What Are The Top Kettlebell Juggling

Ava Flores
• Tuesday, 24 November, 2020
• 16 min read

(For best results learn how with The Definitive Guide to KettlebellJuggling 2.0) You’ll find the current Masters of KettlebellJuggling and all other rankings by scrolling down past the 20 example videos.

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In this video you must state the level you are going for, and show the weight of the kettle bell. You must perform the series of movements in accordance to what is shown in the sample video and as it is explained.

At the current time I am the sole judge of what counts. The video MUST link back to this page, state in the description the kettle bell juggling level and weight you’re going for and have your name.

You can copy and paste the below example, just changing out the level, weight and name as necessary. Send an email with the subject line: Kettle bell Juggling Levels with links to the video.

You may find higher levels easier than lesser ones. Although I believe they’re well laid out in order of progression, the important thing is to master them all.

You’ll find some levels may be easier with a competition bell as compared to a thicker handle one, and vice versa. That’s why I created this two-page PDF that lists all the levels which you can download and print.

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For Rank 3 you can add a link back to your website. For the Master level you’ll also receive a longer bio with a picture and two or three links if you’d like and be placed in prominence.

This doesn’t have to be long or show a bunch, but must be creative and something new. Once again at this time I will be the sole judge of this and will provide feedback to make it better if it doesn’t meet my criteria.

I’ll tell you right now a single new move or combination isn’t enough unless it’s wonderful. In the video and article teach how it’s done, with the progressions that lead up to the skills if necessary.

Send this to me by email at logan@legendarystrength.com with the subject line: KettlebellJuggling Thesis It showcases that you can do a variety of moves for some time without dropping the kettle bell at all.

This is uploaded online with a similar description as the levels. When you have successfully passed all six components you will be awarded a Master of KettlebellJuggling Certificate and be able to claim such.

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As a helpful reminder I’ve created these pages you can print out where you can check off your accomplishments. Because becoming a Master of Kettle bell takes some time to attain, the ranks are available to designate stepping stones along the way and are much easier to hit.

Plus everything else that transfers from the exercises (swinging, squatting, moving, throwing, catching). It’s dangerous if you start juggling straight away and ignore progression.

A lot of people think it’s stupid or just to look cool, some are jealous, some don’t understand and therefore put it down. People that don’t these skills will not develop them and therefore run much more of risk dropping something on their feet, again, this inability transfers to events outside of training.

Agility or nimbleness is the ability to change the body’s position efficiently and requires the integration of isolated movement skills using a combination of balance, coordination, speed, reflexes, strength, and endurance. The processes that occur during this brief time enable the brain to perceive the surrounding environment, identify an object of interest, decide an action in response to the object, and issue a motor command to execute the movement.

Motor coordination is the combination of body movements created with the kinematic (such as spatial direction) and kinetic (force) parameters that result in intended actions. To take in energy through physical action, i.e. reducing the velocity of the kettle bell with the body.

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Being able to move weight fast and getting the amount of power required just right. Saying that juggling is a waste of time or just to look cool is like saying no one needs the skills aforementioned.

Taco Fleur Russian Gregory Sport Institute Kettle bell Coach, Caveman training Certified, IFF Certified Kettle bell Teacher, Kettle bell Sport Rank 2, HardstyleFit Kettle bell Level 1 Instructor., CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CrossFit Judges Certificate, CrossFit Lesson Planning Certificate, Kettle bells Level 2 Trainer, Kettle bell Science and Application, MMA Fitness Level 2, MMA Conditioning Level 1, BJJ Purple Belt and more. Not only will it work your strength from all angles, but it’ll build huge levels of conditioning depending of course on the weight you use and how long you go.

This video will show you a variety of possible moves with different size weights, including some double kettlebelljuggling. Once you can do it, catching with the same hand or the opposite, all you have to do is put a little force on the handle to do a flip.

What I really like about this skillet is it is something you can gain experience in quickly, often being able to do several new moves every single practice session. What I like about kettlebelljuggling (besides it being fun though that is one of the best aspects) is that it build strength, endurance, hand-eye coordination, explosiveness and shock absorption all across the body.

For more information I have an entire site devoted to this, with free videos that will help you get started. Although kettle bells have gained in popularity over the past decade, most people are unfamiliar with this particular style of training.

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The kettle bell doesn't offer a unique benefit when you're doing a press or a squat, as compared to using a dumbbell or barbell. Part of the benefit a lot of people experience with kettle bells is simply because they start training with more whole-body exercises, rather than the isolation exercises commonly done in most commercial gyms.

In fact, I've taught people who are beginners with kettle bells the basic juggling moves, and they've been able to get started right away. But the truth is you can get started with the basic moves right away and by the end of this article you‘ll know how.

Now, I will admit that it is more dangerous than the average kettle bell movements or other forms of exercise. But part of this training is that you build faster reflexes and coordination so you're able to avoid the weight when it does come crashing down.

Secondly, by working all the odd angles and awkward movements you're actually injury proofing your body. By starting with a light weight and building up to more complex moves your body is able to handle forces that might make “normal” people scared.

For a long time I was able to make the claim that I never hurt myself kettlebelljuggling. But then I finally did hurt myself when I tried a very complex trick (picture doing a cartwheel with a kettle bell in hand) with too heavy of a weight.

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A common idea is that juggling should be done with steel-toed shoes, but I’d rather have my feet be able to move quickly, so I like to be barefoot. If you do it indoors, then you better have thick rubber mats to protect the floor (and then be careful of the resulting bounce).

Now let's talk about some benefits kettlebelljuggling brings you that the normal kettle bell ballistic exercises don't. The regular kettle bell ballistics are great in building hip extension and the posterior chain.

A simple flip of the kettle bell can also be trained to the point of efficiency, but it will always take more effort than the swing itself. And when you move into some of the more complex stunts, and definitely when using a heavier weight, you'll see just how quickly the endurance is jacked up.

By working in all these different angles, including in places many trainers would have you believe you should never go, such as a rounded spine with rotation in it, you're strengthening your weak points. By building up in this manner over time, which is done by progressing through the kettlebelljuggling skills, all your weak links become much stronger.

Sure, if you have a completely uncoordinated person who is just getting started with kettle bells they will build some coordination, but it's only up to a minor level. With the swing you are absorbing force at the bottom and then redirecting it, reapplying it as you do the next rep. Kettlebelljuggling takes us to a whole other level.

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There are few other things where you’ll find you want to continue your practice past the point of fatigue or even exhaustion, but it has been known to happen with kettlebelljuggling. I frequently tell people that if I had to spend 45 minutes on a treadmill, I wouldn't want to exercise either.

There's even more benefits than this, but this list gives you a fairly well-rounded picture of what you can gain from doing kettlebelljuggling. Kettlebelljuggling is extremely hard to teach through the written word.

Then you can progress to reverse flips, helicopters, the uppercut drill, and much more. For those interested, I’ve created a whole progressive path of kettlebelljuggling mastery.

Also, several years ago, I put up the following article covering the technique I started with in kettlebelljuggling, the Kettle bell forward flip and catch. I’ve seen guys do it behind their back, going between their legs, and even juggling more than one bell at a time.

While you may also have the goal of mastering the art of kettlebelljuggling, it’s important to start out on the right foot or else you could get very frustrated and maybe even injured by improper technique. The way I started out was by performing what I call the Forward Flip and Catch.

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In order to get started with kettlebelljuggling, it’s important to understand a few simple points. Once the kettle bell is in this position, you have a window of opportunity to impart other forces upon it to make the juggling possible.

If you are no good at kettle bell swings, then you should master that movement before moving on to juggling. The bell is projected to this height not just by lifting it with the shoulder and arm, but rather it is propelled to that position by the lower body, especially the power of the hips and glutes.

After the kettle bell is pulled through the legs, the hips are snapped and the bell travels upward in its trajectory. Unfortunately, it is difficult to express any power into the kettle bell if your arm is straight, so it is necessary to transition the swing into a high pull.

It is this slight back pull that brings the bell closer to your body where you can then exert other forces into it and make it flip around so that you can juggle it. With this in mind, you can also slightly shift your hand into radial deviation so that you can optimize the positioning of the thumb and propel the bell forward to initiate the flip.

If your technique is dialed in you will catch the bell in almost the same exact spot you flipped it. Once you get the feel you will be able to move your hand to find the kettle bell handle and secure it again in your grasp.

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However, just like any other kettle bell lift, efficiency is important in order to put together a string of Forward Flips. If they try to catch the bell and drop it straight down, they will lose a lot of momentum.

By maintaining this arc, you can more easily explode back into another swing, high pull, and flip. Notice the path of the bell upwards, the location of my hands, and the quick transition into the next repetition.

A 16-kilogram (35 lb) “competition kettle bell Arthur Saxon with a kettle bell, cover of The Text Book of Weight-Lifting (1910)The Russian girl (, plural girl) was a type of metal weight, primarily used to weigh crops in the 18th century. They began to be used for recreational and competition strength athletics in Russia and Europe in the late 19th century.

The birth of competitive kettle bell lifting or Gregory sport ( ) is dated to 1885, with the founding of the “Circle for Amateur Athletics” ( ). Russian girl are traditionally measured in weight by Food, corresponding to 16.38 kilograms (36.1 lb).

The English term kettle bell has been in use since the early 20th century. Similar weights used in Classical Greece were the halter, comparable to the modern kettle bell in terms of movements.

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Variants of the kettle bell include bags filled with sand, water, or steel shot. By their nature, typical kettle bell exercises build strength and endurance, particularly in the lower back, legs, and shoulders, and increase grip strength.

The basic movements, such as the swing, snatch, and the clean and jerk, engage the entire body at once, and in a way that mimics real world activities such as shoveling or farm work. Unlike the exercises with dumbbells or barbells, kettle bell exercises involve large numbers of repetitions in the sport, and can also involve large reps in normal training.

Kettle bell exercises are in their nature holistic; therefore they work several muscles simultaneously and may be repeated continuously for several minutes or with short breaks. This combination makes the exercise partially aerobic and more similar to high-intensity interval training rather than to traditional weight lifting.

Like movements performed with any exercise tool, they can be dangerous to those who have back or shoulder problems, or a weak core, when performed without proper education and progression. They can offer improved mobility, range of motion, agility, cardio vascular endurance, mental toughness and increased strength.

The following is a list of common exercises that are uniquely suited to the kettle bell for one reason or another. A kettle bell exercise that combines the lunge, bridge and side plank in a slow, controlled movement.

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Keeping the arm holding the bell extended vertically, the athlete transitions from lying supine on the floor to standing, and back again. As with the other slow exercises (the windmill, get-up, and halo), this drill improves shoulder mobility and stabilization.

It starts lying on the ground with the kettle bell over the shoulder in a straight arm position, as in the top of a floor press, but with the other arm along the floor straight overhead. The trainee then gradually turns their body away from the kettle bell until they are lying partially on their front.

The kettle bell is held hanging in one arm and moved smoothly around the body, switching hands in front and behind. Also called a front leg pass, this is a backward lunge, circling the bell around the front leg, returning to the standing position, and repeating.

Like the slingshot, but the bell is swung forward until the arms are parallel to the ground. Starting with the bell in the rack, the bell is pushed away to the side slightly, the swung down to the other side in front of the body, and reversed back up into the rack.

A variation of the press where the other arm assists by pushing open palm against the ball. Stand on one leg and hold the kettle bell with the opposite arm.

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By then lowering and raising the kettle bell you can work stabilization and power. A press utilizing a bent-leg windmill position to lift heavier weight than is otherwise possible.

One bell is rowed to the chest while maintaining the plank position, then returned to the ground and repeated with the other arm. Alternatively performed with a single kettle bell, one arm at a time.

This requires more control than an ordinary push up and results in a greater range of motion. Feet may be elevated to increase the difficulty, until the trainee is performing a handstand push-up on the kettle bells.

In any movement involving the rack or overhead position, the kettle bell can be held with the ball in an open palm (sometimes called the waiter hold) for a greater stabilization challenge, or for even more precise control and added grip challenge, the bottom-up hold, squeezing the kettle bell by the handle upside-down. Holding a single kettle bell in the rack position bottom-up with two hands (“by the horns”) makes for goblet exercise variants.

Conventional swing: The kettle bell is swung from just below the groin to somewhere between the upper abdomen and shoulders, with arms straight or slightly bent, the degree of flexion depends on the trajectory of the kettle bell. Hang clean: The kettle bell is held in the rack position (resting on the forearm in the crook of the elbow, with the elbow against the chest), lowered to below the knees, and then thrust back up in to the rack.

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The kettle bell is held in one hand, lowered to behind the knees via hip hinge, swung to an overhead position and held stable, before repeating the movement. Jerk: As a push press, but with two dips, for more leg assistance (as in the barbell clean and jerk) Thruster: A rack squat with a press at the top using momentum from the squat.

Pistol squat: A single-leg squat with one leg held straight in front parallel to the ground, holding the bell in the goblet or rack position. An easier variant for those with less hip mobility is to perform the squat parallel to a step or ledge, so that the foot of the free leg can dip beneath the pushing leg at the bottom.

Carry: Walking with the kettle bell held in various positions, such as suitcase, rack, goblet, or overhead. Row: While bent over anywhere from 45 degrees to parallel with the ground, the kettle bell is held hanging from a straight arm, pulled up to the hips or laterally, and lowered again.

Keeping the bell arm vertical, the upper body is bent to one side and rotated until the other hand is touching the floor. The single kettle bell version is called the suitcase walk.

These build grip strength while challenging your core, hips, back and traps. The kettle bell is swung from just below the groin to somewhere between the upper abdomen and shoulders, with arms straight or slightly bent, the degree of flexion depends on the trajectory of the kettle bell.

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The key to a good kettle bell swing is effectively thrusting the hips, not bending too much at the knees, and sending the weight forwards, as opposed to squatting the weight up, or lifting with the arms. The one-arm swing presents a significant anti-twisting challenge, and can be used with an alternating catch switching between arms.

Within those variations there are plenty more variations, some are, but not limited to: pace, movement, speed, power, grip, the direction of thumb, elbow flexion, knee flexion. The kettle bell has more than 25 grips that can be employed, to provide variety, challenge different muscles, increase or decrease complexity, and work on proprioception.

Competitive lifter (Greek) performing jerk with 32 kg kettle bells (rack position). Contemporary kettle bell training is represented basically by five styles. Hard style has its roots in powerlifting and Gj-rykarate training, particularly hobo undo concepts.

With emphasis on the “hard” component and borrowing the concept of time, the Hard style focuses on strength and power and duality of relaxation and tension. Gregory, sometimes referred to as the fluid style in comparison to the Hard style, represents the training regimen for the competitive sport of kettle bell lifting, focusing on strength endurance.

Juggling is a training style where the practitioner releases and catches the kettle bell with all manner of spins and flips around the body. Kettle bell training is extremely broad and caters to many goals, some being, but not limited to: mobility, flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, strength, speed and power.

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The sport can be compared to what the CrossFit Games is to CrossFit, however, the sport has been much longer in existence, and is only recently gaining more popularity worldwide, with women participating as well. One such example being Valerie Wazowski, who at age 52, was the first US female lifter in the veteran age category to achieve Master of Sport in 24 kg Kettle bell Long Cycle.

21 (1908), p. 505: “PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD ARE USING SCHMIDT'S Celebrated 'MONARCH' DUMB-BELL, BAR BELL AND KETTLE BELL SYSTEM”; also spelled KETTLE-BELLS (with hyphen) in a 1910 advertisement for the “Automatic Exerciser”) ^ a b c Rathbone, Andy (2009-01-04). “The kettle bell way: Focused workouts mimic the movements of everyday activities”.

Blast Fat & Build Strength With Innovative Equipment!” Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies 15 (2011): 542-544 ^ a b Iv ill, Laura (2008-11-22).

“Exclusive ACE research examines the fitness benefits of kettle bells” (PDF). Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies 15 (2011): 125-127 ^ Kettle bell Swing Vs. High Pull”.

^ “The Kettle bell Clean, Stop Banging Your Wrists | The Complete Guide”. I love jugglingkettlebell ! A couple of years ago I worked on the levels from Logan Christopher's ranking system and got up Level 2, which is the second highest rank.

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I originally got into it just because it looked like a fun way to do some conditioning work, but I found it provided a few additional benefits as well like increase grip strength, power and improved hand-eye coordination. I think it has lots of value as it is a playful and creative way to exercise.

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