The Kettlebell Experiment

I have not exercised regularly for the longest time since the little one was born. Part of the reason is that I’m trying to come up with a cheap solution that will work both in snowy winter and sweaty summer.

I have no desire to spend couple hundred dollars for exercise, let alone “drive to work out”. How ironic is that sentence. Wouldn’t jog to the gym back and forth fulfill the workout, and one can save the gas, the car and the gym membership fee all at one?

I have also been very reluctant to fork out thousands for a home exercise machine. The sheer idea of comparing the functionality, price and then decide among tens if not hundreds of choices makes me freaking out.

Besides, when I have to move, I like to think that I’m still nimble enough to stuff all my belongings in a couple suitcase. The treadmill or elliptical will break that illusion for sure.

A couple days ago, I think I finally found the solution. I bought a 12KG(26 pounds) kettlebell and it cost me only $45. With a complimentary DVD, I’m very excited about my 20 minutes workout.

Kettlebell has the legend that KGB and Russian athletes train on it. The workouts “are intended to increase strength, endurance, agility and balance, challenging both the muscular and cardiovascular system with dynamic, total-body movements.”

I started doing 3 times of these:

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3 Responses

  1. […] Original post by chengping […]

  2. Ping, working with kettle bell sounds like a great idea. I’m going to check it out too. I need to get in shape too.

    • I can testify that I’ve started to see the effects. Check your local craigslist to see what bargain you can get!

      I have no experience in weight training whatsoever so I cannot say if it’s superior or inferior to dumbbell, barbell etc. However, it’s definitely cheaper than most of the workouts! It also takes less time than jogging, biking, hiking etc.

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