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8 Gireviks, 1 Mountain, and 140 Clean & Jerks Later

The Kettlebell Mountain Challenge was a doozy, but easily one of the coolest things I’ve done in a while.  The hike up Mt. Spalding was a blast with some light scrambling yet accessible enough for a bad ass 70-year-old who we met at the summit.  If you are looking for a great 4-ish mile hike near Denver with outstanding views, this is for you.

View of Summit Lake from trail

The crew with Mt. Evans in the background

With six of us in tow and  loaded with our kettlebell of choice, we set off from the Summit Lake parking lot around 7:45AM.  I carried the 24kg in my pack and huffed and puffed my way to the top with some great company from the Colorado Kettlebell Club.

Mt. Spalding Summit

After reaching the summit the real fun began with 140 reps of Long Cycle (Clean & Jerk).  Everyone crushed it and was feeling great, we were after all on the top of the world (well 13,842′ at least).  It blew other hikers’ minds that we lugged these crazy things to the summit only to get in a workout, I hope it piqued their interest enough to give them a try on flat land.

Brook getting ready for her 140 rep Long Cycle

I  really cannot explain how wonderful it felt to throw the ‘bells around on top of a mountain.  The sights, sounds (or lack thereof), smells, just everything felt right in the world in those moments.  Hiking and kettlebells are two of my favorite hobbies and I am kicking myself that I didn’t think of it sooner,  big thanks to Coach Nico Rithner for taking us out there and who carried the 32kg bell showing us true grit.  Fear the beard folks!

Huge props to my fellow gireviks; Nico, Misty, Jennifer, Brook, Vivian, Anna, and Steve!

Steve with Bierstadt behind him


Dynamic Warm-up

  • 5 min easy run
  • Jumping Jacks 50x
  • Hip Circles 10x/direction
  • BW Squat 20x
  • BWD Lunge 10x/leg
  • Leg Swings 10x/leg
  • Tea Cup 10x
  • Push-up 20x
  • Arm Swings 20x

1)Inverted Row 5×5

    Bench Press 5×5 (This is probably the first time I have benched since high school so I’ll start with 185lbs and see how it goes)

2)32kg KB Double Clean 5×10

    Mountain Climbers 5×10/leg

Cool Down

  • TGU 5×1/arm
  • Static Stretch/Foam Roller

About Dr. Jeff Stripling

Hey everyone, I am a Rolla, Missouri-based Active Release Technique (ART) chiropractor who specialises in musculoskeletal injuries, sports injuries, and active physical rehabilitation. Some things that are near and dear to my life are family and friends, my relationship with God, cycling, kettlebells, hiking/climbing, and QUALITY food and drink.


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