|Kettlebell Specialist: Mike Mahler|
It's hard to look up online information related to kettlebell training without finding contributions made by Mike Mahler. As one of the leading (and original) kettlebell trainers in the United States, he has been pivotal in introducing this brutally effective training technique to the masses.
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|Q: How and why did you make kettlebells a cornerstone of your business?|
A: After going through one of the first few RKC's, I saw the potential that they had. I was just recently fired from my job and I knew it was time to start my own business. I wanted to show that you could make a solid living as a kettlebell instructor and was one of the first to prove that.
Q: In regards to fighters, how do you think kettlebells can be utilized for optimal results?
A: That depends on the fighter's current strengths. If I was training a fighter whose conditioning was top notch, I'd focus on the explosive strength that heavy kettlebells can provide. If theyâ€™re already strong, I'd focus on timed sets. Either way, you have to find their strength and then build on their weaknesses accordingly.
Q: What are some of the best kettlebell exercises MMA guys should be doing and why?
A: You can't beat the swing in terms of strength and conditioning. One of my favorite exercises is the outside the legs, double kettlebell swing. It allows for a deeper stretch and really generates a lot of power. I'm also a big fan of walking lunges, front squats, and even combining exercises like the clean & squat.
Q: I know you're a big advocate of recovery and hormone optimization, and recovery is vital for fighters. What recovery methods should a fighter throw into their bag of tricks?
A: The first thing I would recommend is a massage. Not just any massage, but a massage from a highly trained sports therapist. Sports massages release toxins and help the body recover much faster, especially after tough training. The next thing would be to get plenty of sleep. This is often overlooked, but a solid 8 hours gives your body an opportunity regenerate itself.
Q: I doubt fighters have low testosterone counts, but I'm sure it could happen. How does one tell if they are low and how should they fix it?
A: Actually, hard training individuals are more likely to have a low testosterone count due to overtraining, stress, and all the factors involved with being a fighter. What's important to remember is that DHEA levels are more important to maintain for optimal performance. I also have a supplement on my site called â€˜Ancient Minerals.â€™ It's a topical magnesium spray that has a myriad of benefits, but will help aid in recovery and optimize DHEA levels naturally. For more information on it, check out my site, www.MikeMahler.com.
Q: Thanks for your time, Mike. Where can people find more information about you and your workshops?
A: No problem. Check out www.MikeMahler.com for workshops coming up and tons of articles and information on supplements.
|Mike Mahler is the owner and founder of Mahler's Aggressive Strength. Mike Mahler is a fitness information provider based in Las Vegas, NV. Mike has been a strength trainer and kettlebell instructor for over seven years and has taught workshops all over the US and overseas. His current focus is on the field of hormone optimization via nutrition, training, and lifestyle. Find out more at www.MikeMahler.com|