Kettlebells http://breakingmuscle.com/taxonomy/term/1702/%2A en Kettlebells for an Iron Core: A 3-Phase Training Plan http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/the-iron-core-of-kettlebells <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/kettlebells/the-iron-core-of-kettlebells" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img1.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201505/screenshot2015-05-26at111307am.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">Try some of these progressions and see your functional strength jump to new heights. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>It is probably the first thing you feel when you lift kettlebells the first time.</strong> The humbling feeling of moving a weight that is often lighter than what you are used to, but the kettlebell seems to hit muscles and areas of your body you just didn&rsquo;t know existed.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/the-iron-core-of-kettlebells" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle core core exercises core strength core training kettlbells kettlebell training Kettlebells Wed, 27 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000 152306 at http://breakingmuscle.com From Circus Acts to World Titles: The History of Girevoy Sport http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/history-and-rules-of-girevoy-sport <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/kettlebells/history-and-rules-of-girevoy-sport" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img6.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201505/shutterstock26359960.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">Girevoy Sport has come a long way since the early days of circus strongman performances. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><h2 class="rtecenter"> <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/girevoy-sport-are-you-ready" target="_blank"><span style="font-size:24px;"><span style="color: rgb(255, 0, 0);"><strong>Click Here for the Girevoy Sport 4-Week Program</strong></span></span></a></h2> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/history-and-rules-of-girevoy-sport" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle girevoy sport Kettlebell kettlebell sport kettlebell training kettlebells strength and conditioning Kettlebells Mon, 18 May 2015 09:00:00 +0000 152036 at http://breakingmuscle.com How to Do a Proper Bent Press With a Kettlebell or Barbell http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/how-to-do-a-proper-bent-press-with-a-kettlebell-or-barbell <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/kettlebells/how-to-do-a-proper-bent-press-with-a-kettlebell-or-barbell" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img3.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201505/screenshot2015-05-05at51453pm.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">The bent press is an amazing exercise that aids in thoracic mobility, shoulder strength and stability. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;">The bent press is an amazing exercise that aids in thoracic mobility, shoulder strength and stability, and allows you to press a great amount of weight overhead. <strong>This article takes you through the steps of how to do a proper bent press.</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="rtecenter"><img alt="" class="imagecache-full_width" src="http://img8.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full_width/images/bydate/201505/bentpress1.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/how-to-do-a-proper-bent-press-with-a-kettlebell-or-barbell" target="_blank">read more</a></p> bent press breakingmuscle Kettlebell pressing strength and conditioning upper body exercises Kettlebells Thu, 07 May 2015 11:00:00 +0000 151701 at http://breakingmuscle.com How to Perform a Powerful Kettlebell Dead Snatch http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/kb-snatch <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/strength-conditioning/kb-snatch" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img8.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201505/thumbnail6.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">Few exercises compare to the expression of strength and power you can develop with this movement. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>I am sure many of you know how rewarding of an exercise the one-arm dead snatch is. </strong>Personally, it is my favorite exercise, and as a health professional for over ten years, I have both performed and taught thousands of snatches.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>In this article, I am going to explore the one-arm dead snatch in fine detail. </strong>Combine smart technique with smart practice sessions and you will be blown away by how quickly you develop this movement.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/kb-snatch" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle kettlebell snatch kettlebell technique kettlebells snatch Kettlebells Thu, 07 May 2015 09:00:00 +0000 151731 at http://breakingmuscle.com Short and Sweet: 4 New 6-Minute Workouts for Busy People http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/6-minute-workouts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/kettlebells/6-minute-workouts" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img3.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201504/shutterstock266026940.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">Sneak away from your desk for six minutes for one of these brief but intense workouts. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Did you know workouts lasting under six minutes can benefit you in more ways than one? </strong>Many of you may already know how fabulous snagging a short session can be for not only your mind, but also for the physical body.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;">If you are bogged down at work all day with hardly a moment to breathe, then <strong>having the opportunity to sneak away for six minutes is much more likely than finding an hour or two.</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/6-minute-workouts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> bodyweight bodyweight exercises breakingmuscle high intensity training home workout kettlebell workouts Kettlebells Wed, 08 Apr 2015 09:00:00 +0000 150711 at http://breakingmuscle.com Use Kettlebells to Get in Fighting Shape http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/use-kettlebells-to-get-in-fighting-shape <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/kettlebells/use-kettlebells-to-get-in-fighting-shape" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img3.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201503/shutterstock262116170.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 it comes to that gritty stamina required for fighting, the kettlebell is the king of the hill. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>The kettlebell rules when it comes to developing strength endurance. </strong>While the barbell rules for maximal strength development, the kettlebell is king of the hill when it comes to that gritty stamina required for fighting.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="rtecenter"><img alt="" class="imagecache-full_width" src="http://img9.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full_width/images/bydate/201503/shutterstock265073408.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/use-kettlebells-to-get-in-fighting-shape" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle explosive strength fighting Kettlebell kettlebells muscular endurance strength endurance Kettlebells Wed, 01 Apr 2015 11:00:00 +0000 150476 at http://breakingmuscle.com Training Kettlebells: Why You Shouldn't Be Scared http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/training-kettlebells-the-whys-and-hows-behind-the-method <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/kettlebells/training-kettlebells-the-whys-and-hows-behind-the-method" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img7.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201503/kettlebellheader.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">You could be missing out on some effective cross-training by overlooking the kettlebell. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Learning kettlebells is no easy task.</strong> When I heard about this method of training over a decade ago, I was turned on by the notion of swinging giant orbs of iron. But at the same time, I was intimidated at the thought of injuring myself.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/training-kettlebells-the-whys-and-hows-behind-the-method" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle core training kettlebell swing kettlebell workouts kettlebells stability Kettlebells Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:00:00 +0000 150316 at http://breakingmuscle.com The 5 Deadliest Kettlebell Sins http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/the-5-deadliest-kettlebell-sins <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/strength-conditioning/the-5-deadliest-kettlebell-sins" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img8.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201502/swing3.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 body will respond to anything you throw at it, but the kettlebell is a unique beast that requires high technique and low complexity. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>When it comes to lifting things to get stronger, there is little difference between one tool and another. </strong>The body doesn&rsquo;t recognize the tool, only how hard it has to work to lift whatever it is you&rsquo;re holding.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="lifting, powerlifting, bodybuilding, heavy weight, crossfit" class="imagecache-full_width" src="http://img8.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full_width/images/bydate/201502/tjg9217.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/the-5-deadliest-kettlebell-sins" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle Kettlebell. kettlebell workouts Programming progression strength and conditioning Training Kettlebells Wed, 11 Feb 2015 10:00:00 +0000 81756 at http://breakingmuscle.com 2 Safer Alternatives to the Overhead Swing http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/2-safer-alternatives-to-the-overhead-swing <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/kettlebells/2-safer-alternatives-to-the-overhead-swing" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img8.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201502/swingbadsquare.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">It is tempting to call for the removal of overhead swings all together. With two better alternatives, they seem unnecessary. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><div> <span style="font-size:18px;">Andrew Read once wrote a great article on why the <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/rationalizing-the-swing-why-the-american-swing-is-wrong" target="_blank">American/overhead swing is wrong</a>.&nbsp;<strong>This debate continues with little change in the overhead swing&rsquo;s status as a staple in CrossFit workouts.&nbsp;</strong></span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size:18px;">This article attempts to present the reasons why this swing is not optimal and provide two alternatives.</span></div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/2-safer-alternatives-to-the-overhead-swing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> american swing breakingmuscle crossfit swing heavy swings Kettlebell kettlebell snatch kettlebell swing pavel Kettlebells Thu, 05 Feb 2015 12:00:00 +0000 81416 at http://breakingmuscle.com The What the Hell Effect: How the Swing Improves Everything http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/the-kettlebell-swing-can <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/kettlebells/the-kettlebell-swing-can" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img5.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201501/hardstylesquare.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">Strength from the the kettlebell swing improves deadlifting, squatting, and even weightlifting. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><div> <span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>In the Hardstyle kettlebell community, people talk about the &ldquo;<a href="http://www.strongfirst.com/what-the-hell/" target="_blank">What the Hell Effect</a>.&rdquo; </strong>The phrase is typically uttered after someone uses only kettlebells for a period of time and then finds great increases in strength in other movements, seemingly unrelated to the kettlebell.&nbsp;</span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div class="rtecenter"> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/the-kettlebell-swing-can" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle carryover deadlift hardstyle jumping kettlebell swing Squat weightlifting Kettlebells Sun, 04 Jan 2015 13:00:00 +0000 28576 at http://breakingmuscle.com The Top 10 Kettlebell Articles of 2014 http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/the-top-10-kettlebell-articles-of-2014 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/kettlebells/the-top-10-kettlebell-articles-of-2014" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img7.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201412/cm1handedswing.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">This year's top articles come from kettlebell experts from all backgrounds, including RKC, Kettlebell Sport, and StrongFirst. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Just when we thought we knew everything about kettlebells, 2014 came along.</strong> A range of kettlebell experts wrote articles, including Master RKC Andrew Read, SFGII Craig Marker, and Kettlebell Sport coach and national champion Chris Doenlen. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="rtecenter"><span style="font-size:18px;"><span style="color: rgb(255, 0, 0);"><strong>Here are the top ten kettlebell articles from 2014, counting down from number ten to number one:</strong></span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/the-top-10-kettlebell-articles-of-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle girevoy sport Kettlebell kettlebell snatch kettlebell sport kettlebells strength and conditioning Kettlebells Tue, 23 Dec 2014 10:00:00 +0000 28281 at http://breakingmuscle.com Why One-Hand Swings Are King http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/one-hand-swing <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/kettlebells/one-hand-swing" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img6.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201412/kbsqaure.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">Here’s a simple progression to transition from two-hand to one-hand swings, and fix your shoulders problems too. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;">Kettlebells are great for many reasons.<strong> They provide a kick-ass workout without the need for much equipment or a large space.</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>And nearly everyone I&rsquo;ve met who uses kettlebells has a story that sounds something like this, &ldquo;<strong>A friend showed me how to do some swings and it didn&rsquo;t look so hard, so I did twenty and it took about five minutes for my heart rate to return to normal.&rdquo;</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/one-hand-swing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle Kettlebell one hand packed shoulder side plank split squats suitcase deadlift swing two hand Kettlebells Fri, 12 Dec 2014 12:00:00 +0000 27986 at http://breakingmuscle.com 2014 Kettlebell Holiday Shopping Guide http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/2014-kettlebell-holiday-shopping-guide <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/kettlebells/2014-kettlebell-holiday-shopping-guide" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img2.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201412/demonbellbigboi.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 girevik in your life will be thrilled to find these gifts under the tree or in the stocking. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>One of the biggest benefits of the kettlebell is its simplicity.</strong> You can just throw it in the car and use it anywhere. So for this year&#39;s holiday wish list, I&#39;ve picked out some kettlebells and a few nice, but not absolutely necessary accessory items.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="rtecenter"><strong><span style="color:#ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 18px;">Here are my gift recommendations for the girevik in your life:</span></span></strong></p> <p class="rtecenter">&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/2014-kettlebell-holiday-shopping-guide" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle Christmas Holiday Guide holidays Kettlebell kettlebells shopping strength training Kettlebells Thu, 11 Dec 2014 10:00:00 +0000 27951 at http://breakingmuscle.com 3 Deadly Sins of the One-Armed Kettlebell Swing http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/3-mistakes-that-are-ruining-your-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-mistakes-that-are-ruining-your-kettlebell-swing" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img1.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><!--paging_filter--><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-mistakes-that-are-ruining-your-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/how-to-perform-overspeed-eccentrics-safely-using-a-kettlebell <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/kettlebells/how-to-perform-overspeed-eccentrics-safely-using-a-kettlebell" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img5.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><!--paging_filter--><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/how-to-perform-overspeed-eccentrics-safely-using-a-kettlebell" 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