Anyone doing Kenneth Jay's VO2 max protocol ?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 27, 2010 at 4:19 PM

I just got the book "Viking Warrior Conditioning" written by Kenneth Jay and while I've read good reviews it seems quite complicated so I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with his work ? Kenneth Jay's VO2 max protocol for dummies type of question :)

I'm especially curious if you can use his interval for others sports or is it just for kettlebells.

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on October 27, 2010
at 04:36 PM

In my opinion, intensity to create a metabolic response should work regardless of the type of activity.

Sprints vs Heavy Resistance vs Climbing vs Kayaking. Different muscle groups, but my metabolic reaction to pushing myself is similar.

The question thus becomes not which activity, but what rest/recovery timing method for optimal results.

Some methods optimize HGH, others IGF. Glycogen depletion, etc. So whether your doing VO2 max or Tabata's it's about the result you want not the equipment



on October 27, 2010
at 06:50 PM

Great way to destroy your shoulders IF your your snatch technique is not very good.

I'd suggest trying a timed-set GS style with multiple hand-switches (like every minute or every ten reps or so) and not too many rpm in the beginning. Focus on a good lockout first, then increase rpm.

Hope that helps!


on October 27, 2010
at 06:40 PM

For what it's worth, I did try this as a supplement to my usual training (just for some variety), and it absolutely shredded my hand callouses! And I'm not an over-gripper when it comes to KBs. So something to bear in mind... chalk is essential...

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