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    My name is Rae, I kettlebell and I have fibro

    [chorus of "Hi Rae"]

    We got our first set of KBs at Big 5 (think Kmart of sporting goods), but they are solid cast iron. Unfortunately, the heaviest is 20lbs, so that is what I'm using now. I started some arm work with the 5 lbs, and quickly decided as I skipped through the 10 and 15 lbs bells, that I should have just got a single KB to start with *sigh*

    I can do what I call single presses - start with the bell on my shoulder in the "racked" position, push straight up, and return. I do 10 of them with the 20 lb bell, and consider that a good set! I might be able to do 2 sets on a good day. I also do KB swings - I love swings - two handed, usually, and I'll do 3 or 4 sets of 20 swings.

    I have done one set of KB swings using a bag of kitty litter (it has a handle on it). I weighed the bag, and it was 33 lbs. So, I think I'm ready for a KB that size now. This brings up my actual point - yes, getting good quality bells is very important, as they will last longer/feel better in your hands/behave correctly, and will probably be accurately weighted. However, before you buy one/some, pick up a few things in that weight range and give it a go first.

    Our son does "KB" swings using his baby daughter in her car/carrier seat (about 27 lbs, I think)... not that I'd recommend that to everyone, but just to point out that you can get a little creative while determining your KB sweet spot.

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    I like either Product: First Place Competition Kettlebells or Kettlebells - VF ProGrade - World Kettlebell Club Store

    It took a while to get to the point I could do a 10 minute set, but it is possible. I'm also in my 40's, so you can do it! Can't wait to read the post after you start swinging!

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    Okay, I couldn't resist. . .

    Oh kettle ball, oh kettle ball,
    Tabata sprints are awesome,
    My heart rate's up, I cannot breathe,
    Just three more reps, I grit my teeth.
    Oh kettle ball, oh kettle ball,
    The pain I feel? Exquisite.

    Oh kettle ball, oh kettle ball,
    Too loose a grip Is frightsome.
    I swing you high, I swing you low,
    I push you up, and do mid-rows,
    Oh kettle ball, oh kettle ball,
    I focus hard, it's worth it.

    Oh kettle ball, oh kettle ball,
    You make me look so toothsome.
    My muscles bulge, my skin is tight,
    I look so hot, I will ignite.
    Oh kettle ball, oh kettle ball,
    Thanks go to you, no bullsh*t.



    Edit: Sorry for the language at the end, alternate endings were weak....
    I'm sexy now, I'll admit.
    I am no longer unfit.
    Last edited by lissee; 10-14-2012 at 12:56 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lissee View Post
    Okay, I couldn't resist. . .

    Oh kettle ball, oh kettle ball,
    Tabata sprints are awesome,
    My heart rate's up, I cannot breathe,
    Just three more reps, I grit my teeth.
    Oh kettle ball, oh kettle ball,
    The pain I feel? Exquisite.

    Oh kettle ball, oh kettle ball,
    Too loose a grip Is frightsome.
    I swing you high, I swing you low,
    I push you up, and do mid-rows,
    Oh kettle ball, oh kettle ball,
    I focus hard, it's worth it.

    Oh kettle ball, oh kettle ball,
    You make me look so toothsome.
    My muscles bulge, my skin is tight,
    I look so hot, I will ignite.
    Oh kettle ball, oh kettle ball,
    Thanks go to you, no bullsh*t.



    Edit: Sorry for the language at the end, alternate endings were weak....
    I'm sexy now, I'll admit.
    I am no longer unfit.
    This is great. I sang this to my pt this morning. He loved it. He would love to see it on utube or something.

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    Our Y is doing kettlebell classes starting next month, so I signed up. I can do the regular 2 handed swing, but I want somebody to show me how to do other moves. I just can't seem to get it with a video. I can swing a 15 pounder with 2 hands, but I have to go way smaller if I use one hand. I don't have fibro (or at least haven't been diagnosed as such), but I do have problems with trigger points and muscle aches that come an go for no apparent reason. Right now I don't have any KBs of my own and use the ones in our fitness center at work. They only go up to 20 lbs.

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    Thanks everyone! RaeVynn and KimT it means so much to know there are people with fibro out there able to exercise. I can do this! Lissee I love the song! I will never be able to kettlebell now without it in my head. That is great! Now you need to put it on youtube for phigment I really appreciate all the information. I will keep you updated on my progress
    You know all those things you have always wanted to do? You should go do them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lissee View Post
    Okay, I couldn't resist. . .

    Oh kettle ball, oh kettle ball,
    Tabata sprints are awesome,
    My heart rate's up, I cannot breathe,
    Just three more reps, I grit my teeth.
    Oh kettle ball, oh kettle ball,
    The pain I feel? Exquisite.

    Oh kettle ball, oh kettle ball,
    Too loose a grip Is frightsome.
    I swing you high, I swing you low,
    I push you up, and do mid-rows,
    Oh kettle ball, oh kettle ball,
    I focus hard, it's worth it.

    Oh kettle ball, oh kettle ball,
    You make me look so toothsome.
    My muscles bulge, my skin is tight,
    I look so hot, I will ignite.
    Oh kettle ball, oh kettle ball,
    Thanks go to you, no bullsh*t.



    Edit: Sorry for the language at the end, alternate endings were weak....
    I'm sexy now, I'll admit.
    I am no longer unfit.
    Love it....
    I Kettlebell therefore I am.

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    Enter the Kettlebell suggests that the average woman start off with a 18lb kettlebell and the average man start out with a 35lb. I have purchased mine from amazon. I will have to look but you can get them for less than $1/pound shipped, which was cheaper than any of the places that I checked around here.
    Male, 32y, 6'0" tall
    SW 306lbs (6/1/12)
    CW 244lbs (1/17/13)

    BP down from 120/80 to 110/74

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    BTW, Walmart online does sell the CAP Cast Iron kettlebells too. You can get them delivered to you local store for free.

    Here is a pretty good deal for starting out.....

    3-Piece Cast Barbell Iron Kettlebell Set - Walmart.com

    or

    3-Piece Cast Iron Kettlebell Set - Walmart.com

    Both sets are just over a $1 per pound, but no shipping cost if to store. I bought the second set for my wife and daughter....
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    I would encourage you to follow the advice of those who say to find a coach or trainer who knows what s/he is doing. You can jack yourself up right good with kettle bells!

    I would recommend a good set of iron/steel bells as well. I like Lifeline - a bit pricier, but made in North America and very well constructed.

    As others have said, starting with the 18lb bell would be good, too.

    Good luck!

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