It's quickly closing on 2019 and it's time to look back and reflect.
It's hard to imagine but I've been consistently training with kettlebells since 2001. I dabbled with them prior to that; playing with them with my Sambo team mates. But as far as day-to-day strength and conditioning work, kettlebells have been the lynch-pin of my training. I know it sounds odd, but I've been able to make and maintain decent and functional strength and conditioning by using (for most workouts) one kettlebell.
How can that be possible? Well, solid technique (which is paramount) and good programming are the foundation. Add in some occasional near max-load work with the barbell and a strong presence of body weight exercises (pull ups, push ups, burpees, etc.) and you've got pretty much all you need.
But what is the real "secret sauce"? Consistency. Day after day. Week after week. Year after year. And here's the thing: all good intentions aside, you are not going to be able to maintain marathon lifting and cardio sessions indefinitely. Short term - yes. Long term - not going to happen. I've been maintaining my strength and conditioning with three to four 18 to 24 minute workouts a week. That's it... and it's not just me. I've have lots of clients who are able to lose weight and get strong without devoting hours and hours to working out.
So... my thoughts for this year and moving into next year? Move smarter not harder and consistency always trumps intensity. You are in this for the long haul, so make the commitment to yourself and to your future.