In this article I would like to explain what it is that makes kettlebell training so great and how doing just one kettlebell exercise three times a week can have you well on your way to that beach body for the summer!
What is a Kettlebell?
A kettlebell is a weight that looks like a canon ball with a handle. Kettlebell training is one of the only forms of weight lifting that increases muscular strength, endurance and dynamic flexibility all at the same time.
Part of the secret that makes this system so effective is the design of the weight. With a normal weight you have the centre of gravity in your hand. With a Kettlebell the centre of gravity is farther away from your hand on the end of the handle. This makes the weight harder to control as it is free to move about.
The Kettlebell Swing
The basis of all kettlebell movements is the swing. Dan John (one of the top American strength coaches) has this to say about the swing: “The metabolic hit of a correct set of swings is going to be shocking. It’s one of the best conditioning exercises I know. And according to a new study coming out of the University of Wisconsin, the kettlebell snatch – which is quite similar, metabolically speaking – is “equivalent to running a six-minute mile pace” and “burns as many calories as cross-country skiing up hill at a fast pace”. The swing is a simple move to watch but a little more complex to learn. This is why it is extremely important to get taught by a qualified kettlebell instructor. I have seen many personal trainers in Mallorca claiming to be kettlebell instructors teaching poor technique and performing normal dumbbell exercises with kettlebells. If you are not doing swings, snatches and Turkish get ups then you are not doing kettlebell training.
Kettlebell training is fast and effective!
Not having time to train isn’t a valid excuse any more! Doing five to fifteen minutes of swings 30 seconds on, 30 seconds off, three times a week is more than enough work to keep you in good shape. If you’re the sedentary type with a little weight to lose then the 30/30 protocol will have that excess gone in no time.
Kettlebell Snatch – The Ultimate Conditioning Tool!
As Dan John has mentioned the snatch, lets learn a little about it. The kettlebell snatch is a variation of the Olympic weight lifting move with the same name. Whereas the Olympic weight lifting move can take years to master and can incur great bodily harm, as it involves lifting heavy weights from the floor to above the head in one move, the kettlebell snatch takes only a few lessons to learn and has all of the benefits of the Olympic exercise. The kettlebell snatch is great for increasing power and explosiveness in athletes and it is also the ultimate conditioning weapon for martial artists and endurance cyclists or runners.
Turkish Get Up – The All Star Kettlebell Exercise
The last exercise I would like to introduce you to is the “all star” of kettlebell exercises. If I were forced to chose only one exercise to do for the rest of my life it would have to be the Turkish get up. This odd sounding exercise also awards you with some odd looks when performed in a commercial gym. It involves lying down on the floor, pressing a kettlebell into the air and then getting up off the floor while holding the kettlebell over head. Once we have got up to standing it is time to get back down to the floor again. It is a full body exercise that concentrates on shoulder stability and core strength as well as working every other muscle in your body.
Kettlebell training has something for everyone; it is suitable for men and women of all ages, for beginners looking to learn something new, effective and fun, or for the experienced athlete looking for that little something that is going to give them the edge over their competition.
If you are in Mallorca and would like to learn how to train with this magnificent tool take a look at my
MKB Level 1 course.
If you already have some experience and with the kettlebell and would like to refine your skills or learn how to train with double then take a look at my MKB Level 2 – Intermediate to Advanced Kettlebell Course or MKB Level – 3 Double Kettlebell Course.
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