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ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (191,504)
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6/29/14 12:34 P

I swung "The Beast" KB (106 lbs) so sorry, it's almost my bodyweight, not more. The swing movement was tiny, but the effort in the hip snap was the same regardless of weight.

KASTRA Posts: 369
6/29/14 11:57 A

Okay, so I should be able to swing it to no more than waist-high with a bit of control? That'll put me at about 44 lb/20 kg; I was able to swing that one with some measure of control; the ones above that, I could dead-lift off the floor up to 70-lb but any swing put me off-balance and was quite a strain on my shoulder. I do have an 84-lb son who I still occasionally pick up and manhandle, wiggles and all.

Thank you! I am looking for a local instructor to show me the basics, but only one so far has answered/returned call (all the local gyms are the non-attended variety) and they'll show the basic forms but I have to have my own KB already.

Edited by: KASTRA at: 6/29/2014 (11:59)
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6/28/14 10:31 P

You have to be able to deadlift it off the floor. I have swung a KB heavier than my bodyweight. I have no doubt the average woman (especially one with kids) can easily pick up 12 kg (26 lbs) or 16 kg (35 lbs) off the floor. it is not at all possible to take out your face unless you're swinging overhead (NO NO NO!!!!) If you're swinging a very heavy bell, swinging to waist height I would already consider to be very high.

Edited by: ZORBS13 at: 6/28/2014 (22:34)
KASTRA Posts: 369
6/28/14 10:16 P

I'd like to give kettlebells a try. Went to the local sports fitness store, and in usual form, they encouraged buying every bell that I could pick up and were of no real help in selecting one.

Now, I technically can pick up the 70-lb kettlebell but that's all I can do with it; I think I'd knock myself out if I tried to swing it somewhere.

Zorbs, I saw where you said if it can be picked up, it can be swung...but how much control should I have in the pick-up? I'd hate to take out a wall (or something more precious, like my face).

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6/23/14 11:03 P

Hello everyone!
We were scrolling through spark people when we noticed this kettlebell post. We are an online kettlebell gym and would be happy to answer any questions you guys have about kettlebell training. We have over 8 years experience training with kettlebells as certified RKC instructors. If you have any questions just visit the link to our website that's on our Sparkpeople profile page. Our email and Skype are on our website and we would be happy to help you with any questions about form or kettlebells. :)

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1/19/14 12:39 P

I love using kbs too! I would also agree with the people who are suggesting that you take some kind of lesson from a certified instructor - perhaps there is one at your gym (if you belong to one). Not only do you not want to injure yourself, but you also don't want to spend months doing a move incorrectly, which would leave you feeling discouraged because you're not getting maximum results. Great choice of equipment!

DEANNA0725 SparkPoints: (22,611)
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1/19/14 8:42 A

Great information! I have been toying with the idea of starting a knell routine.

SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
1/18/14 8:35 P

I would recommend a session or two with a certified KB instructor. There are so many checkpoints and movements that must be coordinated for an effective swing. Because of the ballistic nature of KBs, it is easy to injure yourself if your form is off.

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (191,504)
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1/18/14 8:13 P


a too light bell is actually detrimental because it is difficult to feel the mechanics of a swing if you don't load your hamstrings properly. I start all my clients off with a 12 kg bell. If you can pick the bell off the floor, you can swing it.

just MY 2 cents from a certified KB instructor...

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1/18/14 7:29 P

As a woman who has used kettlebells for several years, I would recommend you might start with an 8-pound or 10-pound bell. You only need one at a time. Most regular workouts are done with ONE kbell.

The best thing is to physically go into a sports store where you can lift and lightly swing a few bells and see what weights you can handle. You do NOT want a 12-lb or 15-lb kettlebell if you can't handle that much weight (much less swing it SAFELY and effectively), and end up dropping it on the floor in your home, or something worse!

You're not trying to "impress" anyone, but trying to start a new type of fitness programme, and start it in the way that will best support you to continue swinging kettlebells for a long, long time.

I love my kettlebells. Best of luck!


ZAKNEE SparkPoints: (14,351)
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1/18/14 5:22 P

Yes there are...and they all seem to know what they are talking about. They are also very motivational...not sure which one I will choose, they all seem great. Maybe I'll alternate until I find out which one I like best. Thank you Zorbs for the tip.

1/18/14 1:48 P

Wow, Youtube has lots of videos from the 3 trainers Zorbs recommended. What a great place to start.

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (191,504)
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1/13/14 12:57 P

look up Lauren Brooks, Tracy Reifkind, Alysia Gadson.

ZAKNEE SparkPoints: (14,351)
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1/13/14 12:53 P

Thank you for your help. I think I'm going to get one with my next check. Any recommendations on DVD's to use?

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1/13/14 2:25 A

I have 5kg & 8kg. I usually use heavier one but for some exercises i stick with lighter one.

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1/12/14 10:55 P

Kathy Smith isn't a certified kettlebell trainer. It is actually more difficult to do KB exercise with too light of a weight.

8 kg (18 pounds) is the recommended starting weight for a female.

ZAKNEE SparkPoints: (14,351)
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1/12/14 10:52 P

I am thinking of using a kettlebell program and I am wondering, what is a good weight to start with? I know the Kathy Smith program comes with a three and a five pound kettlebell but some have told me more. Any advice? Thank you.

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