Kettlebell training magnifies your power output
Since classic kettlebell lifts such as the Snatch and the Clean & Jerk cannot be performed slowly, they develop a special quality known as power-endurance. This differs from strength-endurance.
Strength-endurance is your ability to produce force over an extended period of time. Power-endurance is your ability to sustain fast muscular contractions over an extended period of time.
Power-endurance is a quality that can determine who the winner is in sport. It also makes for a serious gruelling training session that will push both your body and mind to new levels.
Kettlebell training dramatically increases fat loss and muscular endurance
Kettlebell training involves total body functional strength training exercises performed multiple times. The repetition ranges are typically higher than conventional weight training and this combination of using both upper and lower body muscles over an extended period of time places large demands on the metabolic system.
So while you will be developing power through the speed of your training, you will also be burning serious calories and improving your muscular endurance at the same time.Some of our KettleFit sessions have demonstrated the ability to burn over 1000 calories in 50 mins using the Myzone Heart Rate monitoring system.
The other positive outcome of kettlebell training is that it is impossible to build bulky, non functional muscles, instead you will develop an athletic lean body shape.
Kettlebell training corrects one of the most common dysfunctional patterns in the modern world – ‘the lower cross syndrome’
This is probably my favourite reason to use kettlebells. The lower cross syndrome as described by physical medicine physician Vladimir Janda as an epidemic in western society due to extended periods of sitting. It causes tightness of the hip flexors, weak and inactive gluteals and subsequently results in chronic low back pain, osteoarthritis and disc herniation.
Traditional exercise and treatment regimes have found it difficult to correct these problems. The Kettlebell however, seems to have the magical power of eliminating and correcting this dysfunctional pattern. As stated by Dr. Ron Tyszkowski from performbetter.com ‘it seems as if the kettlebell was specifically designed to correct this pattern’.
Proper swing technique simultaneously stretches and relaxes the hip flexors, activates and strengthens the glutes and teaches lumbar spine control. Additionally, the secondary part of the swing, abdominal contraction at the apex of the swing, strengthens the abdominals and relaxes and stretches the low back muscles; a fantastic win/win scenario!