What is Kettlebell Training?
A ‘kettlebell’ is a traditional Russian cast iron weight that looks like a cannonball with a handle. They come in different weights from 8kg up to 48 kg.
Sheila’s interest in training with kettlebells started while she was recovering from foot surgery a few years ago. The ability to train effectively and yet have very little impact on the feet helped her recovery immensely.
Kettlebells have become an integral part of programming for Sheila’s clients. They have become part of the training plan that gets clients the results they are looking for in strength and loss of body fat.
Kettlebells are growing in popularity in the U.S. and Canada. All clients and fitness levels can use kettlebells with proper technique instruction.
Sheila has recently obtained her RKC- Russian Kettlebell Certification, after a trip to the Vienna, Virginia. This certification is regarded as one of the most challenging certifications to pass. It delivers the depth and breadth of core competencies Sheila will use with you for successful kettlebell instruction.
What is a kettlebell?
A kettlebell, or girya (Russ.), is a traditional Russian cast-iron weight resembling a cannonball with a handle, and it is the ultimate tool for extreme all-around fitness. The kettlebell dates back to the 18th Century, first appearing in a Russian dictionary in 1704 (Cherkikh, 1994). So popular were kettlebells in Tsarist Russia, that any strongman or weightlifter was referred to as a “girevik,” or “kettlebell man.” “Not a single sport develops our muscular strength and bodies as well as kettlebell athletics,” reported Russian magazine Hercules in 1913.
Why train with kettlebells?
Kettlebells deliver extreme all-around fitness better than any other piece of equipment out there, and can replace barbells, dumbbells, belts for weighted pull-ups and dips, thick bars, lever bars, medicine balls, grip devices, and cardio equipment in your fitness regime.
Who trains with kettlebells?
People of all ages and all skill levels can benefit from kettlebell training. Kettlebells can even be used in recovery from various injuries.
How do I learn to use the kettlebell?
From Pavel’s books and videos: Enter The Kettlebell or From Russia with Tough Love, or from an RKC certified instructor! Kettlebell technique can be learned in one or two sessions and one can start intense training during the second and even first week (Dvorkin, 2001).
What is the right kettlebell size for me?
Kettlebells are measured in “poods,” an old Russian measure of weight equal to 16 kg, or roughly 35 lbs. Though the weight used by each person will vary, an average man will typically begin with a 35 lb kettlebell, and an average woman with 18 lbs.
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