Kettlebells http://breakingmuscle.com/taxonomy/term/1702/%2A en The 5 Deadliest Kettlebell Sins http://breakingmuscle.com/kettlebells/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="/kettlebells/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/kettlebells/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-what-the-hell-effect-how-the-swing-improves-everything <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/kettlebells/the-what-the-hell-effect-how-the-swing-improves-everything" 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-what-the-hell-effect-how-the-swing-improves-everything" 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/why-one-hand-swings-are-king <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/kettlebells/why-one-hand-swings-are-king" 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/why-one-hand-swings-are-king" 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-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://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-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/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 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://img2.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201501/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><!--paging_filter--><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/starting-with-kbs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/kettlebells/starting-with-kbs" 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/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><!--paging_filter--><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/starting-with-kbs" 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://img4.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><!--paging_filter--><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://img5.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><!--paging_filter--><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://img5.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><!--paging_filter--><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://img9.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><!--paging_filter--><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://img8.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201501/shutterstock117036262_2.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><!--paging_filter--><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