The Session That Owned Me..

Today I decided to copy a workout from Marianne Kane. She’s one of the directors of Girls Gone Strong and has her own fitness blog, which you can follow here. This is one of those workouts where you need a partner or coach there to keep you going, so I challenged one of my 6 weeks to a 6 pack members to come down and do this with me, Ben happily took up the offer. He enjoys having any form of bragging rights over me if he ‘beats’ me in a session. Here’s the session:

1A) Dumbbell Reverse Lunges

1B) Mountain Climbers

2A) Kettlebell Front Squats

2B) Kettlebell Swings

3A) Kettlebell Clean & Press (Single Arm)

3B) Kettlebell Clean & Press (Other Arm)

4A) TRX Rows

4B) Burpees

Each set is timed, 45 seconds of work with 15 seconds rest between each, three rounds of each exercise, so six rounds in each set. Marianne completed three rounds of each set in her workout, Ben and I both agreed we’d try one round of each set, see how we felt after that and then attempt a second if we felt up to it.

Geez I’m glad we made that call. This workout was insane! Round one was hard, but easy enough to get through. The kettlebell swings really hit me in the second round and set my heart rate off destined not to come back down at all for the rest of the session. Then here comes set three, a clean and press is hard by any standards so to throw in a timed set after what we had already done was interesting. By the end of each 45 second round I was close to failure and it took every ounce of me to get that damn kettlebell in the air. The last set was where I’m became grateful to have invited Ben, having him there kept me motivated because lets face it, had I stopped the hassle I would have received from him would have been never ending.

My next goal is to complete two full rounds of the circuit then three the week after. The only change that Ben and I both agreed was a good idea was the use a dumbbell for the clean and presses. Here’s why:


The photo on the left is my wrist, the right is my shoulder, both are on my left arm. My left arm is the weaker out of the two so I had less control of the kettlebell and the bruises are the result. I tried a dumbbell after and it didn’t hit me anywhere so the substitute will be made, I look like I have been beaten up!

The workout hit every part of our body and took just over 30 minutes to complete. Take up the challenge and try it yourself. Even only one round is enough give you a great session.



About Dion Stewart

Dion Stewart Level 1 Strength & Conditioning Coach-ASCA Cert III/IV in Fitness-Master Trainer Kettlebell Instructor TRX Suspension Trainer Rehab Essentials Certified through Adam Floyd Kickpad Instructor Les Mills RPM Instructor Also a movie freak, tomboy and small time nerd. You can reach her at for further information.

Posted on April 28, 2012, in Training and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Those bruises are nasty! I was wondering how you got them..

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