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April 10, 2009



Wow, you weren't exaggerating!! That's pretty horrible, and a lot of embarrassing.


That's not a swing! Well, it comes to show that being famous doesn't mean you know everything... The director of the show could have been smarter and gotten her an RKC trainer to teach her how to demonstrate it right. Too bad, I liked her...


I appreciate that you commented about the laughing and handled the matter professionally. This is, as you've shown here, a great teaching tool.

I met with Tracy Reifkind to have a 1-to-1 session with her. I now know what I should be feeling when I am working with the KB properly. I love it! Thanks, Josh.


I thought the same thing when I saw that on Biggest Loser last week! I'm no expert, but I have been using kettlebells for about 6 months (learned from the experts from dvds, books and blogs). I was surprised, because usually Jillian seems to know what she is talking about. I agree with what you said, too -- if she were using a heavier kettlebell she probably would have shown better form!
I found that even when I first started, doing a swing with a 10 lb kettlebell was difficult to do properly because it is too light (I have a 10 lb kettlebell which I bought stupidly thinking that there was no way I'd be able to swing a heavier bell!!)

Eric Moss RKC

That offer to the celebrity trainers I will honor as well. Jillian, Bob if you read this and are in North NJ seek me out at ericmossrkc@gmail.com. If you can't do it don't teach it...If you can't do it I can teach you.

Felicia Nomiko

What was that, a two pound kettle bell? And don't get me started on form, holy crap that was beyond bad. For shame, I know that woman knows proper squat form, she harps on it like mad in her vids. I can't believe she was that off...

Josef Brandenburg

That is even worse then my KB form:-).


The current kettlebell swing fad is going to make a lot of back doctors rich. I already have one destroyed joint and believe me, it's not something you want to live with. I'll trust the opinion of my orthopedic surgeon who says there is no such thing as a "safe" kettlebell swing. It's a destroyed lower back and destroyed elbows & especially rotator cuffs waiting to happen, no matter how "correct" your form is. Really, is being fit today worth life in a wheelchair in 20 years?

Seriously, the thing was invented by Russians. They can't even build a truck that runs, let alone understand human physiology. I laugh at the people in the gym doing kettlebell swings and other fad exercises while I got really fit really fast by going back to basics and being consistent with my training.

Josh Hillis

Stuart McGill, PhD, is a professor of spine biomechanics at the University of Waterloo (Waterloo, ON, Canada). His advice is often sought by governments, corporations, legal experts and elite athletes and teams from around the world.

He's done some work with Pavel, and thinks kettlebell swings are great.

If it works for my chiropractor, my sports medicine doctor, and all of my clients (my client's backs have felt BETTER after kettlebell lifting), and world renowned spinal biomechanics expert Stuart McGill, PhD, then it's fine with me.

It's like deadlifting or squatting - very dangerous when done wrong. Amazingly safe and effective when done correctly.


Hi there!

I just came across this blog post. Pardon me for laughing at the end of the vid clip that I shot...the entire debacle just struck me as funny at the time. I can't make any apologies for it because that's just how I roll.

Thank you for pointing out that I was "wrong" for doing so, though, and implying that I would laugh at someone who was trying to learn a specific exercise. I would just like to say that if this would have been a "real" person (aka not Jillian the actress), hell no I wouldn't laugh at them for doing something completely wrong. I have been in this industry for almost 16 years now, and I believe I know just a little something about how to work with clients.

So, before you use words that could perhaps discount another fitness professional's standards, please think before you type. :)

Yours in Health,
Sarah E. Rippel

Josh Hillis

Hi Sarah!

I've read your stuff and I think you're awesome.

That one line that I wrote about not laughing at someone wasn't directed at you or a commentary on you at all.

I totally get that you know the difference between laughing at the really bad form of a famous television trainer vs. a client.

So it wasn't a commentary on you at all, and I wasn't discounting your standards at all either.

I was just covering that, because I know there are a lot of people out there reading this who probably are squatting their swing and pulling with their arms. I didn't want them to feel laughed at.

So, my apologies if you felt attacked at all. I really wasn't thinking about you when I wrote any of this. I wrote that solely for all of the people out there new to kettlebell swings.

And I never said that you were "wrong" - I said that Jillian was wrong!

Hope this clears that up. It looks like just a misunderstanding.


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