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KETTLEBELLS – Are you a swinger?

Quite frankly if you don’t swing, you don’t know what you’re missing out on! I’m serious, get swinging!

What is a kettle bell?

A dense cast-iron weight, with a handle, that looks like a solid tea pot.

What do you do with it?

You swing it through your legs and overhead, dead-lift it, curl it, jerk it , snatch it and press it in flowing, natural, joint-friendly movements that aren’t difficult but instantly turbo charge your heart rate and make beads of sweat pour out of you.

What can they do for you?

Shred fat, tone up, shape your muscles, build muscle, increase strength, improve your cardio vascular fitness capacity, heal a broken back (no kidding, they have!), get rid of low back pain due to muscle weakness, improve core strength and more importantly definition!!, increase stability in your rotator cuff/shoulders, lose weight without dieting etc... And for the ladies out there who are worried about bulking up, Kettlebell training is great to shedding fat and give you that lean, toned long that we all want.

It does not matter what type of athlete you are, what your physical fitness interest is or even if you are a complete amateur, kettle bells can and will push you past your current levels and beyond what you thought was possible. This is whole body training at its best. Pavel Tsatsouline, a lean, muscular Russian whose former occupation was a physical trainer for Soviet special forces , now Founder of Russian Kettle Bells and author of numerous kettle bell and strength training books, says that Kettlebells are the fitness secret of Russian strongmen. This same man when asked, "Have you ever killed anyone?" Tsatsouline smiled and said. "Only in workouts." Here he is below at one of his KB instructor camps, in full swing...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rp0dEc4P6mw&feature=related

As scary as they may appear, they’re also excellent for the elderly. Sure in the video link you see really buff looking people throwing them around and pressing huge KBs overhead but they come in all sizes from 4kg through 40kg so there’s no need to start heavy, but I guarantee you, you’ll underestimate yourself when you start. Your strength will go through the roof, as will your metabolism and fitness in ALL sports.

As personal trainers, travelling from client to client by bicycle, a permanent fixture on the back of your bikes and booths should be 2 kettle bells, an 8kg and a 12kg or 16kg. And no client, no matter who, should get away without doing some basic KB work in any session. The reason for this is mentioned above and further backed up in a previous article called ‘The core of the matter’. Kettle bells work your whole body at the same time so your core gets a very thorough workout. Your core is your body’s powerhouse, its stability and balance centre. Everyone needs a strong, functional, efficient core.

Real life case study….

My boyfriend, a body builder for the past 7 years always used to laugh about my kettle bells, saying they were stupid and pointless and that the only way to change your body is to get in the gym and pump iron. Till he became a personal trainer himself and in order to increase his repertoire I enrolled him on a KB course. Beforehand I took him through a KB workout were he proceeded to perform a double handed swing using an 8kg bell with great difficulty. I couldn’t help but grab the 16kg and single handedly snatch it over my head with ease. It was an ego thing. It backfired........ Now when I try to do my usual ‘I can’t possibly carry that, I’m just a girl’ routine he walks off. I’m an idiot. Esteem Fitness can offer Kettlebell workshops and group training from beginners to advanced and one to one training is also available for most of our trainers including Tom Alfry, Michelle Glacken, Gina Papadoupolus, Murat Gecman, Fiona Hayes, Kelly Shaw, John Achille and Elizabeth Neal collectively covering London and parts of Greater London.

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By Fat Attack / Subscriber on Aug 24, 2009