A rather shocked delivery man knocks on the door and hands me a package much heavier than he anticipated- the dreaded kettlebells have arrived!
Its been a good month since I have used them, so I will take it easy and go through the basics of handling and using them again.
Kettlebells must have your absolute respect, if not, you face hurting yourself in a serious way rather rapidly.
Imagine your standard cannon shot from the 19th century; weld a handle onto it, and then start bodybuilding using them as your main source of resistance. Welcome to the kettlebell experience. It will change your life.
Things to remember:
you need to be in pretty good overall shape before you start using these things. And I mean pretty good overall shape : your core muscles need to be prepared for all body usage. Kettlebells are NOT like working out at a gym.
you need to start SLOWLY, or you will tweak some of your smaller muscles and possibly do some major damage that will take quite some time to heal. I overstretched my knee a month ago by not warming up properly and I still have to be very careful when I start to exercise ( and I am 43)
there is a conceptual understanding of how to exercise which is very important to grasp before you start; that is, our goal is to turn each excercise into as total a body experience as possible.
think of this kind of exercise as a blend of yoga and intense muscle contraction, and you will be on the way to understanding what this is all about.
I suggest that you read this book before you start, and master these two exercises: the single arm pushup, and the single leg squat.
the wha? and the whaaa?
Read on next time!