- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 6993 KB
- Print Length: 149 pages
- Publisher: Dragon Door Publications; 1 edition (1 May 2006)
- Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004XIZK5K
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 342 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #72,724 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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About the Author
Pavel Tsatsouline, is a former Soviet Special Forces physical training instructor, who helped Dragon Door Publications initiate the modern kettlebell movement. Pavel is regarded as one of the premier strength authorities in the world today, having created the first-ever kettlebell instructor certification system and being the author of the first-ever book on the subject of kettlebell training.
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What he does is mix up observations on how to train with details of his exercise programme and personalises it with anecdote and humour. This means that if you want the programme you have to read the rest.
Imagine a cookery book with a chapter on kitchen hygiene at the end after chapters of recipes. How many people would read that chapter? Not many I guess. It is the same with exercise books. If you separate all the good advice about not overtraining, the importance of technique etc from the actual programme then most people will (if you are lucky) skim the advice before getting down to work.
Because the programme is embedded in the good advice you end up reading that advice over again and again so it sinks in. Because Pavel creates a personality on the page you can imagine him standing over you when you train, repeating the advice. That makes it much easier to stick to.
Has it worked? Well, I'm nearer 60 than 50 and have weedy arms so I started with a 12kg bell. After a week of preparatory training I said I would give it a month before giving up and buying a smaller weight. After three weeks I was strong enough to start the programme minimum. Three months more and I'm on to a 16kg bell, I'm motivated and sticking to the programme. Result!
Why only 4 stars? Some of the criticism is justified, some programme elements could be a bit clearer. And it is pricey, presumably because it is an imported US edition.
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.
The book has got an exercise program towards the end, but that's a little difficult to follow, and a little vague in some parts. But I enjoyed my first kettlebell book.