I don’t know much about kettlebells, other then I believe that they are implemented into Russian Olympic lifting programs. I know some people don’t like them and think that you should just stick to pl, bodybuilding styles of lifting.
So I want to know what you guys think of them. Are they good for explosiveness?-since they seem to be used in Olympic lifting- Or are they just some joke like cross fit?-hah-
I use them and have used them for a while. I also fight and lift weights.
I have found without a doubt that they have improved my fighting skills dramatically. Power, speed, strength-endurance as well as technique improvements.
Flexibility and mobility too.
What Kettlebells teach that straight forward weight training can’t teach is activating the hips in an explosive manner. It teaches you to unconsciously bring this area back to life, a very neglected area of many trainees in gyms.
I would rate them above Oly lifting only for one reason and that is because you don’t need to spend anywhere near as much time learning the techniques of using them and have the transfer over effects into your sport or training as compared to learning proper Oly lifting techniques.
It has become rather cliche to say “I olympic lift” but so many people do so poorly and will eventually hurt themselves.
Kettlebells too can hurt you if you don’t learn the techniques properly but the learning curve is less steep.
The off center weight distribution has to be felt to be appreciated.
My brother was training with his baby 16 kg ones at the gym and a big buff dude, usually very strong in most lifts found them very hard to handle. He gave up after only a dozen reps and there my brother was banging out hundreds.
They really do work your whole body as a unit which is something missing from normal isolated BB style lifting but each has it’s purpose.
My wife also uses them and she has found it has improved her lifestyle dramatically.
I have clients who I have got using them who have improved their lifestyles too after years of trying to do so with normal Gym sessions.
I wouldn’t discount them at all but this also doesn’t discount other training methods.
Many people have no business touching resistance training when they cant even handle their bodyweight properly as Alwyn Cosgrove has mentioned in the past.
Seriously, it doesn’t mean jack if you can do 20 snatches with a 16 kb kettlebell yet can’t do a push up or a pull up. Learn to be comfortable with your body first.
I have had a pair of 40lb kettlebells for over a year, just put in a 20 and 60 lb on order.
I have never heard of them used for 0-lifting. You can do some O-lifts with them and Pavel swears by the one arm snatch. Personally, I don’t do that one, I do swing a lot though.
Snatches and Clean and Jerks are real cool with Kb’s, you should incorporate them into your complexes, they make a difference.
The Girevoy Sport is awesome too. A real test of character and will power.
Check Valery out:
and this was when he was young.
He is quite an animal now lol. Here he does 2006 reps alternating arms non stop at the Arnold Classic