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Kettlebell training for a beginner

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created December 26, 2012 at 7:00 PM

I'm looking for some advice on which kettlebell i should get. How will i know how heavy they should be if i've never used them before, etc? Is one enough to begin with or should i get several in different weight?

2336245491a87ee15d4fb8f8f8283909

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on December 27, 2012
at 05:45 PM

True...probably.. That and bruised forearms and I was doing a lot of "hand to hand" training. That was when I was first started (about 8 years ago).. I was getting used to the drills, especailly snatches. minor adjustments in form make big difference....but, If I had to do it over again, I'd be a bit more conservative.

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on December 27, 2012
at 12:32 PM

Forearms suggest your hip snap isn't powerful enough. Your forearms are just a long for the ride. They should be taxed bit not overly.

19ff515e8ec02d95e8f2cf68c3ec1373

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on December 27, 2012
at 12:31 PM

Agree. RKC essential if you can get it.

19ff515e8ec02d95e8f2cf68c3ec1373

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on December 27, 2012
at 12:31 PM

But you need the heavier weight to really know your form. The heavier weight changes it so best to get it straight from the get go. My RKC instructor took me straight to 12kg.

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on December 26, 2012
at 08:50 PM

I would say start with a 15 & a 20. If you aren't using enough weight to engage the proper muscle groups you won't necessarily be learning proper form. You can get away with a lot of errors using small weight... pick up a larger bell and get injured.

These DVDs are really amazing and cheap. Very slow-paced and she goes a long way to explain and demonstrate proper form.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B005FRWTSO

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19ff515e8ec02d95e8f2cf68c3ec1373

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on December 26, 2012
at 07:09 PM

This video describes beginning weight sizes.

http://www.performbetter.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/PBOnePieceView?storeId=10151&catalogId=10751&languageId=-1&pagename=199

I'd get two sizes, one heavier for the two hand swing, a smaller for one hand swings. Once you've squared away your fundamentals then two of each size for double one handed swings and presses.

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2336245491a87ee15d4fb8f8f8283909

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on December 26, 2012
at 10:53 PM

I started out with a 24 and a 20kg and an 8kg for my wife. Since then I've added 1 of each weight up to 40kg.

Be conservative when you first start out... I was already strong but my forearms got pretty sore..

2336245491a87ee15d4fb8f8f8283909

(1173)

on December 27, 2012
at 05:45 PM

True...probably.. That and bruised forearms and I was doing a lot of "hand to hand" training. That was when I was first started (about 8 years ago).. I was getting used to the drills, especailly snatches. minor adjustments in form make big difference....but, If I had to do it over again, I'd be a bit more conservative.

19ff515e8ec02d95e8f2cf68c3ec1373

(1207)

on December 27, 2012
at 12:32 PM

Forearms suggest your hip snap isn't powerful enough. Your forearms are just a long for the ride. They should be taxed bit not overly.

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on December 26, 2012
at 08:45 PM

Agree with the form over function. Since the movements are so dynamic, you'd want to make sure you have your form perfect before advancing to heavier weights.

If done improperly you put yourself at risk for injury!

I'd go so far as to say, you should take at least 1 or 2 classes with a RKC (Russian Kettlebel Certified) trained instructor who can teach you the correct form.

I tried learning myself via dvds, youtube videos, and books, but nothing beat having an RKC instructor correct me first hand... since had still gotten things wrong.

19ff515e8ec02d95e8f2cf68c3ec1373

(1207)

on December 27, 2012
at 12:31 PM

Agree. RKC essential if you can get it.

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on December 26, 2012
at 07:37 PM

http://zentofitness.com/a-short-introduction-to-kettlebells

This will help you. Personally Id Learn the movements with 5 lbs for a man and 1 lbs for a women. Always form over function.

19ff515e8ec02d95e8f2cf68c3ec1373

(1207)

on December 27, 2012
at 12:31 PM

But you need the heavier weight to really know your form. The heavier weight changes it so best to get it straight from the get go. My RKC instructor took me straight to 12kg.

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