When it comes to weight training, it doesn’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing. Learn why kettlebell training could be the gateway to injury-free running.
Kettlebell training may appear like a modern fad, but in reality, it’s been around for hundreds of years. First used by Russian strongmen at the country’s festivals and fairs during the 18th century, nowadays kettlebells are on many athletes’ essential kit lists. Why? Kettlebell training increases lean muscle mass without bulking you up. It can help all athletes who want to improve their performance, no matter what their discipline.
HOW DOES KETTLEBELL TRAINING HELP?
CARDIO: Kettlebell training commonly includes high-intensity sets with minimal rest. This is excellent for improving your V02 max. It also helps increase your endurance and stamina levels.
WEIGHT LOSS: While traditional weights help you to bulk up, kettlebells can help you to trim down. You can burn up to 1,500 calories an hour through kettlebell training, so it’s a great way to lose weight.
HIPS: For efficient running you have to have strong hips – and kettlebell training is ideal for creating them. The classic kettlebell swing is all about driving the hips forward.
THIGHS: One of the classic kettlebell moves is the goblet squat, a deep squat performed while holding the kettlebell by its horns. This creates iron-cast quads, ideal for powering uphill.
JOINTS: Kettlebell training strengthens the connective tissue around the joints. You have to balance the kettlebell so you recruit the smaller, ancillary muscles that are vital to running, which results in reduced risk of injury.
SHOULDERS: Strong arms help to power a tired body when the rest of you is ready to give up. Kettlebell shoulder presses, which can be combined with a squat, are an effective way to build explosive strength – allowing you to blast away from the competition on the home straight.