Welcome to the FAQ Megathread (forever a work in progress):
APFT - Army Physical Fitness Test
cMVO2 - Cadence maximum VO2
DD - Dragon Door
Density - Getting more work done in less time. This usually translated to more weight being lifted per unit time, such as more pounds or kilograms per minute.
EDT - Escalating Density Training
ETK - Enter the Kettlebell, 2006 book/DVD update on Kettlebell training from Pavel
GTG - Grease the Groove, or Greasing the Groove. See Question #1 on the fourth post
GS Training - Girevoy Sport Training
GVT - German Volume Training
HIIT - High Intensity Interval Training
HKC - Hardstyle Kettlebell Certification, made in the year 2009, a 1 day certification vs. 3 day RKC certification
HS Training - Hard Style Training (the pre-dominant style on this forum)
HTT - High Tension Techniques
Intensity - The amount of weight lifted per repetition or speed per repetition of an exercise.
Max VO2, or VO2 Max - VO2 max - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
MetCon - Metabolic Conditioning
MP - Military Press
NW - Naked Warrior, Bodyweight Strength Training Book/DVD by Pavel
OAP/OAPU - One Arm Pullup/One Arm Push Up
PM - Program Minimum, the prerequisite training regimen to the RoP described in ETK
PR/PB - Personal Record/Personal Best
PTP - Power to the People, a book/DVD on barbell training
RIS - Relax into Stretch
RKC - Russian Kettlebell Challenge, 2001 book/DVD, the first book that started it all
RKC (more common) - Also stands for Russian Kettlebell Certification, a 3 day certification by Dragon Door.
RoP (usually abbreviated in this form, also seen as ROP) - Rite of Passage, a training regimen described in ETK
RoTK/RTK - Return of the Kettlebell, a book/DVD with an emphasis on double Kettlebell work.
TGU - Turkish Get Up, outstanding full body exercise
Volume - The amount of weight lifted in a session, or a day, or a week. Usually monitored to enhance performance and avoid over training.
VWC - Viking Warrior Conditioning, phenomenal book by Kenneth Jay, Master RKC on Max VO2 training
WTH Effect - "What the hell?" effect. Using Kettlebells tends to have a very good transfer to other exercises, and many users tend to see other lifts go up, even though they are not specifically training those lifts
Epithets used on this forum:
The Evil Russian - Pavel Tsatsouline, Master RKC, Master of Sports.
The Dane of Pain - Kenneth Jay, Master RKC.
The Party - All those loyal to The Evil Russian.
Resources for either enhancing or refining a certain exercise:
TGU - Kettlebells from the Ground Up, also known as Kalos Sthenos. You may also read this article posted on Dr. MC Schraefel's blog, begin to dig: The Refined Turkish Getup: Functional as well as Diagnostic
Snatch - Viking Warrior Conditoning.
With the MVO2 being the new 'rage' and torn callouses becoming a more frequent occurrence the following information may be useful.
Rifs Blog: How to tape your hands.
Kettlebells Los Angeles: The Hard Style Lock
Which strength book or DVD should I get?
If you "just want to be strong", get Power to the People! - Russian Strength Training Secrets for Every American - Book. Comrades who have no access to weights need The Naked Warrior, Bodyweight Exercises for Greater Strength - Book. For a total package of killer strength, conditioning, and fat loss get Enter the Kettlebell! - Strength Secret of the Soviet Supermen - Book (or From Russia with Tough Love: Pavel's Kettlebell Workout for a Femme Fatale for Comrade ladies).
Which stretching book or DVD should I get?
If extreme flexibility such as suspended splits is your goal, Relax into Stretch - Instant Flexibility Through Mastering Muscle Tension is for you. If your sport does not require that you tie yourself into pretzels and you want what Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Champion Steve Maxwell called "a kind of mobility that allowed me... to move smoothly and comfortably from position to position, out of bad spots and into good ones", get Super Joints! - Regain the Bouyant Flexibility of a Child while Maximizing your Power and Strength - DVD.
What is the best program?
The program that you actually stick to. Train on a program, come back in 6-12 weeks, and then tell us your results. If you stagnate, then switch programs. There's no point in switching a program every single month, week, or day. And if you knew how to construct quality programs so quickly, you would not be asking this question.
Kettlebell Basics Advice:
What shoes should I wear while training with Kettlebells?
Comrade, train with wrestling shoes, Vibram Five Fingers, or go barefoot. Any other shoe with very minimal padding will do as well. There is no preference for brand.
I'm new to Kettlebells, the Program Minimum is boring, I want to move onto the RoP, can I do that?
Watch this please: YouTube - Meltdown: Do your swings and get ups.
During the Program Minimum I don't feel like I'm getting a good workout (getting smoked) by Turkish Get Ups, what's up with that?
Comrade, the purpose of the Turkish Get Up is not to exhaust you. If you want to be exhausted, go swing for an hour and come back and let me know the results.
Which is better, one handed or two handed swings?
It is generally agreed upon that:
One hand swing works your grip more, and your obliques more. You usually have a slower cadence because of this, however.
Two handed swing works your glutes, hamstrings, and quads more. You can usually get a faster cadence because you have more muscles to power down the Kettlebell on the overspeed eccentric portion of the swing. The faster cadence results in more volume, and more intensity, which consequently taxes the glutes, hamstrings, and quads more than the one-handed swing.
Which one is better? Yes, is the answer. Set goals, then use the correct exercise to achieve your goal.
The point is to actually just do the swings.
What's the deal with Kettlebells and the whole issue with "cardio"? Blog is from Dr. MC Schraefel.
begin to dig: Cardio Workouts with Kettlebells vs VO2max KB workouts
Want to increase your pull ups? Try the these different programs:
Recon Ron Pullup Program
Pull-up Strength - Red White & Blue Fitness
Armstrong Pullup Program
Pull Up Programming Beyond Your One Set*Max - Articles - Kettlebell and Strength Today