It has been over a year now. I mark the weekend of St. Patricks Day as my official entry into the kettlebell world. I guess that I could say it was February of 2009 that I started but that was not as memorable.
So here is the chronicle of my rise to the kettlebell. My wife and I have been looking for something to supplement our weight machine and elliptical. She asked if I had heard of these “kettle thingies”. I didn’t realize it but I had. I remember saying “those are those Russian things that are supposed to be really good exercise.” I did some research after that and decided that I was right, kettlebells were a great workout.
In February, I went a bought a set of kettlebells at Big 5 sporting goods. The set had a 5#, 10#, 15#, and 20# and it was on sale. That is what sold it for me. I looked up some exercises and started with the 15 and 20#. I was quickly done with both as they were way too light.
It was St. Patricks Day weekend in 2009 that I bought my first 35# bell and went crazy from there. Now I have written about how cool kettlebells are for me before. I have also written about how much time I have spent researching and playing around. I am fairly content now, using my 35# for most things and my new 55# that I got for Christmas for swings and heavier practice.
I just love using the things. I don’t do much with the lighter bells anymore. Even with all the time I spent drilling out the 15# bell I don’t load it up much anymore. I am teaching my kids to use the bells though. My 3 year old uses the 5# for “up downs” which are her versions of swings. This is one of the main reasons that I started with kettlebells.
I want to get healthy and stay healthy. I want my family to be healthy. I want my family to have something to do together that will let us go play baseball all day long. I want my kids to be strong both mentally and physically. They should be able to lift heavy things.
I would live to hear comments!