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The Great Kettlebell Handbook Paperback – July 9, 2008
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Don't be put off by the low number of pages. Yes, it is basically a small stapled booklet. But this is definitely a case of quality over quantity. Especially for someone who's never had the opportunity to work with a trainer or workout coach, the introductory pages are very helpful. I liked the emphasis on understanding and using all your muscles. It is a very holistic approach. The graphics are the clearest instructions I have ever seen in an instructional book. The full-color photographs are sharp.
One caution to other novices: This book (and some websites) suggest the the "average man" start out with a set of kettlebells weighing 35, 50 and 70 pounds. What a laugh! (or embarrassment). I am 6' 3" and in pretty good shape and I found a seventeen-pound ball quite challenging enough, thank you. Fortunately, I erred on the cautious side when ordering my balls (no jokes, please). My HEAVIEST ONE is 26 lbs. and will take me a while to work up to.
I found that it describes the basic movements and forms in reasonable detail and also provides useful programs and suggestions for the KB beginner. If you'd like to learn quite a bit more about kettlebells this is definitely a worthwhile purchase, and my personal copy is going into the much-used library in our gym.
There are thicker books, written by "big name" authors. Those are good too, but are more expensive, and tend to a bit padded with excessive illustrations and extraneous "filler" material.
The Great Kettlebell Handbook gets straight to the point, with precise information, and it is well-illustrated with color images that portray the various excercises very well.
I have been an athlete my entire life and have always hit the weight pile hard, as I believe it benefits whatever sport I am doing. I have been researching kettlebell training and trying to evaluate whether its the latest fad - what's old is new - etc. Kettlebells are not the be all/end all of training as some proponets would have you believe (probably to sell books), but a fun, effective and unique addition to any strength work out. This book gives you a solid base of exercises and a couple sample workouts that are tough to get through the first few weeks, which is good.
The disclaimer is this: I have been trained and am in above average condition - this book is not for someone who is untrained because some of the movements could injure a novice trainee. For someone who has never done serious consistent strength training, you should consider getting instruction on kettlebell training from a certifed trainer. During these exercises you are throwing around a decent amount of iron in unusual planes of motion and body positions - if you are not flexible, coordinated and strong, you could get injured, which will certainly turn you off to training.
Bottom line: the price is right, the information solid, understandable, and useful.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this a few years ago (2011). I still pull it out for reference when I go to the gym. GREAT workout and descriptions on proper form and technique.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I'm taking Kettlebell classes, but used this at home to concentrate on form. The best book out there and refer to often.Published on December 16, 2013 by cab100263
This is a tiny pamphlet, not a real book. It is ok for beginners who have no experience with kettlebells. Especially given the title, the description is misleading.Published on March 5, 2013 by Wakiki
The book is FINE but the accompanying DVD did not work at all. i will return it. hopefully it wont be difficult to return.Published on February 22, 2013 by salman