Learning Kettlebells At Home – My Setup

I’m ready to really start learning how to use kettlebells.

I’m going to do that at home by myself. Before I describe my diy kettlebell training “setup”, I want to discuss the benefits of kettlebell training and why I like it so much.

Benefits of Kettlebell Training – Why You Should Be Doing It Too

The top reason for doing kettlebell training is fun. 🙂 For some reason swinging a ball of iron is fun and completely different form the usual boring gym routines.  Because kettlebell training combines both cardiovascular and strength training, it’s also very effective.

For example, it only takes me about 15 minutes of swinging my kettlebell to start huffing and puffing and sweat running down my face. In 30 minutes I get a complete full-body workout and have loads of fun in the process!

Another benefit of kettlebell training is that it’s also a superb way to increase your core strength.  (That’s a significant advantage in my eyes, because I’ve always hated doing crunches! They are B-O-R-I-N-G). The off-center design of a kettlebell requires that you constantly control and stabilize your core muscles when you move it around your body. So core training is a side effect of playing with a kettelebell.

My Kettlebell Training Setup

I bought my first kettlebells 2 years ago, but because of my knee problems they just sat in my living room gathering dust. A few months ago I tried swinging my kettlebells again and now I’m ready to get serious with them.

I’ve heard many tales of how kettlebell training has helped people to get rid of their low back or knee pain. But I know it’s also equally possible to get knee and low back problems if you don’t have a proper technique, so I decided to acquire some guides to support my home practice.

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At the moment, I own three kettlebells: one 4kg (starting to become too light), one 6 kg and one 8 kg kettlebell.

I need two kettlebells to train – the lighter one is for upper body moves and the heavier is for dynamic whole-body movements like swings and snatches.

(You might also need two kettlebells if there is a big difference btw your upper and lower body strength.)

In addition, I just bought Sarah Lurie’s book Kettlebells For Dummies plus Lauren Brooks’ kettlebell training dvd named “The Ultimate Body Sculpt and Conditioning with Kettlebells DVD with Lauren Brooks”.

I chose Lauren Brooks kettlebell dvd specifically because I’ve watched a couple of her YouTube videos and she makes a superb and thorough job of teaching kettlebell technique for beginners. (I also own the Kettlebell Goddess dvd, but it’s too advanced stuff for me).

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BTW: I love Lauren Brooks’ new slogan: Strong is the new sexy!

P.S. Have you ever tried kettlebell training? Did you like it?

Best Wishes,

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Comments

  1. Hi Satu! How was your traveling? I hope you had fun!

    I have not tried kettlebell training, but have read a lot about it. It sounds very good! Like you said above, the cardio and the weight of the kettlebells is an excellent combo. And, if it is fun–well, there you go! Fun is the answer to many of life’s tough questions. It’s good you have 3 different weights too. I always think people are most successful with fitness if it was fun.

    Probably, the only reason why I have not tried it is because our gym doesn’t have them. I try almost anything in the gym. They should get some. Definitely! 😀

    🙂 Marion

  2. Satu says:

    Hi Marion!

    I think you’d love kettebell training. I can easily imagine you swining a huge kettlebell, not measly ones like mine. *grin* If you ever get a chance to try kettlebells, go for it!

  3. Angie says:

    I have not tried kettlebells but they are on my wishlist. Sounds like a really great workout. Will check out those recommendations you gave.

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