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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley Publishing, Inc.; 1 edition (June 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470599294
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470599297
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Get into the swing of kettlebells and benefit from an all-in-onecardio and strength workout

There's a reason why professional athletes and A-listcelebrities are getting into shape with kettlebells — and nowyou can, too! Packed with step-by-step photos, this friendly guidegives you everything you need to use kettlebells to safely loseweight, boost your metabolism, and become strong and lean.

  • Get the skinny on kettlebells — find out how a kettlebellworkout is different from other fitness programs, the many ways inwhich your body will benefit from it, and the gear you need to getstarted

  • Shape up or ship out — get friendly advice on essentialhip and spine alignment and on the breathing techniques you'll usein your workouts

  • Get into the swing of things — follow step-by-stepinstructions for getting the hang of fundamental kettlebellexercises

  • Master the moves — kick your kettlebell workouts up anotch with intermediate and advanced moves that will take yourtraining to new heights

  • Take special note — equip yourself with special routinesif you're a young adult, a baby boomer, a senior, pregnant, anathlete, losing a substantial amount of weight, or rehabbing froman injury

Open the book and find:

  • The origin of kettlebells, what they are, and how to usethem

  • Essential safety considerations

  • Advice on picking the right size kettlebell

  • Where to buy kettlebells and which traits to look for

  • Tips on setting up a home gym

  • Warm-up and cool-down stretches

  • Photos that illustrate a wide range of exercises

  • Form correction for common errors

  • Workout routines for every level

Learn to:

  • Work all your muscle groups at once

  • Improve your strength, endurance, flexibility, agility, and bodyalignment

  • Burn fat, build lean muscle, and achieve core strength

  • Boost your metabolism and lose weight

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.

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Sarah Lurie is a nationally recognized kettlebell fitness expert and has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Fitness, Oxygen, Women's Health, Reader's Digest and Newsweek Magazines. She has appeared on E! News, The Big Idea with Donnie Deutsch, Better Homes and Gardens TV, Home Shopping Network (HSN) and numerous local television fitness programs. Lurie is the author of Kettlebells For Dummies (Wiley Publishing, June 2010) and the co-creator of the Kettlebell Kit For Dummies.

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Sarah Lurie owns and runs her own kettlebell gym and she knows what she's talking about!
V. J. Walters
The author included easy to understand descriptions of all of the exercises accompanied by well chosen and appropriate pictures.
Dr. Dan McBride
That's where KETTLEBELLS FOR DUMMIES comes in, it lays out the basic fundamentals completely!
William Kamp

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Tobey on July 27, 2010
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Some of the kettlebell books I've read do a good job going over techniques. Others are good at showing you how to put together a routine. This one does a very good job at both, showing the reader the basic exercises, as well as how to modify them, and offering routines that meet the needs of just about everyone.
If you're just starting out with kettlebells or want to give it a try, it's still better to find a gym that has classes and take a class or two to learn the basics from a qualified instructor, not only so you know what you're doing but also to see if it's something you like before you invest in a kettlebell or two (they're not cheap)and start training on your own.
Once you've gone through that initial step, if you want to train at home this would be the best book out there to get you started on your own routine.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful By William Kamp on June 18, 2010
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I have always loved baseball and played it until I was 35 when I retired from playing. For the next 25 years I enjoyed coaching my two sons who are now grown up. Last year I decided to go back to the sport I love and play senior softball...but I was a little out of shape. I had a good season but wasn't as strong as I knew I needed to be in order to hit the ball as hard as I used to. My power was gone. After researching Sarah Lurie's website, purchasing a kettlebell, viewing Sarah's DVD and working out, I felt there was something missing. Like I have done when playing baseball I needed to go back to the basic fundamentals. That's where KETTLEBELLS FOR DUMMIES comes in, it lays out the basic fundamentals completely! It has helped me enormously in my workout regimen to get the max out of my workout. I'm feeling my power coming back and last night smoked a shot down the left field line. At 62 I'm having the time of my life! To all you active "Baby Boomers", get yourselves a kettlebell and Sarah Lurie's book. Whether it's senior tennis, golf, softball, basketball, etc., you'll become stronger and feel much better. A must for any sports fanatic "Boomer!"
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Gayle D. Hunter on June 17, 2010
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I have never seen such a thorough kettlebell manuel, including EVERYTHING about kettlebells, all accounted for from scratch. From detailed instructions and tips, to perfectly illustrated movements by Russian Kettlebell Certified Teachers. It had to be a labor of love for Sarah that she put everything important into this book, which just wasn't possible to find all in one place before. You could get this book alone, learn it, and get in the best shape for the rest of your life. Kettlebells are really just tops for that: quick, simple, and really powerful. But if you don't learn correctly, and just grab a quickie, lame plan from a random source, it will fall short. Sarah even spells this out for you, so you can walk out your door and find super qualified instruction, if need be. I feel really happy that this book may find itself in the hands of some who had barely heard of kettlebells, and then find themselves surprised and excited to start swinging one! Thanks Sarah, I must get several more of your KETTLEBELLS FOR DUMMIES books to give out!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By stephen on November 4, 2010
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If you want to learn how to use kettlebells... this book is a great purchase. It's vital to learn how to use the kettlebell properly. Use it correctly, you'll get strong and fit; use it incorrectly, you could get hurt, frustrated and stay fat and/or out of shape.

Kettlebell for Dummies is written in a way that's easy to understand and covers kettlebells from A to Z. From kettlebell history, choosing the right weight, explaining proper posture and lifting technique's, addresses specific needs of various groups (pregnant women, senior's, etc.), and provides resources for continuing education.

Of all the kettlebooks, I've seen... this book gives the most bang for the buck. If you've never had personal instruction from a qualified instructor... then I highly recommend this book. A good adjunct is to buy a kettlebell instructional dvd so that you can see a pro do and explain the maneuvers. There's lots of good one's (Pavel T, Steve Kotter, Mike Mahler). And, periodically go back to this book to refine your understanding and technique.

This book is well worth the money you spend on it.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By eyes opened on November 11, 2010
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Being the sexist dinosaur I am I was a little reluctant to buy a kettlebell book written by a women, I figured it would be full of cute little kettlenetics type moves and various other activities that usually involve spandex, headbands or legwarmers it is however a very solid educational and easy to follow guide for those wishing to enter the wonderful world of kettlebell lifting.Sarah does a great job of breaking down the movements into understandable parts and generating enough curiosity in kettlebells to keep you going long enough to see their true benefit I had been using kettlebells for a while before I read her book and found the info helpful. This book would certainly help the novice or someone considering kettlebell training so go ahead take the plunge buy the book once you try kettlebells and do them correctly you'll be sold on their efficacy and oh yeah they're a lot of fun too.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By V. J. Walters on September 28, 2010
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The Dummies books are always well written, informative and easy to understand. Kettlebells for Dummies is the latest in their series of 'how to' books. Anyone wanting to learn about kettlebells, improve their skill using them, and getting started if they havent already, will learn from this book. Sarah Lurie owns and runs her own kettlebell gym and she knows what she's talking about! I wish I had had this,when I was getting started in kettlebell workouts. Well worth the money. The chapter about youth, seniors and rehab people getting started, is worth the price of the book. Get it!!
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