the (Russian) kettlebell exercise system!
are clearly a product , the method differs in that it promises a whole package
, a triad of useful strength , stamina and flexibility . With a little motivation , which feeds upon itself , you cannot fail
to make significant gains in the above triad.
The method has
distinct advantages over what has been traditionally promoted in popular gymnasium circles in the past 50 years. And best
of all, it works brilliantly for the exercise “do it yourselfer”.
It’s a very simple equation : Motivation + work = results, guaranteed.
I have found
that many adults have no desire to train in public gymnasiums or studios. Reasons include time constraints , travel issues
, expense , crowding, self-consciousness , dislike of poseurs and boredom .
traditional (factory) gyms offer :
Lots of expensive
& shiny machines - promising to isolate every different muscle group. Trouble is , the skeleton of the machine
removes important stabilisers from the exercise , plus muscles cannot always move through a full plane of natural
movement. Most exercises develop the muscles in the front of the body , but there is little attention paid to the posterior
chain (back muscles). Couple this with a chronic sitting/forward posture and you have a recipe for further troubles...
But , you can
process lots of customers without much instruction.
Just so that you know I am
not completely biased , a review of machine vs free weights can be found here. Just don't discount the "fun factor" of free
name on everyone’s lips …yes , I've tried it, some of the claims are overblown , it certainly assists prehab
and rehab , particularly in balance-compromised clients or those who for some physical reason need floor or machine support.
Many swear by its effectiveness.
- a critique, judge for yourself.
Granted , it
is slickly marketed , but "fitness for life"...not really , unless you are well heeled or can find the motivation to
practise at home.
A word about
There is no doubt
that the regular practise of yoga will promote relaxation and wellbeing as well as balancing and strengthening weak or tight
muscles. Practising yoga for the sake of increased flexibility can be harmful if ligaments (joint supports) are abnormally
stretched as a means to achieving a particular posture. Some postures are best not attempted at all , and others may be dangerous
if unsupervised. As many of its devotees are older people , many with medical conditions , there is a relatively high injury
Yoga , like any
exercise modality is safe if practised carefully and in moderation.
in many ways into "iron yoga". The rapid improvement in torso stabilisation enables rapid mastery of many of the the
common yoga asanas (postures). And proper lifting methods promote healthy breathing patterns including the ability to remain
calm under stress.