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AOS Providence

Posted in Cardio,Kettlebells by Mike on March 4, 2007

I went ahead an bought one of the Art of Strength videos, Providence. I was a little leery when I bought it. I thought, I’m no newbie to these things should I really do the beginner DVD. Well it turns out, I am still a newbie. It was hard darn work. I opted for my 16k kettlebell throughout the duration.
I won’t give away all te details but the basic concept is that you have 15 rounds, each round is 2 minutes of work and one minute of rest. You do a few cleans but at lot more of the traditional strength moves or the Tactical Athelete type drills. Squat, lunges, curls are all easy enough but with 2 minutes on the clock, it tallies up.
I have to say I’m really happy with it. Laura trained along with me, she alternated between the 8K and (now painted) 4k. It’s good for folks (mostly women) who are used to following along with an aerobics type DVD but if your a guy like me and can put your ego aside, it’s good hard work for us too.

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Kettlebell Painting, Practice Run

Posted in Kettlebells by Mike on March 4, 2007

Oh, this is too easy.

I bought a whole mess of Rustoleum spray paint. I decided I needed a practice run. I’ve never really used spreay paint or painted a kettlebell. I have a 4K bell that I never use, it’s going to work to be my paperweight. It began as all kettlebells begin.
KB4KBlack
I madeĀ  a suspension to work from. It doesn’t permit me to spin the bell but that is okay, I’ll work with what I have. I also used tape to mask the handle. I think I’m going to leave the handles black. So I primed it.
KB4KPrime
Any layer of paint takes about 2 – 5 minutes to apply then I go do something else for half an hour. if you wanted to get some mixing of color you could do this quicker. I started with orange.
KB4KFirstLayer
Then I decided I wanted to go over it quickly with red, hoping to give it some highlights. in retrospect I did this backward. I should have gone over it with red then orange and just let some of the red show through.
KB4KSecondLayer
Then I let it dry overnight.
KB4KPaint
Now I have a distinctive kettlebell.
KBFamily1
Next I will start in on a bell I actually use….