souker wrote:i've been using KB's for over 14 years, what know one really talks about is that KB's build you inside out, ligaments, tendons, then muscles.. thats why you should start slow, so you dont damage the inside, your muscles might be up to par but your internal parts not. KB's are awesome, and for MMA, martial arts perfect fit cause its a cardio explosive weight trainingn workout.
This, tendons in my arms were killin me in the beginning, luckily I was building muscle mass at the same time but I can definitely see somebody with muscles up to par but with tight tendons going too fast.
The "issue" with the kettlebells is that you look at a 16kg one and think, shit, I can bench 80kg or whatever and now you want me to "lift" only 16kg? So people are turned off by that at first, and might be even scared to realize 16kg workout can destroy them - like jeez, I'm such a wuss, exhausted from lifting 16kg.
In reality you can do insane workouts with 16kg and depending on your intents and purposes you don't even have to go higher - though the great thing about kettlebells is that you'll progress super fast, like in a matter of month or two you can go from 12kgs to 16kgs. And if you get to 24kg++ you are a bad mofo.
In any case, I've worked out in a traditional gym with olympic weights n such, the usual machinery, and while it has its merits, I'd honestly say kettlebells are far superior for sports because you build a strong, efficient body with no weak links - as opposed to isolated exercises. Obviously you can and should do both (i.e. dead lift and such has great benefits), but at least in my training regiment for athletes (runners, swimmers, basketball&football players, etc.) we implement kettlebells way more than any other weights.
Real mean beats fake nice on any given day.