Sunday, January 18, 2009

Thank you to b2d readers: what would you like to read?

Over the past few months, some of you have been dropping by begin to dig (b2d) regularly, sometimes commenting; sometimes not. I'd like to say thank you for your visits, and glad you've occasionally found something worth your time here. I'd like to thank the folks in particular who have let their blogger id's show up on the page publicly as folks who grok b2d. Honored by your links. And to folks in general who subscribe to reader feeds, again, thanks for making b2d a part of your reading time. I was looking at the list of countries where folks have pinged from - that's super, and much obliged. Hope the weather's ok where you are.

If i may, i'd like to ask you all about tuning b2d.

Mainly the articles come from what's driving me in my own practice, and efforts to explore and unpack them, and present what i find back to anyone else who may have some of the same questions/interests.

If, however, there are related topics you'd like to see covered in b2d -- working out with kettlebells, functional movement, the science of same, and the such like -- that i haven't touched on, please let me know. I was writing recently about expertise and the 10 thousand hours required to get to that expert level, and one of the places i have that 10k it seems is doing research. So, i may not have The Answers, but i may know how to get a wedge into some of them.

Otherwise, i'd be keen to hear if there's something b2d brings that you particularly enjoy, and just want to see kept or enhanced?

Will look forward to hearing from you.

All the best



Ron Ipock said...

how about WHY hardstyle? What is the benefit of all the tension? I have to admit that I press that way just because I have been told to do so. But I find that I can press for reps a 32kg by crushing the handle or I can do it by not gripping at all and balancing the kettlebell on the heel of my palm in a manner reminiscent of competition technique.

Adam said...

Hardstyle is not about Kettlebells, it is about strength. Kettlebells are simply one of the tools used in the system, along with barbells, dumbbells, rocks, sandbags, body weight, and in my case horsehoes, steel bars and construction tools. GS techniques are for GS-you would not see a Power lifting meet where all the coaches were yelling "Relax more under the bar, you look too tense"

Expand your view on the topic and do not confuse the tools for the tactics.

Adam said...


A few weeks back i posted a question relating to the subject of bone adaptation to stress- a law was recited back to me by several members. I would like to see some more information on bone growth-specifically how i can increase the resulting thickess and researched methods of enhancing bone strength.

Ron Ipock said...

judging from Adam's response to my request, I must have miscommunicated. So let me clear my throat and try again.

I have studied with RKC's for years and I know that hard style is about strength. I can see the results in my life as well as in Adam's videos. It is an a priori assumption that Hard Style works. But if someone asked me why it works, I would not know what to say aside from muttering something about irradiation.

Being a good little sheep, I follow the party line because it is the party line and it work, but I do not quite understand it. So my request is for mc to turn her acumen to discussing the science, the application, and the limitations of Hard Style.

second time is a charm

dr. m.c. said...

Gentlemen, thank you both for two great questions.

Ron, i hope to be getting at thoughts on your question after the middle of feb if all goes well.

Adam, does Wolf's law ring a bell? THis is certainly a big principle informing z, along with the complement, Davis's Law for tissue.

I'll keep this in mind looking for studies on bone density improvement.


Jason said...


I would like to read part 2 of "the bum as the path to sveltness" from your iamgeekfit blog.

A second request would be if you could use your 10k hours research skills in un-covering a link (study) between running and the mammalian reflex. I have read articles around the M/reflex but they are always from a diving perspective. As well as KBing I also run with a club and partake in races. During the summer water stations are provided with drinks and cooling sponges. On more than one occasion when I have been very hot I have squeezed a cold sponge over my head. This seems to activate the M/reflex (large gasp etc). The fallout of that has been the following mile/pace has dropped significantly. Is there a recognised way to cool down without activating the response?

Thanks Jason

Jason said...


I would also like to read more about, barefootness and vibram fivefingers.

Jason again


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