While their appeal may have faded here, Russians fully embraced kettle bells because they offered an effective workout in a small space. Some people credit the resurgence to Belarusian Pavel Tsatsouline, a former trainer of Soviet Special Forces soldiers and subject-matter expert to the U.S. Marine Corps, Secret Service and the Navy SEALs.
But it’s also been noted that a number of ex-Soviet kettle bell athletes who fled to the U.S. after the fall of the Berlin Wall were instrumental in putting this form of training on the radar again. We’ll explore this strength conditioning option and get the basics from physical therapist Tyler Hewitt.
If you ’re not a creature of habit and you really enjoy mixing things up when you work out, kettle bell training can offer a number of benefits. “Kettle bells give people more variety in their workouts and offer different variations of body mechanics that allow muscle groups that haven’t been previously targeted to be isolated and challenged,” says Hewitt.
The International Sports Sciences Association says that a good amount of kettle bell exercises engage the entire body through multi-joint, functional movements. Kettle bell training movements not only engage the entire body, but they also challenge balance and strength overall.
Hewitt recommends having a safe non-slip surface such as a yoga mat for any sort of dynamic movement during training. If you work out regularly, Hewitt says that trying a basic kettle bell workout at home shouldn’t be a problem.
“If you are used to working out and are aware of proper mechanics, I recommend starting at home with lighter kettle bells. According to Hewitt, many people make the mistake of starting their training without learning the proper form for exercises, or they don’t pick the right size kettle bells.
It’s always a good idea to master the form and mechanics of each exercise in your set rather than jumping into them with too much weight.” You can break a kettle bell workout down into basic movements such as shoulder presses, bicep curls, dead lifts and more.
On the other hand, a beginner would benefit from working with a trainer to understand the exercises and develop proper mechanics. But even if you are experienced, there’s nothing wrong with having a trainer critique your form to help ensure that you ’re doing things the right way so you don’t injure yourself down the road.”
Hewitt adds that osteoporosis patients might be able to try kettle bell workouts with certain modifications added to prevent fractures. “It’s OK for people with arthritis in their back or knees to try kettle bell training as long as they have the proper form and mechanics down.
If you ’re not sure if you should try kettle bell training, it’s a good idea to see a medical professional or certified trainer first before beginning this workout. It is time to train like a man again (especially if you are a woman) and get back in touch with visceral impulse that has been locked away for years.
Two kettle bells are all that you need to increase muscular endurance, lose fat and build size and strength. Kettle bells do not take up much space so you can train in your apartment, backyard, garage or go outside and get some fresh air.
This old-school piece of equipment is a throwback to the dawn of strength training; many of you may not be familiar with it. After a brief introduction to its physique -building values, we feel confident you'll soon give kettlebells-style training a try.”
— Joe Wader, Editor of Muscle & Fitness Magazine Imagine a black bowling ball with a suitcase handle on it and you have an idea of what a kettle bell looks like.
A kettle bell is a big hunk of iron that comes in several sizes: 8lbs, 12lbs, 18lbs, 26lbs, 35lbs, 44lbs, 53lbs, 70lbs, 80lbs, 88lbs, 97lbs and for super strong men and women 105lbs! In addition, to giving you incredible muscular endurance when done in high repetitions, with a proper nutrition plan any excess fat that you have will melt off rapidly.
If you are a man that wants to increase size and strength, try doing some of my favorite kettle bell exercises: If you are a woman that wants to lose weight and tighten up your glutes, quads, abs, and arms, apply a steady diet of kettle bell training ballistic work with some low rep kettle bell training strength work and you are all set.
Kettle bell handles are much thicker than dumbbells and will give you a vice grip in no time. For combat athletes and anyone else that likes it tough, the ballistic shock of kettle bells teaches you how to absorb shock efficiently which is critical for combat sports such as: wrestling, MMA, football, and hockey.
The above reasons are why MMA fighters such as Frank Shamrock, BJ Penn and Fedora enhance their workouts with kettle bells. Also, it is why top strength coaches such as Ethan Reeve and Louie Simmons recommend kettle bell training to their athletes.
Members of the entertainment world such as Chris Pontus of MTV's Jackass and Wildly and Harley Flanagan, founder of the legendary NYC hardcore band “The Romans” have attended my kettle bell workshops and are ecstatic about Kettle bell training. Both Chris and Harley talk to everyone they know about the benefits of kettle bell training and you will as well after you attend one of my seminars.
Continue to go back and forth until you have done three sets of 20 reps. Now if you thought that was hard, imagine making that exercise several times harder with a kettle bell. Imagine how much fat your will burn and how your muscular endurance will go through the roof.
No doubt about it, high rep kettle bell training is an aerobic workout and great alternative to stepping classes, spinning classes, and anything else that strips you of our manhood and makes you feel like a jack CSS. A balanced kettle bell training program combined with a solid worth ethic and healthy nutrition plan is a sure-fire recipe for success.
In addition to being lean and strong, my body has learned how to work as one unit. My muscular endurance and mental toughness have improved tremendously.
Give kettle bells a shot for three months and I sincerely doubt that you will ever want to go back to barbell curls and leg raises. In order to keep training interesting, you have to keep it fun and kettle bells are a great fit.
Bottom line is most people will require in person instruction to maximize the benefits of kettle bell training safely. That said, top strength trainer Bud Jeffries stated if you cannot learn how to use Kettle bells from Mike Mahler's DVD then you are in big trouble and should not bother weight training period!
Yes however pushing yourself away from the table more often and cutting crispy crème out of your diet is even more effective. Do not kid yourself into thinking that you train like a professional athlete unless you are one.
Kettle bell training can be an effective way to promote a normal healthy metabolism. However, anyone that tells you that you can lose fat with kettle bell training and a crappy diet is doing you a disservice.
That said, nothing takes the place of progressive weight training with barbells. Also, kettle bells are great for building the shoulders, hamstrings and arms.
A combination approach utilizing kettle bells and barbells is an effective way to go. Finally, if your testosterone and growth hormone levels are low then forget about putting on muscle.
Women for example love kettle bell training as it helps them tone up and lose fat without over developing muscles. Truth be told, building muscle is not easy for men and especially women so that should be the least of your worries.
That said, kettle bell training is popular with members of the armed services, Secret Service, law enforcement community, and anyone else that wants functional strength that carries over to real world activities such as sitting on the coach and using the remote control ;-) Just kidding. Only the smart ones ;-) Yes I work with women all the time at my workshops, and they love kettle bell training.
Swings and 1-legged dead lifts tighten up the glutes and hamstrings and the windmill is great for the midsection. Women tend to believe the illusion that they will turn into “Arnold” just be looking at weights.
Check out their sites today and get over the irrational fear once and for all that you will turn into “The Hulk” with weight training. Working out with traditional weights has always kept me really strong but about 6 months ago, I started noticing that I was having trouble picking up my muscular 5-year-old (he was about 70 pounds) who also lifts traditional weights as well as kettle bells.
Many celebrities such as Chris Pontus (Movie Jackass) the band “Born” and Harley Flanagan of “The Romans” are also enjoying the benefits of kettle bell training. Kettle bells are a natural fit for athletes and this trend will continue.
No doubt their stamps of approval carry a lot of weight as both are highly respected members of the martial arts community. Nope but watching TV and eating junk food is.
When you are ready to take charge of your health think about getting some kettle bells and actually using them. Having worked for a major fitness club chain in the past, I can tell you first hand that the main goal of a fitness club is to make money and keep liability costs low.
While machines are not as effective as free weights, they are much easier to use and require minimal instruction. Regardless, few gyms realize that they could make more money by providing exceptional offerings to their clients.
Unfortunately, the clients gyms prefer are the ones who sign up for a year and never show up. No doubt a more progressive gym could make a lot of money with kettle bell classes.
Finally, the last thing a fitness club wants you to know is that you can get in great shape at home with a few kettle bells. Thus, it's better to convince the client that he she needs expensive equipment to achieve his or her goals.
Basically if you can do 50 push ups, 10 pull-ups, and 100 body weight squats, start with the 53lb kettle bells. However, heavy kettle bells are not ideal for learning proper form.
Thus, leave your ego at the door and err on the side of going lighter. If you are a man with low testosterone and high estrogen levels you may need to start with a 26lb bell ;-)
Also, the light bells for the ladies have thin handles which most women do not care for. The price is not cheap either but given the fact that you can potentially replace your gym membership with a few bells, it is not a big deal.
The Adler kettle bells have a nice base which is great for anyone that uses smaller bells for exercises such as the Renegade Row. I have heard that many women prefer the Adler kettle bells over Dragon door.
Most likely you will be happy with the Adler bells and my friend Lisa Shaffer is a strong advocate of them and sells them on her site. I respect her opinion and her approval carries a lot of weight.
Also do not expect to switch from one weight to another easily with the uskettlebell model. As much as I like the uskettlebell model, I prefer the real thing and will continue to stick with solid non-adjustable kettle bells.
A 16-kilogram (35 lb) “competition kettle bell Arthur Saxon with a kettle bell, cover of The Text Book of Weight-Lifting (1910)The Russian girl (, plural girl) was a type of metal weight, primarily used to weigh crops in the 18th century. They began to be used for recreational and competition strength athletics in Russia and Europe in the late 19th century.
The birth of competitive kettle bell lifting or Gregory sport ( ) is dated to 1885, with the founding of the “Circle for Amateur Athletics” ( ). Russian girl are traditionally measured in weight by Food, corresponding to 16.38 kilograms (36.1 lb).
The English term kettle bell has been in use since the early 20th century. Similar weights used in Classical Greece were the halter, comparable to the modern kettle bell in terms of movements.
Variants of the kettle bell include bags filled with sand, water, or steel shot. By their nature, typical kettle bell exercises build strength and endurance, particularly in the lower back, legs, and shoulders, and increase grip strength.
The basic movements, such as the swing, snatch, and the clean and jerk, engage the entire body at once, and in a way that mimics real world activities such as shoveling or farm work. Unlike the exercises with dumbbells or barbells, kettle bell exercises involve large numbers of repetitions in the sport, and can also involve large reps in normal training.
Kettle bell exercises are in their nature holistic; therefore they work several muscles simultaneously and may be repeated continuously for several minutes or with short breaks. This combination makes the exercise partially aerobic and more similar to high-intensity interval training rather than to traditional weight lifting.
In a 2010 study, kettle bell enthusiasts performing a 20-minute snatch workout were measured to burn, on average, 13.6 calories/minute aerobically and 6.6 calories/minute anaerobically during the entire workout — “equivalent to running a 6-minute mile pace”. When training with high repetitions, kettle bell progression should start out slowly to build muscle endurance, support the joints and prevent injury.
Like movements performed with any exercise tool, they can be dangerous to those who have back or shoulder problems, or a weak core, when performed without proper education and progression. They can offer improved mobility, range of motion, agility, cardio vascular endurance, mental toughness and increased strength.
The following is a list of common exercises that are uniquely suited to the kettle bell for one reason or another. A kettle bell exercise that combines the lunge, bridge and side plank in a slow, controlled movement.
Keeping the arm holding the bell extended vertically, the athlete transitions from lying supine on the floor to standing, and back again. As with the other slow exercises (the windmill, get-up, and halo), this drill improves shoulder mobility and stabilization.
It starts lying on the ground with the kettle bell over the shoulder in a straight arm position, as in the top of a floor press, but with the other arm along the floor straight overhead. The trainee then gradually turns their body away from the kettle bell until they are lying partially on their front.
The kettle bell is held hanging in one arm and moved smoothly around the body, switching hands in front and behind. Also called a front leg pass, this is a backward lunge, circling the bell around the front leg, returning to the standing position, and repeating.
Like the slingshot, but the bell is swung forward until the arms are parallel to the ground. Starting with the bell in the rack, the bell is pushed away to the side slightly, the swung down to the other side in front of the body, and reversed back up into the rack.
A variation of the press where the other arm assists by pushing open palm against the ball. Stand on one leg and hold the kettle bell with the opposite arm.
By then lowering and raising the kettle bell you can work stabilization and power. A press utilizing a bent-leg windmill position to lift heavier weight than is otherwise possible.
One bell is rowed to the chest while maintaining the plank position, then returned to the ground and repeated with the other arm. Alternatively performed with a single kettle bell, one arm at a time.
This requires more control than an ordinary push up and results in a greater range of motion. Feet may be elevated to increase the difficulty, until the trainee is performing a handstand push-up on the kettle bells.
In any movement involving the rack or overhead position, the kettle bell can be held with the ball in an open palm (sometimes called the waiter hold) for a greater stabilization challenge, or for even more precise control and added grip challenge, the bottom-up hold, squeezing the kettle bell by the handle upside-down. Holding a single kettle bell in the rack position bottom-up with two hands (“by the horns”) makes for goblet exercise variants.
Conventional swing: The kettle bell is swung from just below the groin to somewhere between the upper abdomen and shoulders, with arms straight or slightly bent, the degree of flexion depends on the trajectory of the kettle bell. Hang clean: The kettle bell is held in the rack position (resting on the forearm in the crook of the elbow, with the elbow against the chest), lowered to below the knees, and then thrust back up in to the rack.
The kettle bell is held in one hand, lowered to behind the knees via hip hinge, swung to an overhead position and held stable, before repeating the movement. Jerk: As a push press, but with two dips, for more leg assistance (as in the barbell clean and jerk) Thruster: A rack squat with a press at the top using momentum from the squat.
Pistol squat: A single-leg squat with one leg held straight in front parallel to the ground, holding the bell in the goblet or rack position. An easier variant for those with less hip mobility is to perform the squat parallel to a step or ledge, so that the foot of the free leg can dip beneath the pushing leg at the bottom.
Carry: Walking with the kettle bell held in various positions, such as suitcase, rack, goblet, or overhead. Row: While bent over anywhere from 45 degrees to parallel with the ground, the kettle bell is held hanging from a straight arm, pulled up to the hips or laterally, and lowered again.
Keeping the bell arm vertical, the upper body is bent to one side and rotated until the other hand is touching the floor. The single kettle bell version is called the suitcase walk.
These build grip strength while challenging your core, hips, back and traps. The kettle bell is swung from just below the groin to somewhere between the upper abdomen and shoulders, with arms straight or slightly bent, the degree of flexion depends on the trajectory of the kettle bell.
The key to a good kettle bell swing is effectively thrusting the hips, not bending too much at the knees, and sending the weight forwards, as opposed to squatting the weight up, or lifting with the arms. The one-arm swing presents a significant anti-twisting challenge, and can be used with an alternating catch switching between arms.
Within those variations there are plenty more variations, some are, but not limited to: pace, movement, speed, power, grip, the direction of thumb, elbow flexion, knee flexion. The kettle bell has more than 25 grips that can be employed, to provide variety, challenge different muscles, increase or decrease complexity, and work on proprioception.
Competitive lifter (Greek) performing jerk with 32 kg kettle bells (rack position). Contemporary kettle bell training is represented basically by five styles. Hard style has its roots in powerlifting and Gj-rykarate training, particularly hobo undo concepts.
With emphasis on the “hard” component and borrowing the concept of time, the Hard style focuses on strength and power and duality of relaxation and tension. Gregory, sometimes referred to as the fluid style in comparison to the Hard style, represents the training regimen for the competitive sport of kettle bell lifting, focusing on strength endurance.
Juggling is a training style where the practitioner releases and catches the kettle bell with all manner of spins and flips around the body. Kettle bell training is extremely broad and caters to many goals, some being, but not limited to: mobility, flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, strength, speed and power.
The sport can be compared to what the CrossFit Games is to CrossFit, however, the sport has been much longer in existence, and is only recently gaining more popularity worldwide, with women participating as well. One such example being Valerie Wazowski, who at age 52, was the first US female lifter in the veteran age category to achieve Master of Sport in 24 kg Kettle bell Long Cycle.
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^ “The Kettle bell Clean, Stop Banging Your Wrists | The Complete Guide”. If you could only get one piece of workout equipment for your home gym, it should be a kettle bell.
The kettle bell -- a type of dumbbell shaped like a bell with a handle on top -- may seem like any other weight you use for strength training. “The kettle bell is probably the most underrated piece of equipment in the gym,” Lauren Kan ski, certified personal trainer and founder of the K Method previously told CNET.
“The way the bell is shaped allows you to train power, endurance and strength all in one little piece of iron.” Kettle bells can add challenge and variety to your workout routine -- whether you're looking to build strength in your core muscles and glutes or get some cardio in -- or a combination of both.
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Every seasoned lifter will go through phases of their programs where things get stagnant, boring, and results stop coming. It's inevitable, but mixing things up with kettle bell flows are a superb way to challenge yourself on the force-velocity curve by adding some elements of both strength-speed and speed-strength work.
I routinely use 40-60 pound kettle bells for cleans, presses, rows, and even squats. This allows me to use all sorts of muscle synergies to stabilize and lift the weights in all fashions will certainly deem progressive overload, especially if you manipulate variables such as volume and intensity.
Flows solve this and get you a better bang for your buck by challenging you to a greater degree than getting on the elliptical. When making kettle bell flows and complexes, try adding the more challenging exercises to the beginning where your neural senses and strength/awareness are not as fatigued.
Offset loading is a fantastic way to challenge your core and add some severe stability components to your workout. Both these groups can do WONDERS by adding kettle bell flows and complexes to their routines!
At the very least, adding a few rounds as metabolic finishers can help your fat loss efforts. We all want to reach our goals, whether to look jacked, lose weight, or build serious muscle.
You start by doing two sumo dead lifts and then go right into a single-arm snatch which will challenge your core with some anti-rotational severe work. This one will tax your nervous system to control, stabilize, and exploit power while having your heart rate soaring.
During this complex, you begin with a flow of swings to snatches and ending with presses for a series of three cycles. Then you quickly fire up your heart rate with more increasing reps going to 5, 7 and to 15 for a combination of strength and conditioning based movements.
This workout is a perfect demonstration of filling in the “power” or most taxing and challenging exercise first in the complex! The added gorilla rows are a superb way to work both your core and back in one, forcing a quality hip hinge, which many of us desperately need more in our workouts.
The final flow here is unique in the way it challenges your body to clean the kettle bells coming right off a row. It is much more complicated than it looks because the position your body is in for a standard row is more hinged and perpendicular to the floor, while a clean needs your body in a hinged and upright torso position for peak power.
This transition is tough, so make sure you start light and gradually work your way up in weights. The ending on a double swing adds a new element of exhaustion to this since it usually would be at the beginning, so focus on quality reps and you will quickly see one of the biggest reasons this one fires you up, which is the grip strength required!
For those out there who aren’t confident in doing kettle bell workouts due to the high intensity and expected grip strength, don’t turn away yet! Our patented Dark Iron Fitness lifting straps are made of durable cowhide suede and are the perfect accompaniment to kettle bells.
Their numerous benefits include strength gain, endurance, flexibility and weight loss. Many of the movements and skills required in CrossFit focus on learning to have fast and effective hips.
Dumbbells have a tight center of gravity and mainly utilize the major muscle groups. A kettle bell ’s odd shape and off-center mass forces you to use muscles that mimic real-life activities.
Its odd center of gravity forces you to do more work involving your stabilizing muscles to create explosive movements with the bell. Enjoy the ease of use and appreciate that such a unique weight can help streamline other exercises you already do.
Always practice correct form and safety in all exercises, but be content in the fact the kettle bell is one of the safer weights to work with. If you have previously been avoiding barbell exercises due to safety concerns, look into the kettle bell alternatives.
The kettle bell alternates periods of intense contraction and controlled relaxation, to give you a superior workout that combines strength, as well as endurance. Other exercises such as the windmill, and single leg dead lift, also build flexible strength.
The kettle bell stimulates tremendous abdominal contraction because of the explosive conditioning movements. The fact you can work your core indirectly, just through the dynamic aspect of kettle bells, is truly amazing.
Kettle bells are so effective because they stimulate the muscles and surpass standard cardio exercises. They enable you to increase your strength, build up speed as well as your endurance level at the same time.
This gives you a great strength and endurance workout in a shorter amount of time. So rather than moving on to a heavier kettlebellyou simply complete more reps or change the exercise to a more difficult option.
Killer strength and endurance work can be achieved without necessarily having to use the heaviest weight you can find. Some people are naturally stronger, but ultimately the kettle bell isn’t a strength tool— it’s a strength-endurance tool.
If you find yourself becoming bored with traditional exercises or having to be in the gym, consider using kettle bells. This is especially valued by physical therapists because kettle bells actually teach you to move in a way that is better, stronger, and safer.
Unfortunately, many of us today lose some of our basic movements as a result of sedentary occupations and lifestyles. That’s what happens when we don’t move our bodies with the full range of motion or become used to certain unhealthy postures (like sitting in front of a computer all day).
They are terrific for overall fat loss, improving lean body mass, and helping teach proper use of the hips (important for speed and power sports). They are so effective that serious lifters should definitely consider them as a way to enhance and supplement their barbell or dumbbell workouts.
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Buy a DVD or sign up for a kettle bell class at the gym to learn how to do the moves safely. It won’t take long to understand why celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Biel, and Katherine Hall are huge fans of kettle bell workouts.
You ’ll work up a sweat doing a series of fast-paced cardio and strength-training moves like kettle bell swings, lunges, shoulder presses, and push-ups. Most kettle bell workouts include squats, lunges, crunches, and other moves that work your abs and other core muscles.
The kettle bell is used as a weight for arm exercises like single-arm rows and shoulder presses. Lunges and squats are among the most popular moves in a kettle bell workout.
Your tush will be toned by using the kettle bell for added weight during lunges and squats. Using a kettle bell for a dead lift helps tone your back muscles.
The kettle bell is an effective weight that will build muscle strength. You may want to buy DVDs or sign up for classes to learn the basics of a kettle bell workout.
Yes, if you take a class or pick a DVD that's for beginners and use a lighter kettle bell. Depending on the program, you may be getting both your strength training and your aerobic workout at the same time.
If you choose a kettle bell that is too heavy or if you have poor form, you are likely to lose control of it. This can lead to a serious injury to your back, shoulders, or neck.
Start out with an experienced trainer who can correct your technique before you hurt something. Adding a kettle bell to your existing workout is great if you want to burn more calories in less time.
This type of high-intensity workout is not for you if you would rather do a more meditative approach to body sculpting, or if sweating isn’t your thing. With your doctor’s OK, you can include kettle bells in your fitness routine if you have diabetes.
Muscle burns energy more efficiently, so your blood sugar levels will go down. Depending on the workout, you may also get some cardio to help prevent heart disease.
Using kettle bells in your workout puts some serious demands on your hips and back, as well as your knees, neck, and shoulders. If you have arthritis or pain in your knees or back, then look for a less risky strength-training program.
If you have other physical limitations, ask an experienced instructor for advice on how to modify your workout. If you worked out with kettle bells before becoming pregnant and are not having any problems with your pregnancy, then you will likely be able to continue using them -- at least for a while.
Talk to your instructor and your doctor; they might suggest switching out your kettle bells during your last trimester. Sources American Council on Exercise: “Exclusive ACE research examines the benefits of kettle bells.”
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When used correctly, kettle bells are extremely effective training tools for providing total-body strength and conditioning. As with any technical movement, lift, or skill, proper coaching is required to maximize the benefits.
It's a two-for-one exercise, meaning you're able to combine strength training and cardiovascular conditioning into one efficient movement. Though it looks easy to perform, the swing can take a significant amount of time, practice, and coaching to perfect.
Unfortunately, this exercise is often performed incorrectly, which will limit your results as well as any further progressions that are based on this basic movement. The kettle bell goblet squat isn't just a leg exercise; it's another total-body juggernaut that offers more mobility—the ability to move easily so you can safely train with heavier loads—and improved conditioning.
It teaches you to move fluidly, and when you add the external load (a kettle bell) it requires strength, mobility, and skilled movement. It's a powerful full-body exercise that requires attention to detail and a respect for human movement.
For strong, resilient shoulders, improved hip and trunk strength, and enhanced mobility, the Turkish get-up is essential. Once you can do the first three exercises—and have demonstrated appropriate shoulder mobility and stability—the kettle bell press is another exceptional movement to learn.
The unique shape of a kettle bell and offset handle allow you to press in the natural plane of motion relative to your shoulder joint. You just feel like you have more power to press efficiently with a kettle bell, mostly because of the more natural plane of motion.
Similar to the kettle bell swing, the clean is another explosive exercise for total-body strength and conditioning. The difference here is that the kettle bell finishes in the rack position as opposed to being projected horizontally away from your body.
The kettle bell snatch is physically demanding and technical, but offers outstanding total-body strength and conditioning benefits. It can help transcend athletic performance to new levels, build explosive strength, and forge strong, powerful shoulders.
The snatch requires proper technique, explosive hip power, and athleticism. This exercise should not be attempted until the kettle bell swing hip-hinge pattern and explosive hip drive are established.
Though watching videos is helpful, the best way to learn how to correctly do these challenging movements is to work with a certified kettle bell instructor. In today’s world we spend the majority of our days doing things in front of us with terrible posture.
Cubicles) for hours at a time not moving and making the front of our body even tighter. If You ’re Not Doing The Kettle bell Swing, You ’re Destined To Stay Fat, Tight & Weak For The Rest Of Your Life!
This overuse of the muscles on the front side of our bodies is called “anterior dominance” and it is plaguing our society. Anterior dominance results in imbalances in our muscles causing us to move and perform at sub-optimal levels.
And because of our terrible posture — because our anterior muscles are shortened and tight pulling us forward — we give the illusion of being weak and unconfident as opposed to standing erect with our chins up. It’s no wonder that we’re generally unhealthy compared to previous generations that didn’t live a convenience lifestyle in this information age.
And there is one exercise — that if you incorporate it into your daily routine — can easily combat the ill effects of anterior dominance and the Western Lifestyle. FrequencyExercise TypeIntensityRepetitionsRest up to 7x per week strength training high intensity varies by workout varies by workout Once labelled “hard core”, kettle bells are now popping up in every gym, garage and backyard because of their portability and reputation for fast results.
Go into any gym and you ’ll see inexperienced exercisers turning a swing into a front squat and shoulder raise exercise further tightening our hips, quads, chest and shoulders and just adding to the anterior dominance issue that I told you about above. A hip hinge — like a dead lift movement — forces you to use those posterior chain muscles to move the kettle bell.
It will allow you to loosen your tight hips and strengthen your butt so that you ’ll develop the rear end of an athlete. It will bulletproof your low back by creating an armored brace around your midsection, and it will get rid of that paunchy gut.
“If You ’re Not Doing The Hard style Kettle bell Swing, You ’re Destined To Stay Fat, Tight & Weak For The Rest Of Your Life!” As opposed to starting your set of swings from the standing position like how you see most amateurs do it, the hike pass allows you to overstretch your lats — a powerful muscle in your upper body with a direct relationship with your glutes — and get more “juice” out of your swing.
Push your hips back keeping your butt high and bend your knees slightly. Always making sure your shoulders stay above the level of your hips, “hike pass” the kettle bell through your knees by contracting your lats.
When you push your hips back keeping your butt high and your shins vertical, you are hinging. This is good because most people today are hip flexor and quad dominant (your anterior muscles), so learning how to load and use your posterior chain creates a natural balance between front and back that will help in preventing knee and hip issues.
Imagine that you are growing roots through your feet and grab the ground with your entire foot. Getting proper instruction from an expert so that you can MASTER THE KETTLEBELL SWING is the best thing that you can do for your training regardless of your goal.
If you want to build strength, kettle bell swings will forge a grip of steel and will add pounds to your dead lift & squat. If you want to boost your athleticism, kettle bell swings will make you more powerful and add height to your jump and shave seconds off your sprints.
If you want to pack on muscle, swinging a heavy kettle bell will build an intimidating upper back & set of shoulders. And if you want to shed body fat, swings will incinerate blubber like butter melting in an iron pan.