- Weight: 137.8 lbs.
- Workout C: 29 minutes, 44 seconds; next: Workout C, April 15
- Total inches: 124.6
- Protein: 134 g (4 g over target)
- Calories: 2,299
Kettlebell swings can be dangerous. When done by an amateur. Like me.
I use a homemade T-handle, as described in “The 4-Hour Body” [Amazon | iTunes aff. links]. Author Tim Ferriss suggests making a new one every 6 months as they wear out and you don’t want to send a weight plate through a window.
Do I listen? No.
In nearing the end of my one-arm kettlebell swings during today’s workout, I nearly sent myself to the emergency room. The floor flange had become loose and bang! the two 15-pound plates crash on the floor.
Even this instruction set on making a T-handle warns: “Given how this device is to be used (repeatedly heaving it into the air), I recommend using a wrench to really tighten that floor flange.”
One plate had a small crack in its plastic casing, warping the inner ring. It’s a much tighter squeeze to put it on a barbell or a dumbbell, but fortunately still fits.
Even more fortunate, the crash didn’t break the floor or my feet. Whew.
Several readers have recommended places to shop for plates to add to my collection. I almost needed to add another 15-pound disk to the list as a replacement.
And the worst part: I think I would have completed the 25 reps for my right arm had my T-handle remained intact. No gain, but also, no pain.