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No non-sense learning tool!!!
on December 20, 2011
I have been a kettlebell enthusiast for about five years, and in those years I have explored videos and books produced by several different coaches and "experts." But I can say with certainty that I have found a book, Kettlebell RX, that is written with the primary focus on safety and a "get it right the first time" attitude.
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. What makes it easy and comprehensive are the pictures. The pictures show the movement step by step and leave no question on how to perform anything.
The second part explains Rotational Power Development. It goes into detail on why it is important and the uses of the drills. The drills in this section are the basic movements of Jeff's H2H (Hand to Hand) system, and the foundation to expanding any athletes or coaches kettlebell repertoire. Once again, this part is filled with tons of pictures explaining each step and correction. Also, Jeff explains how to be safe before and during the drills.
After sections 1 and 2, Jeff touches on some program design for both beginners and advance users. This gives the reader a way to apply the new skills learned and it provides weeks of training.
The last part of the book provides insight on Kettebell Sport. Jeff explains what the sport is and the different lifts that are evaluated (which are all covered in the book). Jeff tells his personal story on how he was exposed to the sport and gives examples of different Kettlebell sport athletes and coaches. There are highlights of the feats that those personalities have accomplished and how the techniques and attitude of the sport translate to other sports and movements. Leaving the reader with a question, "Why not give Kettlebell Sport a try?"
So is "Kettlebell RX" the book to have? YES! After reading several books on the same subject, "Kettlebell RX," is the only one that has left me complete. It literally covers everything form A to Z, with great emphasis on safety and correctly mastering the movements. This book relates to all types of athletes, both new and old, from the practitioner to the coach. It is written straight to the point with all the non-sense left out. The pictures are great, as they breakdown the movements and explain all the mistakes and corrections. It proves that Jeff Martone is a master of his craft. If you are a Crossfitter, fighter, personal trainer or coach, "Kettlebell RX," by Jeff Martone, needs to be in your library.