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Basic Kettlebell Workout

Saturday, November 23, 2013

I put together a 10 minute video where I grunt through a kettlebell workout. I was originally doing it as a way to watch my form but then said to myself "why not?" Let them see work hard, sweat, gasp, grunt or otherwise let it loose. I wanted to do it not so much as a demonstration but rather I wanted to set the example and let myself be seen wiggling and jiggling. I'm more interested in getting a good strength session in than I am worried that someone might see a moment or two of jiggle.

Frankly, if you look proper during a workout, you are not working hard enough, simple as that. Set the example and let 'em see you sweat.

The black wrist guards are not an '80s throwback but rather arm guards with inserts to protect the forearms when doing cleans and snatches... my arm can really hurt if I dont use them.

Kettlebells used
40lbs - one arm alternating swings, snatches, and squats
55lbs - swings and cleans
80lbs - swings
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    Goodness. I just did my first body pump class this week. I was the only obese person there. I was so loud and proud about it too. I didn't even feel ashamed that I was lifting the least weight in the class too. I looked around and thought - "Yeah, you guys look all buff and tough, but I'm the only person here who is lifting and extra 100 pounds or so without even picking up a weight." Despite my bravado I was sad that I was the only one. Love that you put yourself out there like this. Us "in-betweeners" need to get out there en masse and take over the joint. emoticon Forget about that old commercial "Never let em see ya sweat"... Get out there! Make a sweat puddle! Shake your bits til they shake right off I say!
    917 days ago
    best line ever "The gym is not where perfect people show their perfection" - Amen brother!! I just stumbled upon your page and I am captivated and inspired already!!
    961 days ago
  • v IMSMILEY88
    Wow! What a workout, Robert! I've only used kettlebells once. I've been afraid of doing it wrong and injuring myself. But, I think I will look at them again! Maybe add one (or a pair) to my Christmas wish list.

    Thanks for sharing your workout with us! And making me feel guilty for sitting here on the computer. emoticon Really, you inspire me to get up and MOVE!
    964 days ago
    Hee! Hee!
    After you said, "Follow along" I did it with my 1-lb weights. I even worked up a bead of perspiration! emoticon
    Who would have thought I would ever work out, especially with a video...but I do every day.
    Good work, Robert!
    968 days ago
  • v TIME-4-TINA
    Oh my gosh, so....I was eating my breakfast and drinking my coffee while I watched you workout! Stuffing my face while you're grunting! ha ha! Very impressive workout. I do swings with a 25 lb. kettle bell at the gym. Question for you. I squat a lot deeper and the kettle bell goes further behind me on the down swing. Is it not necessary for me to do that? Am I over-doing it? Just want to make sure I am not doing it wrong or risking injury. ( I hesitate to ask the trainers anything at the gym, cause they are always trying to sell me personal training sessions)

    btw, caught a glimpse of your calluses when you shut off the camera. Also very impressive!
    969 days ago
  • v RUDITUDI2000
    Oh my goodness, I have never done kettleball workout but that looks quite effective! That is awesome that you have worked up to this type of high intensity workout! Keep it up, you are rocking it!
    973 days ago
  • v JOE14250
    keep up the good work!
    975 days ago
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    Excellent! emoticon emoticon
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  • v STR458
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  • v BLUENOSE63

    That was the best vlog I have seen in a long time! Very impressed with that 80 lb KB, most I can swing is 50 lb. Yes I will definitely see you in the WINNERS CIRCLE! Keep fighting the good fight. Signed up for an IM 70.3s yet?

    Later tater

    976 days ago
    emoticon You make the same kinds of faces that I make when I'm working out. emoticon So glad I'm not alone. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    976 days ago
    Awesome! I love your ending words of encouragement too. You did good my friend... and yes, I will see you in the "winner's circle"!
    976 days ago
  • v PIXIEMOM13
    Great video!

    I know next to nothing about kettlebells.. hehe though I do have a 15 lber around the house somewhere. ;) I toy with the idea of gradually piecing together a home gym 'cause I really am more likely to work out at home vs dragging my sorry self to the gym. (though I did tonight!) ;)

    976 days ago
  • v _JODI404

    I emoticon kettlebells too!

    However, after a 4 month long wrist injury last year, I do not do cleans. I use wrist wraps for some of my heavier lifting.

    Great vlog, great workout, and as always -- *Awesome* inspiration!!

    Rock on!!

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  • v AMY_1217
    So proud of you!!!!! emoticon
    976 days ago
    Way to go!
    976 days ago
    That wasn't exactly pretty, but it was very impressive. Seeing you "walk the walk" was really inspiring.

    976 days ago
    Ok I like what your saying about not being perfect and doing your best!
    I am concerned you are going to hurt yourself because of lack of form.
    You are very motivating so why can't Spark give you a fancy water bottle?Thanks keep up the fantastic work. emoticon emoticon
    976 days ago
    Wow!! Very motivating! emoticon
    976 days ago
    That would make me topple and flopped not just wiggle and jiggle. I don't know how you can control that kind of weight moving at that speed, but as usual...... You are impressive!
    976 days ago
    I watched you "wiggle and jiggle" and was inspired.
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