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Kettlebell Training For Martial Artists

There's always been a great deal of concern for martial artists when it comes to kettlebells, or any other form of intense weight training for that matter. The conventional wisdom was that training hard for strength with either heavy weights or kettlebells would tighten the muscles and limit the range of motion and flexibility, two [...]

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Safe Kettlebell Techniques For The Beginner

Employing safe, sane technique when starting out as a beginner with kettlebells can ensure a lifetime of development and enjoyment with this fantastic training method. Conversely, if you start out with improper, unsafe and foolhardy practices you'll soon find yourself, hurt, disillusioned, and ready to use your kettlebells as overgrown paperweights! Let's look at some [...]

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Kettlebell first impressions

Got a 16 kg kettle bell yesterday… here are some first impressions: It feels somewhat heavier than a dumbell of the same weight. The arrival timing was perfect since I just had finished a PTP [Power to the People] cycle. As per Pavel's advice, I eased into kettlebell work: 2X10 two hand swings, 2X10 one [...]

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Alternative kettlebell snatch technique?

Since it was raining today and I usually do my snatches outside , I had to do them inside with a pretty low ceiling. I'm using Ironmind kettlebell handles and if I do the "flick" at the top like Pavel does on the videos, I'll hit the ceiling. Using real kettlebells like on the video would not have this problem because of their shorter length.

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Injuries: Kettlebells vs Bodybuilding

Lately I've been experimenting with a mix of traditional kettlebell exercises (swings, snatches) and bodybuilding exercises (military presses, curls, etc.) and I think that overall it's easier to injure yourself with traditional bodybuilding type exercises. With many kettlebell exercises, you are not isolating parts of the body the way you do with bodybuilding workouts. A [...]

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I *LOVE* my kettlebell, but… lower back pain

I did a 2 week cycle of PTP and had NO back problems, even though I suffer from chronic lower back pain. I use very good form, holding my breath through the movement. I'm only up to about 215lbs max on the deadlift, and I'm thinking that is an indication that my back may still be too weak for ballistic kettlebell movements.

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Kettlebell snatch question

I'm currently on a routine to improve my strength and conditioning. I am doing one arm kettlebell snatches 3X per week. I have homemade kettlebells that I made out of an old tricep bar. My question is: How do I progress on the exercise?

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Using Kettlebells To Accelerate Fat Loss

I've come here to reveal a secret. Most people, if they've heard of kettlebells at all, associate them with building core strength and fantastic overall conditioning. There are a few added benefits as well, and that would be that kettlebells are a great tool for fat loss and weight loss. No other exercise programs are [...]

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First Impressions – Kettlebell conditioning kicks a$$!

I received my kettlebell last week (16kg) and started with two arm swings for 10 reps then to one arm swings for 10 reps each. Already I was breathing hard. When I did snatches (10 reps each arm) I was pretty whipped.

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Kettlebells vs dumbbells

Is there any advantage to using a kettlebell instead of a dumbbell?

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Seated Kettlebell Snatch?

Does anyone have any tips or hints on performing a seated kettlebell snatch properly? Or is this something to avoid?

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Grip Failure in Kettlebell Training

I am getting frustrated by a seeming physical limitation in my left hand grip while swinging and jerking kettlebells. The third and fourth fingers of the left hand always give out before I do, and I have to stop before I lose control of the kettlebell.

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Kettlebells for football performance?

Pavel, I am thankful that you are so knowledgeable in regards to kettlebell training. I have a question concerning training someone who wants to continue his football career in college.

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Kettlebell Training For Law Enforcement

One of the most effective strength and endurance training methods for law enforcement personnel is really nothing new! Training with Kettlebells has been around since the Tsars, and shows no signs of being displaced as one of the more effective total body strength and endurance builders anytime soon. The need for law enforcement line officers [...]

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Kettlebell Training For Firefighters

I don't have to tell you the demands firefighting can put on one's body. The physical endurance, strength, intense heat and cramped quarters can make for a very difficult working environment! That said, there is perhaps no exercise regimen better suited to the demands of firefighters than kettlebell training. The combination of explosive strength, high [...]

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Reps for kettlebell snatchs and cleans

How many reps do you recommend for snatches and clean and jerks with kettlebells? I have the video but you just say between 1-100. That's a big range.

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Kettlebell Snatch Form

I received The Russian Kettlebell Challenge book this week, but the technique for performing snatches eludes me. I am using dumbbells now. When I do snatches they feel like swings to me. What am I doing wrong?

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The Role of Grip in Kettlebell Lifting

Should you squeeze the kettlebell handle as tightly as you'd squeeze a bar when lifting PTP style? I was really banging up my forearms with the cleans and snatches, but when I started crushing the handle as hard as I could, my form improved and the KB started dropping against the forearm much more gently.

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Kettlebell total workload? Rep schemes

Is it safe to say that the total workload (total reps per workout) is the most important factor in a kettlebell workout? For instance in workout A I can use a 16 kg kettlebell and do 40 reps on my right arm, rest 1 minute and do 40 reps on the other arm for a [...]

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More challenging kettlebell workout

As if kettlebells are not tough enough, try this addition…

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