"For practical types..kettlebells could be just the tonic." New York Times, Sunday, 2002
"For more intensity try kettlebells...it''s a full-body workout, aerobic and strength-building" - Time Magazine, 2002
"Hot Weight of the Year" - Rolling Stone, 2002
First off I want to let you know how much I love the K2 Kettle Bells we ordered from you. They are the best investment I have made as a strength coach! They are so versatile and I use them for all my teams (baseball, volleyball, basketball, tennis, golf). Needless to say, I am a very satisfied customer. I can''t wait to order more!
Nick Hoheisel, Strength Coach, Wichita State University, June 2009
I just wanted to shoot another email your way for a few reasons (I''ll keep this brief):
1) Your new updated website is great.
2) Here is my testimonial for my kettlebell which I got from you guys back in July. "The kettlebell I bought from K2 is awesome! I own three kettlebells (16kg dragon-door/pavel bell, 24kg K2Fitness bell, and a 20kg SPRI bell), and the K2 bell is the best of them. I wish I could exchange my other one''s for some more K2s! Super smooth finish on the bell and the handle, and the paint job is smooth and non-tacky even when my hand is sweaty. I''m only buying K2 kettlebells from now on." That is the honest truth! Your kettlebells are indeed the Cadillac versions. I was so impressed that...
3) I just placed an order for a 16kg kettlebell to get my brother started.
You guys rock! Keep up the good work!
Your loyal customer,
I started lifting weights about 2 years ago and have been running much longer. I have learned alot along the way and have made good gains in my strength and technique. However, Greg put me through a Squat workout last week and I found out just how much I didn''t know ! He gave me alot of great pointers on technique, position, breathing, and so much more. Not only that but, he also pushed me harder than I''ve ever been pushed or pushed myself, helping me realize just what a "good workout" is and that I have been imposing too many "mental constraints" upon myself. Scott Sowers, Sept. 14, 2008
We had our players doing LOTS of kettlebell exercises this past off-season. We even had one day per week of kettlebell-only work. When we came out for spring training I knew the players were much stronger but, I expected them to also be slower as we had done almost no speed work. But were we ever surprised ! The entire team was much faster and quicker. There''s no doubt that it was the kettlebells that caused this. Justin Emmert, Head Strength Coach, William-Blount High School. 2007, Former UT Offensive Lineman, Former Teen Champion Power-Lifter
Kettlebells provide the greatest benefit in how many muscles you''re working with just one exercise. There is more of a variety of different uses for Kettlebells than there are for other types of weight training. The instructors were very down-to-Earth, well prepared, and did a great job working with the players. Coach Jeff Bryant, South-Doyle High
This was a great hands-on workshop! I was very impressed with the knowledge of the instructors, they worked well with the players and kept them very on-task. I think Kettlebells could be much better for building stamina than other types of weight training or conditioning drills, in fact, I think explosion and condition are their greatest benefits. We plan on using them in our plyometric program and encourage the kids to use them at home where they don''t have a spotter. Coach Daryl Chandler, South-Doyle High
What impressed me most about this workshop was just how quick kettlebells kick your butt. I had been using kettlebells prior to the workshop, but the knowledge of the instructors and the drills they put us through really gave me new insight. I still say they are the #1 training tool available reinforced x 10, and are superior in building core strength. These things ROCK! Michael Nease, Professional Highland Games Athlete, former AFL/NFL Football, and Football Coach South-Greene High School
I was most impressed by the knowledge of the trainers. As for the kettlebells, they really work your whole body and force you to concentrate. I think their greatest sport specific benefit is explosion and quick power. Brian Stubbs, NASS Strongman Competitor and former body-builder
Kettlebells are an all-round workout providing strength, stamina, and cardio. Greg Tucker, power-lifting, Scottish Heavy Athletics, US Marine Corps
The instructors did a great job! I found out just how demanding kettlebells are in their own unique way. They train your body in a way nothing else can duplicate. Greg Howard
This was my first experience with kettlebells. It is a high-tempo; total-body workout providing balance, strength and conditioning. Scotty Greene, Rodeo, body-building
At first glance, the kettlebells appear easy... just wait ''till you get your hands on them! They are intense, but a total body and fun workout, ...great for women. The instructors were extremely knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and eager to help the students. I felt very comfortable with the Kettlebells by the end. In fact, I plan to take a couple to Iraq, they''re a lot easier to transport than a weight-bench. Alexi Farmer, TN Army National Guard
This was my first strength or conditioning workshop ever, but I do cycle, run and compete in orienteering. I was very impressed by the instructors'' knowledge, and their ability to make the workout easy to follow. I especially like the progression of basic techniques that led up to me being able to do more than I thought I was capable of. The greatest benefit I see in the kettlebells is the all-in-one combination of strength and endurance. Rob Christian
I love training with my kettlebell(s), it’s fantastic for conditioning and strength. I’ve also noticed when I play basketball; my vertical jump has increased at least 3 inches, maybe more. This has to be a direct result of the kettlebell training since I’ve made no other changes to my strength or power training. Pat Walsh
I''ve tried every sandbag on the market and your BodyBags are by far THE BEST! Can''t wait for my Big Boy to arrive.
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Subject: Kettlebell Order
You guys rock. And the quality of your kettlebells are fantastic! Thanks!
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Subject: Body Bag
I won''t bug you with more emails but WOW!!!!. My first workout was great. Talk about full body workout with endless movement possibilities. I believe this is what will get me back into the Armwrestling rankings. I will win in Feb and will tell people what helped me at 40 years old.
From: Fowler, Carl A1C LND
Sent: Tuesday, January 22, 2008 11:51 PM
Subject: RE: Shipping to APO (UNCLASSIFIED)
Just wanted to let you know that I got the kettlebells on the 16th, and I am loving them. Thanks for all your help.
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“More Comments On The K2 Sandbag”
I''ve been playing around with this thing now for a bit and it is some serious shit. I weighted it with me on the bathroom scale and it appears to weight somewhere around 125 to 130 pounds. You have to get really low to get your arms under it and you have to drive up powerfully with the hips to get it to your shoulder. I''ve already got some scrapes on each side of my face from not paying attention. A short walk, lower it, and re-shoulder it and walk back. My lower back is tired but surprisingly it feels better. I''ve had a few kinks and a bit of stiffness in my lower back and I could be full of shit but this low, rounded back lifting could just be what I needed. I wish I would have got off my ass and started messing with this bag sooner.
Forum Kettlebell WOW
I have my kettlebell three weeks now and WOW! So far my back and shoulders are growing and getting cut up all at once and my forearms look like Popeye''s.I can''t stop eating but I haven''t gained an ounce but have lost an inch in my waist.Thanks to Comrade Pavel
From: Robert Arciola.
Date/Time: Tuesday, February 19, 2002 6:52:08 PM.
Hacking fat off meat
In the last few months I''ve hacked off about twenty-five pounds of lard without even cutting out the goodies or doing any special eating plan, simply by doing three RKC workouts per week, each of which averages the equivalent of around 120 reps of two pood ballistics, floor to full overhead. I usually keep wheezing the whole workout, ie, I keep the rest breaks relatively short.
From: Craig N.
Date/Time 2002-03-11 19:49:37
Help with kettlebells
Mike, I have had our athletes use kettlebells since March of 2001 here at Wake Forest . I have been putting it in with our Olympic lifting routine. The one arm Kettlebell Snatch is best. I like the one and two arm swings. I will never give up the Olympic style lifts with our athletes but kettlebells are a great addition. I strongly recommend Pavel''s Kettlebell book and video. As for myself I have been using the kettlebells. I am 47 years old and have severe (grade 5) osteoarthritis in my right knee due to a wrestling injury that when the doctors took out all of my medial meniscus. I can even use the 72 lber., and it doesn''t bother my knee as much as when getting up to 90 kgs. on power cleans. I basically have had to give up the Olympic lifts with bumpers for the kettlebells!
In Strength, Ethan Reeve
From: Ethan Reeve.
Date/Time: 2002-02-23 14:27:50 .
(Site Note: Ethan Reeve is the Strength Coach for Wake Forest)
Kettle bells and State Wrestling Champion
I just wanted to let you know how kettlebell training helped my 15-year old son win the 171 lb. 2A Colorado State wrestling championship last month as a freshman (season record was 49 wins, 2 losses, and 35 pins). He defeated a senior who was last years 171lb champion. He defeated seniors and juniors all season, in part, due to his increased strength and explosive power that was a direct result of our kettlebell training. We did KB presses every other day alternating with KB high rep workouts on alternate days. He dominated his weight class and his only losses were to the 3A 171lb champion and 3A 171lb runner-up, and that was early in the season before we really got going with the program. We started with the 1 pood bells and then later added the 1 1/2 pod. We just received our 2 pod bells and really enjoying them. No freshman in Colorado has ever won a championship at that heavy of a weight. T
Thanks again for helping make his success possible.
Safety of the one arm snatch? (Decision time!)
The one armed snatch is quite safe when performed according to the instructions. Take your time learning the lift. I had a hard time figuring out the flip at the top. With a little practice and some good tips from the members on this board I figured it out. There are plenty of good exercises in there to work with until you have perfected the snatch. You can get a good workout with high rep swings, cleans, and jerks. Of course there is also a whole battery of Grind exercises for you to do as well. Go get a KB and RKC I think you will be happier than with Combat conditioning. You can always include some Combat conditioning drills in your workouts but I don’t think you will find that necessary. For inspiration, I dumped three pounds this week using KB''s. I am an experienced trainer who usually finds it difficult to loose more than one pound a week most of the time.
They really do work.
Date/Time: 2002-03-03 21:33:18.
Went to the Gym for the first time in months today...
I have been working out with Kbells for over two months now, and haven''t set foot in a gym during that time. I also haven''t pulled a deadlift, any deadlift whatsoever, in over a year and a half. Did the following: Military press- 150 for 6, 160 for 4, 150 for 4. W.towel pullup- bw+85 for 5,5,4,4,3 One arm dumbbell clean and jerk- 80 for 5, 90 and 100 for 3, 105 and 115 and 120 for a single. Deadlift- 135, 225, 275, 315, 365, 405, 435 At 168 pounds, I deadlifted 435 without deadlifting for a year and a half. Add to that the record 120 pound clean and jerk, and I am a happy camper. The main thing is that I now I''m getting everything I need from kettlebells.
Strength, endurance, power, strength-endurance..... truly awesome.
Date/Time: 2002-03-24 20:23:08
Kettlebell carryover to volleyball=success
I haven''t seen many posts regarding athletic performance gains with kettlebell training so I want to relate to the Party my success in the brief time I''ve been slinging around my puny 1 pood kettlebell, more specifically as it relates to recovery. For over a month my volleyball team hasn''t played in a tournament due to scheduling conflicts, injuries, etc. and during that time I''ve been practicing mostly the ballistic drills, swings and one-armed snatches with some military presses thrown in. Well, after an all day tournament yesterday, with 6 matches that lasted up to an hour each, I finally got to see what everyone has been raving about for myself. Although I didn''t notice an increase in my vertical leap I was able to jump just as high and come in for my approaches just as fast at the very end of the day as the beginning. I play one of the most physically demanding positions in volleyball, middle blocker, and normally the day after a tournament I can hardly walk and experience delayed onset muscle soreness in nearly every muscle in my body, especially my abs and legs but I woke up this morning with hardly any ill effect. It''s unbelievable! I''m the grizzled veteran on my team at 34 but after long rallies when my much younger teammates were sucking wind I felt fine and after the last match when they were all hobbling around, moaning and groaning I felt fresh as a daisy. Who knew kettlebells could have such a profound effect?
From: majorwoody. Date/Time: 2002-02-11 15:04:22
Testimonial on effects of KB''s - longish
I know I''m mainly preaching to the choir here, but I wanted to share some of my results after using my new 1 pood KB for the past month. A month ago I could only do 1 pullup. I''m a bit embarrassed to have to admit that here, but there you go. Today, having not tried to do any pullups for the past month I did 3! Again, no great shakes around here, but a 300% improvement for me. A few minutes later I did 3 again just to prove to myself that it wasn''t a fluke. A few minutes later I did 2 - I might have been able to crank out another, but I didn''t want to go to failure on it. I followed up with 3 dips, again something I haven''t been able to do before. I decided to try deadlifting. I''d only done it once in the past month and put 245 lbs on the bar - 20 pounds heavier than I''ve ever done with the Oly bar. I got it up! I did a set of 5 at that weight and finished with a 1x5 at 215lbs. The lighter weight almost felt like it floated up. What fun! I''m sold.
Thanks for listening.
Date/Time: 2002-04-09 23:43:37 .
How to add 80lbs to your DL in three weeks without DLing!!!
All you have to do is take Supper XXX Gain and you can do it too.... NOT!!! Ok before I get flamed off the board, I am sure I can’t keep up this kind of thing. Otherwise, I will be DLing over 1400 pounds by the end of the year (which I seriously doubt). About three weeks ago I got a 1 pood KB. For the first week I worked with it a little and still did my PTP style workouts. I have dumped about 8 pounds in the three weeks. For two weeks as of yesterday I have been working KB almost exclusively (I still did pullups and pistols). I decided to go over and find out how KB had affected my DL. To my amazement my previous max of 285 felt like paper. So I tried 300. Still not too hard. Then I did 315. Difficult but still not too bad. So I said what the ... and put 365 on it. And it went up!!! Why this miracle? I am going to have to guess its nervous systems gains from KBing as well as explosive gains for the start. I know 365 is still not that much on this board but for me it’s really good. I am one of those people Pavel jokes about with a big squat and a tiny dead lift. Maybe in a few months I can get up to 400. The great thing is I am an experienced lifter. (never did too many DL though) I haven’t gained like this since I was 15! Have fun guys and if you haven’t bought a KB go do it!!!!!! mongo
Date/Time: 2002-03-04 20:14:44.
I''ve added explosive Kettlebell drills to my regimen with great success The bodyfat is melting off while my muscles seem to be getting "denser". Someone I work with came up to me the other day and said, "you''re getting in better shape right before my eyes". Really - the results are so amazing, it''s immensely motivating. No, you can''t spot reduce (except with surgery) so fat loss has to be systemic.
From: Master Rinpoche.
Date/Time: 2002-01-31 10:26:31
These explosive KB drills are making me svelte
OK, I''m doing my best to watch what I eat - and this has been helpful. Last night I didn''t get home till late, and I had no groceries, and it was snowing (sounds like the beginning of one of my grandfather''s stories). The only thing open close by was McDonalds, and my wife was yelling that she was hungry and wanted something quick. I was starving and ate a big mac, super size fries, coke, apple pie, and hot fudge sundae. Weighed in this morning - expecting to have bloated out from the salt / fat / carbs nightmare I just ingested - and I lost a couple pounds. Now I wouldn''t keep eating like this every day, but it''s nice to see I can abuse myself once in a while as long as I exercise right. I like the tight wiry strength I''m getting too - even if my jujutsu mates don''t.
From: Master Rinpoche.
Date/Time: 2002-02-01 14:08:04 .
Re: The Kettlebell Effect
Steve, kettlebells are better for two hundred different reasons, half of which can be explained and half of which have to be experienced. If you don''t believe us, fine, that''s your prerogative. But I strongly suggest you invest in one kettlebell, and that will settle the matter. I''ve converted numerous kettlebell skeptics in approximately five minutes apiece. As with certain religious conversions, each of these ended with the converted writhing on the ground ... in agony or ecstasy, it was hard to tell.
From: Rob Lawrence.
Date/Time: 2002-02-25 20:51:37.
Left coast new party member
Greetings I am an ex SEAL (12 years in) with some back damage. Listened to pencil necks for too long following disc surgery, led to 10 years of decay. Woke up and began working out again about a year ago. Discovered KBs a couple of months ago and am having fun and feeling better than I have in along time. The 1 poods are getting light so a 1.5 is on the way. Just signed up for the seminar in Seattle. Looking forward to starting PTP.
From: Dave W.
Date/Time: 2002-04-02 16:33:45
I''m HOOKED! THANK YOU!
Here''s another tstimonial to the wonderful benefits of Kettlebells. I should give you a little background. I’m currently in the Army, so I’m used to doing P.T. everyday and then lifting 3 times a week. I USED to lift weights and I WAS doing the BFL challenge. I got by boyfriend, Chuck, interested in the BLF program (after a little arm twisting) and he also started reading Muscle Media (a little arm twisting again). Chuck is the one responsible for getting me hooked on Kettlebells and PTP. You see, Chuck didn''t really enjoy bodybuilding and when the November issue of Muscle Media came out with the article "Red Alert! Russian-style dumbbell training" he took notice. Myself, on the other hand, noticed the BIG BULKY guy. Unfortunately, I immediately flipped the page without giving it another thought. The last thing I want to do was bulk up anymore especially since, I''m already on the muscular side for a female and my main goal is to tone up and hack off body fat. Was I ever wrong! Before I knew what was happening Chuck has gone completely insane (or so I thought). One day, I go to pick up my mail and I have a 36 pound package waiting for me. YES, you guessed it! He bought me a 1 pood KETTLEBELL along with the PTP book and RKC book. Okay, now I better take the time to seriously look into his MADDNESS! After all, the countless e-mailed articles were understandable, but this is going a little overboard. To say the least, the books were wonderful, but it still took a little twisting MY ARM to get me to start the workouts, because I still had my doubts. Luckily for me, Chuck ...came to the rescue. After twisting my arm (paybacks) he got me to do his PTP workout. WOW! I wasn''t tired, but rather energized (unlike my workouts). It took me a little longer to get the nerve to start the RKC. I went from being literally flipped head over heels (my first attempt to do a two arm swing) and barely being able to lift it, to getting control and it''s getting lighter! I haven''t even got to the best part yet! Company P.T. has gotten easier, I''ve noticed a considerable increase in strength and endurance. This all seems too good to be true, especially since I’ve just scratched the surface (I’ve only been working out “Russian” style for almost a month (2wk PTP, 1.5wks RKC). I’ve never had these results with my weight lifting routines. Now, I''m the crazy one talking about kettlebells to all my friends and how wonderful they are. Of course, they don’t have much interest... YET! Moral of the story... beware of what you do unto others, for they may turn the tables. Luckily for me, this has been a wonderful experience. Thank you, Chuck! I couldn’t ask for a more loving, boyfriend! Of course, thank you to Pavel for making all of this possible.
Date/Time: 2002-01-11 18:06:54 .
Re: KETTLEBELL RESULTS????
6 months At age 68-incredible gains in energy, strength, explosiveness, power, speed, overall coordination, balance, flexibility, joint mobility, restoration of all ranges of motion, ability to do difficult body weight exercises, dramatic increase in overall endurance, posture, correction of lower back weakness, completion of the repair of a very serious shoulder injury from 6 years ago and far better muscle definition than ever in my entire life. From a typical aging old codger to being able to keep up with some of the best young whipper snappers. All from a funny looking iron ball with a big fat handle! All I can say is that if you want a wild ride just put aside anything you know about training the human body, get one, and follow the directions....
Date/Time: 2001-11-20 10:25:53.
Re: going back to the gym For the cost of one''s month''s gym membership you can buy a heavy dumbbell (or two) to do KB workouts. For the price of 2 months membership you can buy a small KB. Unless you live in a closet or can''t exercise outside, gym memberships aren''t worth it.
From: David C.
Date/Time: 2001-08-21 14:19:57.
Re: Kettlebell Question from BradJ''s wife
Com Brad, My wife started on KB''s three weeks ago along with my 12 year old sons, the changes in my wife''s appearance are staggering to say the least especially when you consider that the first 7 days were spent teaching her proper technique. She has now dropped her gym membership and will be working out entirely with the KB''s for the next three months, we will be taking measurements tonight so that I can quantify her progress which I will post monthly. Encourage your wife to try this form of exercise, it will deliver results the spandex and lycra brigade could never hope to match.
Date/Time: 2001-12-03 07:31:10.
KB vs. Tae Bo
Now, this is going to be embarrassing, but I have to admit that I enjoy doing Tae Bo tapes with my wife. The advanced ones, hitting a heavy bag, offer a decent sweat, and the time with the Better Half is great. But something interesting happened yesterday. It was the first time after several weeks of getting back to Tae Bo. My wife had been treadmilling faithfully, and we''d run on the track a bit, but I''d been KB''ing 5-6 days a week for the past 3 weeks, and wondered how the Tae Bo would feel. Usually, we work hard enough (hitting a heavy bag for an hour is tough--even if only to an aerobics tape) for both of us to stop and gasp from time to time. Well, my wife was wiped out, and I was GRINNING through 90% of it. Only some of the small-muscle floor exercises taxed me at all! About all I can say is...Pavel, if you don''t do a "KB Work-along" tape for the general market, someone else is going to, and will get rich doing it. Your methods are, quite simply, superb. Com.
Date/Time: 2001-07-20 10:51:22.
A drop in heart rate after two weeks of straight KBs
Yesterday morning after I got off from 12 hour night shift I went to Walmart to pick up a couple of dumbbell handles. I went over to pharmacy section and did a blood pressure test on a machine there. It show my heart rate at 60 beats per minute. I didn''t believe as first so I did a second test and it shows 61 beats per minute. My previous heart rate was always at in lower seventies. After two week of torture on 24kg KB and I just dropped 10 BPM on my heart rate in that so short of time.
Date/Time: 2001-10-18 06:34:09.