how to train your dragonIf you recall, I wrote a guest post for the Greatist back in the summer about the importance of GPP-type workouts. Twice a week, along with my regular “gym” sessions, I like to incorporate what I like to call Dragon Training. As you might know, I sell a t-shirt known as the JKC Dragon Tee, so the name Dragon Training is quite fitting. [the poster to the left should really say How to Train Your Inner Dragon.]

Dragon Training is a high intensity workout that incorporates kettlebells, sandbags and sprinting. Yes, I made up the phase Dragon Training, but all gurus come up with their own systems right?? The goal of Dragon Training is to increase cardiovascular output and GPP using the tools I listed above. And who said cardiovascular workouts and resistance training had to be separated anyway? Trust me – explosive kettlebell exercises plus full body sandbag exercises plus sprinting equals a very sweaty t-shirt.

Here’s the template for a Dragon Training session:

  • 1) Sandbag Exercise 8-10 reps (zero sec rest)
  • 2) KB Exercise 20-25 reps (zero sec rest)
  • 3) Sprint 3-5 reps (60 sec rest)

Repeat for 5-10 rounds depending on how much time you have. Using the template, choose your exercises below.

Sandbag Exercises:

 

  • -Sandbag Clean
  • -Sandbag Clean to Zercher Squat
  • -Sandbag Clean to Reverse Lunge
  • -Sandbag Clean to Lateral Lunge
  • -Sandbag Clean to Over-shoulder Toss
  • -Sandbag Over the Shoulder Clean
  • -Sandbag Split Stance Clean
  • -Sandbag Clean to Push Press
  • -Sandbag Clean High Pull
  • -Sandbag Snatch High Pull
  • -Sandbag Rotational Lunge

KB Exercises

 

  • -2-hand KB Swing
  • -Double KB Swing
  • -KB Clean
  • -Double KB Clean
  • -KB Snatch
  • -Double KB Snatch
  • -KB Clean to Push Press
  • -KB Clean to Overhead Press
  • -Double KB Clean to Push Press
  • -Double KB Clean to Overhead Press
  • -Double KB Clean to Front Squat
  • -Double KB Clean to Front Squat to Overhead Press
  • -Double KB Clean to Reverse Lunge

Sprint:

 

  • -flat sprint (10-15 sec; jog back recovery)
  • -hill sprint (10-15 sec; jog back recovery)
  • -AirDyne sprint (15-30 sec; easy peddling recovery)

So here’s a sample week that incorporates Dragon Training:

Monday – Full Body Gym Workout
Tuesday – Dragon Training
Wednesday – Rest
Thursday – Full Body Gym Workout
Friday – Dragon Training
Saturday – Full Body Gym Workout
Sunday – Rest

So, it depends how well you can recover between workouts and how busy you are. I like to fit in one or two of these type of workouts per week…and no it’s not Crossfit. As Hamilton Nolan says on Gawker [The Problem(s) with Crossfit – one of the funniest articles I’ve ever read]:

“You can’t trademark working out, you f***ers. Doing burpees or overhead squats or 400 meter runs followed by handstand pushups does not mean you’re “doing Crossfit.” You’re just working out. You don’t own that shit. You bastards.”

So train your inner dragon with Dragon Training – you owe it to yourself.

Thanks for reading,

-JK

I am the oldest client at JKC at 79 years, soon to be 80. I started training at JKC July 2021. I started at JKC because two of my three sons Justin and Michael and their partners Andrea and Keir and one of my doctors recommended JKC. They all train at JKC Now my wife Linda trains at JKC too. My third son Jonathan lives in Kingston. There is a congenial community atmosphere at JKC. People are introduced to each other. There is effective personal training at JKC.

I’ve been weight training on and off for years but never really had a specific goal or target in mind so routinely stalled out, plateaued or stopped training all together. Before I joined JKC I was definitely in a fitness slump and needed something to motivate me and get me back on track. I did a bit of digging online, looking at various personal training options and gyms around town but JKC seemed like the best option by far. I’ve tried big box gyms and other personal trainers in the past but none of them have had the perfect combination of goal specific fitness programming, welcoming and supportive environment, and the knowledge and passion to back it all up that you’ll find at JKC. Jon and Thomas are great to work with, they know how to motivate you if you’re having an off day and are well versed in all the different ways to make your muscles burn! I also have noticed some major improvements in my deadlifts since I started with JKC and was really happy with the result.

Tara Rector-Whelan

Personal Strength Training by Thomas King

I started at JKC after a good friend recommended it to me. She had been coming for about a year and I was envious of her great results. I felt sluggish after failing to motivate myself with various home workout routines. I love the fun and relaxed atmosphere at JKC. It’s such a comfortable gym space and I enjoy knowing so many of the people I work out with. Jon and Thomas make an effort to introduce everyone to each other and with all the joking around,  it starts to feel like a family. Not to mention the awesome results. I’ve always liked to run on a treadmill but I’ve never had the drive to lift weights on my own. Going to JKC makes me accountable which was what I really needed. I feel so much stronger and healthier than I did 4 years ago when I started.

JKC was recommended to me by my good friend Casidhe Dyke. Cas had been training with JKC for a while, and both he and his father had seen great results from the personal training that Jon and Thomas were giving them. I was and still am primarily a triathlete and I’ve always struggled with injuries. I was talking to Cas about incorporating more strength training in my program to try and prevent injuries going forward and Cas suggested that I give JKC a try. I reached out to Jon not long after, and the rest is history! After working with Jon and Thomas for a few months, I was getting stronger, faster, and most importantly, I was staying injury-free. I ended up being able to train the whole season without significant injury and posted a personal best at Ironman Copenhagen in 2018. A big part of that was due to the strength training and coaching I received at JKC.

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I had tried JKC based on the recommendation of a parent of one of my students. I originally started by attending Saturday drop in classes. I was hooked. I decided to join full time when I I had taken a year off from teaching and it was the best thing I have done for myself.

First and foremost the trainers at JKC are extremely knowledgeable. I feel like they are as dedicated to my success as I am. The workouts are tailored to me, my skills and my goals. This is important. Jon and Thomas truly want the best for their clients no matter what level of fitness they are starting from. I also like being able to book a session at a time that suits my schedule. This also helps keep me accountable. Once the session is booked I am not likely to cancel!

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