First , if you are out of condition i.e unfit
, and especially if over 35 and/or have significant medical conditions ( significantly overweight , smoker, high blood
pressure , heart problems or balance problems) or history of significant injury (back , joint) or are pregnant , check with
your doctor before commencing.” Arthritis” is not necessarily a contraindication . Print out these pages or write
down the website URL , and inform him/her that the exercises can be tailored to those with significant conditions –
just as yoga/pilates can .
You will be responsible for your exercise progress and must be aware that some exercises
carry a greater degree of risk – but again , this never stopped folk enrolling in a yoga or tennis group. Know your
limits but be prepared to eventually exceed them by a long way!
Second , strength is a skill which must be learnt and practised frequently. Like any skill
, correct technique is paramount and every effort made to start kettlebell training with a commitment to perfect technique.
You need a kettlebell
, some initial basic instruction and the leap of faith that over the coming weeks , months and years you will achieve beyond
what you thought was possible. Your bell will become a trusted friend!
start with an 8 kg bell (or 12 if already strong/conditioned) and men with a 16kg bell (or 20kg if strong). Even if you seem
to outgrow the initial purchase , you can make the exercises harder (e.g. do more repetitions in less time , or by holding
the bell or positioning the body in a more awkward position ) . Lighter bells are ideal for “recovery” workouts
or for rehabilitation. Or , buy another of the same size which gives you a whole range of new and more challenging exercises
With the elusive
power of self-motivation , it is entirely possible to teach oneself the art and skill of Kettlebells. Autodidactico.The key is to start cautiously and be very aware of any bodily limitations in the initial weeks
, and when trying new skills. Kettlebell usage teaches correct body alignment and self-awareness which translate directly into correct posture and safe movement
Having said that
, if at all possible it is best to commence kettlebell training with direct instruction. This helps identify initial restrictions
which identify or prevent the development of poor lifting habits which may be difficult to remedy at a later stage.
Once you get started the aim is to become self-sufficient in managing your physical health
, for the rest of your life. In other words , learning to service your own vehicle.
I can provide the enthusiasm , motivation and testimonials. If
you practise and keep a diary/log book you can very easily become self-motivated. Seeing your rapid progress , in terms of
strength , flexibility , endurance and ability to complete challenging moves is self-motivating. You too can become “autodidactico”
– a self-teaching master , like Leonardo da Vinci (who was incredibly fit & strong and could bend horseshoes amongst
a few other feats…)
*** Sept 2007 : My new beginner's manual is now available : 33 pages , colour pics
including time lapse photos - all you need to master the basics, safely. Profits go to the Girevoy (kettlebell ) Sport
Australia Association to assist running expenses of this not-for-profit brand new sports association.
to Get Strong & How to Stay So with Kettlebells"
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