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Enter The Kettlebell!: Strength Secret of the Soviet Supermen Second Edition, Second edition
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About the Author
Pavel Tsatsouline, is a former Soviet Special Forces physical training instructor, who helped Dragon Door Publications initiate the modern kettlebell movement. Pavel is regarded as one of the premier strength authorities in the world today, having created the first-ever kettlebell instructor certification system and being the author of the first-ever book on the subject of kettlebell training.
- Item Weight : 15.9 ounces
- Paperback : 200 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1942812132
- ISBN-13 : 978-1942812135
- Dimensions : 6.7 x 0.4 x 9.4 inches
- Publisher : Dragon Door Publications; Second Edition, Second edition (May 1, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #62,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Negative reviewers are on here complaining about the way he talks or that he is making stuff about about the origin of the kettlebell and I say, "Who cares." You don't have evidence that what he is saying isn't true number one, have you been to Russia?? Number two it's entertaining and keeps it interesting. the proof is in the pudding I can tell you that much. The Program Minimum consisting of just the Turkish Get-up and the Swing. It will get you strong and hack off body fat if you diet properly. That is only two exercises!!!! The RKC Rite of Passage is another Plan that will get you strong as Hell and it is simple to follow.
There is no doubt the guy is knowledgeable and his plans are simple and they work. Give it a try!
The step by step instruction for the Get Up is lacking. I had to turn to youtube for help on that one.
I recommend, and I'll update after I've been swinging that kettlebell for a while, comrades!
I think the only knock on Pavel's book, is probably the campy "Comrade" style that it displays at times, but to me, its minor given the value of the information within. The photos are great, the text is great, and everyone from beginner to advanced is going to get something out of it. If you have no idea what to do with a kettle bell, and you have no idea how to generate a basic, intermediate, or advanced workout plan using kettle bells, then this book is definitely for you.
Pavel describes 5 main exercises (swings, snatch, clean, press, get ups) and generates two core workout schedules based on these exercises. The beginning "RKC Minimum" (2 days a week) and the more advanced "Rite of Passage" (3-5 days a week). For a beginner, this can keep you busy easily for a year or more, and if you are looking to achieve the Secret Service standard (200 or more snatches in 10 minutes), more likely several. There's really a lifetime of challenge within these pages, and you'll never outgrow it. In addition to the core exercises, Pavel has a few "mini-steps" that help one workout the specific techniques needed for a full movement, and a few drills one can use to warm up as well as perfect technique.
All in all, I feel there's really nothing bad to say about this book. Its a great jumping off point for someone looking into getting into fitness using kettle bells. I would also encourage folks to look at Convict Conditioning as a companion book (I do the bodyweight exercises in that book on the "variety" days in Pavel's workout program), and also checkout Steve Cotter's youtube videos if you'd like an alternative description of the techniques in Pavel's book.
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What he does is mix up observations on how to train with details of his exercise programme and personalises it with anecdote and humour. This means that if you want the programme you have to read the rest.
Imagine a cookery book with a chapter on kitchen hygiene at the end after chapters of recipes. How many people would read that chapter? Not many I guess. It is the same with exercise books. If you separate all the good advice about not overtraining, the importance of technique etc from the actual programme then most people will (if you are lucky) skim the advice before getting down to work.
Because the programme is embedded in the good advice you end up reading that advice over again and again so it sinks in. Because Pavel creates a personality on the page you can imagine him standing over you when you train, repeating the advice. That makes it much easier to stick to.
Has it worked? Well, I'm nearer 60 than 50 and have weedy arms so I started with a 12kg bell. After a week of preparatory training I said I would give it a month before giving up and buying a smaller weight. After three weeks I was strong enough to start the programme minimum. Three months more and I'm on to a 16kg bell, I'm motivated and sticking to the programme. Result!
Why only 4 stars? Some of the criticism is justified, some programme elements could be a bit clearer. And it is pricey, presumably because it is an imported US edition.
The style of the writting, although a bit boys own, is actually motivational. To quote, "simple, sinister brutal and ferosiously effective for ...never stay die conditioning...the closest thing you can get to fighting without throwing a punch." It is like poetry. It is also true.
Sure the excersises in the book are few, but the level of detail is superb and you simply do not need anymore.
I brought this book, not knowing anything about kettlebells with a 12 kg kettelbell 3 months ago as a 36 yo, 1.83m, 64kg long dist runner used to playing about with a 40kg loaded barbell. I soon found out that the 12kg was far to light so I got a 16kg (what Pavel recommends for the average man), which became too light after a fortnight of doing get ups and swings (the two staple excersises in the book) so I brought a 24, which was far too heavy for pressing with my weaker arm, so I brought a 20kg, and that is perfect for me. I am now 66kg, have LESS body fat and have MUCH greater explosive sprint stammina; especially running up steep hills. My whole body has that ripped look.
I will be swinging, pressing and cleaning kettlebells for life now with this trusty book to motivate me.
A great combination buy would be this book with a 16kg kettlebell. You will probably want to progress to a 20kg within say a month, but hold off getting the 20 until yout technique is sorted on the 16. Olympian's Gym do great cast iron Russian kettlebells.