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    I'd like to get a book on basic kettlebell training. I'm very new to kettlebells and have only used one once, but my gym (which has been pretty much closed for the past month for college vacation, grrrr) has kettlebells in a variety of sizes, and I'm itching to try them out. What books do you guys recommend? I'm thinking about "From Russia With Tough Love" or "Body Sculpting with Kettlebells for Women".


    Also, what brand of kettlebells are best? I used a gray MuscleDriver one in the workshop I went to.

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    Enter the Kettlebell. You can get teh book and dvd as a set here http://www.dragondoor.com/

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      My kettlebell instructor says that Dragon Door kettlebells are the "cadillac of kettlebells". They have a smoother handle to minimize calluses, and the handle size is the same regardless of the bell (lots of kettlebells will have small handles on the small bells, making it hard to do moves such as the bottoms-up press).


      If you can afford it, getting trained by a kettlebell instructor is the way to go for learning the bells. A good instructor will be constantly correcting your form in the beginning, preventing you from learning bad habits and really help to drive perfect form into your muscle memory.

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        Dragon Door kettlebells are top notch! The Muscle Driver bells aren't bad either.


        Buy the book and the DVD of "Enter the Kettlebell." Both are great references for newbies.


        Also, ditto to watch buffalo said. Try and get in with an instructor, it will help you a ton!

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          Just about everyone who promotes some sort of Kettlebell training will reference dragondoor.com. I'm looking at "The Art of Strength" for kettlebells, they look like they're pretty top knotch, but they sell the "beast" which is a hollow kettlebell that can be filled with "shot" or sand and be filled up to 150lbs. Not bad, just hope the handle is big enough. I have a 25lb one, and it's nice, but not big enough for 2 hands to grasp.

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            I have Ader kettlebells which I like. I found a set to be reasonably priced as well. They start at 9 lbs.

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              I bought a cheap 30 lb KB at a big box sporting goods store for around $50. I dropped it (oops!) and it broke into three pieces. At that point I decided to go with Dragon Door. The prices are not bad considering the quality, but the shipping was a killer! Anyhow, I'm a firm beliver in "ya get what ya pay for".

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                Wow, a kettlebell that broke? I'm always doing swings and such with mine and I've dropped it a few times so I need some damn good ones. KB's are expensive, but indeed they're worth the price, as long as you use them.

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                  I had a Power Systems 15lbs kettlebell break as well. I dropped it and the handle cracked in half.

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                    Get competition style bells (every weight is exactly the same size), everybody who tried them doesn't want to touch other bells anymore. Also, Steve Cotter has a very nice Book/DVD Combo, much better than that Dragondoor stuff. If one wants to get good at kettlebells, Pavel's stuff is IMO not the way to go...

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                      Longquan,


                      Just a quick question, why do you feel that Pavel's books are not good for kettlebells? I have 'Enter the kettlebell' and I quite like it, but I can;t judge as that is the only one I know...

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                        Annika - I got started in kettlebells using "From Russia with Tough Love" and I thought it was really helpful. It was good at breaking down the moves and providing photo's of the proper form etc. The book also provided other good info and a quick program to ease yourself into working with them.


                        I liked the book better than the video, but I tend to like video's I can actually do a routine with and "From Russia" was purely instructional. I think there are better video's out there that include both instruction and a routine.

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                          annika, this is really an open ended question. this really depends on what you want to accomplish in terms of your goals. kettlebells are THE BEST form of weightlifting/cardio/functional strength training you can possilbly do. now, i am not going to sit here and bash anyone on which kettlebell community you want to go with and which is bad and which one is wrong. all of them are probably a good choice if you train hard. i can advise you that the American Kettlebell Club is your best choice in MY opinion. of course, i affiliated myself with the AKC and i have a biased opinion on the matter. i have compared what dragon door can offer and what the AKC can offer to you in terms true kettlebell knowledge and there is no doubt the AKC knows kettlebells better than anyone. if you are looking for improving your athletic capasity and "walking strength" definetly train with kettlebells AKC style. dragon door considers themselves as being "hard style" which means you go as fast as you can with no stopping. kettlebells are not going to make you "look" better, however, they will make you "perform" better. kettlebells works the inside of the body , the joints/ligaments/ and tendons. its the stuff you cant see in the body that it works , not so much the muscles that you do see. tell me what you exact location is city/state and i will put you in touch directly with a certified AKC trainer to show you everything you need to learn about the beauty of the greatest training tool available!

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                            Firstly, I would recommend a competition kettlebell. If you get the KB "bug" you will, in time, want to go heavier. Competition kettlebells are uniform in size, so all the work you do to develop good technique gets wated when you suddenly use a kettlebell of a different size.


                            Another important consideration is, are you simply adding a kettlebell to existing training or are you looking to spend some time really exploring the KB as a stand alone method.


                            To keep it on context, my training consists of Kettlebells and bodywieght exclusively. The methods I use have allowed me to drop 10lbs in the last year whilst getting consistently stronger at the age of 47.


                            I work with Steve Cotter and can tell you, if you are looking for an integrated, sustainable system i would recommend his Book and DVDs.


                            http://www.fullkontact.com/


                            As for the kettlebell, buy the best you can afford, look for a polished handle, comp KB, and avoid anything that is rubber coated!


                            Cheers


                            Rannoch

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                              Annika, I have some kettlebell video's I'd sell you at a much lower price if you're interested. I've got some Steve Cotter one's and maybe the "From Russia with Tough Love" (though I vaguely recall a guy might have bought it at a rummage sale, possibly thinking it was a porno due to the title). Also a couple others. If curious, you can email my gmail acct using "musajen" (musajen at gmail dot com).

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