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Posted by MadaboutDana
Nov 18, 2011 at 05:03 PM

 

Hm: I have major reservations about the ghastly Tim Ferriss, who is above all exceptionally good at self-promotion.

Having said that, reading his stuff is certainly a good way to test your personal preconceptions.

As for kettlebells: recommending a particular weight would be rash without knowing more about you personally, Daly (e.g. strength parameters, bodyweight, rough fitness level etc.). But you could start with a 14kg kettlebell, maybe. The one thing to watch, if you haven’t done swinging before and plan to do it in-between doing other stuff, is that it can put considerable stress on your lower/middle back unless you’re properly warmed up.

I started using kettlebells fairly recently, and was initially disconcerted by the differences in stresses across the body. Once you’re used to them, you get a lot out of them (my current favourite is doing step while swinging a kettlebell - an exercise in coordination with the thrill of breaking your kneecaps as the adrenalin-boosting “risk” part of the exercise!).

Actually, you can also use dumbells for an almost exactly equivalent effect: try swinging dumbells, for example, or dumbell snatches (or dumbell clean and press, or standing on one leg while doing dumbell curls/presses). The advantage of dumbells? You can’t reduce/increase the weight on a kettlebell.

 


Posted by Alexander Deliyannis
Nov 20, 2011 at 08:28 PM

 

semanticum wrote:
>I fully agree regarding drinking plenty of water. Our brain only works well
>when it gets enough water.

I’ve always found it difficult to drink much water, but I’ve always enjoyed tea in huge quantities. As it turns out, tea is a diuretic and can actually enhance dehydration.

The breakthrough came when I switched tea with rooibos and other non-diuretic hot drinks.

 


Posted by Daly de Gagne
Nov 20, 2011 at 10:23 PM

 

Thanks - sounds like good advice. Appreciate it!

What’s the story on Ferriss?

Daly

MadaboutDana wrote:
>Hm: I have major reservations about the ghastly Tim Ferriss, who is above all
>exceptionally good at self-promotion.
> >Having said that, reading his stuff is
>certainly a good way to test your personal preconceptions.
> >As for kettlebells:
>recommending a particular weight would be rash without knowing more about you
>personally, Daly (e.g. strength parameters, bodyweight, rough fitness level
>etc.). But you could start with a 14kg kettlebell, maybe. The one thing to watch, if you
>haven’t done swinging before and plan to do it in-between doing other stuff, is that it
>can put considerable stress on your lower/middle back unless you’re properly warmed
>up.
> >I started using kettlebells fairly recently, and was initially disconcerted
>by the differences in stresses across the body. Once you’re used to them, you get a lot
>out of them (my current favourite is doing step while swinging a kettlebell - an
>exercise in coordination with the thrill of breaking your kneecaps as the
>adrenalin-boosting “risk” part of the exercise!).
> >Actually, you can also use
>dumbells for an almost exactly equivalent effect: try swinging dumbells, for
>example, or dumbell snatches (or dumbell clean and press, or standing on one leg while
>doing dumbell curls/presses). The advantage of dumbells? You can’t
>reduce/increase the weight on a kettlebell. 

 


Posted by Alexander Deliyannis
Nov 23, 2011 at 07:47 PM

 

Daly de Gagne wrote:
>What’s the story on Ferriss?

His book and blog The 4-Hour Body (he was previously the best selling author of The 4-Hour Work Week) provide a ‘fast track’ to improving body composition and performance. The dietary information is similar to Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes, which I am personally a supporter of.

I can vouch for quite a few of the approaches that Ferriss proposes. That said, I haven’t tried them all and, as Bill noted, the guy does manage to bring perhaps too much attention to himself.

 


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