Sunday, June 19, 2011

The Kettlebell Influence.

An edible Kettlebell. Courtesy: My wife.

When I first got interested in Kettlebells (thanks largely to YouTube videos), I had no idea how much involved I would actually get into these type of workouts.

My blog post on Kettlebells got the attention of Suleiman - a certified Kettlebell expert, who is currently settled in Kuwait. Suleiman wrote to me and offered to show me the correct way to do Kettlebell workouts. I jumped at the opportunity of getting expert advice - even though the suggested time was 6 AM.

For the past 1 month, I have religiously woken up at 5:30 in the morning every Saturday - and headed off to our workout place. Under the expert guidance of Suleiman, I have learned the proper technique of executing a Swing, a Turkish Get-up, and a Clean. It was an eye-opening experience to me, because I was made to realize how little I knew of  handling Kettlebells. YouTube videos may be fine to demonstrate basic exercises, but when it comes to complex (and potentially dangerous) exercises such as Kettlebells, it is always a good idea to learn the basic form under expert guidance.

Kettlebell workouts now form a major component of my weekly exercises - while my running has reduced greatly due to my obsession with Kettlebells. I still try to put in a few miles on the treadmill at least once or twice a week, but it is no where near what I used to do few months back.

The influence of Kettlebells in my life can be best described by what happened to me yesterday (which also happened to be my 46th birthday):
   - I got up at 5:00 AM and headed off to our workout place.
   - 90 minutes of solid Kettlebell workout.
   - Returned home to find a birthday cake prepared by my wife and daugher, shaped like a Kettlebell.


  1. Happy Birthday Man. I read your article sometime back. Really interested in starting with the KBs. I'll contact Suleiman once I'm ready. Thanks for the info.

    And the cake looks amazing :)

  2. Hi, I'm new to your blog--i'm a fitness enthusiast too, want to get my hands on some kettlebells, i'm a total kettle bell noob, but I do workout regularly, so I know I can handle some weight...if you know where I can get some cheap kettlebells let me know, I'd be grateful for that..
    take care and keep on keeping on :)

  3. Hi tourshi...
    I am not sure where you are based. But if you live in Kuwait, you can find Kettlebells in Kuwait Sporting Shop in Hawally (Just near the Rehab Complex). They charge 1 KD per KG. So if you buy a 16KG kettlebell, you would have to pay about 16 KD.
    Good luck.