The humble yet mighty kettlebell is an excellent tool of strength and conditioning. It is portable, simple in its design, yet incredibly versatile for developing raw strength or conditioning your energy systems. There are many ways to program in the kettlebell to your training depending on your goals. Scott Sonnon’s TACFIT Kettlebell Spetsnaz is a training program that meets several tactical fitness training goals. By tactical I mean that we are balancing several goals that primarily serve as developing a stable and strong platform for applying physical movement skills, armed and unarmed combative skills, conditioning recovery to retain access to peak mental performance (judgement, decision making), and long term stress recovery and inoculation.
Training for fat loss and training for physique appearance are big money in our society and are typically what we consider for goals of “conventional training”. But these appearance goals self evidently are not compelling. Otherwise the societal norm would be lean, strong, and fast. In military and first responder occupations periodic fitness tests are usually the norm, and tend to predominate fitness training in order to pass the test, rather than support functional occupational skills. Yet, many struggle to meet the minimum test standards. The framework that physique and appearance are byproducts of another purpose achieved. Same for fitness tests: the numbers and scores are just a byproduct pursuing something else. Something more compelling. Functional movement skill, competitive sport performance, or occupational tactical skills are the goal. The numbers are NOT the goal. In fact, “goal” is probably not the right word. “Purpose” is the right word.