Kettlebells - How do you incorporate them into your existing routine

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    Oct 23, 2010 12:28 PM GMT
    I'm interested in incorporating kettlebells into my existing routine. Currently, I use barbells and dumbells almost exclusively with maybe a machine for hamstring curls and a hammer ab machine somedays. I split the workouts three ways 1. legs 2. chest, shoulders, triceps 3. back and biceps. Any ideas about incorporating kettlebells? If you use them, did you notice any appreciable difference using kettlebells versus barbells and dumbells?
  • Ironman4U

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    Oct 23, 2010 3:28 PM GMT
    I worked with a trainer about a year ago that was really into kettlebells. We did kettlebells as part of a core and leg workout. You can really center a whole workout around them or you can just use certain kettlebell exercises to add a little variety to what you're doing. I definitely added core strength with kettlebell training and noticed more functional strength enhancement.
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    Oct 23, 2010 8:36 PM GMT
    sashaman saidI'm interested in incorporating kettlebells into my existing routine. Currently, I use barbells and dumbells almost exclusively with maybe a machine for hamstring curls and a hammer ab machine somedays. I split the workouts three ways 1. legs 2. chest, shoulders, triceps 3. back and biceps. Any ideas about incorporating kettlebells? If you use them, did you notice any appreciable difference using kettlebells versus barbells and dumbells?

    kettlebells are easy to incorporate into your workouts. i think the most important thing is to find out how to use them before you start using them. if i were you i would get a trainer at your gym to show you how to use them properly if not look it up on youtube
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    Oct 23, 2010 8:39 PM GMT
    They were big at the place I interned. Forward swings, dead lifts, oblique work. They're a nice variation but I don't think there's that huge a plethora of additional stuff to do with them. We seemed to use them a lot while training the NFL guys, but we always did the most unconventional stuff with them.
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    Oct 23, 2010 10:26 PM GMT
    I love Kettle bell workouts! I do only kettle bells for my weight training days, amazing for building core strength and as well as muscular strength and endurance! plus all you need is one weight! I even take it with me on vacation haha
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    Oct 24, 2010 12:06 AM GMT
    Thanks for the responses. I became interested in Kettlebells because, if I understand right, basically everything you do with them will cause the abs and lower back to engage.

    @ crazycool - so you use just one kettlebell for all the weight training? Do you do full body workouts or split the weight training with certain body parts on certain days?