Gold & Silver Medals…and McDonalds Part 2

Thanks to all of you for you congratulation on the Team Essex win.
I was actually contacted by a few renown KB lifter in the UK who said what a strong team we have.  Not bad for a normal bunch of blokes from Essex.
Anyway, how did they do it?

We trained hard for a few months before hand using the ‘Mr Smart ‘program I’ve mentioned in an email on 14/3/2014.

A few people made fun of that email at the time, you know who you are!

If you missed it, you can click here to see it.

But in 8 weeks it got 5 guys who could just about push 2 x 12 kg Kettlebells for 3 minutes up to 2 x 16 kg for 10 minutes.

No more than one extra training session a week and a few short drills to do at home.

I designed a program with progression, thats all, plus a little mental prep training of what to expect and that “there was no expectation.”

Just do the best you can do and enjoy the experience and the moment.

An ethos I like to adopt in my training sessions too, that way no one feels under pressure and 9 times out of 10 will give a better performance if they know they can ease back.

Training, exercise, competition, whatever your thing, we get too busy and hung up comparing ourselves to other people rather than concentrating on just what we are doing.

If you continually do this you’d never feel good about your own achievements or progress in the way Team Essex did.


Fast forward a few hours we’re all looking forward to talking about the competition and letting the exaggerations begin!

Now bear in mind we’d been off the booze for a while so we’re looking forward to a drink with our meal, only to find that the restaurant was a no alcohol restaurant (nice one Lee!).

Still we had a great steaks and ended up in a hotel bar with a new Norwegian friend who had flown over to compete.

At 1am we thought we should leave only to end up in McDonalds with the munchies!

I though I better confess to this before any pictures find their way onto FB!

Whats next…Welsh Kettlebell championship in June.

If you’d like to get involved click here and ask..


About the Author Russell Pearcy

Russell Pearcy has been working as a health and fitness coach for over 25 years helping men and women who feel tired and washed up get back in shape. Russell has also draws upon his experience as an Ironman triathlete to help coach others through this life changing transformation.