The reason I went to the kettlebell side is due to two things:
1. I hate going to the gym and paying money for it. I used to frequent this nearby gym at the village every week just to run and “lift” weights via machines. It was weekly but I swear they charge gold. Not to mention that I had to walk or ride a bike to get there and sometimes I don’t have the luxury of time. I had to find a better option which prompted me to number 2.
2. I don’t have much money and time to spare so I prefer a home gym type of set up.
When I got my first pair of kettlebells at 15 lb each ( I was skeptical so I got light ones first) I figured I should go out and give them a try. It was funny how dumb these tools seemed like at first. I was doing a few basic workouts with them and I figured “Eh? That’s it?” so I went and did them for 30 minutes. I ended up being the one laughed at by my kettlebells. They were light but their weight can fool you. They made my body tense up in ways running couldn’t. They made me feel a lot of pain in places I never felt so much pain before. But it all felt good. I knew I found the perfect tool for me.
I ended up buying my second pair 6 months later at 30 lb each, then 6 months again and I got a pair of whopping 32 kg kettlebells. This would turn out to be a mistake as I sometimes injured my back from the strain of barely being able to utilize the kettlebells. Almost a full year later, I bought a pair of 24 kg kettlebells plus a sports bicycle and an ab-wheel. I also ended up writing non-stop about my new fit and healthy life.
More than a year after my last purchase, and four years of being fit and healthy, I am now able to double press my pair of 32 kg with only a slight effort. I’ve developed my own workout routines as I watched and reviewed kettlebell workouts and combinations from experts like Pavel Tsatsouline, Dan John, Steve Maxwell, Steve Cotter, Pat Flynn, and Lauren Brooks. I also keep tabs on a few websites like Breaking Muscle particularly on their kettlebell blogs specially those written by Andrew Read.
I often review even some of their dated articles and videos just to give myself a good refresher on the important lessons they teach their students and, of course, the core and fundamentals of kettlebell training.