Kettlebell Kings Blog

Great Kettlebell Giveaway: Winners Announced June 2016

Posted by Kettlebell Kings on Jul 2, 2016 10:29:47 PM

Thanks to everyone who entered our June contest! From our perspective it was another huge success! We had thousands of entries and over a thousand from folks who have not purchased from us before. We really appreciate everyone who entered and are honored that so many people would want our products.  Below is a video we created of the drawing process so you can verify the authenticity of our contest. We will be contacting winners shortly with the email addresses they provided, so if you watch the video and think you might be a winner watch out for an email from info@kettlebellkings.com in your in box or spam folder. 

Our Next Promotion:

Starting in July we are beginning our 'Swing a King For Free' promotion. All purchases from Kettlebellkings.com in July are automatically entered to win a kettlebell of their choosing from a random drawing in August. So, if you have been contemplating your next purchase, now is the time! A chance at a free one with any purchase!

The winners below contain a first name and an entry number so we can track your email in our database. The video explains how it was done, but if you think it might be you, be on the lookout for the email!

Fourth Prize: Amanda-445

Third Prize: Carlos Zamora-818

Second Prize: Eric-710

First Prize: JPGantIII-260

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Topics: Kettlebell Weights, kettlebell

Things To Do With Heavy Kettlebells: Part 1

Posted by Kettlebell Kings on May 23, 2016 11:57:39 PM

Most people probably still think of kettlebells mainly as equipment for high repetition and/or high intensity workouts, which they are great for. However, kettlebells can be used for high weight/low repetition movements as well if you really want to build muscle, especially one of the most important muscle groups in your body. Some people know this, which is why our 48Kg|106 Lb Powder Coat kettlebell is always one of our top sellers when it is in stock. 

At Kettlebell Kings we recently launched even heavier kettlebells in 56, 68, 80 and 92 kilograms, designed for those who want to take their low repetition kettlebell movements to the next level, so we wanted to do a series on some of the best uses for them. 

For the purposes of this series, heavy is a relative term. The movements we will cover in this series can be done with any kettlebell that is heavy relative to your current strength. For example if you currently train with an 8 kilogram bell for high rep workouts you could do these same movements we show here with a 20 or 24 kilogram bell.  We chose to showcase some of the super heavy bells we have designed for folks with a pretty high level of fitness, kettlebell or lifting experience but you can do the same movements with kettlebells which are heavy relative to your current training.

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Jessica and Seneca from Texas Kettlebell Academy have put together an instructional piece on the 'Heavy Kettlebell Deficit Deadlift (squat hybrid)' which we will go over here. The purpose of the 'Heavy Kettlebell Deficity Deadlit' is to strengthen the posterior chain. What is that? Only one of the most important groups of muscles in your body which affects your ability to move. 

The posterior chain is a group of muscles consisting of tendons and ligaments on the posterior of the body, including the biceps femoris, gluteus maximus (main extension muscle of your hips), erector spinae (straighten and rotate the back), trapezius (large muscles that cover almost your entire back), and posterior (butt). 

These muscles are responsible for running, jumping and getting up and down all of which are required in every day life but even more so in competitive lifting and athletics because of the necessity of powerful hip extension, which this lift helps. Overall, that makes the Deficit Deadlift a great lift for overall improvement in and outside the gym.

The Deficit Deadlift :

  • increased range of motion compared to normal deadlift
  • place kettlebell in between platforms/boxes and stand on them above the kettlebell
  • knees are over the ankles, the weight is back on your heels
  • spine is straight, lift with arms first, keep back straight and drive with force through heels
    • you do not have to drop kettlebell all the way back down when coming down but you do want to get low
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Topics: Kettlebell Weights, Kettlebell Movements, Kettlebell Workouts

Number One Tip for Kettlebell Fixation

Posted by Kettlebell Kings on Jan 28, 2016 7:03:07 PM

The Texas Kettlebell Academy is back to show us one of their best tips on overhead fixation.

Overhead fixation refers to the point where the kettlebell is overhead and it stops, with a straight, extended arm and you get a 'point' (shown in the video). Fixation is important in all types of kettlebell training whether it is kettlebell sport or fitness training for two reasons:

  • Safety: Focusing on proper fixation prevents accidents with a kettlebell over your head. One of the most common mistakes lifters make is rushing into a movement by standing up too quickly and ending up with their arm bent over their head, then trying to fixate (straighten it out) at the top.  Meaning when you rush the movement you stand up with your arm bent, while holding a kettlebell overhead, then straightening or correcting it with the kettlebell above your head (example of what not to do shown). This makes standing up with the kettlebell much harder and unsteady.
  • Competition: Officially if your legs lock before your elbow does it is a push press, which will NOT count in most competitions. By enforcing this tip, you ensure you lock your elbow before your legs which is a true jerk and will count as a rep in kettlebell sport competitions.

We have created a 4 Week Training Program You Can Sign Up For Here: 

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Watch the video below and read about how to focus on the components of this movement to improve your fixation.

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Topics: Kettlebell Weights

When to Increase Your Kettlebell Training Weight

Posted by Kettlebell Kings on Dec 23, 2015 2:24:12 PM

We get asked frequently when one should consider increasing the weight of the kettlebell they use, the answer is it depends!  Below are a few guidelines to consider before moving to a heavier weight.

General Fitness Use 

Depending on your lifting goals, if you can perform these amount of reps with your kettlebell you should consider getting a heavier kettlebell

  • Strengthening specific muscles: 1-3 reps, EX: 1-3 reps of any movement like squats
  • Strengthening and building push power: 4-6 reps 
  • Increasing explosiveness: 7-9 reps
  • Building endurance: 10-20 endurance.
  • Building mental toughness and conditioning 21- 100 reps

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Topics: Kettlebell Weights

48KG Challenge - Full body workout

Posted by Kettlebell Kings on Nov 19, 2015 1:48:29 PM

The goal is to perform this entire session with the 48kg.

  • Use the weight that best works for you and work your way up. If you're a lady work up to the 28kg/62lb.
  • You're going to ladder up AND down to 10 with this bad boy.
  • Rest as much as you need to between sets, but try to decrease the amount of time.
  • That means perform 1 rep, set it down and rest, 2 reps, set it down all the way up to 10 and then back down (don't repeat 10). That's 100 glorious reps of a move that hits just about every muscle.
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Topics: Kettlebell Weights

Start Your Kettlebell Workouts Before the New Year

Posted by Kettlebell Kings on Nov 15, 2015 3:38:00 PM

You've set your fitness goals for 2016. Now you are just waiting to ring in the New Year before you get started working towards those goals. But why wait? You could get a jump start on your new fitness routine by ordering your gear and starting your kettlebell workouts now. That way you are motivated to keep working out through the New Year and all the way through 2016!

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Topics: Kettlebell Weights