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Old 07-18-2012, 01:04 PM   #1
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2-KB Thruster Vs Barbell Thruster

Hey everyone,

Just wanted to know your thoughts. I have an impingement in my shoulder and for me to lift overhead with the bar is difficult. Going up it is fine, but when I come back down to the rack position, there is the pain from the impingement. Now, when I use two 44#KB for thrusters, I am fine. My question, which is more heavier to do? I mean, with the 95# barbell, the weight is distributed over the full bar, where as with the KB's, all the weight is on my forearms. Now, although it is lighter than 95#, it feels like using the KB's are heavier for me. Is this true for everyone else or am I just crazy?

Thanks for your thoughts.
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Old 07-18-2012, 01:41 PM   #2
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Re: 2-KB Thruster Vs Barbell Thruster

You're not crazy. It's much easier to stabilize a bar than the same weight in two kettle bells.

I'm not an expert, but I think it's partly the balance of the bar, and partly how using a bar lets your back and core muscles engage more effectively.

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Old 07-18-2012, 02:29 PM   #3
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Re: 2-KB Thruster Vs Barbell Thruster

Jeff Martone has some kettlebell subs for CrossFit benchmarks in his Kettlebell Rx book and his sub for 95 pound barbell thrusters is two 36 pound kettlebells. That seems about right to me.

The sub for 135 pound cleans on Elizabeth is two 72 pound kettlebells, which is heavier but this makes sense because the weight isn't going overhead where stabilizing isn't such a challenge.
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Re: 2-KB Thruster Vs Barbell Thruster

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Jeff Martone has some kettlebell subs for CrossFit benchmarks in his Kettlebell Rx book and his sub for 95 pound barbell thrusters is two 36 pound kettlebells. That seems about right to me.

The sub for 135 pound cleans on Elizabeth is two 72 pound kettlebells, which is heavier but this makes sense because the weight isn't going overhead where stabilizing isn't such a challenge.
Jeff was my KB Coach so, cool that I am going heavier than his prescribed sub for 95# barbell thrusters.

Any other thoughts?
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Old 07-19-2012, 09:04 AM   #5
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Re: 2-KB Thruster Vs Barbell Thruster

I view them like dumbbells and use the 80% of barbell weight "rule"

so 2x16k for 95, 2x24k for 135, etc.
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