Kettlebell Training – Do The Russians Know What They Are Doing?

The kettlebell is a cast iron weight that looks like a basketball with the handle of a suitcase attached. It has become a common addition to fitness and weight training. A kettlebell is a common training tool in Russia. They come in poods a Russian measure of weight that equals 16 kg. ( 36 pounds). There are one, one and a half, and two pood bells and heavier ones called bulldogs. Usually athletes stick to the 32, 24 and 16 kg, bells for their training. It is a lot harder to do a kettlebell exercise than to exercise with dumbbells because the bells require you to pull at least a foot higher.

You really have to know what you are doing when you start kettlebell training. If you do it incorrectly, you can easily injure your lungs. Once you master the techniques, the wrist action of kettlebell exercises will help you develop strong tendons and ligaments in your wrists, elbows and shoulders and thus will increase the strength of your arms.

A basic kettlebell exercise is a one arm swing. To do this lift, you have to swing the bell back between your legs and then over your head. This enables you to use the muscles of your back, hips and legs. When you start kettlebell training you should start with the lowest weight first and work your way up, even if you have done weight training before.

The different technique of the exercise could cause injuries if you are not doing it correctly. Many people think that because the person doing the exercises on the instruction video is not having any problems, that they can easily do the lifting as well. You have to remember that this person spent years of kettlebell training to reach that point.

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