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I thought I was ready for the Beast before it arrived. Boy was I wrong. I had been training with kettlebells exclusively for about a year before I ordered the Beast. I could some work with the two Bulldogs I'd had for a few months. I could one arm snatch the Bulldog 10 times and thought…Read More
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Dragon Door's heaviest and most brutal strength and conditioning tool, the 106lb cast iron kettlebell—nicknamed "THE BEAST"—is also one of our most popular kettlebells.
The answer is leverage… You can use THE BEAST to perform many of the classic kettlebell strength and conditioning methods—but with far greater intensity…
Strengthen your back and legs with a few sets of front squats or deadlifts, without having to leave your office or home. Drive yourself to new levels of cardio with some heart-pounding swings. Develop your chest and arms when you clean THE BEAST. Then snatch THE BEAST to shatter your previous training plateaus and eliminate any hint of weakness in any part of your frame.
And then shoot for the ultimate challenge: perform and master the pistol, the press and the weighted tactical pullup—with a 106lb kettlebell attached to your waist!
Congratulations to Shaun Cairns for being the first to officially perform the following lifts with THE BEAST—our 48kg (106lb) kettlebell:
The classic Pistol, the Press and the Weighted Tactical Pullup
Many of us can swing THE BEAST, most of us can deadlift THE BEAST, many can clean THE BEAST, quite a few can even snatch THE BEAST, but only a chosen handful of the strong can either press THE BEAST, or do a pistol with THE BEAST or perform a strict weighted tactical pullup with THE BEAST…
It takes tremendous overall strength to achieve all three lifts… and when you achieve that rarefied status, you'll qualify to enter our Beast Tamer Hall of Fame…
And so far only one man has officially accomplished that impressive feat:
Shaun Cairns flew over from South Africa to be an Assistant Instructor at the September 2006 Russian Kettlebell Challenge Certification workshop, where he also competed in our first-ever BEAST TAMER CHALLENGE.
Have you started training with your BEAST yet? If not we invite you begin and look forward down the road to adding your name to the BEAST TAMER HALL OF FAME!
We Invite You to Step Up to Dragon Door's
"BEAST TAMER CHALLENGE"
To be inducted into THE BEAST TAMER Hall of Fame, you need to be able to perform:
One 48kg pistol (choose which leg)
One 48kg press (choose which arm)
One 48kg weighted tactical pullup
The next BEAST TAMER CHALLENGE will be held at an RKC Certification Workshop.
Future BEAST TAMER Hall of Fame inductees will be published on this page, with photos and will also be featured in upcoming issues of HardStyle.
I thought I was ready for the Beast before it arrived. Boy was I wrong. I had been training with kettlebells exclusively for about a year before I ordered the Beast. I could some work with the two Bulldogs I'd had for a few months. I could one arm snatch the Bulldog 10 times and thought for sure I was prepared. Well, my first snatch attempt with the Beast ended up leaving a huge crater in my backyard. It took a full month of hard training before I could snatch the Beast two times per arm. It is not a joke! If you need a new challenge and really want to see what you're made of, try to tame the Beast!!
I recently purchased the Bulldog followed closely by purchasing the Beast. I'm no where near pressing the Beast but for sets of heavy swings both of these heavy kettlebells rock. I've owned the 70lb (32kg) kb for about 6 months and it always felt heavy for swings. After adding some short sets with the Bulldog and Beast the 70lb bell feels downright light. Heavy swings with the Bulldog and Beast have also improved my double cleans and double snatches. Occasionally throw some heavy swings into your workouts and watch your other lifts improve.
I found the 106lb kettlebell to be of great quality with a very durable finish. Though one must question how much it really costs to produce these things.
I have been working out with KBs for about 6 years. I own KBs from 4 kg up top 48 kg. My first impression was the 48 kg KB was BIG. The handle is comfortable and, with proper technique, easily lends itself to cleans, swings, snatches, and jerks. Swings are without a doubt the best exercise with this KB. At this time, I cannot press it overhead. I believe this is more a balance/position issue than lack of pure strength. The 48 kg KB is a great addition to my collection and adds an interesting challenge to my workouts.
The beast was something the UPS guy wished wasn't in his truck that tuesday morning. Regardless, get-ups and side bends with a bulldog is all I can manage for now. When I got that beast out of the box, all I could do with it is swing it, and swing it, and swing it one more time. If there was another size up offered by dragon door I would get it. Just swinging the beast feels like every inch of my body is burning and shattering into tiny pieces by a raging internal furnace of pain.
I will be the first to admit it. There are not too many things I can do with The Beast. Power cleans, 2-handed swings, bent over rows, floor presses, 1-legged dead lifts. But in the short time I have had The Beast it has improved my strength on The Bulldog (88 pounder). I can almost do a strict military press with my left arm now with the The Bulldog. I can do more reps of cleans, rows, and 2-handed swings.I am pleased with my decision to get a Beast!
If you're looking to get a lot of attention, try bringing a Beast to your local gym (notice I said TRY... just getting it in and out of your car/truck is a workout!). After a few shaky swings and eye-popping get-ups, look for the semi-circle of gawkers around you, and listen for comments such as... 'I've never seen anyone do that before! How heavy is that?,' 'doesn't that hurt?,' and 'what IS that thing?' Leave it out for 10 minutes and count how many people try (and fail) to pick it up with one hand! Respect it, but don't fear it, and you will enjoy some of the best workouts (and gains) of your life!
The Beast is the best kettlebell I have. It forces you to do everything right. From power breathing, rooting, to staying tight. If you don't have all these things down the beast will let you know. A great big 10 out of 10!
Hmmm. Actually I don't have it but at the kettlebell course there is one. And I could clean and then press it up with my right arm smoothly... So now I am thinking of getting one just for fun... Normally I use two fillable KBs (they are about 26 kg/ 57 lb) and can be filled with iron pellets.
I purchased the "BEAST" and right away loved it. I do sumo dead lifts, upright rows, 1 arm lat rows, swings, and endurance carries with it. The craftmanship is excellent. Believe me this tool has made me alot stronger. Most people who see it can't even pick it up. I will admit you must be very strong to use this correctly. I guess that is true with anything called the "BEAST". I am very into grip strenght and what i did with mine is wrapped a whole roll of electrical friction tape around the handle (this is a very thick rubber tape you can find at an electrical supply store, this is usually a specialty item). Then I used a half a roll of regular electrical tape and now i have a handle that is about one inch in diameter larger. This is great for your grip. BUY A "BEAST" NOW!!
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