Speed and Explosive Strength
Video Review: Kettlebell
Solutions for Speed and Explosive Strength, Mike Mahler
by Brian Stramel, CPT
This isn’t Mike
Mahler’s 1st DVD, but it is the 1st
one I purchased from him. Speed
and explosive strength is more up my alley as a sometimes
infantryman, sometimes executive protection specialist, than size
One thing I really like about Mike Mahler’s DVDs is that he is very
conscientious of what he’s already covered in his own products as well
as what has been covered to death already in the popular products by
others. This DVD
has a lot of unique exercises and unique takes on old standbys that
make them more explosive.
The run time is over 80 minutes long.
No shortage of information here!
The menu and organization is very clear. The exercises are broken
down into 4 categories: full body, upper body, lower body and
Of the full body exercises, I like the “full body attack” best. You start in the pushup
position with hands on 2 kettlebells,
jump forward into a squat and clean both bells, then return. This takes a lot of
explosive power and is a killer conditioning drill if done for higher
I really like the “guard attack” from the upper body exercises. It is basically
alternating floor presses done explosively with the assistance of your
legs. It builds
power from on your back (as in the Brazilian Ju Jitsu guard position).
“Explosive lunges” are a really challenging lower
body exercise. Like
a regular lunge done quickly with a kettlebell. Don’t let your knee touch!
we come to the rotational exercises, of which, there is only one (but I
really dig it). It
is the “crossover snatch”. Like
a regular snatch, only the kettlebell
starts on one side of your body and you snatch it diagonally across
your midsection, overhead to the opposite side.
Great for building rotational power from the floor
up in the obliques.
are just some highlights from each section.
The production values are good and the video and
audio are clear. Each
exercise is demonstrated from 2 angles and explained in depth along
with an additional “tips” section.
I like how the “tips” are separate so since I’ve
seen it all ready, I can just click on the exercise for a quick
refresher before plugging it into a workout.
Or, if I’m struggling with one, I can go straight
to the tips and get squared away.
I’ve incorporated some of these exercises into my regular routine and
they are fun, challenging and break up the monotony.
final thing I really like is how Mike Mahler only briefly touches on
program design in the DVD, then sends out a very thorough .pdf file via
email with all kinds of sample programs and recommendations. Great use of multimedia in
the Internet age. The
.pdf conveys the minutia of sample workouts and programs far more
efficiently and easily referenced than it would be on video.
to find something to criticize on this DVD without nit-picking. It delivers all that it
promises and more. You
might not like his humor or the intro music I guess?
out other products for men and women, including Enter
the Kettlebell, Strength Secret of the Soviet Supermen.
this Mike Mahler DVD here! Stay tuned for my
upcoming review of Mike Mahler’s
Kettlebell Solutions for Fat Loss and Mental Toughness.