Archive for the Kettlebell Category


Kettlebells and Free Weights- How do they differ?

  here are differences in training with a kettlebell or training with free weights or dumbbells that are subtle yet significant. Let’s take a look at what those differences are and how they impact you. Kettlebells were NOT originally designed as exercise tools. They originated in Europe centered mainly in Russia from a counter weight […]

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Kettlebell Exercise Video – The Military Press

The military press is the last exercise of the Squat, Clean and Press exercise recommended for athletes. (All 3 are performed in sequence in one movement in that exercise.) This basic exercise works the arms more specifically which is why it is often combined with other kettlebell movements like the clean. It can also be […]

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Kettlebell Exercise Video- One Arm Clean

The one arm clean is a way of mounting the kettlebell up to the shoulder. It is the clean part of the squat, clean and press exercise recommended for athletes in my post on athletes. It is also a foundational exercise that has value in and of itself in working the glutes, core and arms. […]

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Kettlebell Exercise Video- The Two Handed Swing

Foundational Kettlebell exercise that develops the legs, glutes, core muscles and arms. Also used to develop burst strength, flexibility and stamina. Your kettlebell weight choice and reps will determine the swing’s fitness impact. Swings can be performed with one or two hands. One handed swings can be alternated by transferring hands at the top of […]

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Kettlebell Exercise Video- Half Turkish Get Up

Strengthens the chest, arm and core muscles. Good for working into the full Turkish Get Up which brings your legs more fully into the exercise. To view the video in full screen, right click on the video and then select “Pop Out” which brings up the video in a separate window. Then, start the video […]

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Choosing Your Kettlebell: Sizing Up Your Handle

n choosing your kettlebell, it is important to consider the handle. The handle and your grip are important in controlling your movements and preventing injury. Here are some important factors to consider in sizing up the handle: Handle Surface If your handle surface is too rough, it can tear up your hands. If it is […]

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History and Growth of the Kettlebell

  he kettlebell was originally used in Russia as a counter weight for agricultural scales to weigh dry goods. It even bore the imperial seal first appearing in the Russian dictionary in 1704. Since it was very available, it gained popularity as a tool for strength and throwing competitions. It morphed eventually into a weight […]

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Ten Tips for Kettlebell Safety and Common Sense

ommon sense and good judgement should be used with all your kettlebell workout routines.   First of all, start with a low weight and work on your form. Practice the movements with little or even no weight until you feel comfortable. Once you feel comfortable with the movement, you can increase your weight gradually. Don’t […]

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The Kettlebell Swing: Basic but Important

The kettlebell swing is the heart and soul of Kettlebell training. The swing can be done with either one or both hands. The swing uses the muscles of your posterior chain or the hips, hamstrings, back and core. The basic motion is to swing the Kettlebell out in front of you and then back down […]

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Selecting the Right Kettlebell Weight

etermining the correct weight to start out your kettlebell workout routines is important. Too much and you pull muscles or otherwise hurt yourself and give up kettlebelling forever. Too little and you will end up doing nothing meaningful to reduce fat or increase fitness and convince yourself that kettlebell workouts are a waste of time […]

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