I was one of the first gyms in Dallas that began using Kettlebells with my clients. Kettlebell is a cast-iron or cast steel weight (resembling a cannonball with a handle) used to perform ballistic exercise that combine cardiovascular, strength, and flexibility training.* It can produce some of the most amazing results when used correctly in your workouts.
As I’m seeing more gyms beginning to incorporate Kettlebells as part of their equipment, I’m concerned that when used incorrectly or with bad form will have a negative impact on you achieving your fitness goals. Along with the adoption of Kettlebells, you can find more books, videos, and other training materials available. However, what I have found is working with Kettlebells is a process. There are some fundamental movements and techniques required for each type of exercise. However, you really get proficient and learn best from doing. Best scenario is having a knowledgeable expert looking at your form and giving you continual guidance on making improvements.
The Kettlebell uses the entire body to create momentum. Think of your body as a gear. The correct form will maximize the body’s ability to make an effective gear and move the weight with the minimal amount of energy. New users of Kettlebells generally move the weight only a few minutes/reps and will need some recovery time. Once you have your form down to an acceptable level, you will be able to move the weight for much longer periods of time. Depending on your workout strategy, you can work with heavy weights to maximize strength gains or lighter weights to focus on cardiovascular and flexibility. Either way, form is critical and you will feel a huge difference once you have good form under control.
I will be offereing Kettlebells 101 Workshops in the fall. If this is something you are interested in learning more about, I encourage you to sign up as I will limit the number of people to maximize benefit to the participants. If you would prefer, we have several private trainers to choose from that will help you get started.
Are you ready for the amazing results achieved using Kettlebells?
* Definition of Kettlebell courtesy of Wikipedia