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The quick spread and breakout of popularity has to do with the general mindset shift of Western training to a more Eastern training and fitness. In the West people have always trained to "look good" by isolating certain muscles i.e. bicep curls and machines that focus on a specific muscle, in contrast a Eastern regime is more functionally geared and involves ...


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The kettlebell craze is not about the tool, it's about the movements. The most basic movement with a kettlebell is swinging it between your legs, both as an exercise of its own, the kettlebell swing, and to enable high repetition full body exercises to get some really good cardio during your resistance training. Also, this movement is excellent training for ...


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I've had a very similar pain after doing an intense dumbbell circuit that heavily taxed my forearms. Towards the end of the workout I got a sharp pain while doing barbell front raises -the stress is very similar on your grip/forearm as a kettlebell swing. So most likely this is an overuse injury which causes the tendon to get inflamed. From personal ...


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I assume you mean kettlebells. Kettlebell swings are a great full body exercise that involves explosive extending of the hips. Strengthening this group of muscles (the posterior chain) is important for running.


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Your questions 1) Is there a "typical use" for kettlebells? Yes. Kettlebells are most commonly used to mimic olympic style lifts. There are some unique movements and many advanced athletes use kettlebells for conditioning drills. If you are really interested in this than you can look around your area for Kettlebell training classes or seminars. ...


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Kettlebells can be great assistance work in the world of strength training, so they should be placed after the main lifts in your routine. Use them for mobility: halos and windmills. For the windmills, you are looking for light weights to help strengthen the rotator cuff muscles. Use them for conditioning: swings, cleans, and snatches are good ...


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Can you lift that 16Kg-kb at least once? Then you should get a 12 Kg bell, it's going to feel a lot lighter. Assuming you can lift it once, you could also just push yourself with 16 Kg. Working your way up from sets of 1 rep each is perfectly possible, but it will take longer. Safety comes from concentration, tension and proper breathing. You should be able ...


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Go smaller. Don't risk injury. And I suspect, although, I have no proof, that a one-handed 8kg bell will be harder to do than a two-handed 16kg bell.


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It would change the movement completely. like using dumbbell vs barbell. One handed would bring in more little stabilizing muscles and it would allow more development of your weaker side. While 2H would be better to develop base strength as you have more control.


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First, let's get some terminology out of the way. In order to be a kettlebell, I would require the tool to be one solid piece of metal. Adjustable kettlebell substitutes are apparently called "T-handles" instead. The model pictured above has an actual handle, whereas homemade versions may just be designed to grab on to a straight stick of pipe. They work for ...


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Any proper weight training program will help 'toning up' and weight loss. For a better run time a lot is dependent on the type of run (long/short distance) and what is holding you back from improving through running itself. To be a better runner, you have to run - you might consider doing sprints (Tabata protocol or any that fit your needs) for endurance ...


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See a doctor, physical therapist, physician's assistant or kettlebell instructor. (Or all of the above, preferably.) Get your specific medical issue addressed. Fix whatever form issues you have, whether related to the pain or not. Without attempting to diagnose you over the internet via a one-sentence description of your problem, I'd bet that you have some ...


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It seems to me that your getting a tennis elbow. You get this by loading your elbow too hard too long. In short it means inflammation of the elbow and the surrounding muscles... In my opinion you should let your elbow rest and keep it cool as much as you can. Also you should consider taking a light anti-inflammation medicin. You should really feel a ...


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You can use a 1 rep max calculator to help you figure out how much weight you'd need in order to make 1 or 2 reps with 16kg. So if you do 1 rep with 16, you should do 10 reps with 12. That way you can make a training choice between high weight, low rep and low weight, high rep. Remember, form is critical in strength training and a rep only counts if it is ...


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I would recommend a kettlebell class or a personal trainer - depending on your needs. The kettlebell is a tool like any other workout equipment. The idea is to incorporate it within your current program (if you have one) and ensure the program is in tune with your goals (if you have those set). Feeling 'sore' the next day is a good sign that you're ...



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