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    para is offline Member
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    Default Hey, Comrades, Why Did You Start Lifting Kettlebells..?

    This is a very important question that I receved yesterday, talking with old friends with which i used to train in my bodybuilding days. I gave of course my clear answers,..but now i would like to listen yours.
    Come on. Tell me. Surely, a lot of good arguments will come out of this post.
    CIAO

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    DylanThomas is offline Senior Member
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    Default Because they have handles=)

    I started using things from Pavel's MM articles in my training (swings with a DB,volume training),and then got into BPA and then a mutated version of PTP.
    I noticed a positive effect on the mats,for Jujutsu,as well as just feeling better.
    I heard of KBs from the MM articles,and my interest was peaked,but I felt they were to expensive to just get out of curiosity.
    George Bristol visited our Dojo and told me how Pavel worked with his guys at the MCMAP school and how KBs were a great tool for MA.
    Mike Mahler did a workshop around the time my training partner,Crom and I reached Brown belt. Our Sempei (who was the guy that turned Bristol on to Pavels writings) sent us there as a gift.
    3 Minutes into training with Mike,my buddy and I looked at each other and said " Let's get some."
    That was almost 4 years ago, the rest is history.

    Shugyo!
    Dylanhttp://martialstrength@yahoo.com

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    ZachariahSalazarRKC is offline Senior Member
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    Default They looked fun...

    They looked fun. Very dynamic routine. Eccentric load training. Most injuries occur during eccentric deceleration.Ballistic shock for spinal, joint and ligament health. KB's fit the bill.Also, offset handle provides benefits to training such as constant tension on pecs in floor pressing or better matching angle of inclination of shoulder socket.Training methods that make up for a lack of small load variable(big jumps between bells) such as ladders (rep,weight and time), press vs push press vs jerk instead of using a lighter weight. Poor mans-working class clean and jerk, snatch.And many more if ya want them....and they looked fun.

    Zachariah

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    Mike Johnson, RKC is offline Senior Member
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    Default Because I was afraid not to..

    My bestfriend and I have always been very competetive in MA. He was always a little stronger but I always had a little more stamina, so things evened out. I was over his house one night watching a UFC and he had a copy of RKC sitting on his coffee table. I began reading it between fights and when he told me he had ordered a 16kg bell I started worrying that he might improve his stamina over mine and really be able to whoop up on me. So I ordered a copy of RKC, the video, and two 16kg bells. A few months after intergrating them into my training I noticed a huge difference in level of my strength & conditioning on the mat and got numerous comments from my training partners about how much stronger I felt to wrestle. Since then I've never looked back.

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    Default Extension of Heavyhands/martial arts ideas

    Another forum steered me over here by linking Dragondoor and talking about The Naked Warrior book, which I also looked up on Amazon for the customer reviews.

    I got Naked Warrior and liked it a lot, and it still forms the bulk of my present fitness routine. Reading on this forum about NW, I got exposed to all the talk about kettlebells.

    I've got some Heavyhands handweights that I feel did me a ton of good in martial arts for both speed and endurance, and I felt the same about two Bodybars I have. Kettlebells seemed like a logical extension of the same sort of thing -- the ability to move freely and creatively in all dimensions and very freely increase the load on your muscles by how fast you move, whether you follow momentum or fight it, or what angles you choose. But they are a heavier weight than HeavyHands or a Bodybar, so you could still get good resistance even using them in conventional, easy grooves or at slower speeds, and they had some serious potential for overloading the muscles in playing around with different kinds of swings. I ordered a kettlebell, found myself having fun with it and liking working with it much more than with dumbbells(or barbells). Then I ordered the RKC book and DVD, and continue to get into kettlebells.

    I still couldn't be more amateur at them, though. Between deadlifts, one-arm push-ups, the occasional handstand hold and partial-rep, and pistols and grip work, my body is worn out enough that I don't really need to use the kettlebell for much, and it would probably just result in overtraining. Now I use it mostly for additional shoulder press work and some tricep work.

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    Default PTP worked, I learned to trust the party

    I bought the PTTP book about 4 years ago, and almost immediately started gaining strength and size using the "bear" protocol, after reading the KB ads in the back, I became excited and extremely curious about KB's, especially the fat loss prospect. After telling my younger brother about KB's, he bought one and instantly loved it, so much that he bought me my own Dragondoor KB this last father's day. Any reservations I had disappeared after my firts workout, SO much more fun then my usual routine, and I have lossed fat, gained muscle, AND strength to boot; KB's are simply the most effective and fun I have ever had working out, and that is saying alot about something that feels like an ass kicking every workout(in a good way!).

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    DylanThomas is offline Senior Member
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    Default Drink the Party Kool Aid! It's good for you.nm

    And you don't have to go to Guyana to get it.=)

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    Default im fortunate

    Ive been lifting weights bodybuilding style since the sixth grade. I consider myself a hardgainer (always always always have been skinny). I have tried, read, laughed at, and dreamed about every program, set and rep scheme that there is. I first started doing a Westside Barbell Training program that i saw serious strength gains and then BAM i tore a muscle in my back (lack of form on the clean and press). A few months after gettin my back fully recovered i stumbled on an article by Mike Mahler about Matt Fureys program. I bought the book did the exersises and saw nothin but neck pain from bridging. Then by the grace of god i read more of Mike's articles and stumbled on the site. Never knowing the real deal behind the site i ordered a hard-style magazine and here i am now.

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    Default Vodka, Pickle Juice and Kettlebells...

    Read Pavel's piece in Milo and knew then I had to try Kbells. I found Dragon Door via googling Pavel's name. Ordered the original 16kg, 24, 32kg package and RKC book and tape. 32kg was first to arrive and it was weeks before the other two showed up. Learned to swing and clean with the 32...thought at the time: what did I get myself into?
    Randy

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    Default A family-guy's prayers answered!

    Actually, by accident. I was in a situation where I was giving up competing in Muay Thai, and looking for something physically challenging to do. Gym has always been boring, and it seemed like I was left with some bodyweight training at home. I also have a full time job and a family (1 kid, another one coming up) so going to "work-out" outside of the home every night is not an option.

    Well, now I got my challenges with the kettlebells, and I'm hooked! I can train at home or in a park whenever I want. Also, reading Pavel's books and this forum have given me loads of inspiration, and I've taken my home training to a level that I didn't think was possible. When I think about it now, it's amazing that I actually thought that I can't stay in shape and improve myself if I don't go to a gym!

    And also, training with kettlebells is fun!

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