kettle bells--the journey continues
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
i know i already blogged today but i want to post this before i forget. i thought it might be good to keep updating my experience with the kettle bells in case other people are thinking of trying them out.
today i did TWENTY FIVE reps of the basic swing with a 10 pound bell. not much to some, but a great accomplishment for me. more importantly, i feel that my form was correct through the entire set. this is an activity where incorrect form could REALLY hurt you. i happened to buy a jillian michaels set at wal mart and her video seems to be pretty good--she explains proper form in a fairly easy to understand way.
so far i am doing 5 moves--i added a new one this week. they are based on controlling the momentum of this swinging object, and you have to use a lot of core muscles to keep the motion going. the 5 moves i am doing are the basic two hand swing, where you hold the bell with both hands, the one arm swing, the one arm catch--where you release the bell in mid air and catch it with the other hand and complete the downward swing in the second hand, the figure 8 where you pass the bell between your legs in a figure 8 (this one is very difficult to master--you have to be able to transfer the bell without seeing it) and the snatch swing--in which you swing the bell up and flip it over and stop the movement at the top of the extension. one thing i caught myself doing today was hyperextending my lower back at the height of the swing. so its more concentration on a tight tummy and care with the range of motion. the snatch swing is also taking awhile to master because i can tell i am not rotating my shoulder in the proper way. i am using a 5 pound bell on everything but the basic swing, and not concentrating on number of reps--only form.
that being said--even 25 reps of the basic swing was one HECK of an aerobic set. i like these bells and want to continue using them. but extreme care and attention to form is the order of the day.