Pavel Tsatsouline was born in Ukraine and became a professional bodybuilder at age 20. After his success, he started training athletes. His first clients were football players and wrestlers. Later he trained Olympic weightlifters, power lifters, strongmen, bobsledders and other sportspeople. He is now known worldwide as the creator of the Power Clean and the Snatch, among others. Pavel’s book “The Art of Learning” is one of the most popular books on learning techniques for children.
Kettlebells are used in many different activities such as weightlifting, gymnastics, martial arts, tai chi and qigong. They have been around since ancient times but their popularity increased dramatically during the 19th century due to their ability to increase strength and size without any equipment or special training.
It is estimated that there are over 1 billion people using them today. People use them to improve their health, strength and endurance.
Many believe they will become a universal means of transportation within the next few decades.
Kettlebells are made from hard metal (steel) plates which when stacked together form a solid unit called a ‘kettle’. A kettlebell weighs between 50 – 100 pounds depending on its size and make.
There are 4 sizes of kettlebells but the most popular is the 53lb (24kg) or 48lb (22kg) bells as they are easier to handle and still allow people of all ages and strength to improve their health and fitness levels.
There are many different exercises that can be done with a kettlebell. They can be swung in an arc, jerked overhead or pressed above the head.
The simplest exercise of them all is the ‘clean and press’ which involves lifting the kettle from the floor to the shoulder, then pressing it overhead. This presses all of the major muscles in the arms, shoulders and back whilst also working the hips and core as you stabilize yourself into position.
The great thing about kettlebells is how versatile they are. They can be used by anyone; men and women of all ages and fitness levels.
By changing the amount you lift, the angle at which you hold it and the way in which you move it, unique stress are applied to the muscles. This is great as your body does not get used to a single exercise and can cause new muscle growth.
Kettlebells can be used in circuits (sequences of different types of exercise) that work your whole body. A typical kettlebell workout would be to perform a number of different exercises such as the swing, snatch, clean and press, jerk and the goblet squat for a number of repetitions.
A kettlebell workout should take between 20-40 minutes and should leave you feeling tired and exhausted.
A typical kettlebell lifters would perform either 2 or 3 sessions per week with one day of rest in between each session. Each session could last between 20 and 40 minutes depending on your level of fitness.
Each week you should aim to increase the weight of the kettlebell you use by a very small amount. This will ensure that your body is constantly being challenged and you are getting stronger.
Kettlebells are indeed a really effective tool for building strength and athleticism. By using them, you’ll strengthen all the muscles in your body whilst also improving your cardiovascular endurance at the same time.
Kettlebells are a great tool to use as part of your training regime and can be used by anyone looking to get in shape or become more effective in their chosen field.
If you want to get into shape and become strong, fit and healthy then the kettlebell could be the tool for you.
But how do you use them properly in order to reach your goals?
There are some kettlebell exercises that are better than others at targeting and working certain body parts and muscle groups, so it’s worth knowing what these are. By selecting the right exercises for your goals, you can get faster results that will have you reaching your goals in no time!
The swing is one of the fundamental kettlebell exercises. It works your whole body and is a great way to get in shape or stay in shape.
It’s a dynamic exercise that can be done at high speed.
These are special kinds of deadlifts where you take a wider grip and bend over further. They hit the hamstrings hard and are a good overall leg exercise.
These are great for improving your grip strength and lean beefy forearms. You’ll get an overall body workout too of course.
They work most of the muscles in your core and hips while also engaging your shoulders and arms. Their instability makes them more demanding than regular crunches or sit-ups and makes your core work harder to keep you balanced.
You can use the above as a template for what kettlebell exercises to pick. The beauty of the kettlebell is that you can just go with the simplest and most effective exercises.
So whether you’re a beginner or an experienced lifter, you should be able to find kettlebell exercises to help you reach your goals in no time at all.
Kettlebells have been used in the old days by strongmen and athletes. These days they are getting more popular again.
Why is that?
Here are some of their benefits:
First of all, kettlebells are a lot of fun. They can add a new dimension to your workout sessions that most people like very much.
If you’ve ever seen or used kettlebells before, you’ll probably agree that they just look cool.
Who doesn’t want to use a cannon ball with a handle on it?
Kettlebells can be used by anyone. Men, women, teenagers and even older people can all use kettlebells. That’s why they are so popular with fitness instructors. Different age groups always respond better to different exercises. With kettlebells, you can do the same exercises and everyone will have fun while they are getting in shape.
There is a lot of variety when it comes to kettlebell exercises. Just like with regular weight lifting you can focus on one specific body part with each exercise.
But unlike classic weight lifting, kettlebell training also works your core muscles, making your whole body stronger and more defined.
Of course, kettlebells can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. That’s another reason why kettlebell training is best done under the guidance of a professional instructor.
Kettlebell exercises can be used as part of a cardiovascular workout too. So if you really want to get in shape and lose weight, combining kettlebell training with cardio training like running or cycling can help you achieve your goals much faster.
As you can see, kettlebells and kettlebell training have a lot to offer. If you want to get in shape and stay that way, kettlebells can help you do just that.
The great thing is that you can have a lot of fun while using kettlebells as part of your training as well!
So what are you waiting for?
If you’re serious about getting in shape, it’s time to pick up a kettlebell and start swinging, snatching and cleaning. You’ll be glad that you did!
The above is just a small sample of the many benefits that you can get from kettlebell training. Of course, there are also some limitations.
Kettlebells can’t replace cardio training, free weights and other types of training methods. They have their own benefits but should not be overused either.
Before we look at how to get started with your kettlebell workout I’d like to share with you some warnings:
Kettlebells are not just for people who want to get in shape or are already in shape. As you’ve seen from this guide, kettlebells can be used by almost anyone so don’t let yourself be put off by what kind of shape you’re in.
Kettlebells can replace a lot of different training equipment. That doesn’t mean you should throw away all your other weights!
There’s nothing wrong with doing a little bit of free weight training in addition to your kettlebell training. Kettlebells are most effective when used as part of a varied exercise routine.
If you suffer from any serious or long-term injury, speak to your doctor or a personal trainer before you begin kettlebell training. Certain injuries can be aggravated by the ballistic nature of kettlebell exercises.
In fact, if you’ve had any previous related injuries, it would be best to get cleared by a professional first.
As with any form of exercise, start slow and listen to your body. If you feel any pain while performing an exercise, stop and consult a personal trainer or doctor before continuing.
You should also pay attention to how the different parts of the kettlebell move as you perform each exercise. For example, when you do a Swing, the bell should be moving in a vertical arc above your head.
Sources & references used in this article:
Strength and conditioning for grappling sports by NA Ratamess – Strength & Conditioning Journal, 2011 – cdn.journals.lww.com
Strength and conditioning for Brazilian jiu-jitsu by NB Jones, E Ledford – Strength & Conditioning Journal, 2012 – journals.lww.com
The Russian kettlebell challenge: Xtreme fitness for hard living comrades by P Tsatsouline – 2001 – books.google.com