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Kettlebell Styles

Posted by Kettlebell Kings on Apr 17, 2017 8:41:33 PM

We came across a great article we wanted to share about some different styles of kettlebell training.  Kettlebells are still so early in their usage that a lot of people are shocked when they see different forms of kettlebell training.  One of the unique things about this article is it covers Kettlebell Juggling.  We post Kettlebell Juggling from time to time which most people have not seen before and it can be very shocking the first time you see it. 

The goal of this article is to help you decide which type of kettlebell training might be right for you or introduce you to something new to try with your normal workouts. In it, you will learn about training origins, kettlebell designs, benefits and more of hardstyle, kettlebell sport and kettlebell juggling.

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Topics: Training Methods

Kettlebell Life Hacks

Posted by Kettlebell Kings on Apr 11, 2017 2:30:45 PM

What is a kettlebell life hack? A kettlebell life hack is any use of your kettlebell, the box and case it comes in, which you can use for something besides just kettlebell workouts.  Think of it has creative recycling or multi use!

We have a few ideas for some Kettlebell Life Hacks already which we will outline below, but the point of this post is to be interactive so we would love to see and hear your contributions in the comments section below! The best ones will be added onto this post in updated versions and we will credit the creator.  Our goal for this post is to be ongoing and always contributed to by the kettlebell community so we can continually update it based on reader submissions and give the community great ways to re-use your kettlebell and the boxes we ship them in. 

Kettlebell transport

A frequently asked question we get is if we are aware of any way to transport kettlebells without having them roll around in the vehicle. For a long time we tried to envision carrying cases we could create for the kettlebells, but something just did not seem right on any idea we came up with. Then Instagram user @colefitnessindy tagged us on an image of him transporting all his Kettlebell Kings bells to an event! The answer was right in front of us all along!  Since we posted that image, a number of you have written us asking for Styrofoam casing, on your next purchase just ask in the order notes if you need some!

All Competition Kettlebells and Steel Standard Kettlebells come in Styrofoam cases designed to protect them during shipping.  Admit it, almost everyone trashes these, but these are a great thing to hold onto in order to transport your bells and make sure they are not rolling around and banging into each other or something else during transport.  If you stack these up somewhere they only take up about a square foot of room. GOOD NEWS! Pretty soon ALL Kettlebell Kings kettlebells will be shipped in similar packing. So, whether you purchase traditional style kettlebells or competition style bells, you will have similar packing you can use to transport your bells in.

Robot soldiers and more

Depending on what you order from Kettlebell Kings, you might be getting multiple boxes based on how we package them. At the very least, all kettlebells are getting double boxed into the Kettlebell Kings box pictured to the right, but often times on orders with multiple kettlebells you are getting the bigger box with smaller boxes inside. You can create all kinds of robots, soldiers, spaceman, shields and more with the Kettlebell Kings boxes.  This idea was inspired by Mike Salazar of Evolution Fit Chicago account on Instagram, EvoFitMike, in which he posted his son going to town as a robot soldier with full on sword and shield.  Kettlebell Kings logo makes for a great crest on armor and shield!

 

There are a number of great sites on the internet which list all the different things you can do with cardboard for kids, we would love to see you share these on Instagram with #kettlebellkings.  Here are 20 Simple Cardboard Activities For Kids. If you have a new idea, we would love to see it or hear about it! Just post in the comment section at the bottom!

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Topics: Kettlebell Life Hacks

Utilizing Body Weight Training To Improve Your Kettlebell Training

Posted by Kettlebell Kings on Mar 30, 2017 10:45:11 PM

Kettlebell Kings has collaborated with Nicholas Anderson of Legion Tactical Athletics in Ventura California in order to demonstrate the utilization of body weight methods for kettlebell training. In this post we will be breaking down how the practice of body weight movements can improve the Kettlebell Strict Press. First, Nicholas will explain a bit about the principles.  At the end of the post we will put it together in a nice three to five round workout you can do with what you have learned.

Foreword by Nicholas Anderson:

Bodyweight and calisthenics method of training is a movement based approach towards fitness and physical culture and has its place among the pantheon of traditional fitness training methods for its versatility.

Bodyweight and calisthenics technique can translate to a range of different tools such as kettlebells, gymnastic rings, sandbags and medicine balls; the methods also can be carried over to heavy load lifting and barbell training.

One of the core principles of proper calisthenics is its objective based training.  This means developing and refining skills that can translate to whatever the person chooses. To build these skills a person must become adept in their own body movement and control so then these skills can be translated to a tool effectively. For if a skill cannot be translated at the will of the operator or athlete then what its function?

In this video series, kettlebell sport as well movement and strength coach Nicholas Anderson, of Legion Tactical Athletics in Ventura, California, will show how various body weight exercises can provide feedback to our kettlebell lifting technique to identify any weak links in our kinetic chain.  Once found, we can then train to refine these power leaks. Ideally our lifts and our body weight training should have a synergistic effect; in this way as both practices improve they improve each other.

The Strict Press

The Strict Press uses full body tension to create force to drive the kettlebell up over head. It utilizes grip, core and glutes which body weight movements can be used to improve. There are multiple ways to use body weight movement variations to improve your overall technical skill with the kettlebell press regardless of kettlebell style. The demonstration and text below will outline body weight movements you can perform which are designed to improve your Kettlebell Press abilities. We recommend a combination of watching the demonstrations of the movements through the video below and also reading the explanation to read about important nuances and descriptions of what is happening in the demonstration.

 

Read more below where we put it all together in a circuit workout! 

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Topics: Body Weight Movements

Kettlebell Kings Sponsors Team RedGoat & Provides Kettlebells For Canadian National Championships

Posted by Kettlebell Kings on Mar 27, 2017 9:27:16 PM

Kettlebell Kings is very excited to announce that we have come to an agreement with Team Redgoat Training Centre in Moose Jaw, Sasketchewan to sponsor the gym, kettlebell sport team as well as provide kettlebells for the Canadian National Championships held this year at Team Redgoat Training Centre. Simultaneously, Kettlebell Kings is announcing that we have Free Shipping, No Duties and No Taxes on all orders to Canada! Kettlebell Kings website has been set to recognize Canadian visitors and all prices are viewed in Canadian Dollars.

Kettlebell Kings and Team Redgoat believe this is a really exciting step forward in Kettlebell Sport for the athletes and the events in Canada.  Team Redgoat has some big plans for the events they will be putting on and the prizes that competitors will be competing for and Kettlebell Kings will be supporting those events.

The goal of the alliance between Team Redgoat and Kettlebell Kings is to further the growth of Kettlebell Sport in Canada through Kettlebell Kings promotional channels as well as put on the best Kettlebell Sport events in Canada, you can read more about upcoming events at Team Redgoat through the previous link.  Through this partnership, all kettlebell sport events at Team Redgoat will have a uniform set of kettlebells Kettlebell Kings kettlebells for all lifters to compete with.

This is a major step toward bringing kettlebell sport events a new level of professional atmosphere and providing lifters clarity with what kettlebells they need to train with in order to compete at the highest level.

This year, Team Redgoat Training Centre is hosting the CKA National Championships. All Canadian lifters hoping to represent Team Canada at the IUKL World Championships will be competing at the event in Moose Jaw and full sets of Kettlebell Kings competition kettlebells will be available for the platforms. 

 

See the Bells!

 

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Topics: Events & Sponsorships

Kettlebell Complex Challenge: Win A Kings Bell!

Posted by Kettlebell Kings on Mar 23, 2017 10:25:49 PM

Kettlebell Kings is excited to work with one of our favorite Instagram kettlebell users @kellsbells88 on a new kettlebell challange! Kelly Manzone is a trainer and has been responsible for some of our most liked and commented reposts on our Kettlebell Kings Instagram account, so when she contacted us about working with her we were really excited to help. Kelly is collaborating on an internet wide kettlebell challenge which you can be a part of and have a chance to win a Kettlebell Kings competition kettlebell!  Kelly describes herself as a 'kettlebell hybrid' because like a lot of folks she learned a certain type of kettlebell training and that over the years as her kettlebell use has grown, she continues exploring new ways to train like kettlebell complexes and kettlebell sport. 

By Kelly Manzone:

Kettlebells have long been my favorite fitness tool for their versatility. I openly admit that I am a Kettlebell Hybrid.  A fusion of hardstyle meets kettlebell flows/complexes meets the grind of training for a 10 minute Kettlebell Sport set  in double long-cycle. When a kettlebell is in my hand; I completely tune out all background noise and tune in to training.

My extensive collection of kettlebells that I have acquired throughout the years has completely taken over my home and car, I often get asked which style and brand of bells I prefer to use. My preference has typically been competition kettlbells for their composition and handle.  My super supportive husband, Giancarlo, surprised me with 2 full sets of Kettlebell Kings (which I had my eyes on for some time) ranging from 12-20 kg as I began my journey into kettlebell sport this past year.  This girl is loving her Kings! One of the best parts of the journey has been the Kettlebell Sport community, it is just downright awesome.

 

The Concept

The idea of hosting a kettlebell fitness challenge on social media had been brewing in the back of my mind for a while and I finally decided this past month, that it was “go time”. I like the concept of collaboration; so I reached out to my friend John Parker out in California. We have similarities and differences in our lifting styles that I thought would make for a creative collaboration and between our followers, we could get a lot of people involved!

As a trainer, I have always been drawn to unconventional training methods. The kettlebell is a perfectly diverse tool for encouraging movement in all ranges of motion while building strength, mobility, stability and flexibility. The purpose of this challenge is to encourage movement and collaboration; and learn new skills from one another in the form of the Kettlebell Complex (see example below).  Training does not always have to be about a strict structure of exercises, reps and sets, though sometimes it is necessary. In the case of a Kettlebell Complex you can be creative and string together different kettlebell movements one after another to create a workout that is both challenging and new.

 

Read About The Challenge, Prizes and How To Participate Below! 


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Topics: Kettlebell Complexes, Contests

New Kettlebell Workout 3-22-17

Posted by Kettlebell Kings on Mar 21, 2017 1:11:40 PM

Kettlebell Kings creates high intensity kettlebell workouts designed to build strength and endurance. We believe having a new challenge each week helps break up the monotony of working out and gives you something to work towards.  We have a free workout list with over ten thousands subscribers you can subscribe to which automatically sends you a new, challenging workout each week. Below is one of our latest workouts as well as video demonstrations breaking down the movements in the workout:

 

SEE DEMONSTRATIONS OF MOVEMENTS BELOW!

We create weekly kettlebell workouts you can subscribe to in your email inbox each week! These workouts are designed to keep your workouts new, challenging and exciting each week.

 

 

 

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR WEEKLY WORKOUT LIST HERE: 

kettlebell workouts

 

Kettlebell Jump Squat

 

 

 

One Arm Kettlebell Swings

 

 

 

We create weekly kettlebell workouts you can subscribe to in your email inbox each week! These workouts are designed to keep your workouts new, challenging and exciting each week.

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR WEEKLY WORKOUT LIST HERE: 

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Topics: Kettlebell Workouts

Kettlebell Training for Mixed Martial Arts & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu - Workouts For Everyone Part 3

Posted by Kettlebell Kings on Mar 14, 2017 11:13:57 PM

Kettlebell Kings is teaming with thirty year martial arts veteran, Joey Alvarado, to provide you with some great kettlebell movements and workouts which are designed to build muscles and endurance for jiu jitsu and mixed martial arts.  Though Joey's experience lends itself toward building workouts which will improve aspects of BJJ/MMA, they are also great workouts and flows of movement to burn calories and build muscle for anyone. One of the keys to working our consistently is breaking up the monotony of doing the same things over and over. Joey's kettlebell movements definitely give you something new to master and challenge you with each workout.  If this is your first time reading a post by Joey, we recommend you start with Part 1, which covers his most basic movement. 

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Topics: Training Methods, Kettlebells For Combat Sports

Your First Kettlebell Sport Competition!

Posted by Kettlebell Kings on Mar 1, 2017 10:30:53 AM

We are really excited to be a part of the Silicon Valley Kettlebell Open. This is one of a kind contest in the world this year in that it is made specifically for competitors who are new to Kettlebell Sport and want to try! This is a great way to be a part of your first kettlebell competition. Watch below to learn more!

What Makes This Contest Great?

It is geared towards you, the beginner, and will have training along the way by some of the world foremost Kettlebell Sport athletes and coaches. The event is being put on by our friends Mike Salemi, Brittany Van Schravendijk and Mind Pump Media. The event will be held at the Mind Pump headquarters in San Jose! You might have read some of our previous posts by Mind Pump, they have a really popular podcast with over one million downloads per month, were recently placed in the Top 8 Fitness Podcasts by Men's Health and developed our Kettlebells 4 Aesthetics training program.

Mike and Brittany are some of the top Kettlebell Sport competitors in the country and amazingly positive and knowledgeable coaches as well. Both of them recently won at the WAKSC World Championship! Watch the video below and read about the free training program leading up to the event!

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Topics: kettlebell sport, Events & Sponsorships

World Association of Kettlebell Sport Clubs World Championship: Recap

Posted by Kettlebell Kings on Feb 27, 2017 7:00:55 PM

What a great weekend and great event! This past weekend we attended the World Assocation of Kettlebell Sport Clubs (WASKC) World Championship event at Innovative Results in Costa Mesa, California.  This was one of the biggest if not the biggest Kettlebell Sport event in the world this year.  WAKSC puts on events all around the world as part of their Grand Prix and this year chose to have their world championship event at the California Open which is put on yearly by Orange Kettlebell Club.

What Made This Event So Awesome?

As mentioned, this year's event is one of the biggest competitions in the world. There were over 300 competitors from 20 different countries! One of the coolest things about this event is the team format, so while their are individual awards, competitors came representing their different kettlebell clubs from all over the world and competed on total team scores as well. So, there was an amazing atmosphere of individual and team competition. 

Records Broken

 There were a number of North American and World Records set at the event! Some big time numbers put up in all lifts.  If you have never attended a Kettlebell Sport event we highly recommend looking for one in your area, these competitors are INCREDIBLE.  You can see video below of some of the rep counts, but men and women alike were putting up big numbers with serious weight. 

Prizes

One of the really unique things about this competition is the awards that were given out. There were awesome medals and trophies given out to the competitors for their individual performances as well. Additionally, Kettlebell Kings sponsored the event by providing all kettlebells used at the event as well as gift certificates to Kettlebellkings.com. For individual winners of their events we provided gift certificates of $250, $125 and $75 for first second and third prizes. Additionally, for the men's, women's and team overall winners we provided gift certificates for $500!  


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Topics: kettlebell sport, Events & Sponsorships

Steve Cotter Demonstrates Unlimited Kettlebell Press Variations

Posted by Kettlebell Kings on Feb 13, 2017 8:54:26 PM

We are really excited to announce the beginning of our partnership with Steve Cotter & IKFF!

Kettlebell Kings and Steve Cotter are now working together to provide amazing content designed to help you get maximal use out of your kettlebell.  Steve Cotter is a dynamic force in the world of fitness, sports conditioning, and mind-body practice. A global pioneer in Kettlebell training education, Steve has personally instructed thousands of fitness professionals around the world through his International Kettlebell and Fitness Federation (IKFF), which he founded in 2008.  Also, our personal favorite, Steve is on the Men's Health Magazine 'The 100 Fittest Men of All Time' list. When we started our business in 2012, we obviously were well aware of Steve and we could not be more happy to be working with him and providing him another outlet for teaching the greatness of kettlebell to the world. You can read and watch more kettlebell content by Steve Cotter through the links at the bottom of this article. 

In our first piece together, Steve will be breaking down The Kettlebell Press. The fascinating thing which Steve will demonstrate in the video below is that even using the same weighted kettlebell you can do quite a number of press variations which will increase the difficulty of the press. So, you do not need to always increase your weight, by practicing some of these you can continue to get a great workout with one kettlebell. But by all means, buy more Kettlebell Kings!

 

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IF YOU PREFER, YOU CAN WATCH THE CLIP RATHER THAN READ!

 

KETTLEBELL PRESS VARIATIONS

Steve discusses the concept of 'progressive overload', once your body is used to certain stress you have to increase the difficulty to continue to progress. You can do this by adding weight, reps or increase speed. With kettlebells because of the unique design there are other ways to progressively overload by changing the exercise. Any movement can be made more difficult by how you hold the kettlebell. All of these movements are performed with the same weight kettlebell.

1 ) Military Press or Strict Press ( at 1:50)

Bring the bell to your chest, feet together. Press the bell upward. In this method you are strictly pressing the bell without any momentum from the rest of your body.

2 ) The Push Press (at 2:15)

With your feet shoulder with apart, load the legs by dipping like a squat and extending the legs while you press in order to give yourself some momentum pressing the bell upward with the legs. 

3 ) The Jerk or The Jerk Press (at 2:35)

Load the legs like in the Push Press, but do an under squat and drop under the bell while pressing before standing completely up. This creates momentum with the legs and you actually get under the bell while pressing it in order to make it easier.

 

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4 ) The Side Press at (at 2:51)

If you are finding the kettlebell to heavy for one of the strict presses, you can utilize the side press.  Lever using your hips by pushing your hip under the bell (demonstrated) and push your body away while pressing and then straighten up under the bell after pressing.

5 ) The Bent Press ( at 3:25)

Angle your feet about 45 degrees from straight forward, turn and open your hips so that your lat muscle serves as a 'shelf' for your elbow.  As you push against the kettlebell you are actually pushing your body away, coming under the bell before standing up. 

All of these demonstrations are designed to make pressing weight easier. Read more below to find ways to make the press more difficult!

HOW DO YOU INCORPORATE THESE MOVEMENTS?

Did you know we create weekly kettlebell workouts? We have a free email list you can sign up for you receive a new kettlebell workout in your inbox every week. The workouts incorportate movements just like these ande are designed to break up the monotony of working out while increasing strength and endurance. 

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Topics: Kettlebell Workouts, Steve Cotter, Kettlebell Technique