Road to PT’ing: Start Light With Kettlebells

Have you ever noticed that the Kettlebells’ in your gym are almost always in order and clean? That’s because there’s only a small number of people that know how to safely use them. Kettlebells’ look threatening and in the wrong hands yeah, they can do a good bit of damage. But if you know what you’re doing you can get a very good workout session in with little time and less weight than you’d imagine.

My name is Hanif and welcome to Criterion Fit if this is your first time here. I’m a Gym Instructor and Nutrition Adviser, I’m also studying for my Personal Training Certificate. On top of that I’m a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner and I’m always looking to build links so if you want to roll with me get in touch and we’ll hit the mat (God willing).

Kettlebell Training is an aspect of personal training that I’m really looking forward to, for myself and future clients. There’s an aspect of functionality to Kettlebells’ but the style of training can also be challenging enough to bring about real strength and endurance which are two things every BJJ practitioner wants in their arsenal.

It can be very easy to overstate our proficiency with Kettlebells’ because us men don’t want to pick up small weight, we want the heavy work right?! So you start with 16kg or maybe even 20kg but a few swings in and you’re already sweating. “Go lite my G, go easy.” It’s important to get your form in check before going heavy on Kettlebells’, that’s the way you’ll avoid injury and time away from training.

I will be doing my Kettlebell course in the coming months but I’ve been preparing with some lite weight because getting the form and sequence, movement patterns right from the start will help me help clients. I really believe my clients will enjoy Kettlebell training because you can increase your lung capacity with this training, lose weight and get cut with this training and increase in real strength with this training.

Kettlebell training looks cool and isn’t for the weak minded which is why it so complements BJJ training. Before I got my Kettlebells (during covid19 lockdown) I’d be seen in the gym doing farmers walks with 20kg Kettlebells. That was the most I’d do with them besides lunges because I was intimidated by the thought of getting submitted by a flying bell as I slip on sweat. I’m that bit more confident now and looking forward to my training day.

It would be great for me to hear from my readers as to how they get on with Kettlebells, what they wish they knew before they started using them and any tips to share. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post on my road to personal training. If you’d like to get in the gym with me and chop it up (i.e talk about fitness, stocks, bjj, footwear or books) drop me an email [Here] and we can sort that out – men only. I welcome your comments and suggestions so drop them. Thanks for reading, stay well.

Published by Abu Hafs Hanif

Abu Hafs Hanif a London based Fitness and Nutritional Advisor is also a Husband and Father.

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