Approximately one year ago (6/10/19) I joined the Caveman Inner Circle kettlebell workout group. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the most active member of this group. However, reading the progress and enthusiasm of other members every day, my passion for kettlebell training has never subsided. It’s refreshing to witness such a diverse group of people hit new goals and really push themselves. Men, women, younger & older folks coming together to improve themselves in multiple ways. It’s a family of sorts; one that spreads across several continents and countries.
Entertainers have banded together to present live stream concerts from living rooms. Banks and other lenders are waiving fees and deferring payments. Those that want to help are doing what they can to pitch in. This is especially true in the fitness industry. Even though you can’t train in a gym, some of my favorite kettlebell instructors are offering some amazing freebies!
When it comes to shaping specific parts of your body, it’s no secret that some exercises do a better job than the rest. For the women out there who are sweating day after day, trying to get stronger hips and lift their butt, it’s important to know exactly what type of exercises we’re talking about here. After all, strong hips and bum aren’t only aesthetically pleasing, but also play a huge role in supporting your lower body, as well as the upper.
A typical kettlebell will either be made from cast iron or steel. Sure, there are others that have a vinyl covering or even ones that are made completely from rubber. However, they are prone to wear and eventually might break or crack. If you’re just starting out with kettlebells, you’ll probably want to invest in a light weight or a small set of kettlebells. While I encourage everyone who begins kettlebell training to give it at least a month, inevitably there will be people who will try it once or twice and decide it’s not for them.
While the information contained in my guide is straightforward, it doesn’t mention the different types of kettlebells. Depending on where you do your research, you’ll likely come across two main variations – regular style or competition style. I wouldn’t go as far as saying that one is superior over the other. Rather it truly depends on what your personal goals are.
Recently, after 6 months of working out with a 35 lb. kettlebell, I purchased a new 45 lb. kettlebell to further challenge myself. I knew it wouldn’t be an easy adjustment, however, I didn’t realize just how difficult it would be. Obviously, the more weight that is added, the harder my muscles would need to work in order to execute various kettlebell exercises properly. This wasn’t a surprise, although, I hadn’t considered other factors besides the increase in weight. I’m still excited about performing at a higher level, it’s just that I’ll need to change my approach and expectations as I continue to build strength with my new kettlebell.
Working out with kettlebells is mostly comprised out of 4 basic motions that you later combine for more elaborate exercise routines. These movements are: swinging, holding the kettlebell with both arms, holding it using one hand, and snatching. Which of these motions you prefer should depend on your fitness goals and the weight of the kettlebell.
I have no idea who coined it, but the appropriately named monster kettlebell should only be used by serious lifters. While there is no set definition, it’s assumed that any kettlebell weighing over 100 lbs. fits that description. Unless you’re Hercules, exercises that require the kettlebell to be lifted overhead are near impossible. Typically, exercises with monster kettlebells include squats, rows, and deadlifts.
Muscle and Motion created a short video showing of a skeletal frame with muscles performing the kettlebell swing. If you’ve ever wondered what is happening inside your body as you perform kettlebell exercises, this video details the effects on your muscles and body. It also illustrates the proper technique of the swing, specifically the importance of keeping your back straight throughout the entire movement.
Last year I had the privilege of interviewing Kettlebell Sport World Championship gold medalist Jordan Tyjeski. Competing in various kettlebell events consisting of 16kg and 20kg weights, her efforts landed her not 1 but 3 gold medals. Now, several months later, that effort and dedication continued to pay off with impressive showings at the Arnold Sports Festival earlier this month in Columbus, Ohio.
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