Game 19:29 Quantifying Results - Your Why Has To Make You Cry 30:00 Trust The System 42:00 Setting Up People For Success 47:15 Habits & Pre-Exhaustion Techniques 51:00 MMA Conditioning 1:04:00 How Funk Discovered Kettlebells - & Lebe Stark! :) 1:15:00 Technical Aspects Of Kettlebell Training 1:20:00 Funk’s Kettlebell Swing Technique 1:24:00 Beat The Clock & Funk’s Swiss Lullaby 1:27:00 Funk Joins The Kettlebell Avengers! 1:28:30 Hip Hop Just Joined The Chat 1:30:36 National Testosterone Awareness Day
01:33:47
January 02, 2022
How Context Matters In Spine Resilience | w/ Professor Stuart McGill - (Episode #15)
Dr. McGill is a professor emeritus, University of Waterloo, where he was a professor for 32 years. His laboratory and experimental research clinic investigated issues related to the causal mechanisms of back pain, how to rehabilitate back-pained people and enhance injury resilience and performance. This produced over 240 peer-reviewed scientific journal papers, many international awards, and has mentored over 40 graduate students during this scientific journey. TIME STAMP 00:00 Genetic Component Of Human Structures 16:00 Strength & Endurance Of a Safe Spine 27:00 Accumulative Pain Over Time 34:00 How To Strengthen Your Quadratus Lumborum 37:00 Stu’s Kettlebell Journey 46:00 Shear Forces In Kettlebell Swings 1:00:00 Synergy Between Clinician & Coaches 1:11:28 Rotational Kettlebell Exercises 1:16:00 The Slosh Pipe Incident 1:26:00 How To Rotate Safely 1:31:10 Context Matters
01:34:31
January 02, 2022
The Mental Aspect Of Competition | w/ Brittany van Schravendijk - (Episode #14)
Brittany van Schravendijk discovered Kettlebell Sport in 2011 and has since obtained her Master of Sport in 24kg Long Cycle, 24kg Snatch, 2x24kg Long Cycle, 2x20kg Triathlon, 20kg Snatch, 2x20kg Biathlon, and 16kg Snatch Half Marathon. Brittany set numerous World and National records from 2012-2016. She uses her expertise in Kettlebell Sport to teach workshops and train clients all over the world.
55:21
January 02, 2022
Kettlebells & Martial Arts | w/ Ramsey Dewey - (Episode #13)
Ramsey Dewey is a Mixed Martial Arts Coach in Shanghai, China. He's also a ringside fight commentator, judge, and referee, having worked for many fight promotions. @Ramsey Dewey  is all about MMA, Mixed Martial arts, grappling, jiu-jitsu, catch wrestling, boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, sanda, taijiquan, combat sports.
01:41:05
December 23, 2021
Beta Testing | w/ Kat's Kettlebell Dojo - (Episode #12)
Kat Tabakova (full name Ekaterina Gabrielle Tabakova) is a Strength and Conditioning Coach, StrongFirst and IKSFA Kettlebell Instructor, Calisthenics Coach and Movement and Performance Therapy Specialist. Kat runs the YouTube channel @Kat's Kettlebell Dojo, lives in New Zealand and coaches worldwide. Time Stamp 00:00 Risk To Benefit Ratio 07:30 Hybrid, Hardstyle & Kettlebell Sport 17:25 Kat’s Preferred Training Style 21:10 Kettlebell Programming 26:35 Black & White Thinking, Beta Testing & Training Protocols 32:40 The Idea Behind CrossFit 41:00 The Difference Between Kettlebell Sport & Hybrid Style 43:00 The Lebe Stark Training System 54:00 The Power Of Simplicity 1:02:20 Just Because You Can.. 1:07:05 Benefits Of Double Kettlebells 1:15:00 5 Features Of The Swing - Kat’s Reaction & Review 1:28:00 Working With Fixed Weights 1:38:00 How To Progress With Kettlebells At Home 1:43:00 Different Types Of Clients/ Trainees 1:50:00 The Beauty Of Different Coaches At Different Stages 1:54:00 Different Types Of Personal Experience In Training 1:58:05 The Kettlebell Roundtable
02:00:40
December 23, 2021
The Original Kettlebell Hybrid | w/ Steve Cotter - (Episode #11)
For more than 30 years Steve Cotter has promoted body-mind fitness around the world through martial arts, qigong, mobility, flexibility and kettlebell training and via IKFF educational courses. Steve Cotter is the iconic landmark in Gregory's pivotal moment in his young career as a kettlebell coach when he personally certified Lebe Stark in June 2019. Time Stamp 00:00 The Student Meets His Master - Again! 03:20 Transcending The Levels Of Physical Education 10:20 The Physical Scientist 16:30 Steve Cotter - The Original Hybrid 21:30 The Modern Revolution Of Kettlebells 26:30 Steve Cotter’s Involvement In The Early Days 36:00 Contributors To The Modern Kettlebell Era 42:20 Early Adapters Of Kettlebell Sport In The West 46:52 Steve Maxwell’s Skin In The Game 51:20 Valuing Different Priorities
55:39
December 23, 2021
The Origins Of RKC | w/Dan John - (Episode #10)
Dan John has spent his life with one foot in the world of lifting and throwing, and the other foot in academia. An All-American discus thrower, Dan has also competed at the highest levels of Olympic lifting, Highland Games and the Weight Pentathlon, an event in which he holds the American record. Time Stamp 00:00 Leaving a Legacy 05:44 Destructive & Negative Feedback 10:25 Steve Maxwell Controversy 16:20 The Origins Of DragonDoor & RKC Part I 19:33 Kettlebells In Soviet Track & Field 23:35 The Origins Of DragonDoor & RKC Part II 25:45 Mental & Physical Preparation Of An Athlete 29:00 Investing In Asymmetrical Risks In Sports 33:00 Attention To Detail 38:05 Dan John’s Involvement In RKC 48:25 Concept, Drill, Frankenstein’s Monster 56:00 Setting New Priorities 1:05:10 Rotational Kettlebell Exercises 1:08:00 The Power Of Walking 1:11:00 Stuart McGill’s Work 1:13:40 The Gift Of Injury 1:16:50 You Don’t Have Because You Don’t Ask
01:18:53
December 23, 2021
Training Economy | w/ Chandler Marchman - (Episode #9)
Chandler Marchman is one of the biggest kettlebell channels on YouTube. In this podcast conversation, we cover a lot of ground ranging from YouTube, to Strongman and (of course) kettlebells. Time Stamp 00:00 Finding Your Seat At The (YouTube) Table 05:30 How To Handle Negative Feedback 08:40 Communal Learning 11:18 Chandler’s 100k Achievement & The Silver Play Button 15:00 How To Perform Best On YouTube 20:45 The Formulae Of Success 27:25 Chandler’s Journey Into Kettlebells 32:00 Training Economy 38:05 Bodybuilding & Kettlebells 42:00 Complementary Nature Of Proper Training Modalities 50:50 The Right Tool For The Job 55:45 How To Use Kettlebells For Maximum Strength Efforts 1:01:35 Precision Of Olympic Weightlifting Athletes 1:06:15 Thor’s Deadlift World Record 1:10:00 Strength Athletics 1:17:15 Machines & Corporate Gym Culture 1:25:50 Influence Of Social Media 1:35:00 Anything For The Gram 1:41:00 Empathy - The Greatest Quality Of Coaching 1:50:00 Carrying The Kettlebell-Torch
01:54:43
December 23, 2021
From Simple To Sinister | w/ Louka Kurcer - (Episode #8)
Louka Kurcer is the owner of  @Hardstyle Kettlebell Pro  and is a Strong First Certified Team Leader, hailing all the way from Montréal, Canada. Time Stamp 00:00 Rotational Torque In Athleticism 08:30 Experts, Geniuses & Influencers 13:00 Two Kettlebell-Schools Of Thought 20:00 Kettlebell Programming 26:27 From Simple To Sinister 34:50 Combining Different Coaching Modalities 38:30 The Steve Maxwell Controversy 49:15 Shear Forces & Loads On The Spine 54:30 Pushing Through The Boredom 57:45 Overspeed Eccentrics 1:04:20 Common Sense In Kettlebell Training 1:08:55 Variety In Training 1:16:45 GPP & Skill Transfer 1:21:45 Training In All Planes Of Motion
01:25:13
December 22, 2021
Basic Economics In The Context Of Fitness | w/ Kat's Kettlebell Dojo - (Episode #7)
Kat Tabakova (full name Ekaterina Gabrielle Tabakova) is a Strength and Conditioning Coach, StrongFirst and IKSFA Kettlebell Instructor, Calisthenics Coach and Movement and Performance Therapy Specialist. Kat runs the YouTube channel @Kat's Kettlebell Dojo  ,lives in New Zealand and coaches worldwide. Time Stamp 00:00 Fitness Minimalism 03:45 Basic Economics In The Context Of Fitness & Training 07:47 Entrepreneurial Responsibilities 12:55 Juggling Different Languages 15:19 The 8 Colors Of Fitness 21:17 Variety In Coaching & Training 27:22 Good & Bad Exercises 30:35 Skill Transfer - The „What The Hell“ Effect 33:00 The „Best“ Kettlebell Exercise(s) 37:42 Coordinative Aspects Of Kettlebell Training 41:00 Kat’s Advice For CrossFitters 43:07 Rotational Torque In Kettlebell Exercises 55:57 Kat’s Opinion On YouTube Kettlebell Channels 1:01:11 The Scope Of Influence Of Kettlebell Experts 1:06:13 Confusion Through Misinformation 1:09:20 The Value Of a Coach 1:13:50 Hardstyle, Kettlebell Sport & Hybrids 1:24:25 The Most Differentiating Factor Of Kettlebells 1:27:25 Gregory’s Journey Into Kettlebells 1:30:00 Steve Cotter’s Influence 1:32:15 The Power The Positive & Negative Feedback 1:35:04 Communal Learning - The Human Benefit 1:38:38 Trusting The Science Of Exercise Physiology
01:41:34
December 22, 2021
The Hybrid Mentality | w/ Brittany Van Schravendijk - (Episode #6)
Brittany van Schravendijk discovered Kettlebell Sport in 2011 and has since obtained her Master of Sport in 24kg Long Cycle, 24kg Snatch, 2x24kg Long Cycle, 2x20kg Triathlon, 20kg Snatch, 2x20kg Biathlon, and 16kg Snatch Half Marathon. Time Stamp 00:00 Brittany’s History With Kettlebells 05:20 Exposure To Kettlebell Sport & Hardstyle 11:00 The Hybrid Mentality 13:45 Missing Out On Different Modalities 15:30 Optimal Health & Imbalances 21:16 Balancing Things Out With Different Training Modalities 25:00 Athlete Burnout - The Problem With Lifting Too Heavy For Too Long 28:30 Chasing The Burn 32:51 The Russian Swing 35:20 Shear Forces In Swinging Kettlebells 38:45 Relaxation VS. Tension - The Power Switch Mentality 42:10 Kettlebell Canon & Kettlebell Legends w/ Britt 46:10 The Importance Of The Kinesthetic Sense 48:10 Isometrics & Tempo Work 50:00 The Power Of The Basics
52:07
December 22, 2021
The 8-Second Expert | w/ Dan John - (Episode #5)
Dan John has spent his life with one foot in the world of lifting and throwing, and the other foot in academia. An All-American discus thrower, Dan has also competed at the highest levels of Olympic lifting, Highland Games and the Weight Pentathlon, an event in which he holds the American record. Time Stamp 00:00 Nothing But Gratitude 02:22 Dan John's Reaction To "Functional" Training With NFL Athletes 14:15 Never Get Bored As a Coach 18:47 Sitting On a Whale Fishing For Minnows 25:00 The 8-Second Expert 27:00 Dan John's Reaction To "Functional" Training With NFL Athletes Part II 35:60 How To Improve As An Athlete/ Trainee 42:00 Dan John's "1-2-3-4" Assessment 54:20 The Brace-To-Brake Philosophy Inspired By Dan John 57:36 Dan John's Reaction To "Functional" Training With NFL Athletes Part III 1:01:50 Lessons From High School Coaches & Elites 1:07:00 Lebe Stark's Recent Venture Into Reactions 1:11:00 Engaging In Tribalism 1:13:15 90 Days Of Kettlebells
01:13:41
December 22, 2021
Embracing The Obvious To Build Strength | w/ Dan John - (Episode #4)
Dan John has spent his life with one foot in the world of lifting and throwing, and the other foot in academia. An All-American discus thrower, Dan has also competed at the highest levels of Olympic lifting, Highland Games and the Weight Pentathlon, an event in which he holds the American record. Time Stamp 00:00 Intro 01:01 Recap From The First Conversation 03:45 Falling In Love With The Process 05:00 3 Overarching Coaching Principles 17:06 Reaching The Top 5 % Of Your Niche 26:17 What’s The Best Tool To Build Strength 33:32 The Problem Of The Fitness Industry 36:36 The Concept Of Building Strength 42:20 The Press & The Squat 47:00 The Power Of Technique 50:55 Variety Is For Fun 54:00 Is Functional Training Legit? 1:03:00 Strength Training & Skill Practice 1:10:00 Explosive Performance 1:13:32 The Problem Of Research 1:16:55 90 Days Of Kettlebells
01:17:21
December 22, 2021
Trusting The Process | w/ Dan John - (Episode #3)
This conversation with Dan John takes you from strength training to the secrets to the success via the pirate-maps concept from Pat Flynn. We've already scheduled another podcast sessions to dive deeper into a systematic approach and detailed perspective on strength training.  @Dan John  is a legendary strength coach who has made a name in the weight lifting and kettlebell community. Enjoy this awesome conversation with a man, who has been in business of lifting, coaching and weight training for almost 40 years. Time Stamp 00:00 Intro 01:35 European Languages 03:35 Dan John’s Story 06:50 Value Of a Good Coach 07:57 The Interplay Between Goals & Life 12:20 Dan’s Summary Of Life in 50 Words 13:30 Health, Fitness, Longevity & Performance 15:05 The Importance Of Fundamentals 17:55 Weight Loss VS. Looking Good On The Beach 20:48 Dan’s Perspective On Strength Straining 25:25 Dedication & Cultural Differences 27:27 The Right Tool For The Job 29:36 Trusting The Process 33:55 The Problem-List 36:50 The Secret To Success 40:24 The Secret To Success Part II 41:42 The Value Of Making Mistakes 43:09 The Concept Of Bragging Buddies 47:10 Side Effects Of Reaching Goals 50:00 Pirate Maps By Pat Flynn 54:30 Short Term VS. Longevity 59:10 90 Days Of Kettlebells
59:51
December 21, 2021
When Two Worlds Collide | w/ Louka Kurcer - (Episode #2)
Louka Kurcer is the owner of  @Hardstyle Kettlebell Pro and is a Strong First Certified Team Leader, hailing all the way from Montréal, Canada.   In this conversation we talk about a specific aspect of the Turkish Get Up, Louka's encouraging life story and the similarities between both kettlebell styles. Time Stamp 00:00 Intro 01:31 Kettlebell Styles - The Big Picture 03:24 LS Reactions & Joe Rogan's Gorilla Clean 06:10 Hardstyle, Girevoy Sport & Hybrids 08:30 How Louka Approached Lebe Stark 10:00 The Teacher's Mindset 12:35 Turkish Get Up: Common Mistake 15:53 Gregory Applying Louka's Advice 18:07 Safety Measures Of The Turkish Get Up 20:30 Value Of Coaching 25:54 Louka's Lifestory & Time In Prison 32:00 How Louka Discovered Pavel Tsatsouline 36:50 The Power Of Determination 40:25 Approaching The Kettlebell With a Martial Arts Mentality 41:50 The Hardstyle Method 45:10 Kettlebell Sport & Kettlebell Hybrid Comparison 47:00 Practice Like An Athlete 49:00 Programing Hard Workouts 52:00 Flipping The Crazy Switch 53:25 Death Of a Thousand Cuts Training Philosophy 54:38 How Coaches Should Make Their Voices Heard 56:38 Negatives Of Tribalism
01:16:36
December 21, 2021
The Mindset Of Champions | w/ Denis Vasilev - (Episode #1)
Denis Vasilev is an 11 time kettlebell world champion. In this full 2 hour interview with Gregory, he shares his thoughts on the history of kettlebells, analyzes Gregory's form and talks about the drive, mindset and philosophy of a champion.  Time Stampe 00:00 Introduction To Denis Vasilev  01:00 Denis Vasilev - The precision artist  03:00 Steve Cotter's Influence In Kettlebell Training  05:30 Origins Of Kettlebell Training & Differences In Style  09:00 Juggeling, Cirucs Strongmen & Olympic Weightlifting  12:45 Roots Of The Long Cycle 15:40 Roots Of The Kettlebell Snatch  20:00 Differences Snatch, Jerk & Long Cycle  23:30 The Champion's Mindset  27:00 Pavel Tsatsouline, Hardstyle & Different Methods  32:00 Influence, Feedback & Repercussion In The West  36:00 General Fitness & Professional Sport  40:00 The Best Tool For Strength & Conditioning  43:50 Weak Tissue Connections: The Problem Of Powerlifters  48:40 CrossFit - The Good & The Bad  54:00 Technical Demands Of Kettlebell Sport  56:42 Consistency Is King  1:00:00 Measuring Progress  1:04:50 Gregory's "Kettlebell Sport Rank"  1:09:32 Long Cycle Analysis  1:14:00 The Perfect Long Cycle Technique  1:22:00 Involvement Of The Arms In Long Cycle  1:25:00 Involvement Of The Quads In Long Cycle  1:26:50 Kettlebell Snatch Analysis  1:31:00 Applying The Snatch In A Circuit  1:34:00 Locking The Knees In The Back Swing  1:37:10 Death By A Thousand Cuts  1:41:00 Individual Differences  1:45:00 Weight Progression In Long Cycle  1:48:20 Perfecting The Technique  1:53:00 Being A Good Kettlebell Coach
01:56:14
December 21, 2021