Kettlebell Workouts

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    Feb 03, 2014 2:06 PM GMT
    I just had a question about Kettlebell workouts. For the past month I have been weightlifting but wanted to kind of explore something different. I'm not necessarily looking to get HUGE like some of these guys, which is cool I mean it's your thing go for it, but mainly to get stronger at climbing, and maybe gain some girth on this kinda thin body of mine.

    This month I wanted to explore with kettlebell workouts. I found a website that had some pretty cool looking WOD's. The website is:

    www.wodshop.org

    To anyone that has done kettlebell workouts or has viewed this site and looked under kettlebell workouts, would these be good workouts to do? I've never really worked with kettlebells so I am curious. Are they mainly an upperbody thing? Do you get some good leg workouts from them (or I mean i can just go do squats and stuff like that as well I have no problem with that)? Will I get bigger (but not necessarily huge and buff like Mr. Universe)?

    Thanks guys. Hope you have a good week.

    Tyler
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    Feb 03, 2014 3:02 PM GMT
    Why would you want to limit yourself to strictly kettlebells? Kettlebells can be a great workout but I personally dread them when I have to do them in CrossFit. But that's just a personal thing though. If your reason for sticking with kettlebells is because you workout at home and have limited equipment, then yeah you can get a pretty good workout with them considering your goals. But I would go for the "Hopper" or one of the WOD's that include other exercises beyond just kettlebells.

    Question: Do you have any injuries or back issues?
  • Destinharbor

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    Feb 03, 2014 5:04 PM GMT
    I think kettle balls go mainly to stabilizers and functionality which should be good for you for climbing. But they won't help you get bigger. Consider them as adjunct to a good basic weight program. And do protein powder...
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    Feb 03, 2014 5:41 PM GMT
    Certified kettlebell trainer here. Excellent workout. Swings with a heavy enough kettlebell will get you a good cardio workout. I can get my heart rate up to a level of running in a much faster time. Awesome leg workout with deadlifts, squats and especially lunges. Upper body strength exercises like clean & jerk, shoulder presses and snatches will get you stronger. You will probably not put on additional muscle mass but you will maintain what you have and you will get stronger.
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    Feb 04, 2014 2:09 AM GMT
    Go for a kettlebell circuit class where they mix it up. K's are awesome and will help strengthen the core as well. Find someone certified to train you before going on your own.
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    Feb 05, 2014 12:31 PM GMT
    So kettlebells are more generated towards a cardio workout?