12 Sep 5 Things I’ve Learned About Kettlebell Training (And How You Can Benefit)
Why kettlebell training?
I’ll honestly tell you that after decades of exercise training, there’s something special about kettlebell training.
It’s a tool I’ll continue to use for the rest of my life – and maybe you should to0.
What makes this tool different?
First, understand that it is just a tool, but a very powerful and effective tool for a variety of health and performance benefits.
Here’s a few key things that come to mind about kettlebell training.
1-KETTLEBELLS ARE “NO FAD”
Kettlebells are not just another fitness fad or gimmick.
They are one of the most efficient, proven, and powerful strengthening and conditioning tools available today.
While they’re not new, they have become more mainstream in the fitness industry.
To be honest, I had no idea how effective a single kettlebell could be for improving human performance until I discovered how to use it the right way.
Fads are things that come and go.
Because kettlebells are time tested and proven, they are here to stay and will only grow as more people discover the benefits.
2-KETTLEBELLS ARE HIGHLY EFFECTIVE
There are so many benefits of kettlebell training, such as strengthening, flexibility, conditioning, cardiovascular enhancement, fat burning effects, and superior back and shoulder strengthening, to name some of the top line benefits.
I’ve said to many people that no matter what your goals are with a fitness program, it can mostly be accomplished or enhanced by incorporating kettlebells.
There are limitations like any other tool, of course.
Within a month or so of beginning my kettlebell training, I began to experience noticeable strength and cardiovascular improvements, fat loss, lean muscle building, improved posture, increased flexibility, and enhanced back and shoulder strength.
That’s a long list, I know.
And all this and more was accomplished in a third of the time I used to spend in the gym.
3-KETTLEBELLS PROVIDE A SOLUTION FOR THE ULTIMATE HOME EXERCISE PROGRAM
I never really thought that you could accomplish so much benefit with so little.
I believed you had to go the gym and use all of the available basic equipment to get – and keep – in shape.
I didn’t think you could get in superior shape at home, especially using such minimal home exercise equipment.
I’ve been proven wrong.
The essential kettlebell program I have been doing involves just 2 kettlebells, 2 different weights.
With these, I have been able to eliminate hours of time at the gym and in travel to and from the gym.
And my home workouts are shorter. Much shorter.
The bottom line is better results in less time with minimal equipment.
4-KETTLEBELL TRAINING MUST BE DONE THE RIGHT WAY
Let me explain this.
I initially learned from reading books and watching videos. While this was great and provided a decent foundation, I soon realized I needed to get the proper instruction to get maximum results.
And as a long time weight lifter and with my background as a physical therapist, I am all about doing exercises correctly and preventing injury.
But after participating in my 1st live, day long workshop, I realized that you must learn how to do the fundamental movements from a certified kettlebell trainer.
This is essential because they can teach you what you are doing wrong and help you correct your early movement mistakes.
It’s like building a house, the house is only as strong as the foundation.
You have to master the foundational movements to advance on to others, so I highly recommend getting checked out early from a certified instructor.
For a list of certified instructors, go to StrongFirst.com.
5-KETTLEBELLS WORK YOUR ENTIRE BODY – IN A SHORT TIME
Many of the exercises done with Kettlebell training work your entire body.
For example, the kettlebell swing, which may be one of the most effective overall total body exercises there is, period.
This exercise works nearly all of your major muscle groups and is a truly outstanding strengthening and conditioning exercise.
In the swing, you’ll be working your back, hips, legs, core stabilizers, and to some degree your arms.
As you develop strength with this exercise, you may correct muscle imbalance (weak muscles).
Many other exercises such as the Get Up and the Snatch are total body strengthening exercises, as well.
So rather than isolating your muscles, as you would at the gym doing bench presses, biceps curls, or triceps presses, you can work in multiple muscle groups into just one exercise.
Benefits are time saving workouts, functional strengthening, and superior total body conditioning.
These are some of the things I have discovered about kettlebells that can help you in deciding if you should incorporate them into your fitness program. For a time effective total fitness program, they simply can’t be beat!
Maybe you’ve already discovered the same things I have. Maybe not yet.
I hope you will discover what I have.
Are they the “be all, end all?” No, but than can be the core of your program for whatever results you’re looking for.
Kettlebell training will give you a strong, powerful, well conditioned body.
The key is to learn how to use the properly.