Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Kettlebell Training - Part I

As someone with a blog largely devoted to Pose running, I'm a bit of movement and technique geek. I'm definitely not someone who is satisfied with the "Just do it" mind set. I believe that if you are going to devote a significant amount of time and effort to an activity, then it is important to do it right, and one thing that bothers me when I go to a typical gym is that most of the people are clearly in "Just do it" mode. Needless to say, I'm a bothered by the total lack of concern for correct technique.

For the past several months I've been devoting a lot of time to training with kettlebells, and the one thing that attracts me to kettlebell training, more than anything else, is that it very difficult to take shortcuts on technique. The reason for this is that the weight of kettlebells is off-center, so they are very awkward to work with. That is until you learn to move properly. In fact, if you attempt to do any serious training with kettlebells without first mastering proper technique, you will almost certainly injure yourself.

What's in it for runners?

If you are runner, and you are looking for a form of training to supplement your running, I highly recommend looking in to kettlebells for the following reasons.

  1. Kettlebell training forces you to learn and think about proper movement, and body mechanics.
  2. Kettlebell training can be used to train muscular strength and endurance.
  3. Kettlebell training can be used to train any of the body's metabolic pathways.
  4. Kettlebell training can be used to address flexibility mobility issues (a big problems for many runners).
  5. Kettlebell training does not allow you to easily take shortcuts with your technique, so it is not as easy to fool yourself into thinking that you are fitter or more capable than you really are.
  6. Kettlebell training teaches functional movement.
  7. Kettlebell training does not use single joint exercises (which are not functional).
  8. Many of the lessons about movement that I learned from studying Pose running have been reinforced by kettlebell training.

A great place to train in the Boston area

If you live in the greater Boston area, I would highly recommend checking out my kettlebell coach Josh Conway and his gym. If you are interested in proper movement, Josh is a great person to train with.

1001 Watertown Street, Rear (behind the CVS)
West Newton, MA 02465

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