Friday, May 22, 2009

Playtime with the Kettlebells

Today was a date with the kettlebells, and I knocked my workout early enough this morning to feel relieved.  I actually wasn't looking forward to it at all - the routine was all high-reps of squats, windmills and farmers walks - but I got it out of the way and felt better knowing that I ended the high-rep phase of this workout program. Hooray for conclusions! 

I'm still working on kettlebell form and it still surprises me how hard moves like the clean and snatch are. They look so deceptively simple, but I still get the tell-tale marks of a KB newbie, i.e., brusing near my wrists. Even the  swing, which I'm usually pretty good at because of my lower-body power, can be a real challenge some days for me to slog through. 

That said, I'm really digging the KB's. I like the fact that they're still a mystery to me, and their versatility. I'm not a big fan of cardio (an odd thing coming from a runner, I know), but doing a cardio routine with the kettlebells is actually... fun! And allow me to make a DVD recommendation, and say that the Kettlebell Goddess workout is a good place to start if you are a femme. 

Above is a pic of my beloved 8 kg kettlebell. I'm slowly working my way up to the 35-lb. RKC KB.


AKA Alice said...

Hi Joyce!
Irene sent me over here! Congrats on your workout today. I've never done the Kettlebell thing, but from what I've read/heard it's a wicked-good workout!

Skybridge Studios said...

Bruises, hm? Eeek! Dunno... I better check it out. Looks interesting, despite the bruises!

leslie said...

I use wristbands because even though I'm not a kb newbie, the bell resting on my forearm is uncomfortable enough that I want a little something there.

My fave kb DVD is Art of Strength Providence. Let me know if you want more info, ok?

Found you on Irene's recommendation. Best of luck as you train!

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