Post # 1
Does anyone work out with kettlebells? I see bigger, buffer guys using them at the gym and sometimes in really controlled movements like lunges and sometimes really swinging movements. I know they’re supposed to be an alternative to dumbbells and effective but I only see big huge guys using them. Has anyone tired them?
Post # 3
Watch the Biggest Loser, they were using them in lots of ways tonight. I’ve never tried them but it piqued my curiousity when I saw them tonight on the show.
Post # 4
I just started using them this week. I bought a 10 lb kettlebell and 2 DVDs, Kettlbell Bombshell and Shred It with Weights (Jillian Michaels). They are really effecive and supposedly really good to strenghten your core. My thighs are certainly feeling it!
Post # 5
My trainer specifically recommended them as part of my bridal bootcamp! I really like working with them.. the one tricky part is to keep a straight back when you are doing lifts/lunges so you don’t strain your lower back muscles.
Post # 6
I love kettlebells. Find some in a size that is appropriate for you. Maybe your area has a class? I go weekly, and there are no huge guys in there – mostly lean, toned men and women. It may be helpful to have the instruction so you can learn the correct way to work with them (like meladoug mentions).
Post # 7
They’re awesome. I love swinging them around!
Post # 8
I used them in my bootcamp class. I use 10, 15, 18, or 20 – depending on what we are doing (the higher weights for swings, the mid/lower weight ones for shoulder exercises (like presses).
The swing is such a great workout, IMO – really gets your heart pumping.
Form is important – I know a lot of Kettlebell certified trainers gave JM a hard time when her video came out because it was crappy form. There’s a ton of you tube videos out there – make sure you find someone certified that’s giving you the pointers.
In a nutshell – for the swing: you are really using your hips to propel the movement -not your arms.