≡ Menu

Reasons To Love Kettlebells: The Bond

It's time

It's time

I get asked every day what I am training for.

“For me.”


“Because I can.  Because I don’t know how not to.  Because I need it.”

“But for what event?  Is there a competition?”

“Just me.  It’s just for me.”

Those are some of the truest words I’ve ever spoken.

This is real.  It hurts, it molds, it is merciless, and it is all I ever want to do.  What does that say about me?  I don’t care.

Countdown to the RKC

This is my back off week from kettlebell practice. Thursday morning I fly to Minnesota for the RKC weekend.  I’m antsy but I’m ready.   I’ve worked hard and I feel hard.  There is nothing more satisfying than driving fear and insecurity from your body and mind.  Every workout gives you a chance to figure out where you’re weak, where you’re scared.  Then you get it all out of your system.  In those priceless moments of clarity when it’s over, you can’t smile on the outside but you’re glowing within.

You find your weaknesses and kill them off, one at a time, every single day.

I’ve been thinking about this weekend since the last week in October when I signed up.  Since then I’ve formed friendships and bonds with incredible people in the strength community.  There are many things to love about kettlebells: first in my book is the bond.

The Bond

I’ve never seen two people getting to know each other and suddenly finding themselves in that golden moment where they both say “You do curls too!  I knew there was someone else like me out there!”

You talk to someone who is also training for longs sets of snatches and you  both know what that means.  There is a bond between people who practice kettlebells.  Finding someone to do kettlebells with is like finding an old friend you lost track of.

There is no way to take it easy

Unless you pick up a kettlebell, swing it once, then set it back down, it’s hard to cop out.  Here’s what I believe:

  • Kettlebells try to kill you.
  • They force you to dig down deep and learn something about yourself.
  • You can always do more than you think you can.
  • You can always do more than you want to.
  • You can take more pain than you realize.

Wow, this is getting dramatic and I don’t care.  Anyone who reads this who has touched a kettlebell in the last week understands.  And they understand why I am looking forward to the RKC weekend.

I have dozens of friends there who I haven’t met yet.

Thank you to all my coaches and friends and readers.

Wish me luck!


Comments on this entry are closed.

  • Richard June 10, 2009, 8:47 am

    Great post! I wish I could do the RKC in August, but I’m recently unemployed and just can’t afford it. Thinking about begging for the cash to do the HKC, though. 😉

    “Finding someone to do kettlebells with is like finding an old friend you lost track of.” So true, so true. Most of the people I know who have trained with KBs have wimped out and gone back to their sedentary lives. It sucks, but I am trying to get more involved.

    • Josh Hanagarne June 10, 2009, 9:00 am

      Thanks Richard. Just keep training. If 5,000 people give you a penny, you could certainly do the HKC. Starting passing the hat, my friend. I never plan on instructing formally–for me the RKC is about the experience. I just can’t wait.

      Sorry about the job. I’m always monitoring the job boards out of habits I formed long ago as a job coach–what are you looking for and where? I’d be happy to keep an eye out.

  • Al in Vancouver June 10, 2009, 10:32 am


    Best of luck at the RKC testing!

    • Josh Hanagarne June 10, 2009, 11:48 am

      Thanks Al. I can’t wait can’t wait can’t wait,.

  • Richard June 10, 2009, 11:01 am

    Wow, thanks for the offer to assist. I’m a computer geek, work mostly with Linux and Unix, though I am strong in Windows, as well. I can pretty much do anything, but I’m geared towards deep technical support or systems administration. Currently training for some tech certs (A+, Security+, etc).

    I would like to be RKC as well, as I do enjoy training my friends (when they show up) and it could be a good side job.

    Today is my 36th b-day, as well, and I’m so hoping that someone offers to buy me more bells. 😀

    • Josh Hanagarne June 10, 2009, 11:49 am

      Can you work remotely or is what you do all in person?

  • Craig Brown June 10, 2009, 11:04 am

    Josh, you’ll kill at the RKC!

    Also, the picture of you & Josh V. at the bash is great!



    • Josh Hanagarne June 10, 2009, 11:48 am

      Thanks Craig. I didn’t see that picture, is it over at IOL? Awesome links you sent me, by the way.

  • Josh Hanagarne June 10, 2009, 11:51 am

    Craig, I found the picture. That is a good one.

  • Ben Owens June 10, 2009, 3:35 pm

    Good luck Josh! You are going to destroy at the RKC!

    I don’t get jealous very often, but I am not ashamed to admit that my jealousy is eating me up inside because you are going to the RKC and I am not going with you. Damn it all!

    • Josh Hanagarne June 10, 2009, 3:53 pm

      Thanks Ben. I’ll tell Pavel you said hi if I get a chance. HA!

  • Richard June 10, 2009, 5:40 pm

    “Can you work remotely or is what you do all in person?”

    I’ve been working remotely for the last 5 or 6 years, so I’m comfortable with that, but I can always head into an office, if necessary.

    As for the post topic: I’m planning on getting ready for an RKC in 2010. Hopefully I’ll be gainfully employed by then and have the resources to get me there. I’d love to meet all the big names and rub elbows.

  • flagmonkey June 11, 2009, 5:02 am

    Good luck for you!

  • Laree Draper June 11, 2009, 10:59 am

    Have a great time, Josh! You’re really packing in the experiences this month. :~)

    I was curious, did you end up changing your form in any of your kettlebell work after Dan John and Josh Vert checked your swings and snatches? I was wondering if that helped or confused things heading so closely into the RKC weekend.

  • Greg Fedderson June 14, 2009, 3:47 pm

    Good luck Josh! I am looking forward to the insights you share from your experiance.

  • Forest June 14, 2009, 8:26 pm

    In retrospect, it does seem kind of crazy to be looking forward to 23 hours of training over three days – but I guess that’s the bond that exists between comrades 🙂

    • Josh Hanagarne June 14, 2009, 8:34 pm

      Hey homie, you got that right. It was great to meet you. Never forget that we bonded with that cab driver as well.