“You are kidding right!!” My first reaction to Swapneel walking across to me holding the kettlebell. I had seen some videos on Instagram and had promptly forwarded them to him earlier in the week and now he was using them as leverage. I was so used to the functional training using my own body weight, that the thought of using any other weight was a bit daunting.
Challenge accepted, I agreed to get in the stance. “We will work on the core,”he said, “and strengthen the lower back.” I was a little confused, after all I would be swinging the kettlebell with my hands at shoulder height. Wouldn’t I be using my arms more? “No.” he said, “The idea is to use the momentum of the hipthrust to elevate the kettlebell. So the work of lifting the load is assigned to the movement of the hip and not the arms.” I was a bit unsure of how that was even possible but over time Swapneel had taught me that I have to learn to trust my body as long as I made sure I had the correct posture.
This is how it is done in kettlebell competitions, he explained. One doesn’t have to get into the squat position, or put much stress on the quads. This is ideal strength training for the middle. With the thrust you tighten your core, fire your glutes to hold your lower back straight. It is essential that you do NOT curve your back.
I began with 15 reps, now reached 3 sets of a minute each wherein I do not count the repetitions. I feel my lower back much stronger. I have lost a few centimetres and my jeans are coming loose. So….yes….now its time to move further.
Kettle bells have a larger scope to exercise as compared to dumbbells in the sense, the movements being more explosive, they add to the intensity of the workout. There is a cardio workout involved due to movement in momentum with kettlebell. It an easy way to lose the boredom that might set in with regular gyming and you would be easily able to up your workout quotient by using the kettlebells for your plyometric exercises. However it is highly unadvisable to start this without a trainer to guide you. For basic strength training it is better to stick to dumbbells.