Getting started with Kettlebells is extremely tough. Beginners are usually startled by just how difficult it is to handle a Kettlebell. I go into exactly why the Kettlebell is so difficult to handle in my Kettlebell Concepts article. Click here to read my article on Basic Kettlebell Concepts.
One of the things that I mentioned in my Kettlebell Concepts article is to find a way to get proper coaching. In this article, I want to go over some of your Coaching options:
There are numerous Kettlebell Certification organizations including RKC, CKT, and Art of Strength. There are only a handful of certifications that are credible, however with regards to Kettlebell training, there really aren’t too many people out there that know what they’re doing.
This is why a Kettlebell coach is expensive. To save money, you may want to attend a Kettlebell seminar or workshop by Mike Mahler or Steve Cotter. Because the Kettlebell is a complex piece of equipment to handle, getting a coach or going to a workshop is going to be the best way for you to get proper instruction.
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However, because of the expense of the coach or workshop, this many not be a practical option for many people. Especially with a workshop, you may need to add in travel and hotel costs. You may even need to rent a car to get yourself around.
- Pro: Best way to learn proper technique
- Con: Extremely expensive and time consuming
Information products include DVD’s, eBooks, and books. There are many high quality information products out on the market. The good thing about these products is that they’re relatively inexpensive, and are often developed by world class coaches who know what they’re talking about.
On the price side, if you can afford a Kettlebell, you can afford these products. But on the down side is that if you’re someone who has poor body mechanics, then you’re better off getting a coach. If you’ve never trained before in your life, and want to make Kettlebell training your first method of training, go with a coach.
However, if you’re already done power moves such as cleans, snatches, and swings with dumbbells and barbells, then learning new Kettlebell techniques will not be a problem with you. In addition, information products can teach you a variety of brand new Kettlebell exercises for relatively cheap.
- Pro: Cheap and Effective way of Learning Kettlebells
- Con: Not a good option for absolute, complete beginners to Exercise
If information products is the way you want to go, then my suggestion is to grab a copy of the Turbulence Training Kettlebell Revolution program. This program is put together by World-Class trainer, Craig Ballantyne and his first certified trainer, Chris Lopez.
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YouTube is a no-cost solution to Kettlebell training. Over the past few years, hundreds of trainers, and trainer wannabes have been posting videos which feature Kettlebell exercises and workouts. I would choose this option if you’ve already been training with Kettlebells for quite some time, and need to fix some technique.
Another great way to use Youtube, as suggested in my Kettlebell Concepts article, is to simply videotape yourself performing and exercise or workout and post it on YouTube. Within a few hours, people will start watching and commenting on your form.
It’s a great way to improve your technique without getting a trainer or buying an information product. But remember, this is onlyuse full if you already have some background in Kettlebell training.
- Pro: Low cost solution to fix technique problems
- Con: Not a good option for complete beginners to Kettlebell training
If you have a friend who’s already been using Kettlebell training for quite some time, then perhaps you can approach him to teach a few moves. I taught two of my friends, Dominic and D-Raj how to use the Kettlebell. This is a great option for beginners who have not yet purchase a kettlebell.
You get to try it out, learn some new moves, and make an educated decision on whether or not Kettlebell training is right for you. But, beware, if your friend has not yet mastered the basics of Kettlebell training, he may just be teaching you the same bad form he’s doing.
This is why if you really want to learn how to use a Kettlebell properly your options should be a certified coach or information products developed by a certified coach. Perhaps you and your friend can work together using these products and fixing each others form.
- Pro: Good way to try Kettlebells without purchasing them
- Con: If your friends form is bad, then you might be taught bad technique as well
Overall, the bottom line is that you need some sort of instruction in order to be successful with Kettlebell Training. As mentioned earlier, the best option for you may be to try to learn on your own (or with a friend) with information products.
The best one is the Turbulence Training Kettlebell Revolution system. Click here to learn more about this Kettlebell program.