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Old 08-29-2011, 07:04 PM   #21
 
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I wouldn't recommend the cheapie kbs you can buy in the store. I think you're better off buying a real kettlebell. Check your local Craigslist to see if anyone is selling them. Also check with a gym that teaches kettlebells to see if they can source them for you. If you can't get them locally, I can recommend a few places online, but shipping is always pricey.

BTW, I'm a trained kettlebell instructor and enthusiast, and I know some good and bad things about various brands. The ones I buy are expensive, but they are the industry standard and high quality.
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Awe, that's too bad, it looks like such a practical idea.

Off to check out Lauren Brooks.....
I definitely recommend her DVDs! Also try revolutionlajolla.com for some good DVDs.
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SG-training for a competion, congrats!! So what kind of results have you seen from kb's?
I missed this earlier! From kbs, I get really strong really quick. My arms look a lot more muscular and toned. Plus I can feel it in my abs, glutes, and quads.

P.s. I use sweatbands on my wrists to protect against bruises for cleans and snatches. I ordered a pack of them on Amazon.
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So how do I know what is a real kb and what is a fake one? haha.
Now that I know I like them....and what is the difference?
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Bells that come in multiple parts or that are cast as pieces aren't as safe as bells that are cast as solid pieces. Trustworthy brands are Ader and Perform Better. If you Google the brands you'll find distributors.

I prefer Perform Better competition bells (see pic on left) rather than Ader. (Lauren Brooks uses Ader bells in her DVDs.--see pic on right) There are two main kettlebell "systems": RKC and IKFF. Lauren Brooks is RKC certified. RKCs use Ader bells. I'm IKFF certified and IKFF uses Perform Better (or similar) competition bells. Competition bells are all the same size regardless of weight, whereas Ader bells vary in size. This means the handles get bigger as the weight goes up and they're harder to grip if you have small hands. Plus, Perform Better bells are completely round and are less likely to cut into your arm than Ader bells that have flat edges.

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I can provide you with a link to a place to buy Perform Better bells if you're interested. I have 6 Perform Better competition bells! I used to have Ader bells but I sold them so I could upgrade.
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You're such a wealth of knowledge to me lately SG! Thank you!

How pricey are the ones you have?

The ones I got have some sort of rubber molded over the entire thing. They are by Danskin, and they are all different sizes depending on weight.
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The 1st one I bought was Danskin too. The 2nd one I bought was 15lbs and I ordered it off of amazon. It's an iron bell, not sure what brand it is...

SG, question-I'm looking into incorporating Jackie Warner's circuit training dvd. Would you say Lauren's kb dvd is strength, cardio or both?
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How pricey are the ones you have?
They're about $1.75/lb, give or take a little, plus shipping.

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SG, question-I'm looking into incorporating Jackie Warner's circuit training dvd. Would you say Lauren's kb dvd is strength, cardio or both?
I love Jackie Warner on tv! Let me know how you like the DVD! I would say any KB DVD is BOTH strength and cardio. You will get your heart rate up and use your muscles! You could focus on different parts of the body on different days, though, if you're interested in resting or alternating.

I'm so glad others are into KBs too!
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that's what I was hoping you would say on Lauren's workout
I need to get a heavier kb for swings especially. The 15 lb I have right now is still ok for cleans etc. What size do you suggest I go up to for swings SG? I'm not sure 20 lbs would be challenging enough. What do you think?
Thanks so much for your input on the kbs!
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Tough question... I can swing a much heavier bell than I can lift, and I like having a really heavy bell to challenge myself with swings. I also like having a light bell to crank out reps of snatches or cleans/presses, and I need something in the middle to increase strength and endurance. Personally, I have 7 bells ranging from 18lbs to 44lbs (but I can swing 53 so I know I'm going to need another bell soon...). I can go longer with lighter bells but I can quickly increase strength and endurance with heavier bells. You can do sets where you go heavy-med-light and/or the other way around, and/or back up the ladder. Different weight bells will increase the variety of your workouts! Also, I found that lighter bells helped me work on my technique because I didn't fatigue as quickly.

Ok, so, bottom line. You're going to end up with a bunch of bells anyway. If you get a 25lb bell now to be the heavy one for swings, you'll need an 18 or 20 to be the next one for your one handed/overhead work. And 25 will soon be too light for swings. So I'd consider getting a a couple of bells. Do you have access to something that weighs 20, 25, or 30lbs, just so you get a sense of the weight?
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Tough question... I can swing a much heavier bell than I can lift, and I like having a really heavy bell to challenge myself with swings. I also like having a light bell to crank out reps of snatches or cleans/presses, and I need something in the middle to increase strength and endurance. Personally, I have 7 bells ranging from 18lbs to 44lbs (but I can swing 53 so I know I'm going to need another bell soon...). I can go longer with lighter bells but I can quickly increase strength and endurance with heavier bells. You can do sets where you go heavy-med-light and/or the other way around, and/or back up the ladder. Different weight bells will increase the variety of your workouts! Also, I found that lighter bells helped me work on my technique because I didn't fatigue as quickly.

Ok, so, bottom line. You're going to end up with a bunch of bells anyway. If you get a 25lb bell now to be the heavy one for swings, you'll need an 18 or 20 to be the next one for your one handed/overhead work. And 25 will soon be too light for swings. So I'd consider getting a a couple of bells. Do you have access to something that weighs 20, 25, or 30lbs, just so you get a sense of the weight?

You can swing 53?? You're my new inspiration!! I feel so wimpy now, hahaha Thank you for such a detailed response
I just bought new dumb bells today (10 lbs) to use with my JW dvd, which I think i love btw, so I tried doing swings with those to get a sense of the weight as you suggested. I do think I'll get a 25 lb bell for swings now, and I'm currently ok with the 15 for cleans, overhead work etc. and when I'm ready to go up for those, I'll probably get a 20. So then I'll have a 10 (which i never use now, wish I would've started with 15), 15, 20 and 25. That should keep me busy for a little while!
Thanks again SG
Oh yeah, if you don't mind, share that link on the Perform Better bells please so I can check it out
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I'm so glad I found fellow kettlebellers! I think you'll really enjoy your heavier bell.

One exercise my coach had us do in a class was line up all the bells from lightest to heaviest and then swing each for 30 sec, starting with the heaviest. We had 88lbs down to 18. I was able to swing the 88 for a few seconds! 88lbs makes 53 seem like nothing! Doing something like this is a great way to ease into heavier weights.

Here's the link to my favorite KB store:
IKFF - Kettlebells

Now I want the Jackie Warner video... I like to "test" them before I buy them, so I'll see if my library has it. Fun!
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wow, 88 lbs? Insane! Thanks for the link to the kb's-will definately check it out
Yeah, I would suggest trying out that video before buying it. I like it, but don't know if I like it better than my Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30. Her warm-up and cool down suck...i read many reviews on amazon before I bought it and most people complained about that. I definately think it's a good dvd to add to my rotation though. It has a full 40 minute total body workout, which i've done 2x now. It also has smaller 15 minute segments for time crunched days. Let me know how you like it if you try it.
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I got the Jackie Warner circuit video from the library... it's sitting here... I'm going to try to get to it this week!
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I got the Jackie Warner circuit video from the library... it's sitting here... I'm going to try to get to it this week!
Hope you like it I started a new program today, Supreme 90 day. I think I'll be able to incorporate kb's instead of db's for some of the exercises. Let me know how you like the JW dvd
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bumping...
Just watched the kettle worx infomercial and it piqued my interest...again.
Are y'all still using them? How's it going? Inquiring minds want to know!
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bumping...
Just watched the kettle worx infomercial and it piqued my interest...again.
Are y'all still using them? How's it going? Inquiring minds want to know!
Yup! Trained hard and Competed in nov. at an international competition and did ok. I didn't achieve what I wanted to achieve, but I did ok and I'm glad I did it. Now I'm back to boot amp and strength workouts with kbs thrown in. I love using them in my workouts!

How are things going with you?
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Congrats! ...good for you! Things are going well with me. I've been running for almost 6 months now. I've never stuck with anything that long...ever. I won't be setting any speed records, but I'm slowly but surely getting into better shape. I have my first race in March, an 8K. I'm pretty excited. A group of us from school (where I work), as well as hubby, are going to run it.

I'd still like to do some strength training though, and kettle bells seem like such a great workout. Do you know anything about the kettle worx system?

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I watched the video on the website--in my opinion, it looks like a fun workout but you could do all of it with a 5 lb weight. Their kettlebell technique is not quite right, and one would hurt oneself if one tried it with a heavier bell/weight. Please take their technique instruction with a grain of salt. But enjoy the workout--like I said, it looks like fun. I'd do it with a 10lb dumbbell for kicks.

Great job on the running! Good for you for setting goals and achieving them!
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Awe, that's too bad, it looks like such a practical idea.

Off to check out Lauren Brooks.....
I definitely recommend her DVDs! Also try revolutionlajolla.com for some good DVDs.
So I could get one of her DVD's (or one from the website you cited), buy a good KB (what weight should I start with?) and be on my way? Probably cheaper than getting sucked into an entire system like kettleworx.
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