Kettlebells http://breakingmuscle.com/taxonomy/term/1702/all en 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 Becca Borawski 22241 at http://breakingmuscle.com 4 Kettlebell Brands: Which Is Best for You? http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/4-kettlebell-brands-which-is-best-for-you <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/kettlebells/4-kettlebell-brands-which-is-best-for-you" 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/4-kettlebell-brands-which-is-best-for-you" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle equipment girevoy sport kettlebells RKC Kettlebells Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Becca Borawski 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 Chet Morjaria 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 Nicole Crawford 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 Chet Morjaria 16631 at http://breakingmuscle.com 3 Ways to Vary The Kettlebell Snatch Test for All Around Fitness http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/3-ways-to-vary-the-kettlebell-snatch-test-for-all-around-fitness <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-vary-the-kettlebell-snatch-test-for-all-around-fitness" 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/20140411/14535206792908321114561403747780n.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">You may have done the ten minute Secret Service Snatch Test. But have you tried mixing up the time frame or weight? </div></div></div><div> <span style="font-size:18px;">The <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/how-to-do-the-perfect-kettlebell-snatch" target="_blank">kettlebell snatch</a> is fairly technical, but not nearly as much as the Olympic lifting counterpart. If you know how to swing a kettlebell, then the snatch is all built off of that foundation. But this article is not so much about how to do the kettlebell snatch but what to do with it. </span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/3-ways-to-vary-the-kettlebell-snatch-test-for-all-around-fitness" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle kettlebells snatch Kettlebells Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Chet Morjaria 15736 at http://breakingmuscle.com 7 Exercises to Optimize Shoulder Health With Kettlebells http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/7-exercises-to-optimize-shoulder-health-with-kettlebells <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/kettlebells/7-exercises-to-optimize-shoulder-health-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/20140407/shutterstock112049762.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 shoulder is a dynamic and amazing joint and we need to keep it as strong, mobile, and stable as we possible can. </div></div></div><p><strong>With a background as a former orthopedic&nbsp;physical therapist, I&rsquo;ve treated many shoulder injuries throughout my career.&nbsp;</strong>I&rsquo;ve seen almost every shoulder pathology and dysfunction you could think of from major post-operative cases to sports-related or recreational injuries.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/7-exercises-to-optimize-shoulder-health-with-kettlebells" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle kettlebells shoulder impingement shoulder injury shoulders Kettlebells Mon, 07 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Becca Borawski 15161 at http://breakingmuscle.com The Armor Building Kettlebell Complex and 4 Other Beastly Strength Builders http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/the-armor-building-kettlebell-complex-and-4-other-beastly-strength-builders <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/kettlebells/the-armor-building-kettlebell-complex-and-4-other-beastly-strength-builders" 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/20140305/shutterstock150373421.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 fellow in great distress came to me through email and inquired as to which of my kettlebell complexes are best for the accruement of strength. </div></div></div><p class="rtecenter"><strong><em><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/subscribe" target="_blank">Sign up for the Breaking Muscle newsletter </a>and receive the free &quot;300 Swings a Day&quot; ebook for detailed instruction on the kettlebell swing.</em></strong></p> <p class="rtecenter">&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/the-armor-building-kettlebell-complex-and-4-other-beastly-strength-builders" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle kettlebell training kettlebells strength training workouts Kettlebells Mon, 17 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Becca Borawski 12961 at http://breakingmuscle.com Hardstyle, Girevoy, or CrossFit? How to Decide Which Kettlebell Style Is Best http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/hardstyle-girevoy-or-crossfit-how-to-decide-which-kettlebell-style-is-best <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/kettlebells/hardstyle-girevoy-or-crossfit-how-to-decide-which-kettlebell-style-is-best" 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/20140305/large.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 find it difficult to believe that a simple tool of strength can be used so differently. Here is an overview of their differences (though, there are also many similarities). </div></div></div><p>I am a student of strength. <strong>As such, I can see benefits of many different styles of kettlebell use</strong>. I try to take the good components from each school or at least see the different purposes. I have certainly seen heated discussions about the different styles and sometimes I find it difficult to believe that a simple tool of strength can be used so differently. My goal here is to give an overview of the different styles by pointing out the differences (though, there are also many similarities).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/hardstyle-girevoy-or-crossfit-how-to-decide-which-kettlebell-style-is-best" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle girevoy sport hardstyle kettlebell snatch kettlebell sport kettlebells Kettlebells Thu, 06 Mar 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Chet Morjaria 12941 at http://breakingmuscle.com 4 Reasons Why Everyone Should Participate in the Tactical Strength Challenge http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/4-reasons-why-everyone-should-participate-in-the-tactical-strength-challenge <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/kettlebells/4-reasons-why-everyone-should-participate-in-the-tactical-strength-challenge" 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/20140223/84718813229bdfc2b325o.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 StrongFirst Tactical Strength Challenge is based on functional and varied exercises that challenge an athlete's strength and endurance. Are you signed up? </div></div></div><p><strong>The StrongFirst <a href="http://tacticalstrengthchallenge.com" target="_blank">Tactical Strength Challenge</a> was started in 2002 by Pavel Tsatsouline.</strong> At the time, Pavel was looking for a way to help military and law enforcement operators test workplace performance, but the exercises involved are great for general fitness for everyone from military special forces operators to someone with a basic level of training.</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/4-reasons-why-everyone-should-participate-in-the-tactical-strength-challenge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle kettlebell training kettlebells Kettlebells Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Nicole Crawford 12241 at http://breakingmuscle.com Join the 300 Swings a Day Kettlebell Challenge and Burn an Extra 947 Calories a Day http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/join-the-300-swings-a-day-kettlebell-challenge-and-burn-an-extra-947-calories-a-day <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/kettlebells/join-the-300-swings-a-day-kettlebell-challenge-and-burn-an-extra-947-calories-a-day" 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/20140228/screenshot2014-02-28at60038pm.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">Introducing the 300 Swings a Day, 30-Day Kettlebell Challenge for those who want to blast fat, boost muscle, and build 'kettlebooty.' Are you in? </div></div></div><p class="rtecenter"><span style="color:#b22222;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><em><strong>Introducing the 300 Swings a Day, 30-Day Kettlebell Challenge for Those Who Want to Blast Fat, Boost Muscle, and Build &#39;Kettlebooty&#39;</strong></em></span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/join-the-300-swings-a-day-kettlebell-challenge-and-burn-an-extra-947-calories-a-day" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle kettlebell swing kettlebells Kettlebells Sat, 01 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Nicole Crawford 12631 at http://breakingmuscle.com How to Build a Super Solid Kettlebell Snatch (and Avoid the Dreaded Smack) http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/how-to-build-a-super-solid-kettlebell-snatch-and-avoid-the-dreaded-smack <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/kettlebells/how-to-build-a-super-solid-kettlebell-snatch-and-avoid-the-dreaded-smack" 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/20140218/teaser.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 kettlebells, the snatch is often the first lift that many people want to learn. But let’s start at the start and figure out what the snatch is, and how best to build it. </div></div></div><p>When it comes to kettlebells, the snatch is often the first lift that many people want to learn. The reason for this isn&rsquo;t clear to me. Perhaps it is that everyone thinks it is the hardest lift, as it is usually taught last to beginners.</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/how-to-build-a-super-solid-kettlebell-snatch-and-avoid-the-dreaded-smack" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle kettlebell clean kettlebell press kettlebell snatch kettlebell swing kettlebells Turkish get up Kettlebells Wed, 19 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Chet Morjaria 11876 at http://breakingmuscle.com 12 Sets of Advice on the Kettlebell Swing http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/12-sets-of-advice-on-the-kettlebell-swing <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/kettlebells/12-sets-of-advice-on-the-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/20140207/swing.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">Welcome to our collection of articles and videos on the humble kettlebells swing. Whether you want strength, speed, endurance, or fat loss, you are in the right place. </div></div></div><div> Welcome to our collection of articles and videos on the humble kettlebell swing. Seemingly a simple movement, there is more to the swing than meets the eye. <strong>Whether you want strengh, speed, endurance, or fat loss, you are in the right place</strong>. Take a look at these sets of tips on how to perform the perfect swing. You can also learn about the different types of swing, along with the benefits of each. And if that&#39;s not enough, you can even find information below on the biomechanics behind the &#39;bells. Happy swinging!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/12-sets-of-advice-on-the-kettlebell-swing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle kettlebell swing kettlebells Kettlebells Sat, 08 Feb 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Chet Morjaria 11091 at http://breakingmuscle.com 300 Swings a Day for Faster Fat Loss http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/300-swings-a-day-for-faster-fat-loss <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/kettlebells/300-swings-a-day-for-faster-fat-loss" 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/20140131/killingit-19s.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">Would you like a simple way to cut fat? If so, then let me tell you about the kettlebell swing, and specifically, about doing 300 swings per day, everyday, and without exception. </div></div></div><p><em>The following is a guest post by Pat Flynn of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chroniclesofstrength.com/" target="_blank">The Chronicles of Strength</a>:</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Would you like a simple way to cut fat?</strong> If so, then gather round and let me tell you this tale, it would do you none finer. It is about the <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/how-to-do-the-perfect-kettlebell-swing" target="_blank">kettlebell swing</a>, and specifically, about doing 300 kettlebell swings per day, everyday, and without exception.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/300-swings-a-day-for-faster-fat-loss" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle Kettlebells Tue, 04 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Becca Borawski 10596 at http://breakingmuscle.com How to Freshen Your Snatch http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/how-to-freshen-your-snatch <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/kettlebells/how-to-freshen-your-snatch" 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/20140121/killingit-32s.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">Nobody who ever went to college for the snatch, so far as I know, ever learned a thing about it. But surely the snatch can still be learned from somebody who knows his way around it, like myself. </div></div></div><p><em>The following is a guest post by Pat Flynn of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chroniclesofstrength.com/" target="_blank">The Chronicles of Strength</a>:</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/how-to-freshen-your-snatch" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle kettlebell snatch kettlebell swing kettlebells Kettlebells Tue, 21 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Chet Morjaria 9656 at http://breakingmuscle.com