Kettlebells are still the new kid on the block in most big gyms. There are plenty of ellipticals and benches, dumbbells and mirrors, but still only a handful (a small rack if you’re lucky) of kettlebells. Even with ALL the information out there I’ll still see and hear some things being done with these versatile little cannonballs that make me shudder.
What attracts most people to the kettlebell is its devious simplicity and how it can deliver incredible workouts in limited time just about anywhere. From complexes to flows and everything in between you can hit just about every muscle and movement pattern while adding a unique flavor to your sessions.
Here are a few things to avoid as you begin (or continue) your kettlebell journey and some ways to get the most from your training.
#1: Don’t figure it out on your own
The kettlebell is simple in nature and design, but delivers complex...
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Why not just use dumbbells?
“If you can do it with a kettlebell you can do it with a dumbbell!”
I hear this all the time from people who have zero experience with a kettlebell and it couldn’t be further from the truth. Most tools have a time and place in your training depending on the goal. If you’re just going to do deadlifts, farmer walks, rows or just use the weight to prop a door open then sure, kettlebells and dumbbells offer the same thing. However, if you plan on using the kettlebell for the things that make a kettlebell unique, then no.
Before you think that this is a dumbbell-bashing article and kettlebells are superior in every way, you’re right. End of discussion.
Seriously though the intention here is to shed some light on why kettlebells are unique to dumbbells and what you can do to get the most from each tool. Let’s take a look at the anatomy of...
The kettlebell snatch is a phenomenal movement at building strength, power, endurance and coordination. It’s a fairly complicated movement that can create a lot of pain and strife if done incorrectly so a focus on technique is crucial for success. Leaning on solid technique will allow you to do more, go heavier, and get a better overall session in.
The snatch is a powerful move with any implement, but a kettlebell allows for a couple main benefits. With a kettlebell you can work unilaterally as opposed to both hands on a barbell. This builds single arm strength, rotational power, and balance. The single arm snatch creates an anti-rotational component that will create more stress on the trunk.
Typically with snatches the bar is dropped from the overhead position taking the eccentric out of the equation. The kettlebell snatch (single or double) creates added stress on the body by imposing a ballistic eccentric where...
“It makes you comfortable in uncomfortable positions” I said to my client who started complaining about the weird, contorted position I was having them get into. I had one of the pro fighters I trained performing a windmill with a light kettlebell and he was struggling. Not only was he a strong dude, but an insanely capable athlete. Even so, a kettlebell windmill was challenging because it wasn’t about brute strength. It’s about stability and flexibility in a pattern that most people rarely train.
The windmill challenges your shoulder stability, core strength, flexibility and glute strength all in one. It’s a move popularized by old school strength athletes like Arthur Saxon typically done as a bent press or side press, but morphed into the straight arm windmill. It’s a show of strength and balance that creates a more capable, resilient athlete.
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True or false? The only way you can get a good workout is when you’re severely out of breath with your heart pounding like a war drum with your legs are as shaky as a new-born giraffe all while being able to see through time.
Unfortunately, there are far too many people (trainers and trainees) that think this is true. They think that more is better and that the stimulus is the goal of the workout.
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The problem is that we only have so many hard workouts in us.” Use it or lose it” applies to our strength, range of motion, and work capacity, but there’s a limit to it. If our only focus is doing more all the time, we will burn out or make...
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When it comes to pulling there are many implements you can use. Kettlebells offer an ergonomic advantage with their higher position than a dumbbell. The center of mass with a single base (as opposed to two sides of a dumbbell) makes it slightly...