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.
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    so Glad, you said that, My son bought me a 5-lb one for x-mas but I have not done anything w/ them yet...I have been wondering if it would hurt my neck to swing this ball. let me know...Please...
    3097 days ago
    Haven't tried them yet.
    3097 days ago
    Sounds like you are doing good with the bells. I have seen them on the Biggest Loser and wondered if they really help. Keep up the great work!
    3097 days ago
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