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jenjen
02-01-2012, 06:53 PM
Here's a thread to discuss our kettlebell use in February. You can set up your individual goals. It can be for swings, total workout time, or whatever you set for yourself.

I think mine will be a total of 3000 swings, plus at least 6 total workouts with kbs (squats, shoulder presses, etc.).

Today I've done 75 swings and 1/2 a kb workout. I'm only counting it as 1/2 since I did more free weights than usual. It was a much different routine.


Rainy Day
02-01-2012, 09:16 PM
Thanks for starting this thread, jenjen! I'll join in tomorrow once I get my kettlebell in the mail. I'm super excited. I think I'll start with 1000 swings this month.

Riddy
02-01-2012, 10:50 PM
I was reading your older threads, and bought myself an 8lb bell with a DVD yesterday. I did 20 minutes yesterday including the warm up/cool down. I sure feel it in my thighs and shoulders today! :o

My goal is to make this a new habit. I just started exercising regularly in January with yoga, so this month I want to add something different.


mellyme123
02-01-2012, 10:54 PM
Thanks for the thread Jenjen.

I'm in... Tonight I try the kb for the first time. I will have to post my goal (a realistic one ;) once I finish my workout!

Veela
02-01-2012, 11:37 PM
I really want to start doing kettle bell swings in the morning before work just to jump start my metabolism for the day. I would also like to get more comfortable using my kettle bells indifferent ways because I am still pretty new to them.

mellyme123
02-02-2012, 01:00 AM
Really enjoyed using kb for the first time tonight!
I hope to do 2000 swings this month... looking forward to tomorrows work out.

moviegrl1737
02-02-2012, 05:42 AM
My friend and I are doing a 10,000 swing challenge over 30 days but we started late january

jenjen
02-02-2012, 09:10 AM
Welcome everyone! I'm glad to see so much excitement about kettlebells. They are a great workout.

I'm sore today & couldn't get myself out of bed this morning to get in a workout. I'll get some swings in tonight for sure. I think it helps workout the soreness in my body after I work out with the trainer (which is what I did yesterday).

Here is a good quick workout to get in a lot of swings. Each round is one minute. In 10 minutes, you'll get in 190 swings.

14 swings; rest for the remaining time
16 swings; rest
18 swings; rest
20 swings; rest
22 swings; rest
22 swings; rest
20 swings; rest
18 swings; rest
16 swings; rest
14 swings; rest

mellyme123
02-02-2012, 10:13 AM
thanks for the workout jenjen. Will give it a go tonight!

Aunt Sheshie
02-02-2012, 02:23 PM
I'm glad to see this thread... turned out I was unable to do the January 10,000 swing challenge, but maybe I can get started & stick with it this month... doing 100 per day is easy enough for me, plus I like to throw in a few other KB exercises, such as overhead presses, triceps extensions, one-arm curls, etc...

Have fun, y'all...

hugs :hug:

jenjen
02-02-2012, 08:53 PM
I did 200 swings tonight. It really does help loosen me up and get rid of the soreness.

Aunt Sheshie, good to see you here.

The 10,000 swings in a month is an excellent challenge. 300+ swings a day was a great calorie burner. I know it really helped with my weight loss even though my eating wasn't so great.

Have a great evening everyone.

Rainy Day
02-03-2012, 12:40 AM
I started doing kettlebells today. 100 swings. I did about 15, thought, "This isn't so bad." By swing number 40 my heart was racing a mile a minute. I checked my heart rate and it was 160 beats per minute. Mind you, this is only 10 lbs. This wasn't even 5 minutes of exercise. I had to take a one minute break twice to slow down my heart but eventually finished 100. My legs feel like jello right now. Lol. Nothing aches or feels sore but I have a feeling I'm in for a surprise tomorrow morning. Depending on how I feel the next few days, I may even increase my goal to 2000-3000 swings this month.

Something awesome I realized: Doing just 10 minutes of intense exercise completely killed my appetite. Wow.

melodymist
02-03-2012, 01:19 AM
Hey friends, I feel like a total geek now hehe. I also want to start with kettlebells. I now have few questions.

- What does your kettlebell weigh?
- How exactly does a "swing" look like? :o Youtube videos maybe?
- Any injuries I should be aware of? I mean, could I hurt myself in the long run?

Thank you!!

tdiprincess
02-03-2012, 08:32 AM
This is a great thread! I started doing some KB exercises in the last couple of months. This month I'd like to count my swings. Usually I just do a routine with one that includes some swings and then other exercises. I do that 2 times a week. I think that I will do the routine that Jenjen so kindly provided as well! :D Thank you!!

melodymist: I use 10, 15 and 20lb kb's depending on what I'm trying to accomplish. Start at a weight you're comfortable with.
As for swings and injury info, you're on the right track by checking out Youtube. That's where I went when I started KB exercises.

jenjen
02-03-2012, 09:01 AM
Hey gang,

Glad to see so many people.

Rainy Day, I know exactly what you mean! Some people say that you can burn up to 20 cals/minute with kettlebells. I don't calculate mine that high, I usually calculated on a weight training level which is usuall 7-10/minute.

melodymist, be careful with youtube videos because some people do not know how to use a kb properly and anyone can post anything to the internet! Look for one that is done by someone with an RKC or AKC certification. Also, I bought 2 books---Enter the Kettlebell by Pavel (he's the one that really brought kbs from Russia to the US) and Kettlebells for Dummies. I was suprised how well the "Dummies" book was written by the person in charge was RKC certified. Both books show the "dos and don'ts" and proper technique. If you do the swings properly, you shouldn't injure yourself, but be sure to start off with a weight you can handle. I started with 15#, but I had done some weight training before. Usually 10 or 15 is a pretty good place the start. I use anywhere from a 15-35#. With swings, I normally do 25 or 30 pounds or one-handed swings with a 17.5 pounder.

tdiprincess, The routine sounds easy, but 1/2 way through I'm dying!! It's a really good booster.

Hope everyone has a great day!

Aunt Sheshie
02-03-2012, 09:08 AM
I did 200 swings tonight. It really does help loosen me up and get rid of the soreness.

Aunt Sheshie, good to see you here.

The 10,000 swings in a month is an excellent challenge. 300+ swings a day was a great calorie burner. I know it really helped with my weight loss even though my eating wasn't so great.

Have a great evening everyone.

Thanks for the welcome jenjen... I'm not really new, but it's been a while since I was a regular poster here... you are so right about KB workouts helping with weight loss!.. when I was doing them regularly, I lost lbs. & inches like crazy... thanks for the reminder!..

I started doing kettlebells today. 100 swings. I did about 15, thought, "This isn't so bad." By swing number 40 my heart was racing a mile a minute. I checked my heart rate and it was 160 beats per minute. Mind you, this is only 10 lbs. This wasn't even 5 minutes of exercise. I had to take a one minute break twice to slow down my heart but eventually finished 100. My legs feel like jello right now. Lol. Nothing aches or feels sore but I have a feeling I'm in for a surprise tomorrow morning. Depending on how I feel the next few days, I may even increase my goal to 2000-3000 swings this month.

Something awesome I realized: Doing just 10 minutes of intense exercise completely killed my appetite. Wow.

WOW!!!.. maybe I should check my heart rate when I'm doing KB swings... you may be onto something, killing your appetite with KB workouts... think I'll try it next time I have an unauthorized craving, 25-50 swings, maybe?.. it'll probably take some experimenting...

Hey friends, I feel like a total geek now hehe. I also want to start with kettlebells. I now have few questions.

- What does your kettlebell weigh?
- How exactly does a "swing" look like? :o Youtube videos maybe?
- Any injuries I should be aware of? I mean, could I hurt myself in the long run?

Thank you!!

Welcome, melodymist... I started out with a 5 lb. KB -- way too light... got a 10 lb. & soon it was too light for most exercises... now I use a 15 most of the time, but can do a 25 if I'm feeling frisky... as tdiprincess said, you're right to check out YouTube to learn the method... & as long as you're careful with form, you shouldn't have to worry about injury...

I'm in the process of setting up a workout routine... as soon as I get it figured out, I'll post it... as I said in my previous post, I like to do more than just swings...

hugs :hug:

yoyomadness
02-03-2012, 10:12 AM
My trainer posted on FB that he did 240 swings w/a 53-lb bell & it took 20 minutes for his heart to return to resting rate after he was done.

I just thought that was interesting.

Rainy Day
02-03-2012, 02:03 PM
Good afternoon, all! I managed to do a 100 this morning. I really felt the burn in my calves and the back of my thighs this time. I might do another 100 tonight, we'll see. Happy swinging!

Riddy
02-04-2012, 10:17 AM
I used the video that came with my new kettlebell twice this week - once for 20 minutes total, once for 27 minutes. I was fighting a plateau, and I lost 5 pounds this week! I don't know if the kettlebell was responsible for breaking the plateau, but it's super motivating to keep it up!

jenjen
02-04-2012, 01:56 PM
Great job, everyone! Congrats on breaking the plateau, Riddy.

I did 225 swings today, so I'm up to 500. I also did squats, shoulder presses, and 4 in 1s, do I've completed one kb workout.

Tomorrow, I'm walking a 1/2 marathon, so no kb action for me.

Have a great weekend!

iowasteph2
02-04-2012, 03:14 PM
Hello! I'm just starting the kettlebell. I checked youtube for a few videos, and I'm happy to join you!

Rainy Day
02-04-2012, 08:17 PM
I've been trying to track my swings through my ticker but for some reason it's being weird. So I;ll just add them up on my posts.

So far,

3000-320= 2680

Rainy Day
02-05-2012, 02:14 PM
2680-100=2580

It gets easier each day :)

RRB2
02-05-2012, 03:55 PM
Hi everyone :wave:
I started Feb 1st with the 12 min workout posted on the other thread.
Loved it! I did it after an intense HIIT session, so my heart was already racing :D
I'm trying to let my hip rest after working out every day last week and I will start again in a day or so. Goal is 150-200 swings a day. :workout:

Riddy
02-07-2012, 09:25 PM
I got a new DVD in the mail today from GoFit. Wow, that one is more intense than my other DVD! I bet I'll be sore tomorrow, but I did like it. It has a few short breaks built into the program, and I was ready for them. Thanks again for welcoming me in!

BABYPHAT4ME
02-07-2012, 09:48 PM
I am so happy alot of you guys jump on the kettlebell this month and are already seing results, keep up the good work everyone, ive havnt been as consistance with it this mnth, have alot of things going on but i do workout with my kettleworx video 2-3times a week,

but sure as before i will post to start another 10k chalenge in the month of march, so i am happy you guys are getting a head start for all the newbies to kettlebell :-)
keep going everyone and happy new body

jenjen
02-08-2012, 09:18 AM
Great job gang!

I've done another 100 swings (600 total) and 2 complete kb workouts. I'm going to have to get into gear with the swings & workouts. It's just been hectic.

RRB2
02-09-2012, 06:26 PM
I did another 150 yesterday. I don't like a feeling I'm getting in my lower back, though. I'm used to lifting heavy, so the 10 lbs kettlebell is not serious in terms of weight, but the twisting movement of the spine is a little tough for my back (I had 3 back injuries when I was younger).
I'm taking it slow, even though I feel like I needle a heavier kettlebell.

Riddy
02-12-2012, 08:51 PM
I hadn't exercised since Tuesday (have a cold and got stuck at work late), so last night I did 35 minutes with the video. Now I'm trying to decide if I should do the kettlebell or yoga tonight. I'm leaning toward the yoga, it just sounds good to me right now. :yoga:

jenjen
02-23-2012, 10:05 AM
I've really been slacking this month! I've been doing well with the overall workouts, but my daily swings have become non-existant. It's been a stressful few weeks, and I just haven't had the motivation. I'm going to do my best to finish strong.

I'm hoping March is a much better month!

Riddy
02-23-2012, 10:42 AM
I've started a new yoga video for variety, so I'm doing less with the kettlebells. I did 20 minutes with the video last Wednesday and Saturday, and 35 minutes yesterday. Probably won't do any more til my next day off on Tuesday.