Friday, April 20, 2012

The Swing by Tracy Reifkind—Book Review

The Swing

Today I am part of the TLC book tour for The Swing by Tracy Reifkind. The book is about the kettlebell and one woman’s journey of losing 120 lbs. in her 40’s. Not only that, but she has kept the weight off for 6 years. She credits her success to the kettlebell.

Tracy Reifkind

The book is broken up in to four sections: mind, body, food and “you won the lottery”. The book is primarily about the kettlebell. Prior to reading this book, I really didn’t know all that much about the kettlebell, but after reading the book, I plan on buying one!

I love Reifkind’s enthusiasm in this book. It’s very obvious that she loves the kettlebell and believes in it. She has seen the results herself. Now that’s inspiring!

In the book, Reifkind writes, “swing a kettlebell + eat fewer calories= the essential combination for body transformation” (3). It comes down to the simple rule that to lose weight, you must eat fewer calories than you burn. The best part about the kettlebell, Reifkind claims, is that it tones your body as you burn calories.

This book is a great starting point for anyone interested in the kettlebell. Reifkind explains how to pick out a kettlebell and how to swing it. There are great pictures showing the proper technique and form of numerous swings.

The book is complete with expert advice from someone who has been obese herself and knows what it’s like to have a large amount of weight to lose. There are workouts and recipes within the book as well as advice on how to eat.

Overall, I recommend this book because of the enthusiasm that Reifkind brings to it. I can’t wait to try out her kettlebell workouts myself. Now I just need to buy the kettlebell and get started!

You can purchase the book here.

Be sure to check Tracy Reifkind out on Facebook!



  1. Interesting for sure. I heard Jillian talking about kettle balls on her podcast this week. I will look into this book, thanks for the review!


  2. I've heard great things about kettle ball workouts. Her weight loss is inspiring!

  3. Glad to see that you can recommend this one and that you're interested in getting your own kettleball!

    Thanks for being on the tour. I'm featuring your review on TLC's Facebook page today.

  4. It's hard not to be enthusiastic about something when someone else is enthusiastic about it!



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