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Is Double Kettlebell Training Right [Now] For You?

by GEOFFN on September 24

Some things come easily to some people. We all know those people who can play 17 different musical instruments. Or those who can sit down and draw perfect pictures from memory. Or those who can beat their PlayStation at any given game. The list goes on and on…

For me, none of it is easy. But some of it is fun.

One of those things is double kettlebell lifting. I guess it’s because I have a background in Olympic lifting.

It seems that the trend in kettlebell lifting is, well, confusing…

Here’s what I mean…

We’ve got a crew who say we should focus on the basics. Swings, Get Ups, Swings, Get Ups, etc. And they’re right. There is so much to be learned about your body with just those 2 exercises. I won’t argue that.

And then we have the release a couple of months ago of Pavel’s new book, Return of the Kettlebell, (if you don’t have it, get it!) which focuses on double kettlebell drills for not only building muscle, but getting strong as an ox.

Who’s right?


I just depends on two things and two things only:

  1. Your goals.
  2. Your limitations.

Let’s take a closer look.

Your goals. Ok, reality check here. It doesn’t really matter what your goals are, double kettlebell work will get you there faster. Why? (I know, kind of reckless of me to paint with a broad brush like that…) Because the strain two kettlebells place on the body is greater, in most cases, than one. So, greater strain equals greater overload. Since the only way to progress is to follow the Progressive Overload method, than you will theoretically progress faster with two bells.

Your limitations. Ok, ‘nother reality check here. Your goals are subject to your limitations. So, if you want to press two 48kg bells over your head, but your left shoulder is jacked up, then double kettlebell lifting is probably not for you. You fall into the category of people who need to spend a lot of time on the Swings and Get Ups. And that’s ok. Develop a plan to get you from where you are to where you want to be. Then test your plan. If you’re making progress, then your plan is working. If you’re not, then you need to change your plan.

So, how do you decide if you’re ready for double kettlebell training?

I’ll dig into that further in my next post…

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