Today, I bought a 20 kg (44lb) kettlebell from a guy off Craigslist. I’ve been wanting to add weight to my double KB swings. I just tried a set of 20, and it felt awesome. It reminded me of the last time I added weight about 8 months ago. I can’t believe I waited so long. I’m so excited to get comfortable at this level….and then get a 24 kg KB!
The power of the KB swing is something for all aging climbers to consider, since power starts to decline after the age of 25. Aging climbers need to maintain as much type II muscle fibers as they can. Once you learn how to do the KB swing safely, it’s a great exercise to maintain power throughout the body. Mix it up with your squats and deadlifts and you’re going to see a big difference.
Here’s Pavel’s take on the KB swing: Best Hip Hinge Exercise
Note: The swing is not a movement to take lightly. There are hundreds of youtube videos of people doing terrible swings. Do your homework before adding this exercise to your arsenal. Consult an RKC or someone who understands movement and biomechanics. I know movement and posture very well, yet I’ve had a bugger of a time teaching people the swing.