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The 6 Sins of Kettlebell Use

Movement and exercise is an investment in yourself.  Those who exercise typically seek the most efficient and effective ways to move.  When something novel comes along, like a kettlebell, we want the results they promise.  Unfortunately, that presents problems for the new user. Just because kettlebells now have a place in nearly every fitness center and hotel fitness space, conform to natural movement and are considered the most potent tool in our arsenal, doesn’t mean everyone is ready to use them.

Here are the 6 Sins that indicate you are not ready to use a kettlebell:

  1. You are currently sedentary
  2. Your current exercise routine has left your core weak
  3. You exhibit poor posture and lack basic knowledge of spine health
  4. You have no professional guidance from a qualified coach or trainer
  5. You do not have a personal development mindset for progression
  6. You have functional movement deficiency

Kettlebells require your core to be reflexively stable.  The skills taught by qualified kettlebell instructors engage the entire system, drive your metabolism, strengthen your muscles, and deliver power for performance and lifestyle activities.  Kettlebell skills and exercises are safe because they conform to natural movement and connect the chain in a way the body was designed to move.

When someone uses a kettlebell while committing any of the 6 Sins, they risk straining muscles, typically in the back.  One of the most common weaknesses is hip/core sequencing found in people who sit for long periods. When asked by their doctor, chiropractor, or bodyworker how they hurt their back, the response is “I used a kettlebell.”  Was the kettlebell the problem? Are kettlebells inherently dangerous? NO! However, if you commit any of the 6 Sins, using a kettlebell can hurt you.

If you prepare your body properly by having a reflexively stable core, are guided by a kettlebell professional, practice spine health habits, move proficiently, and have a mindset for progression, kettlebells are one of the safest and most effective fitness tools ever created.  

If you prepare your body properly by having a reflexively stable core, are guided by a kettlebell professional, practice spine health habits, move proficiently, and have a mindset for progression, kettlebells are one of the safest and most effective fitness tools ever created.  

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