Kettlebells http://breakingmuscle.com/taxonomy/term/1702/%2A en 3 Deadly Sins of the One-Armed Kettlebell Swing http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/3-deadly-sins-of-the-one-armed-kettlebell-swing <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/kettlebells/3-deadly-sins-of-the-one-armed-kettlebell-swing" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201410/left1.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">If you are serious about using kettlebells, then it’s best to learn the right way from the beginning. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>You can hear your mail carrier curse as he lugs your package up to your door.</strong> You squeal with excitement as the sounds of heavy breathing gets closer and closer. It&rsquo;s finally here! You have been waiting for your kettlebell and now you will get a chance to bust this bad boy out of the box and <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/the-kettlebell-swing-why-its-the-perfect-exercise" target="_blank">send your fat flying for cover</a>.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/3-deadly-sins-of-the-one-armed-kettlebell-swing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle coaching Kettlebell mistakes one-arm swing workout Kettlebells Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:00:00 +0000 26596 at http://breakingmuscle.com 3 Ways to Use the Kettlebell Swing for Overspeed Eccentric Training http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/3-ways-to-use-the-kettlebell-swing-for-overspeed-eccentric-training <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/kettlebells/3-ways-to-use-the-kettlebell-swing-for-overspeed-eccentric-training" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201409/screenshot2014-09-24at74249am.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Depth jumps are a risky way to train explosive strength. Today I'll show you how to use kettlebell swings to get the same benefits. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;">In an earlier article, <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/verkhoshanskys-depth-jumps-create-gains-in-max-strength" target="_blank">I discussed Verkohshansky&rsquo;s depth jumps</a> and how his research was the starting point for modern-day plyometics. <strong>In this article I will describe the mechanisms of plyometrics. </strong>I&#39;ll also tell you how to do a few relatively simple kettlebell swing exercises to elicit a plyometric response, and explain the benefits of these exercises.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/3-ways-to-use-the-kettlebell-swing-for-overspeed-eccentric-training" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle eccentric kettlebell swing kettlebells speed strength and conditioning Kettlebells Thu, 25 Sep 2014 13:00:00 +0000 24936 at http://breakingmuscle.com The 2-Kettlebell Front Squat: The Best Exercise You're Not Doing http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/the-2-kettlebell-front-squat-the-best-exercise-youre-not-doing <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/kettlebells/the-2-kettlebell-front-squat-the-best-exercise-youre-not-doing" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201409/dsc01135x.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">“Well, that sucked.” My client put his kettlebells on the ground, contemplating how in the world he got crushed by such little weight. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>&ldquo;Well, that sucked.&rdquo;</strong> My client un-racked the kettlebells and put them on the ground, still contemplating how in the world he got crushed by such little weight (comparatively speaking of course).</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;">Here I was taking this guy who considered himself to be pretty strong (and to his credit he was - he could do a mid-300lb front squat relatively easily), and putting him on the struggle-bus with a pair of 24kg kettlebells.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/the-2-kettlebell-front-squat-the-best-exercise-youre-not-doing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle Front Squat kettlebell training kettlebell workouts kettlebells squats strength training Kettlebells Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:00:00 +0000 24816 at http://breakingmuscle.com All You Need to Know About Getting Started with Kettlebells http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/all-you-need-to-know-about-getting-started-with-kettlebells <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/kettlebells/all-you-need-to-know-about-getting-started-with-kettlebells" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201409/tjg9586.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">If you’re new to kettlebell training or thinking you want to set up a home gym and use them, then this article is for you. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;">No dropping weights. No grunting. Free pizza. <strong>These are all real things happening in fitness centers currently (although admittedly they&rsquo;re all at the exact same place)</strong>. But even if you go to other <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/crossfit/5-misconceptions-about-the-globo-gym" target="_blank">big gym chains</a>, you&rsquo;ll still see enough truly horrendous sights to make up your own &ldquo;gym fails&rdquo; compilation.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/all-you-need-to-know-about-getting-started-with-kettlebells" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle clean and press home gym kettlebells. beginner RKC snatch swing Kettlebells Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:00:00 +0000 24751 at http://breakingmuscle.com The Beauty of Suffering in Kettlebell Sport http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/the-beauty-of-suffering-in-kettlebell-sport <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/kettlebells/the-beauty-of-suffering-in-kettlebell-sport" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201409/bos-cyncopyx.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">I may not be the strongest or the most technical lifter on the platform, but I will suffer. And I’d rather die than put the bells down. </div></div></div><h2 class="rtecenter"> <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/strength-conditioning-chris-doenlan-kettlebell-sport-training-week-1" target="_blank">Click Here to Start Your Free Kettlebell Sport Workouts</a></h2> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/the-beauty-of-suffering-in-kettlebell-sport" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle girevoy sport kettlebell sport kettlebells mental toughness mental training sports psychology Kettlebells Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:00:00 +0000 24476 at http://breakingmuscle.com An Introduction to Kettlebell Sport Training Methodologies http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/an-introduction-to-kettlebell-sport-training-methodologies <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/kettlebells/an-introduction-to-kettlebell-sport-training-methodologies" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201408/training-saramoore.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">I treat kettlebell sport like a job. I’ve even practiced technique in front of mirrors in public restrooms. Here's what it looks like to train for kettlebell sport. </div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/an-introduction-to-kettlebell-sport-training-methodologies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle girevoy sport kettlebell sport kettlebell training kettlebell workouts kettlebells Kettlebells Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:00:00 +0000 22976 at http://breakingmuscle.com The Kettlebell Snatch: A Swing That Ends Up Overhead http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/the-kettlebell-snatch-a-swing-that-ends-up-overhead <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/kettlebells/the-kettlebell-snatch-a-swing-that-ends-up-overhead" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201408/davewhitley3copy.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">For beginners, it is probably best to focus on building a powerful hip hinge movement before moving on to the kettlebell snatch. </div></div></div><div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/the-kettlebell-snatch-a-swing-that-ends-up-overhead" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle hip hinge Kettlebell kettlebell snatch kettlebell swing strongfirst velocity Kettlebells Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:00:00 +0000 23841 at http://breakingmuscle.com 3 Kettlebell Workouts and How to Plan Your Week http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/3-kettlebell-workouts-and-how-to-plan-your-week <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/kettlebells/3-kettlebell-workouts-and-how-to-plan-your-week" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201408/doublebelldeadlift.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Here are three workouts for the experienced kettlebell user, as well as templates on how to lay out your workouts for the week. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Designing your own workouts can be quite a challenge.</strong> Even the most experienced exerciser who has a clear understanding of how to properly execute a variety of exercises can struggle with laying out a simple, effective program. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/3-kettlebell-workouts-and-how-to-plan-your-week" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle Kettlebell kettlebell training kettlebell workouts metabolic conditioning strength training Kettlebells Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:00:00 +0000 23571 at http://breakingmuscle.com 4 Drills That Will Improve Your Kettlebell Press http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/4-drills-that-will-improve-your-kettlebell-press <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/kettlebells/4-drills-that-will-improve-your-kettlebell-press" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201408/shutterstock117036262.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">The following are some of the ways you can improve your pressing, or just change the feel of it, by using different variations to work on your weak points. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>One of the things about kettlebells is that you can hold them in different positions and get a very different kind of press workout just based on your grip of the bell. </strong>Unlike a barbell or dumbbell, which you will hold in the same way every time, this dynamic grip can change the way you train.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="rtecenter"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/jRhV3AdGbQ8?rel=0" width="640"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/4-drills-that-will-improve-your-kettlebell-press" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle kettlebell press kettlebell training kettlebells overhead press Kettlebells Fri, 01 Aug 2014 11:00:00 +0000 22691 at http://breakingmuscle.com Carry On: 2 Kettlebell Loaded Carry Workouts http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/carry-on-2-kettlbell-loaded-carry-workouts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/kettlebells/carry-on-2-kettlbell-loaded-carry-workouts" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201407/shutterstock207468403copy.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">I came up with two different carry-based kettlebell workouts that are both equally challenging, but for different reasons. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;">After writing my <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/every-plan-has-holes-connecting-the-shoulders-hips-and-core" target="_blank"><em>Every Plan Has Holes: Connecting the Shoulders, Hips, and Core</em> </a>article, I played around with different versions of the workout in our training sessions. I came up with one that seemed particularly evil.<strong> It was one of those workouts that had people telling me a few days later they were still feeling the aftereffects.</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/carry-on-2-kettlbell-loaded-carry-workouts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle kettlebell training kettlebell workouts kettlebells loaded carries workouts Kettlebells Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 22581 at http://breakingmuscle.com The Art of Heavy Lifting Without Overtraining http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/the-art-of-heavy-lifting-without-overtraining <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/kettlebells/the-art-of-heavy-lifting-without-overtraining" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201407/img1410.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">I've been training for the Iron Maiden Challenge. As a very small person, in order to achieve this goal I had to learn how to lift heavy on a regular basis without overtraining. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;">Three years ago I started training for a strength goal called the <a href="http://www.strongfirst.com/beast-tamer/" target="_blank">Iron Maiden Challenge</a> - a weighted pull up, a military press, and a pistol squat all with a 24kg (~53lbs) kettlebell. <strong>By training for this goal I had to learn how to lift heavy weights on a regular basis without overtraining.</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/the-art-of-heavy-lifting-without-overtraining" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle iron maiden challenge kettlebells RKC Turkish get up Kettlebells Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 22241 at http://breakingmuscle.com 4 Kettlebell Brands: Which Is Best for You? http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/which-kettlebell-should-i-buy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/kettlebells/which-kettlebell-should-i-buy" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201406/1z8a1216copy.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Which kettlebell is best for which purpose? Which one is the best deal? Which one is most durable? Here are the answers to all those questions and more. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;">There seem to be quite a few reviews of individual kettlebells.<strong> However, we wanted to compare some of the best ones against each other.</strong> I have <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/getting-started-with-kettlebells-how-to-buy-learn-train" target="_blank">purchased many different types of kettlebells</a> over the years and I still can&rsquo;t say that one brand is better than all of the others.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/which-kettlebell-should-i-buy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle equipment girevoy sport kettlebells RKC Kettlebells Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 20796 at http://breakingmuscle.com Strategies for Success at Kettlebell Sport Competition http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/strategies-for-success-at-kettlebell-sport-competition <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/kettlebells/strategies-for-success-at-kettlebell-sport-competition" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201406/strategies-women27sflight2.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">When I entered the competitive world, I really had no idea. After three years, I’m sharing what I’ve learned. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;">My first <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/hardstyle-girevoy-or-crossfit-how-to-decide-which-kettlebell-style-is-best" target="_blank">Kettlebell Sport</a> meet broke a nine-year competitive dry spell.<strong> It was the first time I had participated in any official athletic event since my freshman year of high school</strong>. So when I entered the competitive world of kettlebell lifting, I really had no idea what to expect.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/strategies-for-success-at-kettlebell-sport-competition" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle competition gear goal setting kettlebell sport kettlebells nerves rules Kettlebells Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 20301 at http://breakingmuscle.com Hormonal Response to Kettlebell Swings: A Scientific Analysis http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/hormonal-response-to-kettlebell-swings-a-scientific-analysis <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/kettlebells/hormonal-response-to-kettlebell-swings-a-scientific-analysis" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/20140523/9980977327175634354491041287136n.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">A new study analyzed the kettlebell swing's effects on hormones and heart rate. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>The kettlebell swing is an exercise often used in high reps to get the heart rate going and to burn calories. </strong>And for anyone who has ever done a swing, you&rsquo;ll know it&rsquo;s also an intense <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/the-kettlebell-swing-why-its-the-perfect-exercise" target="_blank">posterior chain exercise</a> as well.</span></p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/hormonal-response-to-kettlebell-swings-a-scientific-analysis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle Kettlebell kettlebell swing Kettlebells Tue, 27 May 2014 08:00:00 +0000 19011 at http://breakingmuscle.com 4 Reasons to Do the StrongFirst Certification http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/4-reasons-to-do-the-strongfirst-certification <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/kettlebells/4-reasons-to-do-the-strongfirst-certification" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/20140423/tscsnatch.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">I have never had a doubt about getting the certificate, but I began to wonder why. So to find out, I wrote an article. </div></div></div><div> <span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>This coming weekend I am going to be part of a large group of people attempting to get a StrongFirst Level II certificate</strong> (My fellow BreakingMuscle writer <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/coaches/brandon-hofer" target="_blank">Brandon Hofer</a> will also be there, but with a great deal more flexibility than me). </span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/4-reasons-to-do-the-strongfirst-certification" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle certifications kettlebells pavel tsatsouline strongfirst Kettlebells Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:00:00 +0000 16631 at http://breakingmuscle.com