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    mariuk is offline Junior Member
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    Red face Slippery hands and flying kettlebells

    Hi
    I am new to kettlebells and whilst my strength/grip is still poor, I am finding the main problem is my hands get sweaty (or should a girl say perspire!!! ) and I can feel the kettlebell starting to slip. It hasn't gone flying yet, but I was wondering what everyone else does to stop this problem.

    Also, I am using kettlebells to tone, lose fat and gain a little muscle (not bulk) - should I combine my kettlebells workout (currently using the Lauren Brooks DVD) with some other cardio such as an elliptical crosstrainer?

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
    Many thanks

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    Hi, welcome!

    Your grip strength will take care of itself. Just make sure you stop short of failure. Make sure you use a hook grip instead of a full grip. That way your grip will last longer.

    You don't need anything else than kettlebells to reach your goals. The thing is, the more you focus on, the less good you're going to be at all of them. You can reach insane amounts of conditioning and strength, you can loose a lot of fat with it and yes, you can even gain some muscle. Don't be afraid of gaining too much muscle, this won't happen soon.

    I would say stick to your swings, practice your snatches and add some high volume strength work for strength and mass. This means a lot of sets of 5, or ladders (if you know what that is).

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    Of course even if you needed anything other than a KB and your own body for cardio, a cross trainer should be the last thing on you wish list. IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mariuk View Post
    Hi
    I am new to kettlebells and whilst my strength/grip is still poor, I am finding the main problem is my hands get sweaty (or should a girl say perspire!!! ) and I can feel the kettlebell starting to slip. It hasn't gone flying yet, but I was wondering what everyone else does to stop this problem.

    Also, I am using kettlebells to tone, lose fat and gain a little muscle (not bulk) - should I combine my kettlebells workout (currently using the Lauren Brooks DVD) with some other cardio such as an elliptical crosstrainer?

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
    Many thanks
    Here are some options:

    1. Chalk
    2. Wear sock sleeves (way at the bottom of this page)
    3. Use a towel and dry off (Both your hands and the KB) between sets
    4. Use a towel, and add a set of towel swings when ever it gets too slick. (Why stand around drying off, if you could be swing???)

    It’s ok to be sweaty, guys like that.

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    Hello Mariuk, I have the same problem with swinging my 32kg bell. Incidentally, which supplier did you use? My 32 is a London Kettlebells one (I think). I ended up wrapping the handle with a roll of surgical tape from Boots and it works a little bit. I also wear fingerless gloves so there is no problem with sweaty palms (no sniggering...) making the KB slippier.

    I always towel the handle and my palms between sets as well and make sure I wash my hands in quite a strong soap to get rid of excess oil. I also occasionally was my KB handle in soap, to get the crap off it.

    When it comes to cardio, I must say, I don't know the emphasis on cardio in Lauren's program. If you are looking for more a earing cardio element, and to build a little muscle, you could do a lot worse than ETK!

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    I do use this menthod

    Use a towel and dry off (Both your hands and the KB) between sets

    but I am using a cotton gloves to wipe....between sets.

    I learn my lesson ..happen to slip off one 24kg kb knock against my floor.

    lucky my floor is those hard cement...damage is only the kb surface the paint go off.



    but some kb users mention sometimes it do train your grip

    if your grip strength is strong even your hands sweat....the kb will not slip.

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    My favorite texture results from rubbing my palms (aggressively) in the grass. Especially good for residual slippery-ness from soap or lotion or whatever. The grass has to be dry, of course...

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    Good old fashioned spit (of the right viscosity) works for me...Dennis

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    Rachael had the usual list of excellent ideas. There are a ton of references to strengthening an already-strong grip even more. Swings with an oven mitt. Swings with soapy hands. Swings with one hand. Not many of those help a weak grip reach average strength.

    You didn't specifically say, but it's more likely you're having grip problems with 1-handed swings or with a particular hand. I find my grip fatigues around rep #20, not rep #10. Consider doing shorter sets: :15 left, :15 right, :30 rest. Practice being strong first, then being strong for more seconds on your weak side, instead of worrying about the bell. If you can do hand-to-hand transfers between swings, they work wonders. Your body has to firm up each side for a sudden impact, including your grip. Focusing quickly on a single swing like that sharpens the mind and the grip.

    You may be new here, from your post count. Asking about cardio will always elicit a good-natured "do swings!". I'd steer you off the machine to something more realistic. Carry bells up and down stairs, do :30/:30 swings for 15min, row, hike a trail, play with a dog. There are a hundred ways to run the heart up, and jogging doesn't exactly compliment resistance training for strength. The default answer for cardio here is always swings, but it's not the only one.
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    My thread "Guest User? Really" prompted some 6 pages of discussion on why Pavel's user account had been changed to "Guest User" status. John Du Cane answered in a forthright manner, and I thanked him for his professionalism in this very forum.

    That entire thread was removed from the forum on or around August 26. I've been an HKC and an active, outspoken member in good standing for some 3yrs now, but I don't support this sort of censorship. Look for me on the public web.

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    Thank you for all your replies - I' m very grateful.

    NikkiShlosserRKC - interesting suggestion - unfortunately being in the UK, its unlikely the grass will ever be dry!

    IDanko - I have a Jordan Kettlebell (with the rubber) - just a mere 8kg!

    I will stick with kettlebells and not buy an elliptical trainer - need to save some money! Its just because I miss running (which I used to do until a knee injury). I do get out of breath and definitely feel my heart rate up with the kb workouts - just need perhaps to do a bit more, the problem is, I feel I should go on but my arms and grip don't, so I don't always feel like I've had an exhausting workout. I am just very impatient and and want to see results quickly!

    I will try some of the great suggestions and hopefully wont be flying my kb anywhere!

    Thanks again

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