Two 16-kilogram kettlebells, all buckled up in the backseat. Nestled there, they made the road trip to northern Minnesota this past week, where my fiancé and I holed up in a cabin to write.
Most of our time was spent doing just that, but we broke to take a hike around Itasca State Park, where the Mississippi River begins, and to take a very, very brief “swim” in the lake beside our cabin. (I forgot how skeeved out lake water makes me, so I perched on a slimy rock and called it exercise.)
We also did an “I Go, You Go” workout with our kettlebell companions.
If you’ve got a workout buddy who’s hard to kill, using an “I Go, You Go” format during conditioning sessions can add an element of suckitude in the form of work density and cardiovascular demand.
How it works: Set a timer for how long you’d like the entire circuit to last. You and your partner will work your way down the list of exercises, completing one set of each, with only one of you working at a time.
Let me be clear, though: One of you will always, always be working. Regardless of whether or not you’re ready to go again, when your partner tags out, you’re on. There is no predetermined set and rep scheme — each partner goes until he (or she) cries uncle. (This is why it’s wise to pick a pard with good endurance.)
When you get to the bottom of the list of exercises, start from the top again and go until the timer buzzes.
What follows is one of those workouts you’ll be grateful you did…after you’ve caught your breath and cursed each other out.
Select two kettlebells of equal weight and repeat the series in an “I Go, You Go” format for 15 minutes (or until you need to stop).
Exercise 1: Double Kettlebell Swings
Exercise 2: Bulgarian Split Squats (Kettlebells in Racked Position)
Exercise 3: Double Push Press
Exercise 4: Double Hop-Back Suitcase Deadlift
Exercise 5: Bear Crawl