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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Book Review: Kettlebell--Simple and Sinister

Kettlebell - Simple and Sinister (hereafter referred to as Simple and Sinister or S&S), is the latest offering from Pavel Tsatsouline, formerly head of the RKC, and now head of StrongFirst. It is available in paperback, kindle, and audiobook format. I read it on my Kindle.

Disclaimer: I am an SFG under StrongFirst, and do a great deal of my training at Skill of Strength, a StrongFirst affiliate. Clearly, I have a pro-StrongFirst bias. Read this review accordingly.  

Simple and Sinister is aimed at the kettlebell novice. In a sense, this is the latest evolution of Pavel's entry-level kettlebell writings. The original Russian Kettlebell Challenge was filled with tons of exercises and programming ideas, many of them quickly glossed over and with no particular focus. Enter the Kettlebell focused on six exercises, and offered two main programs (the Program Minimum and the Rite of Passage) for the aspiring kettlebell enthusiast. Simple and Sinister cuts things down even further, for good or for ill.

If you are new to the kettlebell world, and looking for a place to start, this is it. If you've been around for a while, you not get quite as much out of it, but the book could still be worth checking out.

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