"Up until March this year I was very involved with Kayaking and mountain biking along with bodyweight strength training, crossfit and naked warrior.
In March whilst riding my gorgeous 3 week old single speed to work, had an accident and fractured my T-12 vertebrae, Could not walk for a couple of weeks and had so much pain in all back muscles. I completed a degree in sports science about 15 years ago and decided now would be the time I needed it most and started research on how to strengthen core muscles as I had mostly neglected them. Got hooked on the idea of Kettlebells through internet research and bought a 16kg in April from the guys at the Fitness Expo, Darling Harbour now that I could now walk around.
Took it easy at first by following the advice in Kettlebell challenge, and my physio eventually told me not to bother coming back as he couldn't help me anymore. My core strength has already surpassed what it was before my accident and even now only 5 months later can dead lift my bodyweight again. Doctor has cleared it OK as it was a stable compression fracture.
Have since gotten my brother in law hooked and he too is in love with his 16kg. I have gained that much strength and lost body fat since the accident, my wife is getting me a new 24kg for Christmas – can't wait.
Discovering the kettlebell has seriously changed my view on exercise."