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This is an interview with Strength Coach Troy Anderson. Enjoy.
1. How did you develop an interest in kettlebells?

Truth be known, for at least a few months there early on I was an anti-kettlebell person; buying in to the bullshit that you can just use a dumbbell. How wrong I was.

My ultimate interest in kettlebells has always been the access they give to people to perform movements that they never would have in a normal environment; whether it is an athlete or some just looking to lose a few pounds. It is all about having the accessibility to the fastest journey from point A to point B and kettlebells provide that.

2. Most programs are written specifically for strength or specifically for fat loss. How do you program for both?

I think people used to think that they could not do both; but there is a trend out there that that is starting to insert heavier loading into fat loss programs. I think most of us would agree a large degree of fat loss is changing what goes into your mouth.

Strength and fat loss actually go quite well together, although we have been conditioned to think otherwise. When you think about it with pure strength work you should use relatively low volume work and with a restricted fat loss diet you don't want to expend too much energy.

Here's a personal example : I did the better part of a train-up for a strongman contest while using something called the velocity diet (fairly restrictive fat loss protocol) and it did not effect performance at all.

3. Why use kettlebells for strength and fat loss when you can use other tools?

Ultimately it is accessibility. If you are a pretty decent coach and your client has the physical ability with kettlebells the door is wide open.

It's really as simple as this - the vast majority of people can't squat or deadlift worth a damn, and we can get proficient at that stuff quickly with a kettlebell. There is no psychological 'hang-up' of having to 'address a big weight' and that is beyond value. Not only in long term movement quality but in regard to fat loss too they use more of the 600 principle as my friend Dax Moy likes to call it; in short they are using more of their 600 muscles and that is a good thing when it comes to fat loss.

Not to mention we can progress them to things like swings, snatches, get-ups and flowing complexes.

For athletes it is sad to say but most of them are pretty strong but move like shit, it allows the access again to refine some movement and coordination and then put the foot on the pedal and go into advanced movements again while having a very short learning curve, it's very powerful.

When were are honest about things we need athletes in & out fast with high impact results, not spending a ton of time teaching minutiae or refining technique.

Kettlebells are the perfect blend of a tool that provides diversity, and accessibility to many different populations; whether it is performance strength work, metabolic work, or even mobility work with just a couple kettlebells. As someone who needs their 'tools' to make money, that is invaluable.

4. Why double kettlebells?

Well as you may have figured I am not much of a 'load nazi', that is the apparent thing that the double kettlebell provides and for most people and athletes that is enough.

With the kettlebells we are allowed the opportunity to move relatively heavy weight fast, and this very good for developing athleticism and even better for fat loss.

There is another component and this something I call integrity; basically when someone is forced to hold the kettlebell(s) in the rack position regardless of the movement it just brutalizes the core in a good way, in other words it keeps people from being lazy and at the same time slips in a sneaky little bit of core work.

5. Can you describe a sample workout?

We have a variety of signature workouts from Big Iron Burn (BIB), Chaos Method (CM), and Smoke Session (SS). Things that make our program a bit different from purely the exercise standpoint.

We have a 'pick your own ending' style with the chaos method that switches things up everyday or Big Iron Burn which is a primary movement plus a burn circuit that supports the movement developed in the big iron portion.

Then we have the metabolic Smoke Session. Ultimately the programming is set up to sustain progress whether you are a kettlebell newbie or a fitness enthusiast so you will be able to step in and get kickass results.

Since most people want to feel like they worked out here's an example of a workout that I shot this fall with a football theme.

If you would like to check out all our other free workouts and videos go to:

Another great week here on Straight to the Bar. The highlights :

Start considering. Virtual meets are ready for you. runs virtual meets - "geographically dispersed" raw, steroid-free meets that take place wherever the lifters and judges are, and play out online.

I'm the first female to successfully complete a virtual powerlifting meet, and the first one to come back for more. I just finished a deadlift meet, and Scott asked me to talk about my experience. I'm so excited about the project that I'm happy to talk about it to anyone who'll listen. is a grassroots project founded by Kristoffer Lindqvist in Finland and run with love by his volunteer team, warmly welcoming lifters at any level of skill or experience. Participants have been in Iceland, Austria, Finland, Puerto Rico, Canada, the U.S. (this particularly attracts Americans, for whatever reason) and more, and the list continues to grow.

Let me start with a couple of disclaimers. I'm not a powerlifter, and I've never done a live meet. I've attended them, and I brag on my world champion sister. My competition history up 'til now has been bodybuilding. Since my training evolved into strength training and Olympic-style weightlifting, the idea of dabbling with powerlifting as cross-training appealed to me. Doing a virtual meet isn't as intimidating as doing a live meet, and you just can't beat the convenience. New adventures help keep me fresh and nimble. Finally, the idea of a truly grassroots project run on passion and brains really nailed it.

Virtual Meet is just beginning to gain momentum. Next month is the pilot weightlifting meet. Eventually, VM strives to be a home of both powerlifting and weightlifting virtual meets, run parallel, throughout the year.

It's terrific fun and burgeoning with good sportsmanship spirit, but make no mistake: It's no joke. Judging is strict. At this writing, just 57 percent of attempts have passed. So although this doesn't count as a sanctioned meet, in many respects, this feels very real.

Tech Side

The technical architecture for the Virtual Meet web site blows me away. It seems as if Kristoffer Lindqvist (Yes, that Kris - founder of Under the Bar, the oldest powerlifting site on the web) has thought of everything. There are the conventional online community things you'd expect - discussion forums, profile pages - but everything has nifty little extras. Like the profile pages house widgets displaying your best lifts - one in pounds, one in kilos - that you can paste wherever you want, and they're automatically updated to reflect your current stats.

There are tons of tiny ingenius conveniences when it comes to viewing meets, too. View by meet, by flight, by lifter, by lift. Hover over a score and the judging specifics drop down. Tell at a glance what the attempts were for each lifter and which ones scratched.

The rules are detailed and assist you in delivering quality recordings of your lifts. I've benefited as a videographer just by following all the suggestions for framing, angle, timing. Uploading clips is done via FTP, so the judges get to them easily.

I've had a few glitches in the tech stuff - Gmail banishing meet emails to spam, the pesky business of adhering to a new FTP server's quirks - but overall, it's worked well, and Kris has always been there in a heartbeat to guide me through email, despite a major time difference (when does this guy SLEEP?).

Cindy Huntress - Daily Curves

The ever-flirtacious Cindy Huntress - Figure Competitor, Fitness Model, Singer and Wrestler.

Keri Doudna - Daily Curves

Keri0002.jpgVia Lori Braun : Figure competitor Keri Doudna.

Ali Huston - Daily Curves

ali1.jpgFigure competitor Ali Huston.

Catherine Holland - Daily Curves

02.jpgAppearing under a new name, Figure competitor Catherine Holland.

Mary Bell - Daily Curves

photo_23.jpgFigure competitor Mary Bell.

Melanie Cheang - Daily Curves

mc.jpgFigure competitor Melanie Cheang.


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