Kettlebell appreciation thread

ITT: We discuss the merits and demerits of kettlebell training as a supplement to strength training.

Pros:
* Kettlebell's are easy to purchase, maintain, and store at home. The crossfit meme industry bought the prices down.
* Kettlebell swings => low-impact cardio
* Kettlebell variants of deadlifts/squats/OHP => improve form and control for basic lifts.

Cons:
* Kettlebell swings look funny and should not be done in public.
* Hard to find non-meme routines for kettlebell training (hidden pro: necessitates looking up vintage training manuals)
* Hard to find heavy kettlebells (hidden pro: necessitates going to the gym after maxing out your home weights)

Getting Started:
* Get two kettlebells: 1/6th and 1/4th of your body weight in pounds.
* Kettlebells are not a replacement for weight training.

  1. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Kettlebell appreciation thread
    I hate kettlebell.

  2. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    This dude looks bad ass and definitely has more testosterone than me (because of onions and plastics)

  3. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    amazing tools for martial arts, was introduced to them years ago and i always cycle in at least a week a month of only heavy kbs.
    the meme is that it's hard to build visible muscles but that's because you'll develop the deeper stabilizers first when you start, which then if you want to go for mass help a lot.
    favourite way to train shoulders, nothing feels better than pressing kbs.

  4. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    To me the problem with kettlebells right now is that the knowledge on how to train effectively with them is either focused around cardio/endurance or proprietary (strongfirst or whatever Pavel is doing these days)
    I think we will see a Kettlebell Renaissance after we embrace a different approach to progression (not % based and not "just add 5lbs", some kind of advanced step loading probably)
    To me they're better than dumbells on many exercises like pullovers, presses, even rows just to name some
    >I'm working on a ohp program btw and I will post it here in a couple of months if it works, 8kg jumps are hard and I think we need a little more than the "do 6 gorillions sets of 5" meme

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      8kg jump hit my press like a brick fucking wall, solved the issue by just getting the 4kg bridge kettlebell in the end rather than stall out

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      8kg jump hit my press like a brick fucking wall, solved the issue by just getting the 4kg bridge kettlebell in the end rather than stall out

      I only had a 20kg bell which was easy for 8-10
      Picked up a 32 and can barely get a double
      Reckon I'll stick with push pressing it for a couple months

  5. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I overspent on the KBK adjustable ones.

    Got some micro-plates so I can go up in .25 and .5, plus 3D printed a bottom shell.

    I'll never need to buy a KB between 8-32kg.

    Feels awesome.

  6. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >picrel just some roided guy who got jacked lifting weights like everybody else and poses with a kettlebell to sell supplements

  7. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Only good moves are press and some arm shit maybe.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      For me it's the press, snatch, clean, double front squat and farmer/racked/waiter carry.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        i also like dead snatches or one-legged deadlifts, as well as renegade rows.

        https://i.imgur.com/iP9R1sU.jpg

        Kettlebells are cool. I like doing old school lifts including kettlebells. Pic is me with a 64kg inch dumbbell and a 24kg kettlebell (and a moustache)

        based anyhow. i mostly do just windmills.

  8. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    AHEM

    Kettlebells are a replacement for weight training.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Just add calisthenics along side it and you'll get a good looking body. Won't be as strong as a powerlifter though.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Won't be as fat or as slow as one either

  9. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I fucking hate kettlebells

  10. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I've been thinking of getting kettlebells for my homegymming just for variety's sake
    I have literally never used one
    would getting a set of three; 12kg, 24kg for arms and 48kg for the other stuff be alright to start with

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I would go woth 16/24k and see if you like it. Then decide if you want another to have a pair or just a heavy as fuck one.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        alright, I'll do that then
        thanks anon

  11. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Kettlebells are cool. I like doing old school lifts including kettlebells. Pic is me with a 64kg inch dumbbell and a 24kg kettlebell (and a moustache)

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I do a 1.5km Farmer's Walks with 2x40lbs. kettlebells. No breaks. Pop them up into a rack carry for a "break" and then drop them back down to Farmer's, back and forth until completing the walk. Good leg exercise too.

      Greetings, Wilbur. Lovely day for a bit of a the hup hup.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Nice, anyhow is pretty fun lift.
      Where did you get that circus tshirt? Cannot find it anywhere.

  12. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    What am I getting out of pressing 2x 20kg kb that I'm not getting from cleaning and pressing a 40kg barbell? I do both (squat presses on kb) but it would be good to know why I'm doing it, I forgot.

    What's the next best weight to buy? I know 20kg is kind of the unloved middle child compared to 16 or 24. 32?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I should mention my ultimate aim with kb is to do some of those lifting or throwing stones that are scattered around britain and scandinavia

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I should mention my ultimate aim with kb is to do some of those lifting or throwing stones that are scattered around britain and scandinavia

      have a third bump because digits

  13. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I know kettlebells get a lot of hate from the powerlifting/bodybuilding community but I feel like it comes from a place of insecurity and not wanting to learn something new and different

    I have a pair of 16kg KB from ProKettleBell and I love them and use them everyday and they supplement my barbell training nicely

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