I received a copy of Kettlebells for Dummies to review. As a personal trainer and fitness expert I am always skeptical about new exercise fads that make over the top claims about burning fat, shredding muscle, etc.; however, studies done by the American Council on Exercise concluded that,
“Kettlebells can provide one heck of a workout. Based on
comparisons with data from previous research on standard
weight training, the HR and V•O2 responses during the
kettlebell snatch routine suggest it provides a much
higher-intensity workout than standard weight-training
While I have yet to try a full kettlebell workout, I did find the book very informative. Clear concise instructions were given on good alignment and form, how to generate force, and of course a breakdown of basic exercises. There were sections that covered kettlebell training for pregnant women, how to put together an effective program and of course photos. This book definitely provides a good foundation and starting point for beginners.
Something I didn’t know? Stay away from vinyl coated Kettlebells like the one at right. Many of these are hollow and filled with something other than iron. I like pretty things and of course bought a pair just like this. This book has some excellent tips on what to purchase, how much to purchase and even where to get them and more information about training. Read more about this new workout book…
Kettlebells For Dummies® tells all about this trendy new piece of fitness equipment. Using kettlebells has been hailed in recent years as the most efficient and effective way to train your body for burning tons of fat, getting super strong and lean, and obtaining the ultimate physique. And for families who are looking for ways to decrease their waistlines without increasing their budgets, kettlebells are the perfect solution.
Like with any new workout routine, there are a few things you need to know before you get started in order to maximize results and minimize injury. Packed with step-by-step photos, this easy-to-read guide gives you everything you need to use kettlebells to safely lose weight, boost your metabolism, and become strong and lean.
Other lessons include:
A kettlebell primer: what they are and how to use them
All the basics: everything you need to know to get you started
Ten guidelines for finding the right certified trainer for you
Ten ways to set (and meet!) your kettlebell fitness goals
How kettlebells can be the secret to your major weight loss
About the Author:
Sarah Lurie, RKC, CSCS, founded Iron Core, the first kettlebell training studio in the United States to exclusively offer Russian Kettlebell Challenge (RKC) certified instruction. Sarah is a nationally recognized kettlebell expert and has been featured in Fitness Magazine, among other publications.
About the Book:
Kettlebells For Dummies®(Wiley Publishing, Inc., June 2010, ISBN: 978-0-470-59929-7, $21.99) is available at bookstores nationwide, major online booksellers, or directly from the publisher by calling (877) 762-2974.