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Old 01-16-2013, 09:02 PM   #1  
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Default Your thoughts on Kettle Bells

I have no problem going for a brisk walk, or riding a stationary bike for 30 minutes. But I am by no means a runner, jogger, or elliptical-er (although I'm warming up to it). I know you can't replace basic cardio. I'm not looking to do that. Nor am I looking to replace weight training, but I want to incorporate kettle bells into my workout.

What are your thoughts on Kettle Bell cardio programs (I've searched numerous youtube videos). Seems like a really good way to get weight training, core strength and cardio in one nice little (TINY) package.

The weight training portion is pretty simplistic I'd think. It's a weighted bell like any other, it's the cardio that I'm asking about.

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I started kettlebells at a very high weight very unfit. I used a basic beginner workout video from YouTube and I really like it and feel good after. I've put them away for a while to heal a bad shoulder but I miss them. Be very careful with your form.
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I agree -- be very careful with your form. Have you lifted a kettle bell, or only seen them? The way they are weighted makes them swing very fast; you need to be careful. I've used them with a trainer who was able to show me what I was doing wrong in order to use them correctly. You may want to get some personal instruction before using them on your own.
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I consider Kettlebells to be mostly cardio and circuit-training type strength training. Kettlebell swings are my preferred method of cardio moreso than just walking on a treadmill, etc. I find the dynamic lifts really get your heart rate up and you work up a pretty good sweat even after just 15-20 minutes. They also help to lean you out particularly in the torso area. Definitely watch your form though.
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One you have mastered the technique they are the best tool for mixing cardio and weight training.
High volume workout(like 500-600 swings) will develop core muscle, cardio and forearm/handstrength.
You can also do some grid exercise in order to train in a more "conventional" way your shoulders,arms,back etc...
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