Kettlebell Workouts- I Think I’m in Love!

by on November 5, 2010

Don’t tell my wife, but I think I am in love with kettlebell workouts! I have been training for over 25 years and thought I knew pretty much every different way to train with or without weights.

Wrong! I was clueless when it comes to kettlebells.

I have been hearing about kettlebells on and off for the last year and never really paid that much attention. After finally taking the time to learn more about them, I am amazed at how versatile and effective these things are. I only wish that I would of learned about them years ago!

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Here are some of the things about kettlebell workouts that make them such an effective tool in your weight loss and muscle gaining arsenal:

  • This one little kettlebell can replace an entire gym. This is great if you are looking for a way to train at home but don’t have a bunch of room or do not want to buy a bunch of weights and other equipment. I have been training at home on and off for a while and have been doing mainly body weight exercises. I kind of was looking for something to add to my routine, instead of doing only body weight training. Kettlebells are the perfect compliment to the body weight training that I was doing.
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23 comments on “Kettlebell Workouts- I Think I’m in Love!

  1. Darren on said:

    I’m interested in Kettleballs but have never tried them.

    It seems that everyone who leverages this workout is super lean with washboard abs. I get how you would burn off glycogen in all your muscles for a great calorie burn. Are the exercises also good for isolating development in certain areas like weight training?

    Thanks,

    Darren@MorePrimeTime.com

    P..S. love your header!
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  2. Raymond - ZenMyFitness on said:

    Its hard to argue against kettlebells .. I’ve never used them but all the users I see they seem to get really good results.
    I would love make further comment on it but I wont until I try them but I look forward to getting some tips from you on this or I might have to get Pavel’s book!
    Excellent videos
    Raymond
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  3. I have only had the pleasure of being able to use kettlebells a few times but I loved them. People tend to think you need all these machines to get in shape. If you know what you are doing or can get sound advice all you need is a your own body for body weight exercises, kettlesbell or dumbbells and you are good. Nice post.

    Louis

  4. Srdjan - Bloom to Fit on said:

    There is no way around it – kettlebells are by far the greatest exercise tool I’ve come across.

    I’ve started doing kettlebell interval training about a month ago and I’m more than pleased with the results. It’s the greatest form of cardiovascular training I’ve ever done.

    If you haven’t tried kettlebells, give them a try. Learn the proper technique first because injuries can happen if you don’t have good form.

  5. Dave - Not Your Average Fitness Tips on said:

    Kelly,
    Good to hear kettlebells are working for you. I’m definitely thinking of adding kettlebell workouts once a week. Out of curiosity, what weight do you use? Did you get some heavy and some light kettlebells?
    Dave

  6. Bryan - Workouts Without Weights on said:

    Wow. Excellent post and video choice. Like Raymond, I have not used Kettlebells in my workouts before. I am always looking for alternatives to a gym membership and I after this post, I am really interested in experimenting with kettlebells. Thanks for the tips.
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  7. Tom-Your Fitness Quest on said:

    I’m a little embarrassed to admit I only started using kettlebells recently. I’ve heard about Pavel and his workouts for years but I took forever to give them a shot. I wish I would have started sooner. The workouts I’ve had with them have been great.

  8. Alykhan - Fitness Breakout on said:

    Kelly,

    Thanks for posting these instructional videos. I am new to kettlebells, so these will be really helpful for me.

    Alykhan

  9. Darren,
    Glad you like the header! Kettlebells can be used to isolate certain muscles like weight lifting to a point. Of course, it depends on what movements that you do with them. In general though, they seem to be used more for compound movements that work great for strength training and overall conditioning. I don’t know what it is with them, but they kind of grow on you!

    Raymond,
    I think if you are going to try kettlebells, you should follow Pavel’s stuff. He is by far, the authority on them. Even after I find someone new that seems to know a lot about kettlebells, they always end up being a follower of Pavel. The guy is incredibly knowledgeable in strength training in general and his other books, “Power to The People” and “The Naked Warrior” are also great reads for people that want to be a student of strength training.

    Louis,
    I agree and this is true for anyone from the typical mom or dad trying to get in shape to an elite athlete trying to improve their strength and overall fitness. Kettlebells in general are being used by more and more military, police, firefighters, as well as MMA fighters. They are an effective way to work out that requires little space and equipment and will kick your ass every time that you use them.

    Srdjan,
    I couldn’t of said it any better! Like you, I am fairly new to kettlebells, but not new to strength training. I have been lifting for over 25 years and competed as a powerlifter and have never found anything like kettlebells before. As for cardio, ask anyone that has done heavy swings tabata style (20 second swings, 10 seconds rest, 20 second swings, etc. for four minutes) and they will tell you how effective they are! The first time I tried this, I thought my heart was going to beat out of my chest. I was hooked on kettlebells from then on.

    You bring up a good point about form which is why I got Pavel’s book and dvd, “Enter the Kettlebell”. The guy is great at explaining technique and proper form.

    Dave,
    I have a 45 lb. one that I have been doing swings with. I can do a few get ups with it, but it is pretty heavy for me to be honest. I bought 5, 10, 15, and 20 lb. ones for my wife but I have been using the 20 lb. one to work on certain lifts until I get my form down. As per Pavel’s instruction, I have been doing only swings and get ups until I get better used to them and get perfect form on these two exercises.

    I have been doing swings, some light get ups, and then incorporating my normal body weight training with it after the kettlebell work. I am more or less practicing with the kettlebells until I get my form down and then training my normal style. I built a pull up bar and dip station out of one inch black pipe that is really pretty awesome! I am going to make a post about my exercise room and the equipment as a follow up on my post,

    http://fitnessoverhaul.com/improve-your-fitness-at-home-no-gym-required.htm

    It was really easy to build and is solid as a rock! I will post some pictures of how I did it, as long as some ass clown doesn’t build one half assed and get hurt on it!

    Bryan,
    I really think that once you try them, you will see how effective they can be and how easily you can incorporate them in to what you are doing now with your training.

    Tom,
    I was the same way. I remember hearing about kettlebells last year and thought that I would try them eventually, but was in no real hurry. After looking for another way to train at home without doing only body weight stuff, I decided to give them a shot. I am glad that I did and can’t remember being this excited about a training style as I am about these things!

    Alykhan,
    Let me know what you think. I am working on putting together a way to train people that can be done outside or in the clients home that doesn’t need a bunch of equipment. I have seen people of all ages and gender using kettlebells to achieve many different goals. I think with what I have been doing with body weight training, intervals, and now kettlebells, I will be able to put together a great program that can be effective for virtually anyone, regardless of what their goals are.

    I think the average office worker sitting in a cubicle all day would love the opportunity to train outside in nature rather than in a crowded gym, fighting for equipment under a bunch of fluorescent lights. (Weather permitting, of course) :-)

    -Kelly

  10. teven from SP90x For Cheap on said:

    Kettlebell workouts are awesome! It’s cool that something so simple can proide such a great full body workout.
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  11. Jordan - The Healthy Teacher on said:

    I have never used kettlebells either. When I finish Visual Impact I will be coming back to this post to get me started on kettlebell workouts. I heard too many good things to not give it a shot. Love the new layout and look of your site!
    Cheers,
    Jordan
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  12. Kelly,

    I tried Kettlebells once but unfortunately not for any extended period. I can definitely see the benefit of using them as they will increase strength, stamina, and make you leaner. I would like to purchase a couple of them for use and I think my wife would benefit from them as well. Just a matter of convincing her. I also like the fast transition between the different swings and getups. So easy to do but yet extremely exhausting. As I mentioned in previous posts you can substitute a kettlebell with a dumbell. It may not be the same but will give someone an idea how the exercises feel.

    Tim

  13. Howard - EnergiaFitness on said:

    Hi Kelly

    Have used Kettlebells before and enjoyed the workouts. They really are fantastic tools for getting in great condition. However I would warn anybody with back or shoulder injuries to take care before going crazy with them. Also when choosing the weight I would opt for a lower weight then work on technique and form before going for the big boys. The reason I say this is that because I thought I was in shape and went for a couple of monsters that nearly broke me in pieces when I tried to use them:).
    Cheers
    H
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  14. Dave - Not Your Average Fitness Tips on said:

    Thanks Kelly! I’ll probably get a light one and a heavy one and go from there. Looks like I have something to add to my Christmas list…

  15. Alejandro "The Fittest Vegan" on said:

    I think that where you just sold me is the fact that it will expose any weaknesses… I like the sound of that, there is a “Crossfit” class in my gym that I will definitely try, its based around kettlebells and burpees. I look forward to reading more about it.
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  16. Ray - Six Pack Abs Diet on said:

    Kelly,
    I bought my 1st kettlebells and started working out with them over the holidays. I’m still perfecting my technique with a number of the exercises, but I’ve got pretty good form on the two hand swing, one hand swing and two hand squat :) — which is enough to put together a kettlebell + bodyweight + resistance band routine for fat loss (my goal is to get down to single digit body fat – 8 to 8.5% ).

    I recently did a post on kettlebell workouts and have included some videos that demonstrate good form — hope you get a chance to stop by and check it out … would love to get your thoughts on it.

    Ray
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  17. on from JMotley Health on said:

    Kettlebells are certainly a great way to workout, especially for people that do not have the time or money to go to the gym. A single kettlebell costs around half an average monthly gym fee, and will last forever.
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  18. CombatSportsNews on said:

    I love kettlebell workouts! I actually use the kettlestack, but the effect is the same, I believe.

    I find that using kettlebell type training has really increased my strength and endurance levels. I used to got o the gym but nowadays I just work out at home, with my KBs as the only pieces of equipment I need (well, then again, sometimes I do use a weight plate).
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  19. TroyP on said:

    Kelly,

    I too was hit by the kettlebell love-bug. I have to say once I integrated them into my workouts I don’t know how I would go back. I’ve been using them for over 1.5 years. I had to upgrade to some bigger kettlebells to increase the “fun”.

    April was my challenge month – where I pushed to do more than 10,000 kettlebell swings during the month. I prefer tabatas or 5×5 protocols better, but it was a good challenge.

    Have you tried any high-rep workouts with them?
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  20. ess from jdividend advantage on said:

    I don’t know much about kettle bells, but I have seen more and more people at my gym using them. Is there a difference between a kettle bell workout as opposed to using dumbbells? Do they somehow offer advantages not found by using dumbbells? I am just curious because I see so many people converting to them.

  21. Eva Hubbell on said:

    I just started doing the kettlebell workouts and I am completely wiped out for at least 3hrs after…I am super hungry too but I rather gnaw on my arm than eat more since I am trying to lose weight! I love the KB workout!!!

  22. collarbone pain on said:

    This is a nice alternative for gym, it’s saves money and time!
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  23. Tony Rehor on said:

    The Kettlebell is just amazing for getting your workout done at lightninjg speed. Love your post.
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