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Brian Hassler
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10-04-22 08:58 PM - Post#922367    



I was watching the "Workouts and Complexes" video, and Dan had everyone doing "heartbeats" with the kettlebells. That's where you hold it by the horns in front of your chest and extend out your arms and then bring it back. In the video it was done both as a loaded carry and in the bottom position of a goblet squat.

After watching that, I added it into my loaded carry repertoire and have been really enjoying it. I just thought I'd mention it because it seems to be a real jewel that I haven't seen talked about as much. It fits very well in an ES for fat loss program.
 
JDII
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10-05-22 06:44 AM - Post#922374    



Heartbeat walks are , sadly, not used enough and not enough people know about them. You’re right, these are great to add to any training session. I once did a “walk workout” where all I did was different walks and heartbeats were one of them. Thanks for reminding me how great theses are!
 
thomasjbarrett
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Re: KB "heartbeats"
10-05-22 07:52 AM - Post#922375    



  • Brian Hassler Said:
I was watching the "Workouts and Complexes" video


Got a link for that? I looked around YouTube and DJU, couldn't find a group video like you describe.

Mostly, I'd like to see how they're being done. I tried them this morning and don't see what the fuss is about. If I extend the bell all the way forward, so my arms are straight, it just feels awkward. Anything heavier than an 8 kg bell starts to strain my joints and back. If I only extend part of the way forward, I don't see/feel any benefit beyond the static hold carries.

Personally, I like doing curls sometimes with a goblet hold. I prefer at the bottom of a squat versus standing up, so there's no risk of accidentally hitting my groin with the bell. :) Goblet squat down, do 5 curls, goblet squat back up. It's not an everyday thing, just a bit of extra seasoning to throw in occasionally.
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Matt_T
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10-05-22 07:58 AM - Post#922376    



I think I may have seen some content on these (from DJ?) as a move-on from the squatting doorknob drill? Didn't have any issues (think I used a 12kg) but they lit up the lower abs like billy-oh.
 
Brian Hassler
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Re: KB "heartbeats"
10-05-22 10:36 AM - Post#922380    



  • thomasjbarrett Said:

Got a link for that?



It's from the recording of a workshop in 2009. https://www.otpbooks.com/product/dan-john-warm ups-and-barbell-complexes /

I bought the Ultimate Bundle, and love it. I don't often want to watch television, but when I do, I watch Dan John videos, instead.

The heartbeat movement is a pulse, not a hold. Kind of like a heartbeat, actually. (Sorry, couldn't resist.) I do them while walking at the end of an ES workout. During the workout, I try to keep the cadence up so by the time I get to my walks, I have an elevated heartrate and am breathing a bit, and the tension of the heartbeat walks adds a nice little kicker to the whole thing. It also gets a nice burn going in the shoulders and arms by the end, so I feel like I'm gettin' my gainz on.
 
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10-05-22 10:39 AM - Post#922381    



Thanks for sharing this, Brian.
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AAnnunz
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KB "heartbeats"
10-05-22 01:33 PM - Post#922384    



I did heartbeats for years, then suddenly forgot all about them. Thank you for reminding me, Brian. I had been looking for a light, high rep carry to add to my peripheral heart rate training (PHAT) circuit, inserted heartbeats after reading your post, and voila! Perfect fit!
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Edited by AAnnunz on 10-05-22 01:34 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.
 
JPS2019
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Re: KB "heartbeats"
10-05-22 07:05 PM - Post#922390    



  • thomasjbarrett Said:
  • Brian Hassler Said:
I was watching the "Workouts and Complexes" video


I tried them this morning and don't see what the fuss is about. If I extend the bell all the way forward, so my arms are straight, it just feels awkward. Anything heavier than an 8 kg bell starts to strain my joints and back. If I only extend part of the way forward, I don't see/feel any benefit beyond the static hold carries.





8 kg might just be where you are at with them. A lot of folks, even strong ones, don't necessarily have a lot of shoulder/neck/upper back strength.

What I would try: some partial reps with the heavier bell, so long as I could be in control. Then rep out the smaller one and feel the burn.
 
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