I'm putting this in the powerlifting section because i'm interested in what powerlifters have to say about it.
I just got done reading this article on t-nation and its got me intrigued (I don't like to admit it, but I read articles there once and awhile). What is your experience with kettlebells? I know Sensei is real big on them. I would love to try them out but I feel like they would slow down my progress on my other lifts and leave me too sore to lift for the first few weeks.
Stats: 11/15/07-First-meet--2nd Meet----3rd meet
Max Bench: 255---220-----------280------300
Max Squat: 405----395----------440------460
CHINUPS - Bodyweight + 135, x1, dead hang. Still working on the one arm chinup.
I like to do swings with them every now and then, similar to a pull through/reverse reverse hyper IMO
they're good for expensive pull thru's and expensive one arm DB Presses...
Another tool - I have used them for extra workouts in the past.
I'm really enjoying doing kettlebells because it can help improve your GPP. It's too cold to do sled dragging, so I use the kettlebells instead.
"BIG WILLIE" J.T. HALL
611 MISS ATTEMPT AT THE 2008 BP NATIONALS
562lb DRUG-FREE COMPETITION BENCH PRESS
491 COMPETITION UNEQUIPPED BENCH PRESS
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My gym's just got some kettlebells. Had a mess around with them after a presentation today. They're good fun, and surprisingly difficult. I'm currently trying to improve my conditioning while I take a slight break from heavier weights so they look like a good opportunity. If your goal was absolute strength though, I'm not sure how much direct value they'd have except as a bit of variety every now and then.
If your gym has em' that's great. Use them. We have them at Westside and I've used them for lots of different stuff. Swings, extensions, they are better for chaos bench than plates and other things
Most assuredly not a necessity though. I don't ever plan on buying them for my home set up
Give chalk a chance.
49 years old
check out lonesxedge log. he made a sled a while back and posted pics. Unlike him, make sure you wear welding goggles if you do any welding on the thing. haha
"It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things." - Leonardo da Vinci
Just do gpp and extra workouts with what you have and you will make great progress. If you want to throw some extra cash around then do so. JMHO.
I just bought a 20kg bell and have only done 2 sessions with it, 3ed tonight, but so far I really like it. I bought purely as a conditioning tool, still train Mon, Wed, Fri as normal, but am adding kettlebell work (plus abs and bicep) on Thur and Sat. 10 minutes of it worked the hell out of me. I like the 1 and 2 hand swing and recon it should carry over well to lifting.
I certainly wouldn't joing the kettlebell cult, and it will not replace my normal powerlifting training, but I do think its a good tool to have and adds some variety to your training.
kettlebells are good for swings over the heads etc.. if do end up getting them dont get the dragon door brand there way over priced i have a set made by appolo that i got at play it again sports for a good deal.
great for exts
I think they are great. We had them for about 6 months, found out we were doing them wrong then decided to fly Donnie Thompson in for a seminar. Best thing we could have done. I think they are a great way to add muscle and get some extra GPP in. You can do all sorts of things with them. I guess I am alone when in thinking they are way different then DB's. A lot harder.
JJ Thomas/Detroit Barbell
if all you are going to do is swing them go to lowes and buy the stuff to make the following, its what I did. I use it to warmup for snatches and cleans.
Last edited by Jeff Roark; 01-22-2009 at 06:26 PM.
Kettlebells simply lend themselves better to certain exercises than barbells or dumbells. For the same reasons most of us would load up a barbell to do heavy squats instead of working our way down the dumbell rack, a kettlebell is just better for exercises like one-arm snatches and swings.
Can you do those things with a barbell or dumbbell? Sure, but once you've mastered doing them with a kettlebell, I don't see anyone bothering w. barbell or dumbbell versions again unless they are just trying to challenge themselves.
You don't have to join the kettlebell cult to acknowledge that they are a valid tool. Are they a little pricey? Yeah. Are they an absolute necessity for powerlifters, bodybuilders, or olympic lifters? Hell no, but then again neither are dumbbells...
A child does not learn to squat from the top down. In other words, he does not suddenly make a conscious decision one day to squat. Actually, he is squatting one day and make the conscious decision to stand. Squatting precedes standing in the developmental sequence. This is the way a child's brain learns to use the body as the child develops movement patterns. Therefore, a child is probably crawling, rocks back into a squatting position with the back completely relaxed and the hips completely flexed, and stands when he has enough hip strength. This approach makes a lot of sense and can be applied to relearning the deep squat movement if it is lost. -Gray Cook
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