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April 19th, 2008 at 4:14 pm

Kettlebell training guide

The Kettlebell Training Guide has now been superceded by the Elite Fitness Manual. Click here for details.

Kettlebell Training Guide front coverFollowing on from Crossfit London’s excellent Ring Training guide, they have now published a Kettlebell Training guide, which I am stocking.

We’ve had some great feedback on the Ring Training guide, so I’m confident the Kettlebell Guide will be just as effective.

Kettlebell Training Guide content

So what’s in it? Mainly step-by-step instruction on all the major kettlebell exercises, including:

  • Swing
  • Clean
  • Press – shoulder, waiter and bottom-up
  • Snatch
  • Turkish Get-up
  • Windmill

In other words, everything you need to get started with your shiny new kettlebell. Short of actually going to a kettlebell seminar, this guide is probably your best bet to ensure that you are getting your technique right. Kettlebells are not the easiest things in the world to handle (that’s the whole point), so some clear instruction will take you a long way.

Here is what Andrew has to say about kettlebell training in his guide:

“A kettlebell, in spite of the hype, is neither a gym in the palm of your hand, an item that flenses fat from your body, nor builds indestructible bullet-proof abs: that’s done by hard work, skill, determination and diet.

However, if it can be swung and lifted with correct form, it confers on the user a variety of strength, power and CV-based improvements that, some insist, outstrip conventional training methods.”

I like Andrew’s honesty here; he’s not a kettlebell evangelist but recognises the contribution of kettlebells to the strength and conditioning arsenal.

I feel the same way: there are some kettlebell exercises that I love, like the swing and the Turkish get-up, and they are just not the same with a dumbbell. But like any training method, you get out of it what you put in. So, get stuck in and let me know what you think!

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  • 1

    I’ve seen alot of professional athletes use them, but at the gym that I go to they don’t even have a kettlebell. :-/

    Ben on April 19th, 2008
  • 2

    @ Ben: why not buy your own? 16kg is the standard weight.

    gubernatrix on April 19th, 2008
  • 3

    Good idea. I’ll have to read up on them and maybe this weekend I could find some time to look for one…

    Ben on April 22nd, 2008
  • 4

    I train in gym, but I have couple of KB’s in my flat. If WOD’s includes KB or lately if I teach some friends CrossFit style training KB has it’s place (as unfortunately I don’t have barbell in my place…yet :).
    But I agree 100% – it’s just a tool, just another form of external resistance.

    Petr R. on April 23rd, 2008
  • 5

    KBs are a great tool to use great for functional strength, i have 16k one and a 8kg one for the good lady. The Cross fit guide is simple and practical, much more so than some of the other ones i have seen, good job.

    tentigers on May 1st, 2008
  • 6 do kettlebells for a good price.

    I have a 20kg one – they’re super great!

    Great site gubes, keep it going!

    no9cvd on May 8th, 2008
  • 7

    Hi gubes,

    I found this interesting article on Peripheral Heart Action Training, with kettlebells, that I thought you might find interesting, it’s just a form of circuit training really, i have tried it before and it’s hard work!

    tentigers on May 12th, 2008
  • 8

    Hey Gubes, miss your updates!

    Lisa on June 26th, 2008
  • 9

    Hi Lisa,

    Cheers! I don’t have broadband access at home right now so I haven’t been able to update properly.

    I’ve also been out climbing rather a lot recently 😉

    I will be back soon – keep reading!!!!!!

    gubernatrix on June 27th, 2008
  • 10

    Glad to hear you’re coming back – I’d actually just remarked in my LJ that I was missing reading your blog.

    lelak on June 28th, 2008
  • 11

    I think a lot of readers are missing your internet presence!

    Boris on August 16th, 2008
  • 12

    Hey thanks Boris! To be honest, I haven’t had that much to say recently, which is why I haven’t posted. I have been checking in regularly to read people’s comments though.

    gubernatrix on August 16th, 2008
  • 13

    Just had a taster at the gym using kettlebells and as a personal trainer I think I will be using and recommending them in the future.

    Just read through the thread and even though kettlebells are cheap isn’t it a pity is you’re member of a gym and have to start buying your own equipment!!

    Emer on October 1st, 2008
  • 14

    Indeed Emer! I guess the fitness industry has a vested interest in expensive, complicated-looking machines and wouldn’t want it to get about that you can achieve the same result with a small lump of iron!

    gubernatrix on October 1st, 2008
  • 15

    Great site. I really enjoyed the fact that more and more folks are beginning to understand one of the best features of kb’s is its low cost, its ability to be used by almost anyone anywhere. From home or office or garage. A kettlebell can be fit into your lifestyle and schedule

    Thank you again for your great site and I hope it continues to grow

    Dave T on February 6th, 2009
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    Looks like a well put together kettlbell training guide thanks for Guber. Keep us informed

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