I found this article very humorous and I felt a need to share it among any weight trainers in the AoM community. While it does have a few weak but valid points, I can't help my smile through it! My problem is that I do not know if this is legitimate or a joke. My reaction follows the article...
"1. Too Dangerous
As of yet, there are no kettlebells rigged up to a machine that will save you from hurting yourself. You've got to support the kettlebell's weight all by yourself -- without a chair to sit on. You could drop the kettlebell on your foot -- or worse, your head. And if you hurt yourself, who are you going to blame?
2. It's Just a Fad
Don't worry, next year there will be some other trendy gadget to replace kettlebells. It's all advertising hype. All the results people are getting is just the placebo effect.
3. Too Much Concentration
Can't watch TV while doing it. Can't read a book. Can't talk on your cell phone, either, while training with kettlebells. These things are important to help you disengage from your body so that you can endure the boredom of meaningless exercise.
4. Too Ugly
Usually just black cast iron. Dull, not shiny. There are no 'designer-style' kettlebells that look really good sitting around your house. To make them interesting, you have to go to the trouble to paint them yourself.
5. Too Old-Fashioned
Kettlebells are several hundred years old, and still, no one has made improvements to them. With all the modern technology available, why would you want to miss out on all that science and late night infomercials can offer?
6. Will Hurt Your Low Back
Don't believe all the lies from the many, many people who claim that learning to swing a kettlebell cured their low back pain. Have you seen these guys & gals swinging those heavy things? Common sense says that's got to hurt your back.
7. Everybody's Not Doing It
If they were so good, the government would have told us they were important and put them in all the schools. The elite athletes and special military forces that used them wouldn't be so secretive, or so afraid of losing their reputations by admitting they use kettlebells.
8. Too Much Learning
You can't just pick one up and start slinging it around -- that is, unless you like orthopedic surgery. You have to actually learn many things about how to use your body to be stronger, more athletic, and more resilient. Public schools would have made us learn all this if it was really important.
9. Too Embarrassing
What if someone saw you? Can you imagine what you would look like swinging that cast iron ball between your legs? Thrusting your hips like that? Grunting with 'power breathing'? Over and over again? It's just not something for polite company.
10. Too Challenging
Think about this a minute -- kettlebells are claimed to work strength, cardio, AND flexibility at the same time. Aren't we already stressed out enough multi-tasking so much? Every move with the kettlebell requires whole body integration. Don't you think that's overdoing it? Asking way too much?
11. Too Intense
Your heart rate will soar in only a few minutes. You won't last but 10 or 15 minutes. Getting your workout done in so short a time may make it hard for you to get out of finally getting around to cleaning up that cluttered garage.
12. Hand Damage
There is no rubber padding on the kettlebell handle, so you might get a callus . . . or worse, a blister. You are forced to learn to handle the kettlebell properly to avoid bleeding hands and that rough, gravelly handshake.
13. Reduces Your Credibility
Kettlebells are so convenient, portable, space-saving and time-savng, it's just too hard to convince someone else that you have good reasons for being out of shape.
14. Too Hard
Kettlebells make you sweat. They are heavy. They make you sweat -- alot. Your hair might get mussed up. Might have to breathe hard. Did I mention they make you sweat? Why put up with that?
15. Too Much Like Bruce
You may hear that kettlebells forge a body that's more like Bruce Lee, rather than Arnold Schwarzenegger. I'm not sure why they think all of us would want to be so short or have slanty eyes.
17. They Came from Russia
Why some people admire the Russians I have no idea. The only reason their athletes used to whoop our tails is because of steroids and compulsory training from an early age. The only reason Russia's soldiers were so tough is because they were born and raised in the hardships of a backward, communism-ruined country. Because they used kettlebells had nothing to do with it.
When Americans went into space, the astronauts realized that they couldn’t write upside-down with a pen in no-gravity outer space. NASA spent a million dollars to develop a pen that would write upside down, without gravity. Isn't that great?
What did the Russians do? They used a pencil!
I've been using them for a couple months and they're a God-send.
Now my reaction:
1) If the KB drops on your foot, that blows, but you should be careful in the first place. We're not made of glass, but blood, muscle and bone that has endured for thousands of years. As for being smacked in the head, that's plain irresponsible and clumsy.
2) I'm glad people are catching on this piece of equipment and are realizing how effective it is. Sure there will always be trends that live and die but you can't beat classics.
3) To get the best results, one must concentrate on their movements. KBs are damn fun too. I can practically make up my own moves.
4) Aesthetics are purely subjective and have no impact on performance, therefore, is not a valid argument to review a piece fitness equipment. Personally, I like how my KBs look. What man or woman doesn't want to look bad-ass swinging around a cannonball?
5) It's age lives up to its practicality. If it didn't work, it would not have lasted.
6) So far, no lower back problems. In fact, I'm experiencing less with proper form.
7) Barbells and plain running are good too but I don't hear my government preaching it. It's not their place anyway.
8) I just picked it up and slung it around. I was sore the next day, yes, but I learned to keep my damned back straight. Practice makes perfect. If your philosophy was applied universally, we'd just be fat asses with fingers.
9) Wait until they see you in a year after swinging that hunk of iron around. Also, the developed hip-thrusting power comes in handy in bed. Put in your ear plugs, kids.
10) I'll bet there isn't a single human being who has gotten in shape from lifting a 2lb dumbell in front of the TV, sipping some Dew. You have to bring it to win it.
11) The intensity is the whole point. I agree, there are some whose hearts cannot take it, but with time and effort, they can.
12) You're not meant to hold the KB in a death-grip. This is a result of improper form, again.
13) Some validity, though I won't dignify this one with a counter-argument. It was already said.
14) This again? See counter-argument 10.
15) I'm starting to think this article was a joke.
16) Houston, we're missing a point...
17) Political ideology has no relation to physical fitness. The last anecdote I always find hilarious. It's further proof that old Russian ingenuity still compares to all else.
I've done the mace and indian clubs and love them. Haven't tried kettle's mainly due to price tag, but want to. . . alot.
Yes the price tags are high for a lump of iron but they're worth every penny. I had some spare birthday cash that the bank didn't suck up yet so I got them at a hardware store... I also remember impulse buying a big bag of jerky to get my protein intake up a bit for the KBs!
I have yet to try indian clubs. I have made my own mace by taking a tree limb, whittling a good handle and wrapping chain around the end. It's fun. Need more weight? Add more chain. I could do a smaller version for a club...
Yeah I made a mace and clubs for about $30 with some threaded rods and some small weight plates
My immediate reaction to the article is that it was meant to be a joke, even somewhat satirical. It pokes fun at the huge part of the fitness industry that seeks to sell useless machines or programs to gullible people who want to find an easy way to get fit.
Good catch on #16!
Rereading it, I see it too. I was somewhat offended by the first few points that I believe my critique's esprit didn't kick in fully. I also just finished a KB routine. T was flowing. I admit, it made me irrationally irritated.
Upon reflection, the satire is more understandable. Thank you for pointing that out.
So I wanted the opinion of someone who has actually done kettle before:
http://kettlebellsworkouts.com/ is a great reasource for getting started with kettlebells. I only recently started after reading Brett's article on the subject. To answer your original post in your group:
So I found this online and it looks decent. Although I am a little concerned with the amount of body rocking he is doing. I was allays taught the you wanted to keep you body as still as possible while lifting to better target the muscle. But I've never done Kettle so maybe it is different. Any that has done have any thoughts,
Yes, it is different for specific exercises, especially the swinging exercises. Many kettlebell exercises are designed to work the core and posterior chain in a synergistic fasion. The base of most exercises is the swing. Holding the kettlebell with both hands, lower the kettlebell between your legs and swing up to about shoulder level. But when doing the exercise, your shoulders and arms are not doing the work. It's designed to work your glutes, hamstrings, and lower back. Use your hips to explosively propel the KB upward (or as Brett eloquently puts it, hump the air). Let it swing back between your legs, and repeat. You can also do it one-handed to put more work on your core to maintain balance. Most (but not all) KB exercises are based on this principle. The swing is used for the clean and press, the snatch, high pull, etc. Squats, lunges, deadlifts, etc. would be exceptions.
Thanks for the clarification, I'm looking forward to getting my hands on some kettles
The article was certainly meant to be funny, but one of the first few points reinforce why I've never tried them:
You need training in them or you can hurt yourself. Being too poor to hire a trainer and not knowing anyone who uses them I'll keep my plain vanilla weights thank you very much!
Hah! It sounds like in infomercial. Great satirical humor in it. I can just imagine the Incompetence takes if I were to actually see someone following these guidelines to selling a useless machine.