Welcome to Kettlebell Training Beginners Guide, my name is Taco Fleur and I will cover some tips and tricks to help you on your way with your Kettlebell Journey. Ask your questions in the comments section below.
Kettlebell Training is becoming more and more popular each day as people start to realise the incredible results one can obtain, plus training with Kettlebells is fun, exciting and provides you with a learning journey that keeps you entertained for years to come.
Kettlebell Training is not safe!
I wanted to put the scare in you so I got your attention, do I have your attention? OK. Just like any other training program, safety is priority number one, you don’t want to get injured and you don’t want to injure anyone else. Therefore, let’s cover some important safety tips first to make Kettlebell Training extremely safe for teenagers, adults and seniors:
- Be serious when you train with Kettlebells, I have personally not seen anyone been injured by a Kettlebell yet, but that is because I’m serious about Kettlebell Training and transfer this to my clients. This is not to say that a Kettlebell can’t injure you, it can if you do not respect it, in other words, don’t just pick up a kettlebell somewhere and start swinging it around without knowing what you’re doing.
- Kettlebell Training is not something you learn in a day or a week, you should take your time and progress step by step, start with the basics and work your way up, be patient.
- Kettlebell Training is best done with a personal trainer who is qualified in Kettlebell Training or an online Kettlebell Coach.
- Just because you see a video of some high profile personal trainer doing a Kettlebell Swing or other kettlebell exercise on Youtube doesn’t mean it’s done the right way, I see plenty of high profile personal trainers use the Kettlebell incorrectly (on that note, even I am still learning many new things after many years), do your research and compare multiple videos.
- Master the Kettlebell Swing before anything else, the majority of moves in Kettlebell Training involve this basic movement which is a Hip Hinge and not a squat, this is not to say you never squat with Kettlebell Training, just not with the Swing, ever! The main difference between the two is that with the Hip Hinge you engage the posterior chain muscles and with the squat anterior chain muscles.
- Never be ashamed to regress when required, i.e. alternate exercise or lower the weight when exhausted, injured or just not getting it.
- Always properly warm-up before attempting any weight resisted training, i.e. Kettlebell Training, try and focus on bodyweight warm-ups or use light weights.
- Always stretch after your workout, the more flexibility you have, the less chance of injury and you’ll perform much better.
TIPS & TRICKS
- You must understand that there are different styles when it comes to training with Kettlebells, therefore there is not just one way to do a particular exercise.
- Do research on different types of breathing patterns and find out what works for you.
- Find yourself an online plan / program or create your own that builds up on your learning experience step by step;
- hip hinge
- double handed swing
- bodyweight squat
- double handed clean
- front squat
- transitioning the kettlebell
- around the body
- single arm swings
- and so on
- Do some research on training barefeet, and decide whether you want to train in shoes or with barefeet.
There are of course a million and one tips and tricks, the above just touches the tip of the iceberg, feel free to ask me any questions you might have, find yourself a good Kettlebell Trainer, watch Youtube Videos, read online information, join our Kettlebell Community and ask other experts for help, train hard and stay safe!
Following are some biased suggestions that will help you on your way, I’m open to post other links and information, just contact me.
- How to Kettlebell Swing
- How to Bodyweight Squat
- How to Dead Lift
- How to Kettlebell Clean
- How to Kettlebell Turkish Get-up
- How to Kettlebell Windmill