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“Kettlebell RX: The Complete Guide for Athletes and Coaches” Reviewed

Posted on March 9th, 2012 by Lucy

Kettlebells are a bit of buzzword in weight training nowadays. Since king of the gimmicks, Tim Ferris, put out ‘The 4 Hour Body’ with a huge focus on kettlebells, the instruments have gotten a lot of interest. ‘Kettlebell RX’ was published after ‘The 4 Hour Body’ (quick to recognise a trend!), and is a virtual library of kettlebell exercises with extensive and very clear explanation. The publisher’s description says that it is ‘the only complete kettlebell book on the market’, and that’s well and good … but does it mean that bodybuilders will find some use in it? We head to the real people’s reviews today to find out whether you’ll love it, loathe it or leave it.

What’s In It?

The first section of ‘Kettlebell RX’ is aimed at developing your flexibility through kettlebell exercises and drills. The second section is focused on rotational power development, an often-neglected aspect of strength and fitness, and one of the reasons that everybody thinks kettlebells are the bee’s knees. The third section is on kettlebell sport – history, rules, etc – and is much shorter.

 

Well Illustrated

One of the most praised points about ‘Kettlebell RX’ is the extensive illustration of the concepts it discusses. The blurb will tell you that it has over 4000 pictures (step by step style), and once you’ve got to ten or so you will have stopped bothering to count and just become absorbed in the content!

Kettlebell Workouts That Will Boil You

If you’re not feeling very challenged in the gym at the moment, this is a highly recommended book. Many, many reviewers mentioned just how done over they felt after completing one of these kettlebell programs. One of the major reasons is that kettlebell workouts are a complete aerobic/anaerobic/strength conditioning workout.

Great for All Levels

Because they are such a total body workout, the programs in here can be adapted by beginners to their training level – they aren’t just for the big boys. Literally dozens of reviewers mentioned this point with enthusiasm – that the books is for absolute beginners as well as coaches looking to brush up on technique or find new drills. This gives the book a certain longevity in your collection as well, and makes it far more worthwhile.

Great Section of Program Design

One positive point that several reviewers mentioned was that you aren’t limited by the programs listed in the book. There is a solid section on program design which helps you to tailor a workout to suit yourself.

Past the Hype

A lot of reviewers appreciated the fact that the author went past the hype with kettlebells, pointed out where marketing has made too much of labels and technique variations in the sport, and tells it like it is.

Corrects the Mistakes

One thing that books are poor at is correcting your mistakes. However, many reviewers felt that this was one of the strong points of ‘Kettlebell RX’ – it points out and helps to correct most of the common mistakes made by beginners. Once you’ve started on one of the book’s programs, make sure you revisit it to critique yourself.

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