Are kettlebells a terrorist threat?

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  1. Halojumper

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    I am traveling this week and, as I sometimes do, I decided to bring a kettlebell along. I modified a small bag with padding to bring it along. I always put it in checked baggage and every time I pick it up from baggage claim, it has a small slip of paper that says it was opened up and inspected. I guess it looks suspicious on the X-ray or something. LOL.
     
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    It probably looks like a cannonball to them!

    Sounds like the low buck terrorist approach.;)
     

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    LOL Brad.

    Halo, I'm not sure I know your fitness goals, but have you considered travelling with a cable set?

    Jack
     
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    No, while I agree that it would be easier to travel with, that workout just doesn't interest me. Generally where I stay they have some sort of fitness facility, so that would be a better option. This week I am at the Long Beach Hilton and they have a very nice facility here.
     
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    Yeah, that's kind of what I thought. Maybe they're worried that pirates will start becoming terrorists. :)
     
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    Dayum! My wife went to a Play It Again Sports store the other to buy a kettlebell for me as a surprise (didn't get it) and she actually described it something like "imagine a cannonball or bomb with a handle."

    Also, you make me feel like a total wimp. When I travel, I'm trying to find weight to NOT take and you're adding a huge weight. I guess that could be a workout in itself.

    You must be serious about your KBs. What kid of workout do you do with them?
     
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    I try to do a variety. Of course I always start off with some two handed swings and do sort of a medley. When I'm at home, I do a better workout. I'm getting to the point where my travel sized 35 isn't giving me as good of a workout anymore. I have a separate bag, on wheels that I travel with. Aside from that, I also try to cut down on the weight.
     
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    So do you follow a specific program?
     
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    I wouldn't say it's an actual structured program. I took the intro course from an RKC who was in town and have gotten some DVD's and tapes. I say I do them every day, which functionally ends up being about 5 days a week. I follow the PACE approach stated in Dr. Sears's book. That said, I try to do a variety, while always doing some of the same basics. When the weather is nice, on the weekends, I sometimes take a couple to the park and do the KB flipping stuff and the man maker and my regular stuff. Last weekend I was there doing some swings and a guy playing catch football with his kid asked me which direction I was getting ready to throw it so he could get out of the way.
     
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    That's cool. Thanks for the info.
     
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    Why bother with putting the kettlebell in a bag? I'd bet the reason they keep inspecting it is that the baggage handlers are expecting a light bag based on the size, when they go to pick it up and find out it's heavy the flag it for inspection. Just put a tag on the handle and call it good.
     
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    I thought of that, but decided that is was too much risk of getting the handle broken off if it gets dropped wrong. Also, the bag I put it in has wheels and an extendable handle. That being said, it is probably the last time I will take it. It has gotten to the point that a 35 alone isn't a good enough workout, so it's not worth the hassle of toting it around.