A training method from the past
to build your fitness for the future.
Kettlebells are an iron cast weight in the shape of a cannonball with a handle. The unique shape and centre of mass enables the kettlebell to be used to perform exercises that combine cardiovascular, strength and flexibility training. They were developed in Russia in the 1700 as a counterbalance for weighing grain. In the 20th century the Soviet army introduced them as a part of their physical training programs, and they had been used for competition and sports throughout Russia and Europe since the 1940s.
Typical kettlebell exercises build strength and endurance, particularly in the lower back, buttocks, legs, shoulders, abdominals and increase grip strength. The basic movements, such as the swing, snatch, and the clean and jerk, engage the entire body at once.
Kettlebell exercises are in their nature holistic; therefore they work several muscles simultaneously and may be repeated continuously for several minutes or with short breaks. This combination makes the exercise partially aerobic and more similar to high-intensity interval training rather than to traditional weight lifting. So if you want to see your butt disappear and your body tighten, come get familiar with kettlebells.
Our Function Force Kettlebell Classes
At Function Force, we have been running kettlebell classes for over three years. Our Kettlebell classes are a tough work out and we advise anyone wanting to try them to take a long term approach to learning kettlebells especially if they’ve never done them before.
We also run our classes according to the fitness and technique level of participants.
Learning the correct techniques of kettlebells takes time and effort, as unlike a lot of the traditional gym workouts, which often only involve using one muscle group, kettlebells use a wide range of muscle groups and also requires co-ordination, flexibility, and agility.
Beginners often find this challenging but we urge them to stick to it as co-ordination and flexibility are important components of overall fitness that we should all be aiming to develop to help us prevent injuries during our work outs and lifestyle activities.
One on one kettlebell instructions are also available especially for beginners. We recommend at least 2 half our sessions if you’re struggling with the techniques.
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