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Old 02-25-2009, 04:20 PM   #11
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Thanks for all of the replies folks I was thinking that it would be cool to have pairs, so maybe I could do thrusters or practice push presses with them....I know that you can do everything with one bell, but I thought having a pair would be better. That being said, money is somewhat of a limiting factor.

I guess you could have a 35lb in one hand and a 53 in the other for doing a press over head, and then switch bells...I dunno, I'm a full on newb at these. Getting some pointers from someone with experience would definitely be a plus.

All I know is that I need to at least start doing some workouts. I haven't worked out in about 3 weeks except for doing some pull ups, pushups, and practicing some hand stands...I tweaked my shoulder right before the babies were born doing some hang cleans...went a bit heavier than I normally do so the rest has come at a good time. Luckily my wife has given me a couple of hall passes to go surfing
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Old 02-25-2009, 04:22 PM   #12
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you can get plenty of benefits w/o getting them in pairs
Grissim...from your photo, looks like you have benefit well
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Old 02-26-2009, 03:51 PM   #13
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if i'm doing thrusters w/ kb's, i'll vary it up. sometimes i'll cup both hands around the bell, sometimes by the horns, sometimes i'll do one arm thrusters and alternate. the one arm thrusters is pretty interesting because it teaches the corkscrew motion that goes on during presses between your lower and upper body.

i have a 1, 1.5, and 2 pood. i find that if i really need make the motions heavier, i just do OL instead. would i like to have a pair of each? definately, but due to conveniance, money, and space (i keep my kb in a small locker at my school gym, they look pretty ridiculous in there) the single set is quite adequate. the reason that i like having the 2 pood as opposed to a pair of 1 pood and 1.5 pood is for heavy TGUs. i haven't really tried heavy TGUs with a barbell, but the 2 pood is normally ample enough to stimulate the motion well. plus i've had to drop the bell on these before.

honestly though, if you get 2 pairs or a set of 3 diff ones, you're gonna get nearly the same benefits. thus i wouldn't really worry which one you pick. you might have a stronger TGU with a 2 pood while you might have a stronger clean with a pair of 1.5, but are these differences that big a deal? it all really depends on what your goal is.
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Old 03-08-2009, 04:42 PM   #14
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I can finally update a little bit. I got my two 35's and two Russian Red 53's two weeks ago. I have used them as much as I am able and I love them. The reds are a bit slicker in the handle, but I honestly like that. I use a bit of chalk now and then, but I really don't notice any trouble with the slicker grip. Perhaps I have a better than average grip though. Having four bells is a great way to go. So far I have no need for a larger size. I agree with Grissim in that if I want to go really heavy I will break out some Oly style lifts.

How are the kids Doug? Are you sleeping much?
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Old 03-09-2009, 10:05 AM   #15
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Gary,

What brand of bells are we talking? I e-mailed the guys at vs athletics and they responded promptly. I haven't ordered anything yet. How are the VS bells?

Thanks for the update! And, some nights I get more sleep than others The kids are doing well...'lil buggers are keeping us busy
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Old 03-10-2009, 04:52 AM   #16
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Hi Doug,
I got the dragondoor bells. My 53's are the russian red's, the 35's are standard. If you are having a good communication with VS and if they will give you a good deal I would say go with them. I have never tried the ones they sell though. Glad you are still looking in to all this. Keep up the good work with the little ones.
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Old 04-08-2009, 02:39 PM   #17
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KBs deliver opt fitness....enough said!

I have 3...16kg-24kg-32kg.
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Old 04-23-2009, 12:53 PM   #18
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Hey, I just got my KB...ordered a 16kg from Rogue Fitness...the bell they sent me is an Ader. I don't know much about KB's but it seems nice. Now I just gotta figure out some routines. Stoked! Once I get this one down a bit, will get a 53 and a 70
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Old 06-15-2009, 03:20 PM   #19
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Hey Doug good work on getting the 16, I too am new to kettlebells but from what i've read I think using 2 bells at once is generally only recommended once one has mastered using 1. What does the party think?
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Old 06-16-2009, 08:25 AM   #20
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i don't which party i'm in, but hopefully it's the cool one. i go to a nerd school, so probably not.

yes learning with one kb at first is probably best, but if you work the motion regularly, i don't think you need to wait that long to try 2 and see what it's like.

just have fun. 1 kb is fun. 2 kb's are fun. swing them thangs.
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