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Kettlebell Rx: The Complete Guide for Athletes and Coaches Paperback – December 15, 2011
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The book is written by one of the premier experts to the modern kettlebell movement in North America, Jeff Martone. Amongst his many qualifications, Jeff is one of the first Senior RKC (Russian Kettlebell Challenge) instructors, creator of H2H (Kettlebell juggling for athletes), Candidate Master of Sports in in the Long Cycle (Kettlebell Sport Clean & Jerk), and is both the subject matter expert for Crossfit and Head instructor for the Crossfit Kettlebell trainers course worldwide.
Kettlebell RX is written to address both athletes and coaches in the most important kettlebell movements that generate results. It starts off by explaining the importance of safety and the different ways in applying different techniques to learning the movements. From there the book is divided into three different parts: Kettlebell for Crossfitters, Rotational Power Development, and an Introduction to Kettlebell Sport Technique.
In the first part, Jeff goes into great detail to explain the importance of functional fitness, the selection of the correct kettlebells, and places an emphasis on safety and the mastery of the drills and movements. He then goes into different sections that explain and demonstrate every movement in detail both in writing and in vivid pictures. This ranges from Joint Mobility, The Swing Series, The Turkish Get Up Series, The Clean Series, and The Overhead Series. Each section shows the correct movement, common faults and corrections.Read more ›
Jeff Martone's kettlebell resume speaks for itself. He is certainly an expert and also an excellent teacher and coach. Martone has experience with both of the two major styles of kettlebell lifting, the so-called "hard" and "fluid" styles. He is able to explain the styles clearly and also point out that these names are more about marketing than any kind of fundamental differences.
Part one of Kettlebell Rx addresses flexibility drills and kettlebell exercises. This is by far the longest section of the book. The exercises are clearly explained and are accompanied by photos showing how they should be performed. Martone also demonstrates the common mistakes that people tend to make and gives advice on how to correct the errors. Also included is great information on how to structure the exercises into a safe and effective workout program. Not to be missed is the section on "lifting people" where Martone demonstrates his popular stunt of using a person in place of a kettlebell for a Turkish Get-Up. I don't think I'll be trying this anytime soon, but it is awesome to see! The production value of the book and the photos is very high. I am surprised the book does not cost more, given that every page is in full color on high quality paper.
Part two deals with rotational power development, such as hand-to-hand drills, "hot potato" exercises and other drills that use a lighter weight. This part of the book has the same high quality of instruction and production value.
Part three introduces kettlebell sport.Read more ›
Jeff came out with one of the most comprehensive books I have ever seen on kettlebells giving you the big picture. He covers everything from A to Z leaving no question in the readers mind on what to do next. Kettlebell RX covers flexibility and joint mobility drills with hundreds of other movements broken down. In this book you will learn various series on cleans, swings, turkish get ups, rotational development, program design and much more. His attention to detail and step by step methods makes it easy for the modern athlete to the common fitness enthusiast to learn from. His step by step illustrations shows the proper techniques as well as common error in techniques that you may come across.
This is the complete guide to kettlebell training and a must have in anyone's training arsenal. I was once running a 7:00 minute mile but since I have been using kettlebells I have knocked a minute off of my run time without even running. Kettlebells will give you a complete aerobic, anaerobic, and strength conditioning level of fitness. I highly recommend Kettlebell RX to anyone wanting to take there fitness to the next level. You can use kettlebells anywhere and keep fit with brief intense workouts. Jeff Martone set the bar extremely high with Kettlebell RX. It is a true no nonsense approach to true functional strength training.
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Pavel's Simple and sinister got me up to speed in no time. Jeff's Kettlebell RX helped me tweak my moves along the way. Indispensable resource. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Keerthi
I mean alternative because this isn't Hardstyle Kettlebell training, which I usually prefer. However this is a great book from one of the original Kettlebell Masters. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Andrew Meyer
Good book, laid out well from a guy that definitely knows the subject matter. Would recommend for anyone trying to start working with kettlebells or looking to expand their... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Brent L Johnson
This is a great book but takes a backseet to Pavel's Simple and Sinister. If only buying one book on kettlebells I would buy Pavel's Simple and Sinister. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mark Twain
Very thorough overview of kettle bell training. Good pictures. Recommend.Published 9 months ago by Nicholas Driscoll
If you don't know KB exercise, good to have.
Since I am certified for both KB exercise instructor and KB sports coach. This book is basic for me. Read more