Friday, May 30, 2008

Tom Smith

A kettlebell blog.  I'm thinking of buying some.  They do seem to provide an excellent workout, and you can do one in very little time.  But you have to be very careful about technique, as you can really hurt your back if you do it wrong.

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Tom Smith


We've put together a bunch of kettlebell videos here:

And a list of kettlebell gyms here.


Posted by: Lift Kettlebells | May 30, 2008 11:36:17 AM

Kettlebells are great - highly recommended. As for technique; that's important every time you move. You can hurt your back just as easily when picking a pencil off the floor.

Posted by: Scott | May 31, 2008 4:29:24 PM


I got one about 6 weeks ago and really like it. Maybe I'm using it incorrectly, but the workout seems like an interval (HIIT) routine. Swing kb for 90 seconds and watch HR go to 170. Anyway, I dropped the blubber I wanted and am moving on to something else now (Rippetoe's Starting Strength). I want to be ready once Leiter or someone starts ranking law profs by 1RM on the squat.

I never felt the kettlebell pull my back, and I've pulled my back pretty badly twice before. Once was picking up my then six month old daughter, and once was bending down to avoid disrupting someone videotaping Stanley Fish. Get some decent instruction, keep your chest up with the swings and cleans, and you should be fine.

If you have a gym (e.g., at USD) you might want to see if you can try one there. My school's gym (William and Mary) recently put some in. One reason is just to try it before you buy it. The things aren't cheap, especially if you get them shipped. The other reason is that you might move past your first kettlebell pretty quickly. I bought a 35 lb one, which felt plenty heavy when I got it, but now I'd probably want a 44 lb one (if I wasn't squatting three times a week). So, you might want to go to the gym and work yourself past the 35 lb size.

Posted by: Eric Chason | May 31, 2008 8:03:43 PM

I've got three sets of kettlebells, which I've had for a few years now. I like them a lot for workouts, particularly for high-rep swings, one-handed snatches and one-handed screw pressed. Definitely a good tool to have to add some variety to your workouts.

I really like Mike Mahler's programs, and have been to one of his seminars - you should check him out for some good instructions on form and technique as well. Here's his website: FWIW, I personally think Pavel's books are overpriced for the amount of info you get.

Posted by: CJS | Jun 3, 2008 11:41:32 AM