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Has anyone tried kettlebells?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created July 03, 2012 at 9:38 PM

I recently took up kettle-bells at my gym, I'm barely trying to get through once/week (I am fairly week), and I've heard other gym goers rave about the results they have seen from going once/twice a week.

Have you tried/seen results from KBs?

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on July 04, 2012
at 01:33 PM

Yeah they are kind of expensive. But cheaper than a gym membership. I got a lot of mileage out of my first 25 lb KB, months of workouts. Just bought a 50 pounder!

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on July 04, 2012
at 01:31 PM

Also, you aren't going to see any results working out once per week. Figure out something you can do 3-4x per week. Anyone can buy a light kettlebell and do some exercises at home for 20 minutes a few times a week to start with.

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on July 04, 2012
at 12:53 AM

Agreed. If I have less than 15 minutes to workout, I'll do the 4-Hour Body program by doing 3 sets of swings until gassed. Ferris recommends doing 2 sets until failure (shoot for 75 swings per set) and your good to do.

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I love them and agree totally with this post. They've worked fast to change my body composition. Far faster than running and diet alone.

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on July 03, 2012
at 10:09 PM

There are kettlebells as small as 2 or 3 pounds, so anyone can do them (even my 7 year old). There are also a wide variety of exercises you can do with them besides just lifting, including squats, presses, stretching and mobility exercises, Turkish get-ups, swings, even throwing and catching them. Look online and you'll find lots of ideas.

Starting to use kettlebells continued the transformation of my body that started with going paleo. I switched from running to kettlebells and calisthenics and very quickly lost about 10-15 pounds and went down 4 notches on my belt. Nowadays I do crossfit 3-4x per week which wouldn't have been possible without getting stronger using kettlebells on my own first. I highly recommend them.

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on July 04, 2012
at 12:44 AM

I love them and agree totally with this post. They've worked fast to change my body composition. Far faster than running and diet alone.

9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

(15833)

on July 04, 2012
at 01:31 PM

Also, you aren't going to see any results working out once per week. Figure out something you can do 3-4x per week. Anyone can buy a light kettlebell and do some exercises at home for 20 minutes a few times a week to start with.

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on July 04, 2012
at 01:09 AM

Kettlebells are terrific. I dropped 30 pounds in 4 months with high-volume swings and low-carb eating.

There are definite skills involved. You can't really just 'do' kettlebells. You need to learn what to do and develop skill with them. Check out Pavel Tsatsouline, Tracy Reifkind, Pat Flynn, etc. for instructional material. There is a LOT on the web. If you start with these names, and maybe Jordan Vezina too, you can avoid a lot of bad advice.

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on July 04, 2012
at 01:37 AM

I think I was using them 3x/week at some points.

I concur with the recommendation to look up Pavel's stuff - he's a bit silly-serious, but the information is impeccable. When I gained the freshman fifteen and was totally lost at the university gym (dance and golf didn't translate to campus well), not to mention intimidated and shy, I picked up a ten pound kettlebell (tiny!) and used Pavel's videos to start. I could do it in a dorm room while my roommates were gone, and I didn't have to try to torture myself on an elliptical when they went to the gym - no thanks! They started me off when I felt really clueless and kind of hopeless.

Several years later, I still use kettlebells - heavier than ten pounds - and still love them. You can easily get a great, quick workout in with a bunch of swings. They store easily, can be used with minimal space, and are fun to use. I love deadlifts and squats and such, but I think I made the quickest progress in terms of strength and body comp with kettlebells.

Just make sure you are getting the form right - learn from someone who knows, or pay close attention to a reliable video. I say reliable because there are a lot of "experts" who have tried to cash in on the kettlebell trend and it looks awkward and has the bonus of being potentially dangerous - example below:

How not to use a kettlebell

Anyway, I would encourage you to stick with them!

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on July 04, 2012
at 12:49 AM

My major training sessions (2X/week) are done with Kettlebells. Swings, Snatches, Deadlifts, Jerks, Squats and Presses.

It's literally the perfect "confined space" or "home gym" piece of equipment.

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on July 03, 2012
at 11:44 PM

Just a FYI, the first few times you do kettlebell swings your hamstrings will hurt for a few days (in many cases). It goes away unless you decide to stop and start up again.

The swings are a good way to work a lot of muscles at once. Trust me they are tiring.

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on July 04, 2012
at 12:53 AM

Agreed. If I have less than 15 minutes to workout, I'll do the 4-Hour Body program by doing 3 sets of swings until gassed. Ferris recommends doing 2 sets until failure (shoot for 75 swings per set) and your good to do.

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on July 03, 2012
at 11:03 PM

I've used them and while I think they can be a great exercise, they kind of scare me...I always think I'm going to drop one on my head accidentally or smash one through the window when doing swings. I switched to a weighted sandbag with handles because it's softer and feels safer to me....you can still do getups and swings with it, plus you can use it for weighted squats and presses, etc.
It's a personal choice obviously, you might love kettle bells (which are heavy metal dangerous death traps...I kid!!!)

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on July 03, 2012
at 10:58 PM

I have not done kettlebells but really want to because I kettlebell swings look like lotsa fun! I've been watching videos on youtube of KB workouts and this is a really funny silly one but the guy got really great results -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8vQs23k0gk. They are very expensive though and I prefer to work out at home, so I think I am going to start buying one each paycheck, that way I can also start out lighter (which I probably need) and buy heavier ones as I build up to it.

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on July 04, 2012
at 01:33 PM

Yeah they are kind of expensive. But cheaper than a gym membership. I got a lot of mileage out of my first 25 lb KB, months of workouts. Just bought a 50 pounder!

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on July 03, 2012
at 10:09 PM

look up jeff martone on youtube--he is the kb guru

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