KETTLEBELLS / STRENGTH TRAINING

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I would say that my introduction to keeping fit and Strength Training began when i was around 10 years old, where i attended the Andy Smith Boxing Club in the small market town of St Ives in Cambridgeshire.

Andy Smith trained such fighters as Dave "boy" Green (the Fen Tiger), the Hungarian heavyweight fighter Joe Bugner who fought the great Mohamed Ali in 1973 and Joe Frazier in 74.

Another famous Strongman trained at my local recreation centre in St Ives, this was Geoff Capes, I had the unfortunate mishap of calling "Worlds Strongest Man" on my 1st encounter with him, me at age 18, I greeted him with the words "Hello mate!" with which he replied "I'm not your mate, Mates sleep together" I was firmly put in my place, and never called him "mate" again.

Now training with or beside such strongmen is a great inspiration, and obviously not everyone can ever hope to train under such influential athletes.

 Alright i had plenty of aspirations, regard and respect for these people, but at the end of the day, it is down to you to make that crucial decision to train and train hard,but also to find routines and cycles that constantly change every say 10-12 weeks, this does become increasingly difficult to achieve.

Both lee and myself firmly believe in "old fashioned" training techniques, no frills, no cable assisted weights and no heavy cardio, first we must realize that our bodies are designed to perform activity in bursts of exertion followed by recovery (stop and go movement) this tendency can be seen throughout the animal kingdom, where creatures usually display "stop & go" tendencies.

Lets look at one example, imagine the typical "marathon runner"very lean, underweight almost gaunt look, then compare this with the 100 metre sprinters physique, good muscle formation, explosive reflexes, and honed body, the former certainly puts in his share of cardiovascular, running 26 miles, where as your sprinter will practice short burst movements.

Lee has been into strength training for as long as he can remember, from being a boy he would always be the strongest amongst a large group of lads, and always proved himself there and then, he has quoted to me on several occasions "it's just in me marc" In other words, he can't help being strong, it's genetics, it's a mindset, it's a package, but it is something that anyone can achieve if they put the effort in. (more effort = more strength, more energy, more muscle).

An Introduction to Kettlebells

A Kettlebell or " Gyra" (Russian) is a traditional russian cast iron weight that looks like a cannonball with a handle. the ultimate tool for extreme alround fitness.

The kettlebell goes way back it 1st appeared in the russian dictionary in 1704. i am currently researching archives from the Scottish highland games which preceed this date and i'm begining to unearth facts of an earlier kettlebell type weight that was used for various exercises whilst certain athletes of the day were in training.

WHY TRAIN WITH KETTLEBELLS?

Because  they deliver all-round fitness, no other tool does it better, a kettlebell replaces Barbells, Dumbbells, thick bars, lever bars, belts for weighted pull-ups and dips, medicine ball, grip devices and cardio equipment.

WHAT IS THE CORRECT SIZE KETTLEBELL FOR ME ?

Kettlebells come in "POODS" a pood is an old russian measure of weight, which equals 16kg or roughly 35lbs.

An average man should start with  a 35 pounder.

an average woman should start with an 18-pounder, a strong woman can go for a 26- pounder, some women will advance to a 35-pounder.

If you view my next guide it will show you exercises you can perform with the kettlebell.

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