Monday, January 18, 2010

Kettlebells: Twice the Results in Half The Time. (Check out this study)

Well I sure didn't need a research study to prove to me that training with kettlebells will give you amazing fat burning and strength results in just half the time.  I figured that out immediately since picking them up almost 6 years ago.  It was clear to me when implemented properly in a balanced way, that you can seriously get a killer workout in the most efficient way. Click on image to  see entire study.


Like anything that works well, everyone is going to eventually jump on the bandwagon.  When I first started using them, hardly anyone knew what a kettlebell was.  When I was employed as a personal trainer at a corporate gym, many many years ago, the owner actually stopped me from teaching this type of training to their clientele.  They told me it looked too dangerous and could scare off their clients.  I was saddened by this because 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 fast.  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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8 comments:

Ellen said...

Hi Lauren,

Great article. I did a lot of research before purchasing a kettlebell this past month and was directed by MANY people to get YOUR video for proper instruction and form. I'm ready to start safely and hope to make great progress. Your blog is a huge inspiration. I'll check back in periodically to let you know how I'm doing!

Meghan said...

I love using kettlebells! It makes me feel badass and graceful at the same time. It has been especially empowering to swing and press my kettlebell during my pregnancy. Learning the deadlift and swing is simple enough but the clean took me awhile and the snatch was just coming together for me before I got pregnant. It feels so rewarding to learn the movements and the results are fast! I am very excited to get back into kettlebells again post-baby and get back in bikinis!

BTW, I may be a bit of a snob but the only KB certification I take seriously is RKC. In fact that is how I found out about you, Lauren. :) I wouldn't feel good training or learning KBs from anyone who isn't RKC certified; RKC is the gold standard.

BOOTCAMP619 said...

Awesome article Lauren. Keep kickin' butt!!!

KARYN said...

I might have to seriously print this up and hand it out to people who insist that I should be doing cardio along with KB's because "kettlebells aren't enough by themselves", or "you would get better results if you added jogging to your work out."
I have a hard time convincing people!! They ask me what I'm doing and then they don't believe me. I send them all to www.ontheedgefitness.com

karyn said...

oh, and Meghan said it perfectly. Badass and graceful, couldn't have said it better!!

Jen said...

Thanks so much for sharing, Lauren! I do kettlebells mostly because of the enjoyment factor (which is super high when it comes to your workouts :)), so it's good to know that they're also extremely effective!

tnthudson said...

Hey Lauren,
I first heard of kettlebells from DragonDoor Publications, which led me to read Pavel's 'Enter the Kettlebell.' Subsequently, I responded to an offer to get your first "Ultimate Body Sculpt" DVD. Then, I was able to attend a class with three RKC instructors locally.
Between these sources, I was struck at how detailed and technical the instruction was, and how much easier and safer (and fun) it made working out with kettlebells.
I loved your first video and even had my kids working with me while watching it; very good instruction, well done! I can't wait to see what your second video is like.

Anonymous said...

I've been using kettlebells since 2005, first with group class instruction and then, when I felt more confident, using DragonDoor videos and yours. I cringe when I see them used at the CrossFit gym or by enthusiasts at the local Y. I'm happy for their enthusiasm, but their form is so poor that they will be their own worst enemy, and ultimately become denouncers of the best fitness tool available due to ignorance and injury.