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Offline Canklefish

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Kettle bells...
« on: May 30, 2013, 12:37:46 PM »
Hi,

Anybody have any experience with kettle bells? The exercises are simple enough to locate and I'm pretty sure I'd enjoy the workouts, but before I invest in a set I'd like to get as much feedback as I can find in the forums...

In other words, money is kinda an issue right now.

Right now I just play basketball and hike a few miles here and there, but I'd love to incorporate some strength training into the regimen.

Thanks in advance for any feedback y'all can provide on the topic.

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Re: Kettle bells...
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2013, 04:19:59 AM »
This was posted a while ago. did you find out what you needed to?

is there a local club you can go to to try them out and perhaps get familiar with the moves. They are simple enough but there is also room for error and good technique is essential to maximize the workout and prevent any injury.

In terms of an actual kettlebell competition ones are best, they are a good shape and size that works well for the exercises especially cleans due to the rest position.

You need the right weight for yourself as well, no point in having one too light, but you dont want it to heavy either. depending on what and how you want to work would define the weight. It isnt really typical weight lifting so your not necessarily looking at the being able to do 12 reps to fatigue type thing. In fact lifts done correctly should allow you to do 50 and still feel effortless!


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Re: Kettle bells...
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2013, 04:00:56 PM »
Looks like this thread died, but you can do a lot of kettlebell exercises with a dumbbell instead. I even prefer the dumbbell for some things because my wrists don't do well with kbs.

I'd also disagree with doing 50 and feeling effortless. If that's the case, you're not even working out, you might as well take a nap.

Good kb exercises:
Turkish Get-ups
Kettlebell Swings
Single Arm Snatch
Goblet Squats

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Re: Kettle bells...
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2013, 01:11:40 AM »
Hi,

Anybody have any experience with kettle bells? The exercises are simple enough to locate and I'm pretty sure I'd enjoy the workouts, but before I invest in a set I'd like to get as much feedback as I can find in the forums...

In other words, money is kinda an issue right now.

Right now I just play basketball and hike a few miles here and there, but I'd love to incorporate some strength training into the regimen.

Thanks in advance for any feedback y'all can provide on the topic.

Canklefish,

I am actually a nationally certified instructor in Hardstyle Kettlebell training under the HKC certification put on by Dragondoor Publications, and, although a bit biased I will admit, I feel that a strong kettlebell routine with a focus on metabolic conditioning paired with strict Paleo is probably one of the greatest pairings for both reducing body fat and gaining muscular strength and endurance at the same time. I have trained people who knew no other movement but the Hardstyle Kettlebell swing and literally swung their health in entirely new directions, from over 100lbs of weight loss to reversing hypertension. If you are genuinely interested in starting a kettlebell training program, please PM me and I will get you some valuable information.

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Re: Kettle bells...
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2013, 05:58:51 AM »
I love kettlebells, they're the main implement I use nowadays.  They're a bit expensive but worth it, as you'll get plenty of use out of even a light one for a long time.  I own four of them (a 12kg, two Dragon Door 16kg, a competition 16kg, and a competition 24kg) and they weren't too bad to acquire.


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Re: Kettle bells...
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2014, 04:00:14 PM »
Canklefish,

I am actually a nationally certified instructor in Hardstyle Kettlebell training under the HKC certification put on by Dragondoor Publications, and, although a bit biased I will admit, I feel that a strong kettlebell routine with a focus on metabolic conditioning paired with strict Paleo is probably one of the greatest pairings for both reducing body fat and gaining muscular strength and endurance at the same time. I have trained people who knew no other movement but the Hardstyle Kettlebell swing and literally swung their health in entirely new directions, from over 100lbs of weight loss to reversing hypertension. If you are genuinely interested in starting a kettlebell training program, please PM me and I will get you some valuable information.

I'm with Big Pete on this, as an RKC-2 from the same organization I can't stress enough the power of a properly performed kettlebell swing.  Finding an HKC or RKC to train with locally would be the best $ you could spend--and you can use their kettlebells too.   That way you'll learn safe, effective form AND when/if you decide to purchase a kettlebell you'll know what you like and will get the right weight from the start.

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Re: Kettle bells...
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2014, 10:44:46 PM »
You can also come to me and/or GiryaGirl with any questions you may have. I can't speak for GiryaGirl, but personally, I will teach anyone who will listen about this stuff. I have done it all before, from the powerlifting and body-building, to sport-specific training, and by far, this system has gotten me the greatest results and pushed me further than I ever imagined possible.

I don't mean to spam, but, if you are venturing this on your own and don't have access to good instruction such as GiryaGirl and I have suggested, please feel free to see my articles posted at www.oltimeystrengthsecrets.com.

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Re: Kettle bells...
« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2014, 12:00:07 PM »
I have never used them but I have a friend that swears by them!

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Re: Kettle bells...
« Reply #8 on: June 28, 2014, 03:33:09 PM »
Kettlebells are a great bridge between strength and conditioning. A simple way to get both out of your workout. I supplement my barbell work with kettlebells for conditioning, but if you're just interested in staying in good shape overall then they're great stand-alone as well.

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