Why would someone want to train with kettlebells? To answer this question, one needs to know and understand the benefits provided through kettlebell training. Knowing the benefits will also help you sell your services if you become certified and choose to train other people; the benefits of kettlebell training combined with your professionalism and expertise will be the reason people will want to pay to train with you.
The following are some of the major benefits one will gain from kettlebell training:
One tool to work every muscle in the body
Due to the huge variety of kettlebell exercises available, the kettlebell is an awesome tool to create countless complexes
Easy to carry and use anywhere
- Compound exercises
Work more than one muscle group with the majority of exercises
Here is a bit more detail with regard to some of the aforementioned benefits:
Kettlebells fall under the category of “free weights” which include dumbbells, barbells, medicine balls, and sandbells. Unlike weight machines, they do not constrain users to specific, fixed movements, and therefore require more effort from the individual’s stabilizer muscles. It is often argued that free weight exercises are superior for precisely this reason. For example, they are recommended for golf players, since golf is a unilateral exercise that can break body balances and requires exercises to keep the balance in muscles.
Kettlebells in general are used for compound exercises, it’s not common to perform isolating exercises. Compound exercises mirror the ways that people naturally push, pull, and lift objects, and are therefore more functional and better for creating real strength in a person.
The most important aspect of unilateral training is the fact that it will help overcome strength imbalances. An example of a strength imbalance is pressing a 40kg Olympic barbell overhead with two arms, but the right arm is stronger and will push more of the weight. In other words, the right side might be pressing 25kg while the left is pressing 15kg. If you take one 20kg kettlebell and press it overhead with the right side, you will press exactly 20kg; if you press with the left it will be exactly 20kg.
Also commonly known as cardiovascular endurance exercises, or simply “cardio”, which is the ability of the heart, blood cells, and lungs to supply oxygen-rich blood to working muscle tissue, and the ability of the muscles to use oxygen to produce energy for movement.
Non-Aerobic Exercise (also known as anaerobic exercise)
Exercise that is typically less than 60 seconds in duration, as opposed to aerobic exercise which is 60 seconds or longer in duration, like jogging 5 miles or going for a hike.
*Examples of aerobic exercises are running, cycling, rowing and many more.
The better a person’s cardiovascular fitness is, the longer and more easily they can endure aerobic exercise. There are many kettlebell exercises, workouts, and complexes that can help improve cardio, but one kettlebell exercise in particular that seriously tests your cardiovascular endurance is the kettlebell swing.
Functional training attempts to adapt or develop exercises which allow individuals to perform the activities of daily life or sport more easily and without injuries.
Discussion of planes of motion can get quite complicated, but fortunately, in-depth knowledge is not required to understand this concept; a quick summary will suffice to get the point across.
Direction of movement can be split in three planes, sagittal, frontal, and transverse. Most forms of exercise do not take the equipment through all three planes and challenge the body from different angles. The kettlebell, on the other hand, has exercises that travel through all planes and challenge the body from all different angles. The “snatch” is one great example of this versatility.
Strength Muscles vs Stabilizer Muscles
Kettlebell training works both the strength and stabilizer muscles and produces an increased stabilizer muscle strength due to the multi-plane exercise possibilities, which in turn assists with greater overall strength unlike any other exercise equipment.