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Started Kettlebell Swings

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

In a brief digression from my normal blog posts, I wanted to talk a bit about my exercise routine.

Very briefly.

Probably the shortest post I've ever written or ever will write.

I'll be back to my normal verbose self tomorrow.

I started doing kettlebell swings tonight.

Have you tried these?

Deceptively simple looking. Practically looks like you're just having fun swinging a cannonball on a handle.

It isn't exactly simple, quite honestly, but it IS quite a bit of fun.

And a heck of a workout. It really gets the heart pumping.

I've started slowly. I did 20 dead lifts to warm up.

Then I did 20 swings.

Yeah... just 20. It's a start.

I'm focusing on good form. I've got a full-length mirror in the rec room and have been using that to make sure I'm using good form - it's actually a lot more helpful than I thought. Being able to see that your back is straight and that you are bending at the hips and not leading with a knee bend is helpful. I suspect that it is helpful with other exercises too.

So I started with 20 tonight.

I'll add some each time I do them. Working up to doing them for a minute.

And then two minutes.

And then... well, you get the idea.

We can apply this to whatever workouts we do, right?

Incremental improvement is the name of the game.

Make it a great day!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
INTHEGAP 1/11/2013 10:50PM

    Thank you for mine, Matt. :) I would really love to do this, it looks and sounds like 'fun'. :)

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CTMOM2KIDS 1/11/2013 1:29PM

    Great perspective! Good job, Matt!


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SINGER73 1/9/2013 12:13PM

    Kettle bells do look like a fun workout

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MELISSAKAY78 1/9/2013 11:03AM

    It is great when you find something that works for you emoticon

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DOLLFACEDX 1/9/2013 10:46AM

    perfect way to approach a new exercise. . and an old exercise. . .form is key to reaping the benefits and avoiding the injuries. . emoticon

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CTMOM2KIDS 1/9/2013 10:39AM

    Great job, Matt! That's right, you will be up your strength and increase your reps. I have several friends who absolutely swear by kettlebells. It seems to be all the rage these days.

Keep up the great work!


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ITSMATT 1/9/2013 10:37AM

    @MICKEYH - My kettlebell is about 35 pounds, which SOUNDS light - at least to me - but it is PLENTY.

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BARB5970 1/9/2013 10:30AM

    I have a kettlebell DVD and use a 4lb kettlebell, which I thought was going to be a breeze, but it definitely is a great workout. I do about 20 minutes of various movements. The next day I'm really sore, so I figure it must be working....Having fun getting fit, that's what it's all about.

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GINGERHAWK 1/9/2013 8:44AM

  Nice job - I know a lot of people who swear by kettlebell workouts. Slow and steady wins the race, keep pushing forward!

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DEBRA0818 1/9/2013 6:33AM

    Yes, exercise is all about increasing reps and increasing weight and it doesn't matter where one starts. I bought a Health Rider for my husband (which also looks and feels deceptively simple when you first get on but it's a killer) and he started with 1 minute, now he's up to 2 and going on this way every day will get him to 30 minutes and beyond by the end of the year.


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DOVESEYES 1/9/2013 1:21AM

    Good work and yes it was pretty short for you the blog that is. emoticon

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MICKEYH 1/9/2013 12:27AM

    I just got a kettlebell set as well. But mine is a light weight 3lb and 5lb. Came with a work out DVD as well. How many pounds is yours? You are men, so I guess you'll lift heavy one. Have a safe and great Kettlebell exercise. Enjoy !!

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DALID414 1/8/2013 11:31PM

    I agree, they are VERY deceptively simple looking. I've used some for squats with the arm raises (I'm sure there's a fancy name for it, but my mind is drawing a blank).

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BOOKAPHILE 1/8/2013 10:38PM

    I love that you're having fun with your workout. Glad to know your form is good, too. emoticon , Matt!

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