Book Review & Giveaway: THE SWING!

Isn’t it funny, how just last week I was introduced more properly into kettlebell training and within the same week, I had the opportunity to review a book all about kettlebells?

I was recently contacted by TLC Book Tours, asking if I’d be interested in reviewing a book from one of their tours called THE SWING!, by Tracy Reifkind. Seeing as how the book was fitness-related, and involved a topic that I really would like to learn more about, I quickly took them up on the offer.

The author, Tracy Reifkind, lost 120 pounds at age 41 and credits it all to kettlebell swing. She has kept the weight off for the past six years, became a certified Russian kettlebell instructor, and is now devoted her life to helping others with her Revolutionary Kettlebell Program.

In addition to her book, Tracy also has a Facebook page, so feel free to check that out; she often links to some of her posts from her own blog, which cover a variety of topics, from what I’ve seen.

About the Book

THE SWING! is divided into four parts:

  • Mind –> Tracy uses this first part of the book to explain how a positive, “can-do” attitude will help in achieving the best possible results
  • Body –> This section’s main focus is LPT: “Learn, Practice Teach. Tracy goes into great detail here on the advantages of kettlebells, the proper technique for performing the kettlebell swing, numerous variations of the swing, as well as a number of workouts that can be completed.
  • Food –> This section includes a food plan with a focus on learning how to feed yourself with proper nutrients and whole foods. In addition to some basic nutrition information, Tracy also shares extra diet advice, as well as some of her favorite recipes.
  • You Won the Lottery –> This is the shortest section of the book and is more of an inspirational piece than anything else. Tracy uses this part of the book to encourage readers to believe in themselves, break down barriers, and take control of their own lives.

My Thoughts/Opinions

Overall, I enjoyed most aspects of the book. I wasn’t as interested in the “Mind” section of the book, because it seemed to be geared more towards those who are lacking the willpower and motivation to begin leading a healthy lifestyle. One thing that I did not agree with, however, in this section was her claim that “exercise machines at the gym will not help you lose weight.”

I found this small section a bit odd, as she claims that gym machines don’t allow you to burn enough calories(??). She also mentioned that gyms are geared more towards people who are trying to maintain a healthy weight, not for those who are overweight. This has never been the case in my experiences, so I’m not quite sure where that information came from.

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The “Food” section was also one that I considered myself to be pretty well-versed in, since in mainly covered the basics of calories, meal composition, and a breakdown of proteins/fats/carbohydrates. For someone in need of some basic knowledge on those subjects, however, the section was very well-organized.

The “Body” section, however, was the one that I was most interested in and the one that I read most in-depth. Tracy included a number of photographs to illustrate the correct and incorrect ways to implement the kettlebell swing, which would be useful for all readers, ranging from novice to advanced.

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It was very obvious that Tracy is very committed to, and feels very strongly about the use of kettlebells as a great workout for your body. The breakdown of its advantages are definitely appealing…

  • It’s two workouts in one – at once aerobic and anaerobic, the swing is simultaneously cardio and strength training.
  • It feels natural – the specific movement and rhythm of the swing is a primal motion not evoked in any other exercise.
  • It’s not a dumbbell – while some use kettlebells as they would dumbbells, the swing cannot be done with a dumbbell, giving it a unique advantage over every other form of weight resistance exercise.
  • Boredom isn’t possible—the workouts are concentrated, the routines are varied.

For someone who may be interested in learning more about kettlebells, or for anyone in need of a little “healthy lifestyle jumpstart,” this book does a really good job of doing both. I definitely feel as though I gained more knowledge of kettlebells and have actually bookmarked a couple of the workouts to try sometime in the future.

Giveaway

TLC Book Tours has actually offered to giveaway one extra copy of the book to a STSL reader, so if you’re interested, simply leave a comment on this post saying why you’d like to win a copy for yourself.

I’ll choose a random winner tomorrow, May 3rd.

*****Congratulations to the winner of the giveaway…comment #70!

Congrats, Roni! Please email me at sweettoothcourtney[@]gmail[.]com so we can ship you your new book!

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Thanks so much to TLC Book Tours for allowing me to review this book and offer a giveaway to my readers!

Comments

  1. SaraRM says

    I think kettlebells are a great tool but am only familar with the basics. Ive been wating to learn more in depth techinques!

  2. says

    My oldest introduced me to kettlebells and she swears by them. I think they are an amazing work out.

    I would only be interested in the food portion, so please don’t include me in the give away. I just wanted to say I agreed with you on the gym and over weight people theory.

    I strongly disagree with her viewpoint. You are very familiar with my journey and her opinion couldn’t have been further from the truth. I am not the only one either, as you will see at the Challenge party.

    Thanks for the give away though!

  3. olivia says

    Thank you Courtney for sharing about this book. I would love to be the lucky winner and pick of your drawing. Looking to change up my exercise routine and maybe kettle bells is what I need.
    Thanks again!!! Olivia

  4. Patricia C says

    I’d love to win a copy! I’ve heard great things about kettlebells, but i’ve never tried them!

  5. Catherine says

    I have been interested in kettlebell workouts for a while but haven’t had a chance to try it out. I would love to win this book to get a jumpstart on using kettlebells and more information about it.

  6. Jen says

    I’d love to win the book! I’ve always wanted to try kettleball exercises but never have. This would be great motivation, I think!

  7. Cassie D. says

    I would love to win this book! My husband has been doing kettlebell workouts for a couple months now and loves it, but I’m a little intimidated by anything more than the kettlebell swing. Maybe this book would help!

  8. Carol T. says

    I would love to win this book. I have a kettleball, but not sure the proper way to use it. Thank you

  9. Dana says

    I’ve never tried kettle bells because my gym doesn’t have any! I’d like to invest in some so this book would be a great start

  10. Stephanie says

    I would love to win a copy of this book! I’ve only used kettlebells a few times and have loved it when I did! I’d love to discover new exercises to do with them!

  11. Natasha says

    I would love to learn more about kettlebells by being able to get my hands on this book and learn what exercises are the best to do while using them.

  12. Steph says

    I was given an intro to kettle bells a few years ago, but I only know a handful of moves. I would love to incorporate more kettlebell moves into my gym routines

  13. Carly says

    I’ve never done a kettlebell workout but have been intrigued with them for awhile now. I’d love to learn more about them and implement them into my fitness routine.

  14. Elizabeth says

    i love kettlebells….but i only know about 3 moves ha! this book would be great to help me expand my repertoire :)

  15. says

    I’ve been wanting to try kettlebells. My gym has them but it’s always so crowded and the trainers always use them so I always brush it off. I guess reading up (this book!) on proper form and some basic movements would be a good start and I could just incorporate them into my regular routine!
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  16. amy marantino says

    i would like to win this book.. it looks like it would be helpful in planning my routine.

  17. Laine says

    I have hit a weightloss plateau and was just thinking this morning about how to switch up my workout routine. I think the kettleball workouts would be a great way to jump start the ole metabolism again!

  18. Amanda says

    I’ve been thinking about taking a kettlebell class at my gym but it costs extra in addition to my already pricey monthly membership. I feel like this book will help me make up my mind!

  19. Jordan K says

    I love usuing kettlebells, but I only know a few moves. This book would be a great way to increase my kettlebell knowledge!

  20. says

    Thanks for a great review Courtney! Your comments on the gym machines I completely agree with. I also think it’s important to mention that often people think the numbers on the machines (such as calories) are always accurate, which is not always the case.

    I would love to win the book, because I am studying through NASM, and hopefully when I become a personal trainer, I can use it as a resource. :)
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  21. Serena says

    I’ve been wanting to use kettlebells for a while now, but never know how to go about doing it! This book would be a great way to learn.

  22. Sue Ford says

    I’m interested in the book because I’m on a mission to get myself in shape for my mid-June vacation! I’ve finally crossed over a plateau I haven’t been able to cross since delivering my daughter six years ago, and am fueled to keep going!

  23. Nicole says

    I have been using kettlebells in a group fitness class for the last few months. I have have noticed more strength in my arms. And my heart is always pumping when doing the swing. I would like to learn more ways to use them.

  24. Brittany says

    My PT recently introduced me to Kettleballs and I’ve become obsessed with how amazing of a workout they can be – this book would be a great resource for taking what she’s taught me to the next level!

  25. Emily H says

    I’ve just recently started using kettlebells in my work-sponsored group fitness classes. I am enjoying the exercises and would like the book to learn more about how to incorporate the kettlebell into my at-home workouts.

  26. Christie says

    I am looking for a great way to kick off my summer routine. What better way then a new workout routine and a great read:)

  27. Laura says

    I haven’t dont a kettle bell workout yet but I’ve been intrigued. I’d love to read this book so I can learn more about it and then change up my workout routine!

  28. Jerica says

    I took one kettlebell class and LOVED it. I am in the process of moving and have to leave my old gyms behind so would love to have a way to incorporate kettlebells into my workout routine at home!

  29. Kristen says

    I’ve been wanting to try kettlebells for a while now, but am a little intimidated by them! I would love to learn a few moves and tips from this book!

  30. Katie says

    I would love to win one because I am a teacher with not much time to get to the gym, and I am always interested in trying new routines to break up my work out videos!

  31. says

    I would LOVE to win a copy of this book! I have heard wonderful things about kettlebells and I would really enjoy learning more and trying it out!

  32. alex says

    i need to switch up my routine because nothing has been happening! maybe this would be the right fix.

  33. Kassidy says

    I would love to win a copy because I’ve been looking for ways to gain muscle and this seems like a fun way to do it! It would be a good challenge.

  34. Jennie says

    I’ve always wanted to try working out with kettle balls. This book seems like the perfect way to try them out! Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway, STSL!

  35. Ashley says

    I just purchased a Kettlebell and am really interested in learning more. I have been doing the exercises that came with the Bell, but anything more is great!

  36. Misty says

    Hi Courtney, I would love to win this book. I just started the kettleball werx workout this week and man am I feeling it!!

  37. says

    I recently lost my school gym membership because I graduated from college! I’m normally a gym rat but have decided to take a summer and discover more body weight, resistance band, med ball and kettlebell workouts! So this book is calling my name! :)
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  38. Courtney says

    I’ve always been kind of intimated by kettle bells, so this would be great to have as a reason to start using them!

  39. Amanda says

    I would like a copy because I have been wanting to change up my workout routine! This would be PERFECT!

  40. Leah says

    I’d really like to win this book because I bought a kettlebell a while ago but I have no idea what to do with it!!

  41. Kim Farrell says

    Being a personal trainer I am always looking for new ideas and exercises! Would love to have a chance at the book!

  42. Dhyann says

    This is actually a great start for all of us.. Actually, as we grow old, we should make sure our priority is our health.. Thanks for the tips…
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  43. Kattreena says

    I would love to win a copy! I’m always interested in trying new things that promote a healthy lifestyle! :) thanks for this giveaway!

  44. kylee says

    I have been wanting to try out kettleballs for awhile now but I didn’t know how to use them properly! This book would be so perfect!

  45. Julie F says

    I’ve never used a kettleball before but would love to learn about it so I don’t break anything when I do give it a shot! =)

  46. Karleen says

    I would love to win this book to give me more workouts for my routine and learn proper technique:)

  47. Kelly says

    I would LOVE to win bc I am trying to start a new routine that includes strength training and would love to incorporate kettlebells!!

  48. Natasha Hudnall says

    I would love to win this because I just started my weight loss journey in February – diet and exercise, at a gym. I have lost 12 pounds, but would like to add something to my routine as it is getting a tad stale. I cant afford a trainer – so I read what I can and add new exercises in, but I have yet to try kettle bells

  49. Tasha T. says

    I think kettlebells would be a good way to get a good workout in. I use handweights all the time, so this would help me out and teach me good technique!

  50. Sanaz "Leah" Ebrahimi says

    I wanna win! 😀 Please and thank you! Haha, I wish it were that simple!! Oh well, I will be super happy for whoever wins it! Great review!

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