King of the Kettlebell

  • Article by: MARISA HELMS , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 8, 2012 - 8:38 AM

Helping introduce the heavy-weight fitness regimen to the United States is just part of John Du Cane's lifelong pursuit of well-being.

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mccorkeMay. 7, 12 8:12 AM

I'm glad Kettlebells work for this guy, but they look like a deliberate effort to injure people. Just for fun, see if you can even think a single dumber idea for exercise. The problem with idiotic fads like this is that there is almost no way a regular person could do this exercise without help from a professional trainer (gee, I wonder who thinks up and promotes these crazy fads?). The best kind of exercises are ones that most anyone can do, for free, with minimal training or equipment. Like walking, for example. Good grief.

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sbuzz16May. 7, 12 1:09 PM

I own and workout with kettlebells. Every type of lift involves all muscles in you body, including your abs. They're not cheap, but in time they pay for themselves vs. gym fees. John's theories via his videos and/or books are very valid and extremely beneficial. Try it for yourself if want to improve your well being.

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cpunksMay. 7, 12 2:06 PM

I agree about the fads but kettlebells are the real deal. I've been working with them for two years and am in better shape than I was 20 years ago. I'm 58. I can get a world class workout with one kettlebell and a set of steps. The whole body fast and loose explosiveness you get from kettlebells is phenomenal but you have to make sure you're doing it right. Get some training on technique and go for it. You'll never go back to "weight lifting".

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erikj3May. 7, 12 5:20 PM

Anyone who thinks kettlebells are a "fad" doesn't know what they're talking about. That said, they're simply one more tool in the toolbox, not the end all be all of fitness.

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AngusmeatsMay. 7, 12 5:34 PM

Good for hamstring and groin muscle strain. "They're not cheap, but in time they pay for themselves vs. gym fees." Shouldn't they be cheap after they shipped production from St Paul to China?

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kempfsj12May. 8, 12 7:03 PM

I've been doing Kettlebells for about 6 months now, and originally heard about them through my nephew who is a personal trainer. It is a total body workout, and is great for the core. Make sure you have good instructor that teaches technique and safety! A good beginner DVD is from instructor Laura Brooks Volume 1. Not a flashy well produced DVD but a great workout.

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oldjockMay. 9, 1211:38 AM

My first comment is a correction, kettlebell training has been around for a long time and is not indigenous to Russia. If you look for pictures of gyms of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries you will see rows of kettlebells lining the walls. If you Google pictures of old time strong men you will see many of them posing with kettlebells. The exact origin of kettlebells is lost in the clouds of time with many different claims being made. I first met Pavel when he was teaching at the Open U here in Minneapolis and have been a crash test dummy for several of his certification courses.I train with kettlebells, my partner trains with kettlebells and she loves them. In my experience people who denigrate training with kettlebells have never tried them and speak from a position of ignorance.

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badrianNov. 3, 12 8:49 AM

I'm a 65 year old woman who has been training with kettlebells 3x/week for over a year now. Incredible way to work out! My sore shoulders are no longer sore and they have full range of motion. I'm strong, feel great and feel challenged. Kettlebell workouts also provide your aerobic training too. I'll stick with it for sure. You need a good trainer who knows what he/she is doing.

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