Monday, September 3, 2012


KETTLEBELL - I have  read about it in Men's Health May 2012 issue (i think).  It seems at first like a weird workout as it involves a moving and shifting weight.  Reading about it though, most of the things we carry on our normal day-to-day activity really does move and shift weight depending on the way  you carry it- my bag, my groceries and even my daughter!

Last Sunday I got a chance to buy my first kettlebell at Toby's.  They were on sale so I went in.  Unfortunately, weight available were on ly 4, 8 then 15 - I would like to get a 10 or a 12 pounder, 15 is just too much for a beginnner (at least that's what I think).  Anyway, I got a good deal with a 15% discount so i paid just around Php 353 for it.  I got just the basic all-metal one.  They have these plastic coated, smooth texture ones that were a little premium.  I really don't mind getting calluses.

I got to use it this morning.  Having a little experience in working out with a set of dumbbells (yeah, I worked out in a gym for at least a year, but decided to quit when the gym raised its rates) I'm a little accustomed to gripping metal.  But when I started doing basic moves like the One Arm Swing, Single Arm Overhead Swing and Side Step with Single Arm Swing Curl, I did get a weird feeling that the kettlebell will slip from my hand.  Although I got to do and combine Push Up with Row motion.  I did 2 reps of 12 counts for each side.

Now I'm in the office, I still feel the effect of the kettlebell workout I did.  At the least, I don't feel much guilty for not running this morning.  It was a good upper body workout, and I plan to purchase additional bells this week, maybe I'd get the 15lbs, and another 8lbs to balance.  But before that, I will have my morning run tomorrow.

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