This is to all who is already training with kettlebells or you are quite cynical about training with the “hype”. Before anyone jumps on me for any reasons regarding what my thought process on kettlebells are, let me put that i have learned from many kettlebells courses/ workshops that includes dragon door workshops and other certifying organizations for kettlebells! I have always been quite a fan of kettleblls but unfortunately in the country that i live in there isnt much room for improvement for training with people who can think out of the box with this fabulous tool. That got me traveling… a lot, i have gone for most of the “major” kettlebell courses around the globe to see what makes the training or what is it that makes people of all backgrounds come together and use this tool with high sucess and swears by it! This got me thinking deep in thoughts till sometimes i start answering my own questions…well at least most of them. I like questions, in fact i love questioning things and I am sure not many of us think of things like:
-where did this canon looking things really originated from?
-who makes the movements for training with kettlebells?
-why the russian way? is it because it “originated from there”?
-who determines what moves is right for training with kettlebells,eg; windmill, or TGU with hip drive or maybe the “crossfit swings” vs chest level swings.
-who named all these exercises? seriously, Turkish get ups? (m sure there will be an asian get up soon) Windmills?(isnt that move copied from yoga and made to move with kettlebells?) rack?(why not “stack” since we are stacking the bell on the forearms and on the chest and on top of the hip joint,on top of…u get the idea)
-why must we do it the way people teach us and if there is another way to do it.eg, swings (many ways apparently…just youtube it) there seems to be more than 15 ways to swing a kettlebell!!
-is it really multi planar training?
-can it really help to indirectly transfer to the sports that you are training for?
-what does it really help with and how can i go away and let this tool work for me?
-can i really make this a be all and end all of training with other “tools” for results of my goals?
-is there even a “kettlebell body”? (so far there is no one person that trained purely and only with kettlebells the first time they worked out that they have never curled their biceps to peak like Arnie’s) if i am wrong then prove it to me.
-what difference is this training versus swiming? as u get stronger in the snatches or swings, you are going to be doing it repetetively for the rest of your entirety of your training life and especially when you are a GS competitor. (based on the injuries involving swimmers and its nature of its movements) like what in our life isnt repetetive at all?
-and did Pavel really evolutionize this “kettlebellution” into the world for us to gather by like a cult that swears and believes in it?(including me)-smiles-
This is just a few things that run my mind and while some of you already know the answers to all, there is some of you who is quickly googling and researching for the answers to some of my thoughts. Having to go through all these thought i almost got sidetracked with my conclusion of kettlebell training. Anyways i am not going to go through the answers to what i have mentioned above as its not what i wanted to bring up but more in point is that how important we know what it helps us with and how it can be helping you to build a bridge for some path(s).
Whatever the movements or to be more precise, whoever(they should know who or seriously whoever) made the movements, has a few things which i find consistent and will definitely benefits most of us in this process of thought(s).
-movements are based to teach or promote extension(since being in flexion is what most people do)
-more neural activity is made to fire due to the nature of the exercises, making activation of the muscles easier with every practice
-there isnt a move to be beyond hyper-extension with the kettlebells(not that i know of at least)
-body learns to be move as a single unit.
-since training with kettlebells are mostly barefoot, we teach and/or retrain our feet/body/mind to feel the floor or ground for more sensory feedback.(amist all the cushioning in a shoe)
-planes of movement are being exposed to multi-planar
-it is metabolically demanding
-it is ergonomically friendly to all types of body, making it versatile thus the very high “transfer over” effect for individuals.
-predominantly trains the posterior chain putting emphasis on the lower back, glutes and hamstrings, the very muscles that is involved from the simplest things as walking to a slightly more complex process of sprinting. All of which will need some propelling from the hamstrings and glutes.
-the centre of mass makes it ideal for stability and passive mobility training
These are just some of the few top of my mind lists that i feel should be mentioned and is worthy to take note. while whatever moves we make or do with kettlebells, be it right or wrong or what others seems not logical, i am sure there will always be an explanation and thought put into it and somehow have their own logic to it. I consider myself an integrated coach coming from my backround from practice and studies, i am not an advocate of a certain way of training, limiting my modalities of tools or patterning myself to move in a certain manner like all the styles of training with kettlebells that is used(whatever it is) as long as we know what we do and why we do it and not because someone said or told you so as they are more knowledgeable(subjective to each individual guru), as i have had the chance of being under the fantastic tutelage of some certifying bodies on kettlebells which helped me question and answer most of what goes through my mind. I want to end this writing by saying that whoever certified you as an individual has to make you learn and start questioning things only then will you know that there is just as many to learn than just do as your told.