Training methods that have worked well, will usually result in a mass of people jumping on the bandwagon. When I first began using kettlebells, it was a rarity if someone knew what this hunk of iron was actually all about.
When I was fresh out of college, I was employed at a corporate gym as a personal trainer. The owner stopped me from teaching the kettlebell methods to their clientele. The owners belief was the method looked dangerous and would scare off their clients. I knew deep down inside that this type of training was going to give these people a new found motivation where they'd see results extremely quickly. When you first look at a cast iron kettlebell, because of the newness, naturally people may want to run the other direction. Once an open minded person is taught the correct technique in a safe, fun, and non intimidating way, it's rare to not like this way of training.
In the past 6 years I have had the opportunity to personally teach hundreds of people how to use a kettlebell and thousands with my videos. It's been such a rewarding experience and never gets boring to me. Each client has been very different and has taught me how to become better at what I do. Little tricks I've learned along the way to teach someone the basic moves in a more efficient way. Kettlebells draws in the full spectrum of individuals. Male and Female, All ages from 10-90, Extreme Athletes, Sedentary people, Post Rehab, Pre and Postnatal, you name it!! It really is for most people. Although, like anything, it's not for everyone. There are a select few that really have absolutely no body awareness and that is where weight machines or other tools are a better fit until the person improves. Maybe 5 out of 100 that I have seen fall in this category.
Now everyone knows what a kettlebell is. You can find them in corporate gyms and many of the fancy gyms all over. The only scare is many trainers who do not know the proper technique are using it with their clients. More injuries are occurring due to this and could quickly fault the kettlebell as a dangerous tool. When in fact it's one of the safest around when the person knows what they are doing. It's a shame that many of the foundation exercises are getting watered down when taught by someone unqualified, therefore losing it's value. If you are new to kettlebells and you want to get the real benefits from them, make sure you get a lesson from a certified kettlebell instructor with a good track record. An instructor that is known for their teaching skills and not just for their own kettlebell skills. With more and more kettlebell "certification" clinics opening up, the standards are naturally coming down.
With all of this said, go head and check out the study that was done. If this doesn't make people want to start kettlebells I don't know what will!
You can view the kettlebell study here "Kettlebells : Twice the Results in Half the Time?"
Anyone see kettlebells used on the Biggest Loser?? I seriously have to close my eyes when I see these poor people using it in such an incorrect way! Feel free to leave comments below on your experience with kettlebells. Whether people have told you that it's just a fad. Or if you see people using them incorrectly. I want to hear about your experience. Funny stories are encouraged as well or success stories!!
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