The other option of having a heavier bell is to use it for deadlifts to build up your strength then move into heavier swings. If you haven't been active very long, hitting the entire posterior chain (hams, glutes, lower back) with swings is pretty intense. But you'll build strength quickly. I would say after doing moderate swings mixed with heavy deadlifts for about two weeks you'd be ready for the heavy swings.
Enjoy! Maria RKC
Strength does not come from pysical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
Fitness Minutes: (14,825) Posts: 1,615 11/15/10 9:48 P
Welcome! If you can swing it (pun intended) try to get at least a few private lessons with an HKC or RKC instructor. It'll be well worth the price and they can show you how to plan your workouts. You won't have to spend a bunch of money on dvd's etc.
That being said, if you decide to get dvd's make sure you get ones that are made by RKC instructors, IronCore dvd's are good for starting out and not very pricey. Some of the other good instructors are Lauren Brooks and Andrea DuCane but they're pretty pricey for starting out.
It's really hard to get the hang of the swing with that light of a bell. It has to be heavy enough to load your hamstrings at the back end of the swing. The usual starting weight for a woman is usually around 18-20lb.
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Currently swinging either a single 55 lb. or two 25 lb'ers.
Fitness Minutes: (14,825) Posts: 1,615 11/14/10 7:40 A
Hi Retha, nice to meet you! I would love to have the titles of the dvd's you found. I want to take more classes, but they're kind of pricy here. I'm certainly new, but I hope we can encourage one another. I'm gonna add you as friend on your page. Have a great day!
Hi Tanya, my name is Retha, and I'm in Alabama. I'm new myself, and I never get tired of reading the posts of those who have kettlebell experience. I had my first meeting with an instructor almost two weeks ago, and it took 3 days before I could sit without a heating pad. My hamstrings were screaming. It's good to have you here. I hope that you will post often and keep us posted on your kb practice. Also, I'd be happy to chat with you about the things that I'm learning. I have found some excellent dvd's.
I am a beginner who is learning the purist, RKC Hardstyle method. Team Leader, The Kettlebell Challenge
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Fitness Minutes: (82,975) Posts: 1,495 11/13/10 12:43 A
Hey all, I'm Tanya. I live in Chicago and am always in search of new activities to try. I tried my first KB class this week on Tuesday and my body still hasn't recovered! I am very interested in doing this more, maybe using videos and perhaps a smaller bell...I used 10 lbs. At any rate, I think this will be a cool group and looking forward to all the advice and support I can get. Thanks!
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