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Should you try kettlebells?

February 19, 2019

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Laura Tumblety
February 20, 2019

While I understand the above posts caution, I indeed was drawn to the kettle bell. Before beginning, I joined a gym. Paying 20.00 a month which supplied kettle bells. I could not afford the benefit of their personal trainers on proper kettle bell form, so I hit the internet. Using the various info found there, plus Utube videos on proper form, proper lbs to start & progress to, I now benefit, injury free, from these wonderful kettle bell workouts. Point is, u don’t have to pay extra $ to learn proper form. Educate yourself, and start light. ALWAYS….stretch prior by mocking the movement sans the bells.

Robert Pingatore
February 20, 2019

I’m happy to read an article from a trusted resource touting the benefits of carrying a kettlebell, and certainly understand the appeal of discussing a perceived trend in the fitness industry, however I feel it’s a disservice to readers to suggest swings in an introductory article.

Yes, the swing is the center of our universe, particularly those of us who employ “hardstyle” kettlebell practice in our pursuit of strength and conditioning. But, as coaches, we demand proper form from our clients/students/pupils. And that proper form requires personal attention and diligent coaching from someone with experience and expertise in coaching the swing. The best fitness trainer in the world remains a neophyte on the movement (regardless of how many internet videos viewed) if he or she hasn’t had 1:1 coaching in the swing.

Instead, a far safer recommendation and more effective exercise for the novice girevik/girevichka (kettlebell user) is the goblet squat, introduced by industry thought-leader Dan John. It’s self-correcting and challenging, yet approachable.

Please, stop recommending swings.

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