Although the origins of the ‘Centurion
Circuit’ are lost in the mists of time, my Grandfather,
an old Highland Games enthusiast he used the routine regularly
well before the First World War of 1914-18 in order to strengthen
his grip, wrists, and forearms and help build the explosive
power necessary for him to toss cabers, throw heavy hammers,
or pitch a 56 lb (25 kilo) ring weight over a 13 or 14 ft
high bar with one hand. Apparently the use of both Kettlebells
and Ring Weights was not uncommon in Scotland during the reign
of Queen Victoria, and even earlier. From what he had been
told as a boy, my Grandfather believed that the use of Kettlebells,
or something very similar made out of bronze, were used by
the Roman soldiers garrisoning Hadrian’s Wall. Speculation
apart, I can tell you from personal experience that the Centurion
Circuit is an excellent exercise routine. I commend it to
you without hesitation.
THE ULTIMATE CENTURION CIRCUT
OLD ONE HUNDRED A tradional kettlebell
challenge, demanding a combination of handling skills, strength
and stamina. This testing kettlebell routine consists of five
specified exercises, which must be completed one after anotherin
a continous, smooth flowing circut, amounting to a total of
100 reps, which have to be completed within 3 minuets.
THE EXERCISES, SEQUENCE, AND REQUIRED
REPETITIONS ARE AS FOLLOWS;
ONE HAND SPIN TO CHEST HEIGHT)
10 reps right 10 reps left
ALTERNATE HAND TO HAND SPINS (TO
SHOULDER HEIGHT) 10 reps right 10 reps left
AROUND THE BODY PASS,
10 reps clockwise, 10 reps anti-clockwise.
ALTERNATE HAND TO HAND SWINGS.
The kettlebell changeover must take place at shoulder
height at the top of each forward swing, making a combined
total of 20 continuous right to left hand and left to
right hand swings.
TWO HANDED (PALMS UPPERMOST) REVERSE
SWING AND SPIN. Competitors must complete a 360
degree kettlebell spin at chest height on the culmination
of each swing. Total 20 reps.
NB A SPIN is defined as a complete
360 degree revolution of the kettlebell on leaving the competitors
hand, and before being re-cought.