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Kettlebell Training [Paperback]

Steve Cotter
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15 Nov 2013
This is the no-nonsense guide that athletes, fitness enthusiasts, and strength and conditioning specialists have been waiting for. Kettlebells have been around for centuries, but it's only in recent years that the all-in-one handheld gym has taken the fitness world by storm. In 2011 alone, nearly 47 million Americans used some form of hand weights and the popularity of kettlebells continues to rise thanks to the way they help improve strength, endurance, coordination and balance. Few people are more knowledgeable about the benefits of kettlebell use than Steve Cotter. A leading kettlebell expert, martial artist and certified strength and conditioning specialist, Cotter has trained professional American Football teams, Navy SEALs and the United States Marine Corps. Offering extensive coverage on getting started with kettlebells, including setting goals, assessing fitness and using safe technique, this guide features step-by-step instructions for each exercise along with photo sequences depicting key movements.

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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers (15 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450430112
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450430111
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 21.7 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Steve Cotter draws from a diverse background as a champion athlete and cutting-edge trainer in developing some of the most exciting programmes in strength and conditioning today. He continues to research and implement the most effective training methods in kettlebell training, martial arts, qigong, strength and conditioning, athletics and the human performance fields.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book. 28 Aug 2014
By AndFran
Format:Paperback
Very pleased with the book, it contains some good training plans and details of the exercises, great book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best kettlebell book, ever. 10 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Kettlebells have been in vogue for the past few years with various lightweight manuals written on them. This is the first and best proper resource, covering a variety of programmes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enhanced Edition is a must have... 19 Nov 2013
By Daniel A. Charles Sr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition with Audio/Video|Verified Purchase
Own both editions of this book... the enhanced edition of this book which has Mr. Cotter demonstrating each technique through short video demonstrations is much better. His technique is flawless... and as it goes... a picture is worth ten thousand words.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Effective Primer for Beginners, Advanced, and Athletes 23 Nov 2013
By M. JEFFREY MCMAHON - Published on Amazon.com
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Steve Cotter's Kettlebell Training is a comprehensive kettlebell guide full of clear, professional-quality photographs. In the introduction he explains the advantages of kettlebells over dumbbells and barbells (leverage, grip, high-rep position, etc.). He explains why a weight belt is good for kettlebell training (imagine doing 10 minutes straight of kettlebell clean and jerks, for example).

He explains many safety techniques including warm-ups and the importance of chalk so that your grip doesn't slip.

For me, the most important part is the correct squat technique in which you practice without a kettlebell while keeping your back vertical. You do this facing a wall so that you don't lean into the wall. Then you can do the correct squats and kettlebell swings without a wall in front of you while still keeping your back vertical AT ALL TIMES. Before I did my squats, deadlifts, and swings correctly, I tweaked my back 3 times, each time not being able to walk for a week. Since using the correct technique, which I first learned watching a Bob Harper kettlebell DVD, I have not hurt my back.

After the safety and warm-up section, there are exercises for beginners, intermediate, advanced, custom programs, and sport-specific workouts.

The only limitation of this finely produced book in my experience is that it is better, in the absence of a professional instructor guiding you through the moves, to use videos and it's more clear to see "bodies in action" than to read instructions with still photos.

Nevertheless, Kettlebell Training is a comprehensive guide for the beginner and advanced trainer alike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reak kettlebell training explained by a master instructor and athlete. 25 Nov 2013
By Sam I Am - Published on Amazon.com
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There are two types of kettlebell training books - the "hard core" and the "fad fitness". Kettlebell training by Steve Cotter is the real deal- hardcore kettlebell training that produces incredible functional fitness for the average Joe. The book is well illustrated and exercises explained thoroughly. It is the next best thing to having a trainer at your side. Highly recommmended
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very thorough, recommend getting the kindle enhanced edition 7 Jan 2014
By Troy Edwards - Published on Amazon.com
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Edit: Regarding the Enhanced version, make sure you have one of the devices that supports the enhanced version. I was getting upset, not finding the videos on the Kindle for PC, then realized I needed to view it on my wife's iPad.

Normally, I would only like a kindle version of a book if it were something I was reading cover to cover. Paperbacks are just easier to reference when you are looking for specific things. However, the kindle enhanced version of this book has videos to demonstrate the exercise.

Ideally, I think one should find a good book reference, good video reference, and a trainer you trust, whenever engaging in a new exercise routine, and occasionally thereafter, to tweak the exercise(s). Even a person who is a top notch trainer can not keep track of every joint position when learning something new, and having someone to tell you "your foot is pointed out too much" is very helpful.

All that said... This book has a thorough explanation of core kettlebell exercises. Steve Cotter is one of the top names in the kettlebell world, and is my personal favorite source for material on the subject.

He starts off with the basics of the kettlebells themselves, their history, and a little bit about kettlebell competition. Then discusses, workout principles, goals, assessments, and warm-ups.

From there, he gives some great explanations of the basic exercises you should master first. Along with the explanations, are good photos, and common mistakes, but like I said, the enhanced version has some great videos.

He also has some advanced moves, but oddly, I don't feel he describes these as well.

Finally, he gives some routines, and sport specific routines. As someone who personally trains a lot of wrestlers (including my own 7 time New England champion, daughter), I can tell you I was very pleased with the routine he outlined for wrestlers.

There is also a glossary, and a section on nutrition (which is touched on so lightly as to be almost useless, and I don't feel should be in this book)

This is a great book for people of all levels of kettlebell experience, and for anyone up to advanced, you could get away with this being your only book on the subject.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much better than Pavel's drivel 28 Dec 2013
By Jeff Borden - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the second kettlebell training book I've owned, the other being "Enter the Kettlebell by Pavel." Short answer: stay away from Pavel's drivel and make a beeline for Steve Cotter's book, if those are your choices. My experience is limited, but I have found Cotter's book to be a comprehensive all-you-need book for beginning the kettlebell and intermediate users (what I consider myself at this juncture).

Introductory material in Cotter's book is very good and, I think, necessary. I found information that was/is very useful that I did not know. I also appreciated the exercise principles and the sections dealing with safe training. These are very helpful for beginners and intermediate users alike. I know I found these reminders very timely for me. Instruction regarding the exercises is clear and well-written with very good photo illustrations. I don't think I encountered a single exercise that I could not make sense of with the illustrations and directions.

I do have one small criticism, although not a deal breaker for using the book. I do my kettlebell workout from home. Exclusively at home. I don't have multiple kettlebells of the same weight. Many of the advanced exercises feature or require two kettlebells. I wish there would have been more focus on advanced exercises using a single kettlebell.

Great book and very comprehensive in scope and appeal.
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