Kettlebells themselves have cast iron or steel weights, usually spherical, with a grab handle on top. They vary in weight from 2kg to over 60kg. Most females will be advised to start with 8kg and 16kg, depending on their age and fitness levels, while men will mostly be advised to start between 12kg and 20kg. There is a vast range of kettlebells available in most stores and online. Prices vary considerably from around 10 to over 200 depending on grade and material.
Kettlebell training is said to have first been recorded in Russia in the 1700s, though the Scots may contest this. A highly popular weightlifting training aid kettlebells were said to be one of the best tools for developing flexibility and strength simultaneously. Kettlebell training is a great way to lose fat and develop your muscles without the need for expensive equipment and lots of space and has recently experienced a revival in popularity.
Unlike some other form of exercise, kettlebell training can be as intensive or relaxed as you want and can produce fast results. The combination of a cardio workout, plus balance and muscle training produced by this form of training make it an easy and convenient way to get your whole body fit, further enhancing its appeal.
In kettlebell training, the body is made to work as a whole, instead of simply concentrating on one muscle group. This simple but hard form of exercise means a high number of calories are burnt in a short session compared to many other forms of exercise, while rarely used muscles get a workout as well as those we use regularly.
Kettlebell training has become increasingly popular in gyms and leisure centres in recent years as an effective and proven tool for building muscle, toning, and weight loss. As such many personal trainers are now incorporating kettlebells into their routines, and the need for more trainers qualified to instruct in the use of kettlebells has sprung up. Further recognition from the public has arisen from celebrity endorsement of the sport, with many famous figures and sportsmen using kettlebells as part of their regular exercise programmes.
Kettlebell training courses are often split into two sections, fundamental and advanced techniques and instruction. The fundamental courses will make sure you can safely and effectively instruct clients in a range of exercises. The advanced course will provide you with the extra skills and knowledge required to instruct clients at a more advanced level of kettlebell training.
By the end of these two short courses you will know all about the kettlebell itself and its benefits, the health and safety implications of training with kettlebells, warm-ups, teaching methodology, exercises, technique, and how to develop advanced kettlebell training programmes.
Becoming a kettlebell instructor not only opens new doors to a popular sport, but can be an introduction to personal training courses, or an addition to your trainer repertoire. There are many courses available for those wishing to train to be a personal trainer as a self-employed teacher, or through a gym or fitness centre. Kettlebell training has become a popular form of exercise for many people, and therefore the requirement for courses and trainers has also increased.