Wow! I can’t believe that I haven’t updated this blog in so long! Looking back I see that my last post was at the beginning of December, making my last post about two months ago. It’s crazy how quickly time flew by with the holidays, time off work, and spending time with family. That’s no excuse for me to neglect to this blog, but let’s forget about that right now and get on with what really matters: a new Onnit kettlebell!
The latest in the Legends Bell series was released about a week ago. The predictions that I made earlier were little off, which isn’t surprising since they came from Bryan Callen, a man who notoriously gets his facts mixed up or just plain wrong. The guy’s pushing 50 after all, so it’s to be expected.
Onnit dropped the Cyclops Legend Bell kettlebell, which weighs in at a whopping 20 kg, or nearly 45 lbs. That would be heavy for most people, but it’s actually lighter than Onnit’s previous Legend Bell, the Werewolf Legend Bell which tipped the scales at 28 kg, or 62 lbs.
Like the Werewolf Legend Bell–and all other Onnit kettlebells, specialty or traditional–the Cyclops Legend Bell is built with iron to withstand the apocalypse and coated to provide a chip-resistant finish. It’s also custom sculpted and 3D rendered to ensure that it not only looks badass, it’s functional to use as well. The weight of the bell is balanced perfectly so it performs just as a regular kettlebell does. All Legend Bells also feature an enlarged handle for the manliest of men to improve grip strength.
If you’re looking for a new kettlebell but you’re bored with normal kettlebells, this is for you. If you’re a collector of the Primal Bells and Zombie Bells, you need to get the Legend Bells too. They could be a limited edition and they’re selling quickly, so get them before they’re gone. The Onnit Cyclops Legend Bell is available now at the Onnit website for just $104. Not a bad price for a work of art!
It’s been a while since I listened to the episode, but during a recording of The Joe Rogan Experience podcast (number 557, with Bryan Callen) Joe mentioned something called a “pistol squat”. I’ve heard him talk about hindu squats before, but “pistol squat” was a new one to me. Being the curious guy that I am, I made a note of it in my phone and forgot about it. Until today.
Like its name implies, a pistol squat requires you to lower your body down to the ground where you will hold momentarily before raising yourself back up to repeat the process again and again until your legs are burning and about to fall off. When one leg feels like it can’t take another squat, switch to the other. But keep in mind, even the foot that’s “resting” will still require you to balance it and hold it up in the air while performing the pistol squat.
But I’m getting a bit ahead of myself. I’m telling you how your leg will feel before actually describing how to do the pistol squat.
Start standing up with both feet on the ground and both arms pointed straight out in front of your body. Raise one foot off the ground with the leg straight out at an angle in front of you, right around knee level. Now, with the foot that’s still standing on the ground, lower yourself down as far as you can go. Ideally you should be able to lower yourself down to where your butt touches your heel, all while keeping your other leg pointed straight out in front of you, parallel to the ground. Then, you’ll raise yourself up and repeat the process. If this sounds damn near impossible, it certainly can be if you’re jumping right into the deep end.
If you find the pistol squat to be too challenging at first, try it out with a chair or bench behind you. Raise your one foot off the ground, and then lower yourself down until you’re sitting on the chair. Another alternative is holding onto a pole or a door frame and alternating your hands down towards the ground as you lower yourself down. Both methods will help ease you into doing the full version of the pistol squat. It certainly helped me.
Here’s a great video I found that walks you through many variations of the pistol squat, from basic to advanced, including the ones I mentioned above. Check it out after the jump and try it for yourself!
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Much like Onnit’s Primal Bells, Zombie Bells, and Legend Bells, the sculpted Quad Mace is almost as much artwork to be admired as it is a functional piece of exercise equipment.
In fact, the Onnit Quad Mace was actually inspired by artwork, or at least the artwork of Alex Grey.
If you’re unfamiliar Alex’s work, one could describe it as psychedelic, to put it lightly. It’s easy to see that his art was done by someone under the influence of hallucinogenic substances. While that’s not my thing, it definitely appeals to both Onnit owners, Aubrey Marcus and Joe Rogan. Joe actually had Alex on his podcast The Joe Rogan Experience a while back and they dove deep into the topic of drugs and artwork.
As far as the club itself goes, The Quad Mace is crafted with a slip resistant ash wood handle with a hand-sculpted cast iron head, complete with a bronze locking cap on the top. The handle is extra long, designed to provide more leverage, and it’s perfectly balanced to offer a safe workout just as a typical mace would give you. When you’re not exercising with it, stand it up in a corner. Your friends and family will likely think it’s the staff or scepter of a powerful ancient God or King. You can let them believe that if you so wish.
There’s additional information about why the “quad face” was chosen for the design of this mace, so if you’re curious about the origins of the design I suggest you head over to the product page for a more detailed breakdown.
The Onnit Quad Mace is currently available in just one size, weighing 25 lbs. and retailing for just under $150. I can’t say for certain whether Aubrey and co. will release additional Quad Maces in heavier weights, but it wouldn’t surprise me if we saw more sculpted maces hit the Onnit website in the coming months.
It was rumored for a while, but now it’s confirmed. The next kettlebell in Onnit’s Legend Bells series will be the Sasquatch Legend Bell kettlebell.
Yesterday Joe Rogan posted a sneak peak of the upcoming kettlebell on his Instagram which you can also see pictured over to the right. No other information was posted other than the fact that it will be called “Sasquatch” rather than “Bigfoot” and that it’s “coming soon”. I’m not sure whether it will be larger or smaller than the 28kg Werewolf Legend Bell, but if I had to take a guess, I’d say that it will likely be bigger. I’d also wager that it will be out sometime before Halloween.
I tried to do a bit of digging on the Onnit website to see if I could unearth any other information the way I did with the Onnit 180 drink mix before it was released, but there’s nothing there that I could find. Rest assured that when new information does become available you will be able to find it here first.
Continuing with its trend of bringing obscure exercise equipment to the masses, Onnit has just released its newest product, which you can see in the picture to the right. No, that is not a tiny man holding very large bowling pins. It’s actually an average-sized man holding Onnit’s classic wooden Indian clubs.
Wooden Indian clubs were developed centuries ago by Persian wrestlers. Over time, the clubs spread across the world, making their way to British soldiers in the 19th century and then to the rest of the world in the 20th century. After that, their popularity declined, likely in favor of more futuristic options for improving joint mobility rather than simple wooden clubs. Onnit is hoping to expose more people to the benefits of these clubs by releasing its own branded versions of wooden Indian clubs.
If you’re not familiar with wooden Indian clubs, please know that they’re not for building muscle and gaining strength. Rather, they are used for improving joint mobility and in prehab (to prevent any joint-related issues) and in rehab, when you are suffering from an injury and need to slowly work the wrists, elbows, shoulders, or upper back. This is done through repetitive movements with smooth swinging motions to encourage circualtion in the arms. The core is also engaged during these exercises, and exercising with Indian clubs can improve co-ordination as well.
Onnit’s Wooden Indian Clubs are crafted from a single solid piece of maple wood with a branded Onnit logo on the barrel. Single clubs are available for just under $50 while a pair is available for just under $100.
Below is a closer look at the club, which looks like a baseball bat on steroids, or like one of those guys at the gym who is trying to make up for the fact that he’s short so he works out real hard to get his muscles as big as he can.