#295 – Training with Minimal Equipment with Michael Wolf
BLOC master coach Michael Wolf returns to the podcast to talk about the many ways you can turn a relatively spartan training environment into productive training. Like many people across the world, Wolf has been stuck in his apartment under lockdown due to COVID-19, with only a couple kettlebells and some loadable dumbbells to train with.
So, Wolf has put together a series of progressively challenging kettlebell workouts you can do at home. You don’t necessarily need kettlebells either! Wolf focuses on replicating the barbell lifts as closely as possible (after all, the big barbell lifts were created from major human movement patterns), using anything heavy that is available. Objects like sandbags, water jugs (full of course), heavy stones, duffel bags, etc. can be used to add weight to basic movements like squats, deadlifts, and presses.
Matt and Wolf both agree that it’s important, even when training with suboptimal implements, to focus on progression. Progression is what separates exercise from training, after all. If you can’t make the object you’re lifting heavier, look for ways to make the movement more difficult using leverage and balance.
If you do have access to a kettlebell or dumbbell, Wolf has created a series of videos to teach you how to perform all of the basic movements and progress them. You can check them out on his Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWpCSjmwes23hKsrTNxB-og
You can also follow Wolf on Instagram for more training tips: @wolf_strength