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Old 08-23-2010, 06:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Are Kettlebells good for gaining muscle mass?

Hi, I just stumbled upon kettle bells on youtube. Lots of mma fighters use them and I am also a mixed martial artist. My goal is to move up a weight class.(At least 20 pounds) With the proper diet and training, will it be better to use kettle bells as opposed to the gym? I would go to the gym but I run on a very tight schedule and I don't have time to drive to the gym everyday. How long would it take to achieve this goal?
Also- Are kettle bells good for major strength training?
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Old 08-23-2010, 10:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Imagine, doing this sort of lift and you will get the picture fairly quick.

Put your right hand between your legs as in a split and lift it above your head completely vertically with a 20-30 pound ball weighing you down.
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Old 10-01-2010, 05:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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kettle bells will help for strength and conditioning but not in your case. looking to gain weight? do heavy lifts and focus on the main ones: deadlifts, squats, clean and press. if youre looking to move up in weight you need to lift heavier weight and be able to increase your stregnth. 4-6 rep range and hit your max 1 rep lifts
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Kettlebells would only make you more explosive, similar to slamming a medicine ball off the ground. Useful, but not what you're after. As A.B. said, heavy lifts on compound exercises will build mass, along with a high calorie and high protein diet.
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Old 10-06-2010, 04:07 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Kettlebells good but NOT BEST for muscle mass

I would save kettlebells for your endurance & athletic performance type training like doing multiple one arm snatches but as for muscle - YES...

Do the basics
  • Compound lifts
  • Heavy weights 3-to-10 (or maybe even 3-to-12 rep rangs
  • proper rest & recovery along with nutrition but here's the #1 thing people miss...

To build muscle fast - you have to keep beating your last workout so you can get stronger because if you dont know...

A stronger muscle is a bigger muscle and if you keep using the same weight, reps and sets each workout then you cant get bigger & stronger
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Old 10-20-2010, 10:26 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Yea kettle bells is like circuit training its very effective muscle where you need it but not really mass.
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