Kettleball Training..

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    Aug 26, 2008 2:52 PM GMT
    Has anyone done it? Friend has started and he swears it's the best workout he's had
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    Aug 26, 2008 3:03 PM GMT
    My personal trainer has had me use them for a couple of exercises. They really can give you are good workout....strength and aerobic. In fact, it was because my ability to breathe was so wacked that he started me on kettlebells.

    But I think you really need to know what you are doing to use them right on some exercises. I am not sure I would just tell people to go use kettlebells without knowing they had a source of instruction....videos or a personal trainer. ....one could hurt himself using those things....but then I see people misusing just about every piece of equipment in the gym ....now that I have been with a trainer for over 10 months and have learned how to exercise and use most of the equipment.*

    *Altho it is interesting how little of the weights and equipment we use. My workouts with a trainer are nothing like I imagined.
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    Aug 26, 2008 3:51 PM GMT
    oh yeah, I wouldn't consider going solo... probably knock myself out or something
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    Aug 26, 2008 4:20 PM GMT
    And some of the exercises are not intuitively obvious.

    Like one he has me do looks like you are swinging the kettlebell up from between your legs to able head height. My first inclination was to use my arms to swing the kettlebell up. But that's not the focus of this exercise...it is to work the hams, butt, and lower back...if I remember right. Anyway, the kettlebell has to be propelled by a snap of the hips! Needless to say, it took some practice with my PT watching me before I got that technique down.
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    Aug 26, 2008 5:34 PM GMT
    Caslon6000 saidAnd some of the exercises are not intuitively obvious. Like one he has me do looks like you are swinging the kettlebell up from between your legs to able head height. My first inclination was to use my arms to swing the kettlebell up. But that's not the focus of this exercise...it is to work the hams, butt, and lower back...if I remember right. Anyway, the kettlebell has to be propelled by a snap of the hips! Needless to say, it took some practice with my PT watching me before I got that technique down.

    The kettlebell swing should not require much practice on technique, sir Caslon, as the lay name for it is "the porn star".
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    Aug 26, 2008 7:14 PM GMT
    You'll also get great info from Steve Cotter. You can just do a search and it will bring up lots of his info. He is one of my KB instructors.

    The technique is simple and just takes lots of practice. They are surprisingly safe to use. That is why the Russians made it the national workout.
    They are effective, safe and inexpensive.
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    Aug 26, 2008 7:18 PM GMT
    A fella at Gold's uses the KB for a good portion of his workouts and it looks killer! I may pick up this type of training soon.
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    Aug 26, 2008 7:21 PM GMT
    BoarderX saidThe kettlebell swing should not require much practice on technique, sir Caslon, as the lay name for it is "the porn star".

    Maybe not if you're a porn star ... icon_rolleyes.gif ... actually, that might not have been too bad a way to think of it .... icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 26, 2008 9:17 PM GMT
    bread77, kettlebells are not mysterious objects from an ancient civilization, requiring a shaman or psychic to unravel. The ancestors of dumbells, they require no more special training than other free weights or machines. Of course, most guys could use a lot more training on how to properly use free weights and, ugh, machines, but that's another story.

    Don't be intimidated. You won't be able to learn by secretly spying on dozens of other guys using kettlebells like you can with barbells and dumbbells, but you can also avoid copying poor form. A trainer is the best option, but the lack of a trainer doesn't mean kettlebells are too advanced or too dangerous for you to try. In addition to old-school DVDs for purchase or Netflixing, there are TONS of free online videos on YouTube, exercise sites, DragonDoor (as suggested by NNJFitandBi), and even here at RealJock: http://www.realjock.com/workout/1047/.

    Just use the same care and caution and gusto that you do for your other training rituals.
  • TexanMan82

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    Aug 26, 2008 9:35 PM GMT
    Kettlebells are awesome. They'll kick your ass if you work out hard with them.
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    Aug 26, 2008 10:18 PM GMT
    there are other types of kettlebell workouts--Everlast has double handled rubber balls, so to speak, that work just as well as kettlebells, but half the weight. It really is a good stretching workout that thorough exhausts your entire body when done right. Just be smart when using these for exercise because you can strain a muscle very easily if not donoe right.
    Good Luck!!
  • Puppy80

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    Aug 27, 2008 11:34 AM GMT
    Caslon6000 saidAnd some of the exercises are not intuitively obvious.

    Like one he has me do looks like you are swinging the kettlebell up from between your legs to able head height. My first inclination was to use my arms to swing the kettlebell up. But that's not the focus of this exercise...it is to work the hams, butt, and lower back...if I remember right. Anyway, the kettlebell has to be propelled by a snap of the hips! Needless to say, it took some practice with my PT watching me before I got that technique down.


    My PT had me do this exercise the other day. After watching him, I was afraid I'd rack myself with the weight, but when you get into it, you can really feel it and it's amazing how easy it is not to use your arms for propelling.

    Another thing we've used them for is an exercise called the lawn mower. It's like your pulling the cord on a lawn mower to start it. Pulling it at an angle up.

    *And like you said Caslon, I too am amazed at how veried my workouts with my PT are. We use free weights, resistance bands, machines, kettle balls. Doing some of the same exercises using the different methods has expanded my knowledge.
  • marbataurus

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    Jul 28, 2010 6:02 PM GMT
    Love kettlebell training! Great for core strength and stability if do it properly.

    A bit intimidated at first but gradually learned how to use your whole body to manipulate the weight and make it looks like something dancing around while you do it for minutes after minutes.

    My coach let me started with 12kg bell, and now 16kg one. Still can do one bell only. Hope I can do one in each hand next year! icon_biggrin.gif
  • MisterT

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    Jul 28, 2010 6:17 PM GMT
    I love my kettlebells, great workout, and I combine that with my heavybag workout.

    Mainly use my 18KG kettlebell, and wanting a 25KG and 40KG