A12 Graduate: Andrea Erickson

Allow me to introduce our latest Amazing 12 Graduate, Andrea Erickson.

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Andrea came to the program with a history of severe back pain and had originally only intended to perform 6 out of the 12 weeks of the program.  Yet, 6 weeks into her training, she saw a photograph I had taken of her back after a training session. The progress and strength she discerned from that photo made such an impact on her that she re-enrolled for another 6 weeks and has now Completed the A12 in its entirety… and rocked it.

It’s been a joy watching Andrea literally transform in every way before my eyes: her posture and the way she carries herself has improved, she has dropped 4 pant-sizes and now fits into clothes that haven’t fit her for over eight years!  She has dramatically improved her cardio and can now complete 6 rounds of a circuit that would have been a pipe-dream 12 weeks back. She added 65 lbs. to her bench-press, 30 lbs. to her military press, and improved from deadlifting 75 lbs. to deadlifting her bodyweight for sets of 6…. PAIN FREE!

Our Next Wave of the Amazing 12 Omaha begins on May 8th.

Serious inquiries for this life-changing program can apply for more information or to reserve a future space in the program: APPLY FOR THE AMAZING 12 OMAHA HERE

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Read more about Andrea’s experience in her own words below…

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2 Hr. Kettlebell Workshop $50

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Location: Compete Personal Fitness
2819 S 125th Ave, Ste 355, Omaha, Nebraska 68144
Price: $50.00

2-Hour Kettlebell Workshop: learn how to quickly, safely and effectively get the most out kettlebell training for strength, performance, endurance, and fat-loss.

Learn fundamental kettlebell techniques designed to empower to safely build strength, endurance, posture and accelerate fat loss on your schedule. Avoid the common mistakes that leave most scratching their head, frustrated or worse.

By enrolling in the workshop you will learn principles that will keep you safe and get you stronger in a wide variety of exercise modalities. You will learn how to safely perform kettlebell fundamentals, safely use heavier weights, get more out of your lighter weights, achieve better results faster and receive kettlebell programs to keep you challenged for months and years to come.


 Enroll Today: $50
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This workshop is ideal for individuals who want to safely and effectively incorporate kettlebell techniques into their own fitness routine. Save time and avoid common costly mistakes.

Experience professional kettlebell instruction that’s

  • Efficient
  • Safer
  • Stronger
  • Smarter

“What you do matters,
but how you do it matters more.”

Without formal instruction and an expert eye to give you immediate feedback, learning to safely and effectively perform kettlebell techniques is an exercise in frustration. You can read books and watch videos, but with only your own limited experience and understanding to rely on it can take years to achieve only a fraction of what you could in months with proper methods. You don’t know what you don’t know.  To make matters worse there is no shortage of personal trainers who have never invested in learning from professionals, yet won’t hesitate to teach you contrived, improper, ineffective and unsafe kettlebell techniques that at best mimic what can be done better with other more common equipment. Sadly, your health and safety is something many trainers are willing to risk.


Attend this 2-Hour Intro to Kettlebell Workshop on Saturday, November 19th at 1pm and you will learn essential  techniques with hands on instruction and corrections. You will experience drills, progressions, modifications, corrections and sample kettlebell workouts. As a bonus you will receive sample programs and workouts to take with you and get you on track to your goals.


“I called Scott on a Monday and had private training the next day. I wanted to train with someone with “street cred”, which Scott has being certified by Pavel Tsatsouline. We started with a brief physical assessment that immediately identified deficiencies with my balance and hip mobility. Once we talked through that and worked on a couple drills I can do at home to improve/mobilize we went straight to work on my kettle bell swing. I’ve swung a lot of bells over the last 10 years but never had formal instruction. Scott opened my eyes to the true power of the kettle bell swing within 10 minutes and showed me some variations to the swing that are absolutely game changing. Then we went on to steps 1, 2, 3 of the Turkish Get Ups (TGU) which I had also been doing wrong. I absolutely loved Scott’s teaching methods, professionalism, knowledge, and easy going manner & I can’t wait for the next training session.”
-Ben Wormington

“I recommend Scott Stevens to any of my friends trying to take their fitness to the next level. He really is one of Omaha’s best kept secrets.

Scott has helped me recover from a back injury, drastically improve my flexibility and coordination, increase my strength with a form-first approach, improve my physique, and grow my knowledge of the human body and functional movements.”
– Jon White

Enroll Today: $50
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Hosts: Compete Personal Fitness: Jen Marhenke or Ben Grojean
Call (402) 881-9963

StrongFirst Certified Kettlebell Instructor: SFG, SFGII, SFB, SFL(expired), StrongFirst Kettlebell Course Instructor, Certified Flexible Steel Instructor, Amazing 12 Coach, PlanStrong,  FMS, CKFMS, 5th Degree Black Belt, Kukkiwon Certified Master Taekwondo Instructor…

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ScottBarbellBentPress-05.pngOver the last 8 years I’ve spent tens of thousands of dollars traveling to learn from the best of the best: Pavel Tsatsouline, Jon Engum, Mark Cheng, Gray Cook, David “Iron Tamer” Whitley, Paul McIlroy, Dan John, and many more.  I’ve absorbed their teachings, followed their instructions and thanks to them I’ve conquered one seemingly impossible goal after another,  earning multiple advanced certifications along the way. I’ve helped others 15037180_10155422329894460_6954937646689772747_n.pngachieve their certifications, taught hundreds and have been chosen to represent what I believe is the absolute best kettlebell, barbell, bodyweight, flexibility, correctives and physique transformation systems out there. My goal is share with you what I’ve learned and empower you to safely and intelligently become stronger for life on your own terms.

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The Body You Deserve in 12 Weeks

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How long have you been trying to get results? Years? A decade perhaps?

Many say these types of results seen in these photos are impossible in such a short time, but the results this program produces are the best in the world! 

For the last decade Paul McIlroy’s Amazing 12 week physique program has been re-writing the book on what was previously thought possible within the realm of body transformations, shocking the world every step of the way!

Simply put, this program delivers the one thing that others can not,
absolute certainty. All without starvation/crash diets, and without beat-down style workouts, in fact many people often report being surprised how easy the workouts can be. The secret is in it’s creator’s ingenious programming methods and one-of-a-kind understanding of what it takes for your nervous system to grant you the strength that’s already within you.

This isn’t about getting a six-pack in 12-weeks; it’s about a genuine life-change and becoming properly strong from the inside-out… because it’s not just about looking the part, it’s important to be the part.

This reproducible program will be coming to Omaha next month!

4-Spots are available per time-slot starting in September, then again every 3 months.
Learn More…. 
Watch two incredible transformations 

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4-Weeks to a Stronger Press

When it comes to getting stronger people are more familiar with slogans like “No Pain, No Gain” or “Go Hard or Go Home”and less familiar with the concept of “Minimum Effective Dose” and adequate recovery.

Just last week a private student who typically trains 3 days per week  returned after one week, did a negligible warm-up then proceeded to absolutely smash personal bests in multiple lifts. She didn’t train during her time off, she relaxed and enjoyed herself. The new personal bests were the result of reduced stress and sufficient recovery. She got stronger by doing enough work, then recovering from it.

To some degree getting stronger is a matter of knowing the numbers and doing the math… If you knew for an absolute fact that the correct dosage for increasing your bench press by X lbs is to perform exactly 300 reps with 75% of your 1 rep max over the course of 4-weeks, then getting stronger becomes much simpler, doesn’t it?

In this regard Strength training is similar to following a recipe, if the recipe sucks or you have the wrong ingredients, trying harder won’t the meal taste any better.

The problem with programming, is that one-size does not fit all.
Every person is unique in terms of strength, experience, technique, stress levels, recovery, time available to train and so forth. When you know your student it becomes possible to write a program that actually works with less reps and total time training than one would think.

The following program was designed for the one arm kettlebell military press, but it has been used successfully with the double kettlebell press as well.  It was intentional designed to be low volume, low stress.

Typically it used to turn a 3-rep max into 7-rep max in 12 workouts over 4-Weeks while using as few as  10 to 35 reps a day.

Over the course of one-month it only uses 250 total reps over the course of one month which keeps the stress very low and the training easy. Additionally, the program only assigns a total number of reps to accomplish each day and leaves the number of reps per set or ladder up to you, so depending on how you feel you can do or more less reps per set that day.  Like I said… it’s easy.  In fact, it so easy that both participants reported on more than one occasion that they didn’t believe it would work. ;]




The following low-volume pressing program was originally designed for an individual with the following considerations

  • A three-rep max of 24kg in the one arm military press (OAMP). 
  • Low volume, and low stress. 
  • A set of kettlebells that included 24kg, 26kg and 28kg bells.

The original program took his 3-rep max and turned it into a 7 rep max.

Since then, I’ve created modified versions of the same program for other individuals based on their 3-rep max with equal or better success.


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7 Ways to Accomplish More with the Same Reps and Sets

The typical solution to making an exercise or given weight harder is to do more reps, run farther, workout longer, etc. The problem with this approach is that there comes a point where you can only spend so much time training per day, and the ‘more is better’ approach eventually leads to running out of time and or overtraining/injury.

There is an elegant solution that requires far less time while providing a higher return for your investment.
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The Best Kettlebell Move for a More Awesome You


When it comes to general fitness on a tight schedule the Kettlebell swing (specifically the Hardstyle swing) is one of the simplest, most beneficial and accessible movements for the general population . It’s a one-stop shop for fat-loss, power production, strength, endurance, improved posture, a strong healthy back and more.

If you’re not familiar with the hardstyle swing it involves setting up behind a kettlebell as if preparing for deadlift, hiking the bell behind you, standing up, hiking again and repeating until strong. The entire movement is driven by the hips while maintaining a braced midsection and neutral spine. Performed properly, the swing is beautiful, graceful and powerful thing to behold.

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Benefits of the kettlebell swing include

  • The ability to burn insane amounts of calories (I once measured myself as high as 26 calories per minute)
  • Safely accomplish tremendous workloads (just this morning Sarah performed 9,856lbs of kettlebell swings in 14-minutes)
  • Practically Zero-Impact Training that is extremely friendly to high mileage knees
  • Improved posture and athletic performance by strengthening of all the postural muscles that most people ignore including the butt, the hamstrings, the hip flexors, the lats and upper back.
  • Improved athletic performance by high-repetition practice of generating tremendous rapid force production with the hips, legs, glutes, lats and abs.

Here are some tips essential to unlocking the transformational potential of the Kettlebell swing
Getting Started
Before swinging it is essential for safety to achieve the following fundamentals:

  • A straight legged toe touch with your heels together, before swinging.
  • Learn to perform a safe deadlift with a neutral spine.
  • Build up to deadlifting a barbell equal to 2x to 3x  the weight of the bell you want to swing for the same amount of reps. E.g. a complete novice  who can deadlift 100lbs for 10 reps is generally safe swinging a 25lb kettlebell for 10 reps.
  • Understand how to properly breathe and brace your midsection during both the standing and hike phases of the swing.
  • If possible invest in learning from a StrongFirst certified instructor – StrongFirst is THE source of Hardstyle Swing. Also consider attending or hosting a StrongFirst SFG User Course , the quintessential one-day, 8-hour kettlebell workshop.

Maximizing The Swing

  • Stretch your hips before. If your hips are tight you’ll be using a limited range of motion, generating less power, and likely using your back or reinforcing poor posture.
  • Stretch your glutes after in order to restore flexibility to the muscles that swing tightens.
  • Combine your swings with some sort of active rest between sets to speed recovery and keep performance high.  You’ll recover faster, improve faster and stay safer.
  • Keep your eyes forward & never look around while swinging.
  • Swing no higher than chest height or parallel to the ground. The focus of the swing is producing power with hips forward. The upward trajectory is just a by product of the fact that your arms are connected to your shoulders.
  • Never go to failure. In the swing there’s no such thing as a 1 rep max and there are no spotters, if your technique goes out the window you are risking injury.
  • For maximum force production swing a kettlebell equal to approximately 1/3rd your bodyweight. This comes from some awesome research by Brandon Hetzler
  • Strive for power production, not energy conservation. By doing so you guarantee more result for less swings.
  • Synchronize your breathing with each and every rep.
  • Keep the kettlebell high when hiking the bell back between the legs. The lower you swing the bell, the more load you take off your hips and shift to your spine.
  • At the top of each swing be sure to reinforce the posture you want to leave the gym with (stand tall, proud chest, do not slouch, tight glutes, etc.).  We become what we do repeatedly.
  • Always focus on quality over quantity. Simply chasing reps for some twisted concept of glory is recipe for injury. Treat your training sessions as the practice of perfection, not an attempt to destroy yourself.
  • Stay Fresh: Find the combination of the right weight and work to rest ratio that allow to accomplish as much work as possible with as much power as possible while maintaining the best form possible.
  • Finish your workouts when you can no longer maintain pace, breath control or form.
  • Set the bell down safely as if preparing for another rep, a.k.a. “like a professional”


  • From experience individuals new to the swing are safest swinging a bell that weighs up to 1/3rd of their best deadlift, while more experienced students can swing much heavier relative to their deadlift as their skill improves.
  • When beginning a program it’s generally a good idea to start with 1/2 the total amount of reps you could do per set when fresh.
  • Build your daily, weekly and monthly volume gradually.
  • An average daily workload of 200 swings seems about right for a well trained individual.  Periods of extreme volume must be balanced with extreme rest.
  • Over time vary your weights and techniques.
  • Before adding reps per set focus on increasing the number of sets you can do or decreasing the duration of your rest periods.


  • Never slouch or bend over between sets.
  • Never swing facing downhill or wearing shoes with a cushy elevated heel.
  • Never swing a kettlebell in an area where people or pets are likely to run in front of your bell’s trajectory.
  • Preferably train on a surface where it’s ok to drop your bell.




Here’s a little cheat sheet on the how to perform the swing properly.


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A Sample Swing Program

Determine how many swings you can perform in 5-minutes with a given bell, then from this  determine how many reps you average per minute.  Divide your avg reps per minute by half. This is how many swings you will perform per minute. Your “goal pace”. Note: if you can easily perform more than 100 reps in 5-minutes, consider a harder variation such as one hand swings or a heavier bell.

Goal  1: Build up to keeping your goal pace for an average of 10-minutes of swings per day. Some days more, some less. Example Monday 8 minutes, Wednesday 12 minutes, Friday 10 minutes. Each week yet to increase the average minutes per day by 2.

Goal 2: When you can perform an average of 20 minutes or 200+ reps per day, start over  at week one with more reps per minute at an average of 10 minutes per day, and build back up to 20-minutes or approximately 200 total reps.

Goal 3:  Perform another swing test with the same bell to test improvement or  a heavier bell, or one-handed swings then repeat the same steps.


Variety is the Spice of Life

Improve your kettlebell swing with the following “Same-but-different” variations.

Note: Whatever you do, don’t call it  “muscle-confusion”, it’s muscle education… after all nobody wants a confused muscle. ;]

Common Swing variations

  • Two Hand Swings: Both hands on the same bell
  • The power-swing: park the bell between each rep
  • Continuous swings: 2 or more continuous reps at a time.
  • Towel Swings
  • Side Stepping Swings
  • Walking Swings
  • “Look Ma No-Hands” Swings ( Swing with the bell attached to a weight belt)
  • One-Hand Swings: one hand on the bell
  • Double Kettlebell Swings: a kettlebell in each hand
  • Hand to Hand Swings: One-Handed swings switching hands at the top of each rep
  • Partner Spiked Swings: Your partner accelerates the bell downward.
  • Banded Swings: The band accelerate the bell downward

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A Stronger Press with this One Simple Trick…

If you love pressing heavy weight overhead and want to press heavier, here’s one sneaky way to pressing nirvana with the added bonus of strengthening your midsection and keeping your shoulders healthy. All it requires is one simple tweak to a standard kettlebell move.  If you work with kettlebells and haven’t thought of it before prepare to face-palm…


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