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philnoskoIconWhats the deal with kettlebells???24-08-2010 @ 22:38 
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Can someone tell me why they are supposed to be so good? My personal opinion is they do nothing that a dumbell cant do. I just find them awkward as the handles dont move. When you do an overhead press, the kettlebell is pushing against the forearm.

Im interested in peoples opinions, perhaps Boar can answer this, I know he has used them a fair bit.
ThingIcon...24-08-2010 @ 22:45 
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Once you learn how to use them for the like of swings single arm swings, get ups bottom up presses you'll notice your whole body is effected one way or another. Also there pretty good for cardio too.
shoreshotIcon...25-08-2010 @ 14:10 
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Post Edited: 25.08.2010 @ 14:10 PM by shoreshot
As Thing mentioned, loads of uses.

Great for conditioning, muscular endurance, elasticity, power, flexibility, cardio the list goes on.

The bit about it being uncomfortable on the forearm will be down to your technique.

You should be holding the bell towards the corner when pressing over head so that your forearm is where the handle meets the bells surface. Much more comfortable that way.

As with any kind of lifting, getting the technique right is the key, get it wrong and its even more hard work than it already is......
just_tIcon...25-08-2010 @ 15:04 
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I just got mine for cardio. I mainly do swings as mine wrecks my forearms when i try to snatch it lol
BoarIcon...25-08-2010 @ 15:11 
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yankie doodle dandy !!

to be fair , you can get away with using a dumbell but its not quite the same ...the old cannonball with a handle has magical properties ... the comfort and distribution of weight makes it perfect for some solid repping and CV benefit giving macigness

you can build great muscle endurance , anyone who has ever been down to the shed for a session is blowing out of their ass after a set of 100 swings WITH A 16 !!!
BoarIcon...25-08-2010 @ 15:12 
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and tom naughty naughty tom ... learn to snatch , with a bit of persistance and tech tweakidge its easy ... but swings to rock !!
LurkioIcon...25-08-2010 @ 15:13 
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philnosko said:Can someone tell me why they are supposed to be so good? My personal opinion is they do nothing that a dumbell cant do. I just find them awkward as the handles dont move. When you do an overhead press, the kettlebell is pushing against the forearm.

Im interested in peoples opinions, perhaps Boar can answer this, I know he has used them a fair bit.


Complete waste of time mate, just a fcukin gimmick.Roll-Eyes Grin
BoarIcon...25-08-2010 @ 15:17 
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may i remind you all that i am the REPPING DUTCHIE of Cornwall thanks to the old kettlebells
just_tIcon...25-08-2010 @ 15:18 
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Boar said:and tom naughty naughty tom ... learn to snatch , with a bit of persistance and tech tweakidge its easy ... but swings to rock !!


Mine is a vinal thing, maybe its dimensions arent good for snatching? got some mean bruises!
shoreshotIcon...25-08-2010 @ 16:31 
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You should get some long sweat bands to wear on your forearms - increases comfort substantially ;-)

Also the bell design is an important factor as some have really wide handles/relatively small distance from handle to bell = more uncomfortable.
RobboIcon...25-08-2010 @ 16:37 
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just_t said:
Mine is a vinal thing, maybe its dimensions arent good for snatching? got some mean bruises!


As the bell rises up above your head punch through it and it nicely settles onto the forearm wit no drama*

*This is all Boar approved and taught
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Robbo said:
As the bell rises up above your head punch through it and it nicely settles onto the forearm wit no drama*
*This is all Boar approved and taught


that's what I do and it works nice(ly).
RyanHIcon...25-08-2010 @ 20:28 
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Boar said:may i remind you all that i am the REPPING DUTCHIE of Cornwall thanks to the old kettlebells



Come to Cornwall you have a shed i have a graden and caravan! you bring the body ill bring the pain.
philnoskoIcon...26-08-2010 @ 11:15 
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Ok thanks for the replies. I still dont see what they do that a dumbell doesnt and I dont see whats "magical" about them but I have no doubt that they can be useful. Thanks again lads Happy
ThingIcon...26-08-2010 @ 11:22 
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you still doing the boxing Phill?

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