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post #1 of 7
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I am going to start to get golf ready and have decided to try a kettlebell. I am getting an adjustable one for my wife (5/8/12lbs) and I am going to get one for my self. I just dont know what size.

20lb, 25 35?

I am 38 and out of shape.

 

I am also thinking of trying the OA diet to go along with it.

Running every otherday, walking on days opposite run days. and working out 3 days a week

Figure this will be a shock to the system, aide me in dropping 20 and which will cause loss and stregnth for the season.

 

Also can anyone recommend a video or resource for the Kettlebell?

post #2 of 7

The wife and I love our kettlebells.  The smallest ones we have are 12kg (26#), and it rarely gets used except for her bootcamp classes she teaches.  

 

FWIW, I'm setting aside my usual compound lifting programming and following Sean Cochran's Performance Golf Fitness program for the winter.  For the 2 arm kettlebell swings I use a 24kg (52#) bell, and a 16kg (35#) for 1 arm swings.  

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Originally Posted by Elmer View Post

I am going to start to get golf ready and have decided to try a kettlebell. I am getting an adjustable one for my wife (5/8/12lbs) and I am going to get one for my self. I just dont know what size.

20lb, 25 35?

I am 38 and out of shape.

 

I am also thinking of trying the OA diet to go along with it.

Running every otherday, walking on days opposite run days. and working out 3 days a week

Figure this will be a shock to the system, aide me in dropping 20 and which will cause loss and stregnth for the season.

 

Also can anyone recommend a video or resource for the Kettlebell?

Out of shape?

 

I recommend a heart monitor. Seriously. You won't believe how high your heart will go with kettle bells. I literally had a heart attack at 55 when I started with kettle bells after not being able to work out for several months due to an injury. Before that, I had a running habit.

 

Start slowly.

 

Don't be a hero.

 

I suggest the Art of Strength Series - check it out on Amazon. I have Art of Strength - Providence. It works - almost killed me.

 

It's pricey, but you follow the intimidating looking  guy for the entire workout - the vid has bars for timing that wind down. It helps. 14 exercises - 2 minutes each, and a bonus exercise at the end. 1 minute rest in between. I skip some of the exercises. At 57, I now have larger arm muscles than I did at 40 after only several months of this workout. It is a full workout. You don't have to go the entire 2 minutes for each exercise. I still don't... and I rest more in between depending on my heart rate, which is why I strongly recommend a monitor - get one. I use a Garmin.

 

Weights - You might try

 

12 lbs for the wife, maybe something lighter for other exercises.

 

26 lbs for bicep/tricep work

 

35 lbs for swings for you - but don't be a hero - swings get that heart rate way up.

post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 

I am 220, 5'6" and 38 years old. I have always kept some weight on, especially since quitting smoking 7 years ago.

I am in shape enough to job a mile in 12 mins and walk 18, while carrying my bag, but I am sore and tired the next day. I am far from in the shape I was in 10 years ago when I had returned to playing full field lacrosse.

 

I am also surprised at the amount of posting I have seen on the Interwebs about Kettle bells and heart monitors!

 

I was looking at getting one of those 3 in 1 Kettlebells for the wife. It has adjustable discs which you put on an off to create 5lb, 8lb or 12lb. It comes with 1 dvd of 3 workouts. Anyone have any feedback on this?

 

Thanks for the advice.

I will look into the Art of Stregnth.

post #5 of 7

See if anyone near you has these, although I'm sure these people will ship. I was able to drive and pick mine up.

 

http://mckinneygymequipment.com/dumbbells-kettlebells-plates

post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the feedback.
I just bought my wife a 12lb one with a dvd.


I have compiled some youtube vids to get an idea of a workout.

 

Now the problem I have is figuring out to purchase a 25lb or 35lb.
I understand that 35lb would be ideal for swings, now what if you add a swing/jerk and lift with the arms. Is 35 still the way to go?

I do have a set of 25lb dumbells for lifting.
I am just afraid if I start with the 25lb, that after a few weeks of swings I would have to go get a 35lb and that gets pricey. Or that 25 lb swing would be too easy?


Of course I am also afraid that 35lb to start with swinging is too much!


 

Any advice?

 

post #7 of 7
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Originally Posted by Elmer View Post

Thanks for the feedback.
I just bought my wife a 12lb one with a dvd.


I have compiled some youtube vids to get an idea of a workout.

 

Now the problem I have is figuring out to purchase a 25lb or 35lb.
I understand that 35lb would be ideal for swings, now what if you add a swing/jerk and lift with the arms. Is 35 still the way to go?

I do have a set of 25lb dumbells for lifting.
I am just afraid if I start with the 25lb, that after a few weeks of swings I would have to go get a 35lb and that gets pricey. Or that 25 lb swing would be too easy?


Of course I am also afraid that 35lb to start with swinging is too much!


 

Any advice?

 

Yeah, get both.

 

And forget the youtube videos.

 

Get a real workout you can follow without a break so the workout is timed and the guy is working with -reminding you of form, as you go through the same workout with him.

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