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  • Weirdly intimidated by heavy kettlebells...

    Well not super heavy ones... just ones 16kg and over.

    Not sure if I can explain it... but I feel sort of reluctant to use kettlebells over 12kg (although I used a 16kg one for awhile today) (btw I do CrossFit). The recommended weight for women is usually 20kg... and I just can NOT see myself ever swinging a 20kg kettlebell!

    However, I'm not intimidated by using a 20kg bar and lifting it above my head... just the kettlebell. It's weird.

    Any advice??! (I feel like a kettlebell phobic :P).

    The stupid thing is, I used 12kg kettlebells my very first session (almost 3 months ago), and I've gone up in all my other weights... but really just feel nervous at trying heavier kettlebells. It's stupid...

  • #2
    *yanks up britches* YOU GET OUT THERE AND YOU PICK THAT 'BELL UP AND YOU SWING IT! YOU SWING IT GOOD! REAL GOOD! LIKE YOU MEAN IT! LIKE YOU'RE GONNA SHOW IT WHO'S BOSS!

    does that help?
    beautiful
    yeah you are

    Baby if you time travel back far enough you can avoid that work because the dust won't be there. You're too pretty to be working that hard.
    lol

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    • #3
      Remember the kettlebell swing is a great exercise, but you need to safely challenge yourself. You are paying a lot for crossfit, get your money's worth! I swing the 20k one handed and the 22k 2 handed.
      Primal since 4/7/2012

      Starting weight 140
      Current weigh 126

      www.jenniferglobensky.blogspot.com

      Jennifer

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      • #4
        I wouldn't sweat it.

        Half the people swinging the big ones are not even doing it right anyway.

        Focus on form and go at your own speed i say.
        2010 - 5,11 and 101KG

        2012 - 5,11 and 77KG

        Train hard, eat well and love life

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        • #5
          Thanks for the advice . I think I'll try and take it one step at a time and not even look at that scary 20kg one for awhile yet! I need to get comfortable with the good old 16... (and rely on the trusty 12 when I need it!!).

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          • #6
            I've had the same mental block. Grab a heavier kettlebell for a WOD and use it as long as you can, then switch to a lighter kettlebell. Also, your grip might be the issue, so chalk your hands so the sweat doen't affect it.

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            • #7
              wow, I feel kind of weak now haha. 20kg is recommended for women? I use 12 kg for 2 armed swings and sumo deadlift high pulls, and 10 kg for one-armed swings. I even go as low as 8 if we're doing minute rounds (so really high reps).

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              • #8
                Is there a trainer you could pull aside for 30minutes or so to check out your form and go over progressions?
                SixStringStrength.com

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                • #9
                  Good advice JennGlob, Thanks. I also swing the 20k one handed and the 22k 2 handed.

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                  • #10
                    Since you do crossfit you're probably doing American swings, completely vertical lockout. To become more comfortable with heavier weights stay after the wod and do a few sets of Russian swings with 1 pood/1.5 pood. These you only have to swing them parallel with the ground, about as high as your eyes. My gym just got a 100lber and I can tell you it's helped me get way more comfortable with the 2 pood weight for WODs.

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                    • #11
                      The "American" swing has always just looked dangerous to me, and not in a good, challenging way. More of a "you're asking for an injury" way.

                      The snatch is the ballistic to get the kettlebell overhead.

                      Jason

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                      • #12
                        You are intimidated with good reason, incalculable forces placing great stress on the tendons and joints, potential ligament binding and rotator cuff problems.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by JimmyDamage View Post
                          Since you do crossfit you're probably doing American swings, completely vertical lockout. To become more comfortable with heavier weights stay after the wod and do a few sets of Russian swings with 1 pood/1.5 pood. These you only have to swing them parallel with the ground, about as high as your eyes. My gym just got a 100lber and I can tell you it's helped me get way more comfortable with the 2 pood weight for WODs.
                          That's the way I learned them. I think it's better for you biomechanically and does wonderful things to your core muscles.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by d-roc
                            Why can't the forces be calculated?
                            Do you know exactly how fast you are swinging the Kettlebell ?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by OldSchhool View Post
                              You are intimidated with good reason, incalculable forces placing great stress on the tendons and joints, potential ligament binding and rotator cuff problems.
                              None of that should occur. The hams, glutes and core are the drivers of the swing. The low back is not used to perform the swing, nor are the shoulders. I had major rotator cuff repair and lumbar surgery (none from the gym), and I can swing just fine. Like anything else it's how they're done, usually wrong, that causes problems.

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