The Rack and Other Instruments of Torture

This week I bought a kettlebell after reading an article about it in my Prevention magazine.  It is purported to be a great workout tool to get you in shape quicker than other workout routines, and it’s supposed to be fun, to boot.  I’d like to know whose definition of fun are we using here?

First of all, it looks nothing like a kettle or a bell, which should have been my first clue to be wary of glowing recommendations.  It’s actually a big weight with a handle on it.  Excuse me, but haven’t we women been using one of those most of our lives?  We call it a pocketbook.  Anyway, I chose a ten-pound kettlebell, thinking if I opted for one any lighter, I would be considered wimpy.  

When I got it home and read the warnings that came inside the box (if they had been on the outside, no one in her right mind would buy it), I began to think I should have done more research.  The first sentence says (I kid you not):  “The risk of injury from participating in this fitness regimen and/or from the performance of these exercises is significant, and includes the potential for catastrophic injury or death.”  That evening I hauled my wimpy body back to Target and traded in my ten-pounder for the seven.

I watched the short video that came with my kettlebell.  The first exercise involved swinging that weight between your legs, then whipping it up to eye level in one smooth snapping motion, then back between your legs again, keeping it close to your body.  When my husband asked if I thought he might like the kettlebell, I pictured that exercise and the “potential for catastrophic injury” and said, “Nah, honey.  Stick to your gym.”

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About Coming East

I am a writer, wife, mother, and grandmother who thinks you're never too old until you're dead. My inspiration is Grandma Moses who became a successful artist in her late 70's. If I don't do something pretty soon, though, I'll have to find someone older for inspiration.
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7 Responses to The Rack and Other Instruments of Torture

  1. Pilar says:

    They use them ALL OF THE TIME on The Biggest Loser. I was actually thinking of getting a few in different sizes.

    • comingeast says:

      I did not know that about The Biggest Loser since I don’t watch it, but it’s nice to have that piece of information. They really give you quite a workout. I can’t believe how just the seven pound one has me huffing and puffing. Thanks for visiting my site and making a comment!

  2. mypajamadays says:

    I’m with Pamela! I had my fill of swinging heavy weighted objects from between my legs up to my eyeballs last winter when I had to shovel the driveway. My back and shoulders hurt for hours.

  3. Pamela Johnson says:

    Anything that mimics farmwork or snow shoveling cannot be good. Take the 7-pounder back to Target. We wimps will be most supportive!

  4. Pamela Johnson says:

    Anything that mimics farm work and show shoveling cannot be good. Take the 7 pounder back to Target. Better to be a wimp than to suffer!

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