My first contact with kettlebells was seeing soviet military troops training with them, all in neat rows, all perfectly in time with instructions being shouted to the hundreds of them over a tannoy. A few years later I got the opportunity to become an instructor and have loved teaching people how to get a killer workout with them ever since.
This is why I want to give you some of the key benefits of training with kettlebells and why we love them so much at Total Rebuild.
Six unique factors of kettlebell lifting.
1. Improved Grip
Building a strong grip is beneficial in many sports and daily activities, and the offset weight of a kettlebell along with the movement of the handle in your palm are great to encourage this.
2. Movement Mechanics
The pendulum effect of most kettlebell related movement requires additional control over many other forms of resistance training. This offers huge benefits to increasing joint mobility and stability in addition to learning to control breathing patterns.
Being able to manipulate the position of the load also offers better form for movements like the squat and overhead press.
3. Cardiovascular Training
Once you have mastered performing movements with a kettlebell, you can rapidly begin to put together complexes and circuits that require total body movement and muscular endurance. Combined, you have the potential to get your heart and lungs screaming for oxygen and create excellent conditioning workouts.
4. Explosive Power
Producing force on demand, to accelerate on the track, throw a punch or launch a javelinas prerequisite of athleticism.
But its not only athletes that benefit from training to improve power. Everyday movement becomes easier if you can put some power behind it, and being able to stabilise your body better can also be developed with kettle bell training.
Many of the super flashy weightlifting and powerlifting movements can be performed with kettlebells, and can be done so more easily than with traditional barbells.
Easy to transport and store, once you know what to do with them, a couple of different weight bells allow you to replicate many of the machines and free weights you would need to visit a big gym to access.
6. Looking like a Bad@ss!
Come on!! Chucking a solid iron ball around not only looks cool, but it makes you feel like a warrior too.
We’ve had thousands of people surprise themselves at what they are capable of with a kettlebell, from those getting back into fitness, to seasoned lifters looking to recover movement.
Total Rebuild has built its reputation on training hard with Kettlebell lifting, and much of our training involves these awesome bits of kit.
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