While the kettlebell is a very good piece of equipment, it’s not necessarily a good piece of exercise equipment. That is because it’s difficult to hold the two items together and move them at the same time. While you might think it’s fine to be able to lift the two halves of the kettlebell at the same time, the two halves aren’t usually very stable and they tend to fly out of your hand and clatter against the ground at high speed. It’s simply too difficult to use it properly as a whole in a strength training workout.
Kettlebell- Functional Training
The kettlebell is a functional piece of equipment. While it does give you quite a bit of power for building your upper body strength, the Klobbel isn’t for that. You can build your upper body strength with the proper weight training routine, but that’s just one facet of the need to develop the chest, biceps, triceps, and forearms.
Think about how much help you would be if you could add hundreds of pounds of solid mass to your arms and back, while adding full range of motion to those muscles. This is exactly what a strength training program gives you. Not only will you get lots of overall muscle bulk, but you’ll also start to see the fibers of those muscles become stronger and more efficient.
Kettlebell training focuses on improving your explosive power. This is basically the strong element that makes you so much more explosive off the line and keeps you moving forward through your exercises. The best strength exercises require that you use the muscles you’re training to lift and then propel forward at a rapid rate, thus creating power.
The strength training and “push-pull” (basically the nature of push-pull) nature of kettlebell training is much more intuitive and effective than traditional weight lifting workouts. When you learn how to push yourself forward with the kettlebell, the possibilities for making you better and more explosive in your lifts are endless.
If you haven’t yet learned about the principle of the four fundamentals of sprinting, I suggest you do so. They can mean the difference between success and failure for your sprinting sessions.
Sprinting uses the major muscle groups in your legs, hips, glutes, back, and torso. Each of these areas has its own small muscle group, called a stabilizer, which provides stability to your entire motion. You can’t effectively sprint effectively unless you practice keeping these stabilizers strong, tight, and mobile.
A proper kettlebell training session will improve your speed, get you a bit faster when you run, and reduce the force needed to get you going. Because the strength of the muscles involved in sprinting is so important, kettlebell training will also greatly improve your overall balance. This isn’t an isolated component of sprinting. It’s a central component.
Remember the power that is developed through the kettlebell by the development of powerful movements like push-pull and swing-and-cover. When you take that power and movement into the vaulting and cycling of the kettlebell in these lifts, you’re developing a far more powerful force. These movements are great for developing strength as well as an explosion.
It’s this overall development of strength and power that makes the kettlebell such a potent tool in the strength training arsenal. Don’t miss out on what a powerful tool this is.