There are companies offering fitness instructor training left right and centre. In London hundreds of new fitness trainers are churned out every weekend. Many of the courses are weekend seminars where you go in being an absolute beginner and two days later you come out with a certificate saying that you are qualified to train people with 48 hours or less of experience. Can you see where things could go wrong?
From Zero to Hero
The first kettlebell Instructor course I did was like this. I had never swung a kettlebell in my life before the first day of the instructor course and 48 hours later I was qualified to teach KB training without having any real experience.
I didn’t go straight out and start training clients with the kettlebell. I trained hard for a year and learnt everything I could about kettlebell training before using it with my clients. The point I am trying to make here is that just because someone has a certificate saying that they are an instructor doesn’t actually mean that they have the necessary experience and knowledge to teach properly; especially when making instructors is such a lucrative business and the easier it is for people to get qualified, the more people will come to do the courses.
I am writing this article because kettlebell training is starting to get very popular but the quality of instruction I am seeing from big gyms and popular trainers is anything but good or kettlebell training.
A friend told me that one of the big gyms on in Mallorca had kettlebells so I set up a meeting with the head trainer . As I talked to him I realised that the gym had no real interest in kettlebell training apart from that it was a new trend that they wanted to take advantage of. They had no trainers qualified or with any experience in kettlebell training and they didn’t even have the normal starting weight (16kg) for men, everything was a lot lighter. Basically what they were doing was normal circuits using very light kettlebells just like you would use a dumbbell and selling it as kettlebell training. The problem with this is that you wont get all of the amazing benefits from kettlebell training because you are not doing kettlebell training. I have had a couple of clients reluctant to do kettlebell training because they had tried it at this gym and said that it was no different to normal weights. Needless to say, once I got them doing real kettlebell training they started seeing results straight away and loved it!
Kettlebell Training – Love at First Sight!
I fell in love with kettlebell training because it is extremely effective for burning fat, superior athletic conditioning and creating explosive strength.
Since I did my first zero to hero kettlebell instructor course I have travelled the world to train with the best. I once read somewhere that if you want to be the best you have to learn from the best, so that is what I did. Last year I went to Hungary to do the Russian Kettlebell Challenge which is the gold standard of kettlebell training instructor courses led by the top names in the business. This is no zero to hero course. I had to train 5 days a week for four months to prepare myself to pass the physical test which involves snatching a 24kg kettlebell from the floor to overhead 100 times in under 5 minutes after three 8 hour days of non stop kettlebell training. The tests also included showing proper technique in double kettlebell exercises (double swing, clean and press, front squat) performed with two 24kg kettlebells. After the RKC I was still hungry for more and just by chance Mike Mahler (who is the go to guy for double kettlebell training)was doing a seminar in London so I flew there and did that too. In September 2012 I will be going to do the CKT ( Certified Kettlebell Trainer) course in Barcelona with Steve Cotter who is arguably one of the best kettlebell instructors and practitioners of all time!
How do I know if I’m doing real kettlebell training?
The easiest thing you can do is look for an RKC or CKT. There are only two on the island so that is easy, Dave from Viva Sports and myself. You can also go to Rob Martin at CrossFit Mallorca for good kettlebell instruction.
If you are doing swings, clean and press, Turkish get ups and snatches then you are doing kettlebell training. If you are doing overhead triceps extensions, lunges and biceps curls then you are doing exercises holding a kettlebell which isn’t the same and will not produce the same results.
To gain all of the amazing benefits that real Russian kettlebell training has to offer try one of my Kettlebell Courses!