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10/10 Fantastic!
 
By Scott Iardella, MPT, CSCS, CISSN, RKCII, CK-FMS / Parkland, FL, USA

This may be the definitive book on kettlebell programming. Provides an outstanding collection of different programs for all levels by some of the top trainers in the RKC community. What more could you ask for?

This is a great resource for beginners or advanced, as there's something in there for everyone. Really awesome programs from smart, passionate people who know what effective programming is all about. You'll get lots of training insight and a wealth of programming knowledge for yourself and for your clients.

A really fantastic resource to refer to again and again. And, a "must have" for your programming archives.
Getting this one is really a no-brainer. Cheers!

 
10/10 An Incredible Reference!
 
By Adrienne Harvey / Winter Park, FL, USA

Sometimes in the RKC you will hear people talk about "standing on the shoulders of giants." This book could be described as a handy one-stop collection of "giants' shoulders." I found that nearly every fitness goal or challenge my clients or myself may encounter is represented here, with a workout or a full-fledged program from people I trust, respect and honestly - really like! I will be using the RKC Book of Strength and Conditioning as a reference for a VERY long time, if not technically forever.

A few of the workouts may be familiar, including David Whitley's Furnace which has been a favorite of mine and a real game changer for clients who have been struggling to learn the intricacies of the get up. But there are others which I have never seen before, and plenty that have really sparked my imagination. At the very least, for those days when you just don't know what to do, or have just completed another program, then this book is there, handy with so much to choose from, and it's all great stuff. This collection is also an ideal way to learn program design by example - the why, when, and how of each section is explained. Again, a great resource, I can only hope for a sequel down the road!

 
10/10 Extremely useful knowledge, packed in a book
 
By Norbert Matausch / Landshut, Germany

I ordered "The RKC Book of Strength and Conditioning" ebook three weeks ago. Since them, I've been incorporating the "Bull simple kettlebell program", and it works like crazy! I'll stay on it for seven more weeks, then I'm going to switch to another program.

As instructor for a reality-based self-defense system (Rich Dimitri's Senshido), I can say that the workouts described in the book are absolutely useful for real-life strength. Yesterday, I went through the "bull simple program" with my students. One of them is a free-runner with lots of strength. He couldn't believe it that 30 minutes of intense kettlebell training wiped him out.

Bottom line: Buy this book.
And buy the Convict Conditioning books.
Both books combined are the way to extraordinary strength and endurance.

Great stuff!

 
10/10 Good examples of ketlebell routines!
 
By Dave H. / Branson Mo, USA

Lots of choices in this book. With all the online examples of how to do the exercise no challenge is going to excape one who is interested in trying any of the routines. A good source of variety that one can try. I have started with Reikind"s swing agenda. I know that the swing is the king and am enjoying the program. Worth the price.

 
10/10 The Best!
 
By Scott Lyons / Edmonton, Canada

This book is a must have for anybody interested in taking their kettlebell training to the next level!

 
7/10 Good Book
 
By Luke Eklund / Melbourne, Australia

The book is a good read and the programs state which fitness level they should be applied to so that gives a good guide. What I did not particularly like was the layout and I found some of them difficult to see the actual program in the writing that some of them had done.

Only beef with the book would be the layout could have been better. The information is very good.

 
10/10 Love the variety
 
By LB Sorensen / Clovis, NM, United States

Loads of experts giving their best in programs. Great reference.

 
5/10 Some quality, mostly filler
 
By Pól Ó Breasláin / Sydney, Australia

Some real quality information in here but a lot if it seemed like filler to me. I've read all of Pavel's work, Dan John, Geoff Neupert's too and this really doesn't come close to any of their products. The article from Brett Jones about preparing for the RKC is outdated now that it uses single bells and I honestly thought that they'd have updated it from the version that is freely available on the web. Disappointing to say the least. I was expecting so much more from this.

 
8/10 overall, very good
 
By Richard Weaver / Marlow, UK

This book achieves what it sets out to. It presents an interesting variety of programmes which are all highly usable. It is motivating and inspiring to read ideas from the RKC experts, particularly sports-specific case examples. The programmes presented are great to use either completely as they are, or to pick-and-mix, or just for great concepts to incorporate in general. For example, the specific weight suggestions and rep numbers were a real help and an eye-opener. You can test out each programme and the sessions come alive. The volume of this material is huge.

It is written very well with expert technical detail but always with the 'voice' of the trainer loud and clear - in all chapters distinctive, entertaining, inspiring. Even/especially in the minimalist chapters - the session says it all: 25 swings...1 burpee... 24 swings... 2 burpees... I enjoyed that one. Ouch! Nice to hear from very mad people like this. Of the sessions I have tried so far all have been seriously hardcore. A GOOD thing.

The layout and format of the book works well - especially for an ebook. However, hopefully the publishers can look at the following constructive points below:

Some of the programme descriptions could have been broken down or edited a little more carefully. Although also, some were excellent in this regard. Where exercises photos were included, i thought a lot more sequential photos would help. In some cases the captions to the photos were confusing or even looked wrong.

These minor negatives were outweighed by the positives of having so many concrete ideas of proven workouts, and so much personality coming through the writing style of the different trainer authors. Well done on a great product. Any future versions would be great if it had even more sports-specific ideas: golf, tennis, more sprinting ones.

 
10/10 great workouts
 
By Craig Eberson / rhode island, usa

One of the best collections of hardstyle KB workouts I've found. While the number of actual programs are few, the many individual workouts are great and the authors offer recommendations for incorporating them into a complete program. The variety is great and the workouts can be easily modified for your goals. with the lower price of the ebook, it is a great value.

 
2/10 Disappointing!
 
By greg conover / southampton, usa

I am disappointed in my purchase. My $40 could have been used far better elsewhere than on this incomplete advertisement for this compliation of magazine articles. The poor explanations and lack of appropriate illustrations make me a remorseful consumer. The book appears to be more of a sales tool for the contributors (?).

 
10/10 Something for Everyone, and Everyone you Train.
 
By Amber Lee / Somerville, MA, US

If you have never swung a kettlebell before, this is not the book for you.. YET. This is not a how-to on the big 6 movements, a bodyweight movement how-to, or how to do thousands of swings, but that's ok, we've got those elsewhere! This is a FANTASTIC resource for those who have trained with an RKC trainer, and for RKC's of all levels everywhere. The list of contributors reads like a who's who of RKC awesomeness, and I'm proud to say I've met, and had the honor of training under several people on that list at my HKC and RKC. The programs in the first half provide a variety of as-is and framework for your own programming, or programming for client needs, while the latter half's single workouts are fantastic for when you want to get out of a rut.

This is a book I am going to go back to time and time again for myself, and for my clients when I need some inspiration. For the trainer with a varied client base, or the experienced home kettlebell enthusiast who wants to spice things up a bit, I can't recommend this book enough.

 
10/10 The Book of RKC family!
 
By Francesco Borghesi / Firenze, Italia

It's been a great insight to collect in one book training and programs produced by our teachers and colleagues. A unique opportunity to have on hand many interesting ideas to use for us and for our customers.

Having the chance to see how work our colleagues is a great opportunity to improve and enhance their knowledge.

It 's nice to see that in every part of the world from different countries speak the same language when it comes to training.

This is the strength of RKC!

 
7/10 Not for beginners
 
By Al Konigsfeld / Spokane, WA, USA

This book is a great set of workouts by many of the most respected experts in the field. However, it just contains lists of exercises, not descriptions of how to do the individual exercises themselves. So, it the terms "Two-handed Kettlebell Swing" or "Turkish Get-Up" are not a part of your exercise vocabulary, this is not the book for you. Try some of the videos by the authors of the various exercise routines first.

 
7/10 RKC Book
 
By Mark Slaughter / Edwardsville, USA

I like seeing all the different workouts, some great ideas. The drawback for me is poor explanations of how to do many of the exercises. The reader is referred to other texts a lot of the time instead of having descriptions right there for convenience. Thumbs up for most of the work out ideas. Needed better descriptions of the exercises.

 
10/10 MUST ADDITION TO KETTLEBELL LIBRARY
 
By OCTAVIO REYES / DALLAS TX, UNITED STATES

I HAVE BEEN TRAINING WITH KETTLEBELLS FOR ABOUT ONE YEAR NOW, AND I AM NOT LOOKING BACK. I ALREADY HAVE A GOOD COLLECTION OF DRAGON DOOR DVDs ON KETTLEBELL TRAINING, AND THE ADDITION OF THIS BOOK IS JUST ANOTHER GREAT ADDITION TO MY ARSENAL OF RESOURCES. THE BOOK WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH A MYRIAD OF TRAINING IDEAS THAT YOU CAN ADD TO YOUR ALREADY EXISTING ROUTINES.

 
10/10 Brace Yourselves!
 
By Letty How R.K.C, N.M.T / Ennis, Co Clare, Ireland

Excellent book! A veritable collection of "evil" genius (in the nicest way) with the depth of knowledge and understanding to enhance the work of any serious trainer/ client.
Inspiring gift that keeps on giving and as always with the R.K.C, there is something applicable for everyone. I have been recommending it to some clients and am looking forward to their feedback.
Looking forward to vol 2......

 
10/10 Excellent training book
 
By Francesco D'Antonio / Modena, Italia

I am studying the book and doing many suggested exercises and it's extremely powerful. It's a concentratiion of professional knowledge. Thank you !

 
10/10 Great workouts and programs for all levels!
 
By Lou Argenzio B.S.,RKC, CPT / Bridgewater, USA

This is really a great collection of programs and workouts from some of the best the RKC has to offer. For an instructor it gives great insight into what other RKC's are doing with their classes and clients. If you're not an instructor and just want to get in great shape, whatever your goal is, you can find a workout to achieve it here!

 
5/10 Not bad, but not great
 
By -Jav A / Baltimore, MD, USA

Okay book. Not for beginners. Some programs/workouts are not clearly written and can be hard to understand. About the quality of the EFS eDownloads you get for free when you make a contribution to a charity they are supporting. Not worth the sale price and definitely not worth full price. Most all of the information is already floating out in cyber-space. Only benefit is having it in one download. Nothing from Pavel or Dan John.

 
3/10 Hmmm,
 
By Steven Emery / Braintree, USA

Over the past eight years I have been training very consistently with kettlebells and have purchased, studied, appreciated and implemented much of Pavel's writings. While most of Pavel's own writing is very focused and appropriately simple and direct, this collection is very uneven, random and while interesting for it's variety, contains very little that is applicable to my personal situation. I have enjoyed doing some of the routines but was generally disappointed in the usefulness of the content and feel that it was pretty much, a waste of my money.

 
10/10 Almost endless knowlage
 
By Chris N / So, Cal, USA

Another must have from RKC, it is perfect for that day of kettlebell training that is not going so well. There are programs to fill in all the gaps. I use it as a reference and guide when my brain gets foggy but I still want to train with bells.

 
8/10 Practical
 
By Michael Belcamino / Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

Very practical. Good ideas to make your own training programme.

 
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