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Old 06-07-2005, 11:26 AM   #1
Dave Campbell
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I recently purchased an adjustable kettlebell (kettlestack) and just started "playing" with it. I loaded up 35 lbs and did 10 presses with each hand. It felt much heavier than a 35 lb. DB. I look forward to gaining more experience and increasing the weight. Anyone have any brief (10-15 minutes) workouts using the kettlebell? I was thinking of swings, snatches, and C&J's and was going to use this WO to supplement Crossfit. I have to imagine the forearms are zapped after a few rounds with a kettlebell.}
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Old 06-07-2005, 11:38 AM   #2
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Did you get the one from Ironmind, or U.S. kettlebells?

I'm thinking of getting the U.S. Kettlebell adjustable KB. It comes with a Pavel DVD or for $20 more, a Mike Mahler DVD.

Bill F.: Any thoughts?
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Old 06-07-2005, 01:11 PM   #3
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I purchased from www.kettlestack.com. It's basically a handle and you supply the weights (small hole barbell weights), so shiping is super cheap ($5 for priority).
I really liked the design of the US kettleball, but I'm cheap and I couldn't see paying $50 shipping. I got the handle with shipping for $74 (I bought the mid-upgrade). I'll probably buy another soon. It appears to be well built.
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Old 06-07-2005, 01:50 PM   #4
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The U.S. KB is the only adjustable KB that you can really use like a real KB.

IMO the plateloaders go from OK for some things like swings and pressing (Kettlestack, Ironwoody) to useless for anything but swings (Ironmind, PDA).

For a workout:

10 1 arm swings each arm
10 2 KB cleans
10 snatches each arm
10 2 KB presses
10 front squats w/ 2 KBs

x2-3 depending (oh yeah - don't put them down the whole wrokout)

snatches right
pullups
snatches left
dips

do tabata style 20 secs work/rest 10

8 rounds is studly with a 24kg KB

Bill
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Old 06-07-2005, 05:14 PM   #5
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I have the Kettlestack and love it. I have no room and live in Japan so having a "real" Bell is not really an option due to cost and space. I will probably get another one soon so I can do more with it.
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Old 06-07-2005, 07:40 PM   #6
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I like the kettlestack, I got one just for portability. I really like the KBOV I got from PDA, though. That was the first KB I tried, I think there is some kind of imprinting that makes you partial to the first one you try. Both are very easy to snatch with a stack of identical plates in the middle. I got one cast one, they're great. The only ones I really don't like so far are the sardine key type like Ironmind makes.
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Old 06-07-2005, 08:08 PM   #7
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I love my kettlebells, everyone should know that by now :-)

I started out with some dodgy homemade versions of the kettlestack and hated them but from what i've seen the kettlestacks are about 95% of the way to being a "real" kettlebell and if I had to travel somewhere and couldn't take my KBs (god Forbid!) then i'd buy one handle to take to gyms with me.

I wouldn't toss them and might avoid high rep snatches but that would be about it.

For workouts just do a quick browse or search through dragondoor and look for posts by the senior RKCs and other knowledgeable members like Bill or *cough* me *cough*

I'm a big fan of kettlebell complexes like

swing, clean, snatch (1 rep) x 5-10 each hand
Swing, clean, press
Swing, clean, squat, press

Or straight out crossfit stuff like

Squat x 5
snatch 10/10
run 200 m

Repeat 3-5 times

Hmmm what else

3-5 reps 3-5 sets 3-5 exercises as heavy as possible followed up with

5-10 sets of swings
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Old 06-08-2005, 11:23 AM   #8
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Great responses!
If I was to get the US KB with a video, which one?
Pavel or Mahler? The Pavel DVD is The Russian Kettlebell Challenge and the Mahler is Agressive Strength.

Curious.
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Old 06-08-2005, 01:06 PM   #9
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If you have zero instruction and haven't touched a KB before get the Pavel. If you've used KBs before and think you're mechanics are OK get the mahler.
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Old 06-08-2005, 03:25 PM   #10
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Ron,

I have both Pavel's RKC and Mahler's Aggressive Strength...I differ from Bill on this one. I think Mahler's covers the basic exercises more in depth and includes a wider range of whole body exercises.
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