Home Made Kettlebells

Unless you were first exposed to kettlebells first hand, you probably found out about them on the internet.  The problem was whether dumbbells would suffice to try out the motions, and were
there any viable substitutes. And there was always the cost issue.

Unless you know a welder, that proposition almost immediately runs to pipe fittings, which are our first some homemade kettlebells............

pipe fittings:

rattles a bit unless

a bit wide, so it's tricky on swings,

don't bother with

Now, swap out a reducing elbow on one end for the T , and it's a bit narrower. However it's still  tough on swings and cleans are still tricky....

A giant wire bail...


the first "real" Kstack prototype .

(follow the link for it's story)

Not homemade, but...

 the original Calvert Milo Kettlebell.

Very hard to find these days.....

Heavy Kettlebell Swings

The kettlebell swing should be respected for it's pure simple physical challenge, so "heavy" is enough weight that you don't have to worry about swinging it over your head (a crescent swing btw ). Before you load up on snatches, go back to the swing and refocus on the fundamentals; Basically, a kettlebell is about the best tool for training the hip snap. Swing a kettlebell with purposeful intent and you will definitely improve your basis for seriously athletic things like vertical jumps and short "popping" acceleration off the line (whatever sport you play).


Here are a few differences between men and women to consider w.r.t. kettlebells or

300 workouts with Kettlestacks

Following the "300" movie there's been a lot of buzz of about an old fashioned idea - athletic "fast circuit" style training. This style of training works really well with kettlebells with their natural focus on strength-endurance. Basically, we want to design a circuit that challenges a variety of larger bodyparts with relatively simple "whole body" motions and avoid burning out any smaller bodypart; These are hard, all consuming workouts so you really want to understand what you're going through (and why) before you start, so please read through.