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Do you count kettlebelling as lifting heavy things, or as a sprint-style (tabata) workout?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 03, 2011 at 2:08 AM

When I do kettlebell swings, it's usually for 6 minutes, 25 lb. bell, basic swings, 20 seconds swinging, 10 seconds rest, tabata style.

I've been wondering for a quite a while: does this count as a weight workout? Or a sprint-style workout? Something in between?

How do you count your kettlebell workouts? If you do kettlebell swings in your exercise routine, what other exercises to you do to 'balance', if anything?

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on January 04, 2011
at 04:08 AM

Make your own adjustable weight one. A metal T pipe, a flat pipe and handle of choice(I use a second T pipe) all cheap enough at home depot/lowes. Find plates cheap at thrift stores.

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on January 04, 2011
at 02:48 AM

I'd be curious to try this, but at $60+/pop those increasingly-heavier kettlebells ain't buying themselves. :) But a routine of fasted training is definitely a doable goal of mine in 2011 - a midmorning workout after skipping breakfast.

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on January 03, 2011
at 03:18 AM

A couple of things: 1. Be motivated, but not discouraged by before and after candidates... 2. At 5'7" and with your current weight you are in perfect condition to get strong. If you have access to a gym where you can get training on the basic barbell lifts (back squat, deadlift, bench press, etc.) I highly recommend you focus on strength and complement with cardio - I mean "metabolic conditioning"... Again - best of luck!

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on January 03, 2011
at 02:50 AM

Well, I am NOT very fit, especially when viewed in comparison with all the very impressive before & after candidates. I'm just trying to get my bearings back after having my (sigh) now 1 year old baby. :) I'm 5'7", weight varies high 180s/low 190s. I would be thrilled if the above described workout DIDN'T leave me thoroughly breathless, but for now it does.

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on January 03, 2011
at 02:32 AM

I have a bunch made up that involve little to no equipment besides my kettlebell and occasionally a resistance band. Hit me up at sherpamelissa at gmail dot com and I'll share some.

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on January 03, 2011
at 02:23 AM

(Taps fingers Mr. Burns style:) Excellent. Thanks for the juicy details on your workouts; they will help me to shape my own.

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on January 03, 2011
at 02:35 AM

I think of lifting heavy things more as single efforts that just focus on weight lifted rather than the speed it's lifted at... more along the lines of "get this tree trunk off of my baby!" or "move these boulders out of the cave entrance," or "haul this antelope carcass home." Kettlebell swings are about being fast and explosive, more like throwing spears or something. :)

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on January 03, 2011
at 02:15 AM

I use kettlebells in my HIIT workouts, not as strength. Sometimes I do entire kettlebell workouts, with deadlifts and get ups and presses and sometimes the swings are just part of my normal workouts. I will also use the kettlebell instead of dumbbells for squats and lunges too. When I set up a HIIT/tabata workout, I try to hit legs, core and something for my arms/shoulders and get at least one high heart rate item in there like burpees/mountain climbers/jumping jacks. Mine are typical 5 exercises/4 rounds of 50 sec work / 10 sec rest for a 20 minute set.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 03, 2011
at 02:32 AM

I have a bunch made up that involve little to no equipment besides my kettlebell and occasionally a resistance band. Hit me up at sherpamelissa at gmail dot com and I'll share some.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on January 03, 2011
at 02:23 AM

(Taps fingers Mr. Burns style:) Excellent. Thanks for the juicy details on your workouts; they will help me to shape my own.

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018e690f1359b1ead532307d8a828e22

on January 03, 2011
at 02:46 AM

Without any other variables such as your body weight or fitness level I would respond purely based on the amount of work you are doing and the primary energy system you are using to accomplish the work. Six minutes of tabata style intervals with a 25 lb. kettlebell would put you towards the aerobic end of the anaerobic/aerobic pathway.

I typically throw in this type of conditioning work after a more traditional strength workout: basic lifts, heavy weight, low reps (3-5), plenty or rest between sets.

Here is some traditional kettlebell work in action: http://www.ickbgirls.com/.

Good luck!

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on January 03, 2011
at 02:50 AM

Well, I am NOT very fit, especially when viewed in comparison with all the very impressive before & after candidates. I'm just trying to get my bearings back after having my (sigh) now 1 year old baby. :) I'm 5'7", weight varies high 180s/low 190s. I would be thrilled if the above described workout DIDN'T leave me thoroughly breathless, but for now it does.

018e690f1359b1ead532307d8a828e22

(40)

on January 03, 2011
at 03:18 AM

A couple of things: 1. Be motivated, but not discouraged by before and after candidates... 2. At 5'7" and with your current weight you are in perfect condition to get strong. If you have access to a gym where you can get training on the basic barbell lifts (back squat, deadlift, bench press, etc.) I highly recommend you focus on strength and complement with cardio - I mean "metabolic conditioning"... Again - best of luck!

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

Personally, I'd up the weight and lower the time(due to exhaustion). Keep moving the weight up as your capable of finishing more reps. Strength gains will be faster and so will endurance. I put on muscle super fast by exhausting with the heaviest things I could find once every 5 days, then feasting after.

Always train fasted.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on January 04, 2011
at 02:48 AM

I'd be curious to try this, but at $60+/pop those increasingly-heavier kettlebells ain't buying themselves. :) But a routine of fasted training is definitely a doable goal of mine in 2011 - a midmorning workout after skipping breakfast.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on January 04, 2011
at 04:08 AM

Make your own adjustable weight one. A metal T pipe, a flat pipe and handle of choice(I use a second T pipe) all cheap enough at home depot/lowes. Find plates cheap at thrift stores.

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