I love training with kettlebells. Described by Pavel Tsatsouline, the godfather of kettlebell training in North America, the kettlebell is
“the AK-47 of physical training hardware. Simple, sinister, brutal—and ferociously effective for developing explosive strength, dramatic power and never-say-die conditioning. The man’s man’s choice for the toughest, most demanding, highest-yield exercise tool on the planet.”
I’ve been a kettlebell owner and user for over six years, and they are an essential part of my kit. Some of my favorite exercises with KBs are swings (one and two-handed), long-cycle clean & press, and Turkish get-ups. There are more great exercises that can be done, and some time I’ll write an article about an exercise of my own I’ve come up with, that I haven’t seen anywhere else – “kettlebell orbits”. But, that will have to wait until my lumbar disc protrusion is rehabilitated. One of the greatest features of kettlebells is their ballistic nature in dynamic movements; unfortunately for someone with a low back condition, this places great leverage on that area, and is an action I must avoid for awhile. Remember, train smart-core, not hard-core. This is training for life, not for ego.