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This books is a contender to becoming a cult classic,
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This review is from: ENTER THE KETTLEBELL!: Strength Secret of the Soviet Supermen (Paperback)
There is something raw, agressive and pimordial about kettlebells and this is a fantastic motivational book to bring that instinct out.
The style of the writting, although a bit boys own, is actually motivational. To quote, "simple, sinister brutal and ferosiously effective for ...never stay die conditioning...the closest thing you can get to fighting without throwing a punch." It is like poetry. It is also true.
Sure the excersises in the book are few, but the level of detail is superb and you simply do not need anymore.
I brought this book, not knowing anything about kettlebells with a 12 kg kettelbell 3 months ago as a 36 yo, 1.83m, 64kg long dist runner used to playing about with a 40kg loaded barbell. I soon found out that the 12kg was far to light so I got a 16kg (what Pavel recommends for the average man), which became too light after a fortnight of doing get ups and swings (the two staple excersises in the book) so I brought a 24, which was far too heavy for pressing with my weaker arm, so I brought a 20kg, and that is perfect for me. I am now 66kg, have LESS body fat and have MUCH greater explosive sprint stammina; especially running up steep hills. My whole body has that ripped look.
I will be swinging, pressing and cleaning kettlebells for life now with this trusty book to motivate me.
A great combination buy would be this book with a 16kg kettlebell. You will probably want to progress to a 20kg within say a month, but hold off getting the 20 until yout technique is sorted on the 16. Olympian's Gym do great cast iron Russian kettlebells.