You Won't Find Them in Stores


Looking at kettlebellFinding myself without the weights for a while was more than enough reason to track down a local supplier of Kettlebells. I'm not quite sure why, but everything to do with them - from the bells themselves to training manuals and DVDs - seems to be tucked away in various online stores and auction sites.

If you're looking for them, here are a couple of sources to investigate :

Octogen Fitness (Australia)
Although the shipping is a sizeable part of the cost (I was fortunate here as I live close to part of the team and was able to call and pick it up), this is a great source for the Kettlebells themselves in Australia.

Octogen also offer regular workshops to learn the finer points of Kettlebell training.

Australian Kettlebells
The only difference between these and their russian counterparts is the name which has been stamped on them. The starter sets are well worth considering, combining bells with a Pavel Tsatsouline DVD to get things moving in the right direction.

Mike Mahler (US)

I mentioned Mahler a while ago, and he's still working hard to keep his position at the cutting edge of Kettlebell training knowledge. His Kettlebell manual (.pdf) is a great place to start.

The above manual describes - and has photographs for each - over 40 exercises; covering both single and double kettlebell use. I tried a few of them this afternoon, and once I've been through the book I should have a pretty solid routine worked out. The book also has a couple of routines for those just starting out.

Dragon Door

I'm keen to read some of Pavel Tsatsouline's writings on kettlebell training, and am most interested to hear from anyone who's already added a book or DVD to their own fitness library. For now though, Mike Mahler has ensured that I'll be enjoying a bit of pain.


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