Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Christmas Break Taters

So many of us are away from the gym over the holidays and sometimes it's tough to find suitable challenges with minimal equipment.  Fair enough, we could all just continually crush pushups, burpees, sprints, and double unders, and to be truthful those are great options. 

Every once in a while though it's nice to mix things up and if you've got access to a kettlebell then this is a neat little challenge for you.  It's called a "Tater" and it's basically a Russian KB swing (which is to shoulder height) into a goblet squat.  The trick is though that as you finish the swing, you've got to flip the kettlebell so that the handle is down.  Depending on your dexterity, this may take a bit of practice but gets a lot easier and smoother with a few reps in the bag.

A good little burner is to do a ladder of Taters on the minute (see video below of Eastern Canada competitor Jay Rhodes working through some of the later rounds).  Basically, start with one Tater the first minute, 2 the second minute, 3 the third minute and so on.   Rest the remainder of the minute once you've done the prescribed reps. 

You can break up the reps too.  Choose a challenging weight and make sure you're not doing these over a nice floor!




  1. That's super cool. Definitely going to give these a try when i have access to some KB's. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Hey Felix! Hope SD is treating you well... yeah give them a shot - deceptively difficult!