The purported benefits of kettlebells appeal to people of all fitness levels, ages and genders. Somewhere along the way, the fitness industry lost the real definition of ‘fit’ and replaced traditional full-body exercises with isolation exercises. In the last five years, this cosmetic type of training is being replaced with movement-based training, which some call functional fitness training. That’s what kettlebells provide, and individuals who want a more practical and traditional style of training are turning to kettlebells. The benefits of kettlebell training are many.
- Full-body conditioning.The body learns to work as one synergistic unit linked strongly together.
- Big results by spending less time in the gym. Because kettlebell training involves multiple muscle groups and energy systems at once.
- Increased resistance to injury.
- The ability to work aerobically and anaerobically simultaneously.
- Improved mobility and range of motion.
- Increased strength without increase of mass. Kettlebell exercisers are lean and toned, not bulky—a benefit that appeals to women and men alike.
- Enhanced performance in athletics and everyday functioning.
- Major calorie burning (In a recent study conducted by the highly respected American Council on Exercise, participants burned approximately 20 calories per minute–that’s 1,200 calories per hour).
Because kettlebell lifts are more subtle than traditional weight training exercises, it takes coordination and kinesthetic (body) awareness to perfect the exercises. A single exercise consists of multiple joints and muscle groups moving simultaneously, often in ways that are new and unfamiliar to most people. And because the movements are different than traditional strength exercises, they take practice—and professional attention—to master. When done wrong, there is more risk than just dropping the weight on your toes or bumping yourself. The bottom line is to be safe—and learn how to use kettlebells from the pros.
A kettlebell instructor will teach you how to move correctly. Through correct movement comes an intrinsic action in which your mind becomes one with the movement, so that you no longer think about the action. It becomes similar to riding a bike, once you learn you never forget.
We highly recommend personal instruction when it comes to using kettlebells. With the popularity of kettlebells, a lot of people are learning the basics from DVD’s and YouTube. Watching some of the instruction given on websites and listening to personal trainers instruct their clients, we highly recommend an RKC Instructor.
From our personal experience, “Prior to attending the Russian Kettlebell Challenge we watched Pavel’s videos, read books and then trained on our own. With all our experience as fitness professionals and as athletes we even sustained some nasty bumps and bruises, along with a decent amount of unwanted soreness. It wasn’t until we attended the RKC weekend that we GOT IT! We cannot imagine what would happen to a person with less experience!”