Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Without the Dishonor of Aerobics

Thanks to Mich for suggesting this book to me. I ordered it from the library then had to return it because it was on hold for someone else and forgot about it until one of my climbing partners mentioned it.

This book had me cracking up:

The kettlebell delivers extreme all-around fitness. All-purpose strength. Staying power. Flexibility. Fat loss without the dishonor of aerobics. (1)

My kettlebell clean seems to be a bit better since I've been reading the book. Passages that helped with the kettlebell clean:

It is important to keep some tension in your glutes -- pinch a coin -- to protect your back. Also keep some braced tension in your abs. (92)

Your arm should completely -- and loosely!-- straighten out at the time the kettlebell is behind you. Now you should look like a witch riding a broomstick...(95)

Senior RKC Mike Mahler compares the final stage of the clean to an uppercut: "Focus on getting your hand around the bell rather than letting the bell flip over and smack you. As the bell passes waist level, imagine that you are doing an uppercut and get your hand around the bell. Make a fist at the top to get the bell in line with you." (98)
Now, who wants to loan me their Enter the Kettlebell DVD? I promise that I'll take good care of it and return it quickly. Please...


  1. MS. Bad MJ,

    That phrase amuses me every time. :)

  2. Got another book recommendation: Kettlebell Rx by Jeff Martone. Very thorough; less schtick and more info than ETK.

  3. Mich,

    Thanks for the rec. Can't wait to get my hands on Kettlebell Rx...