It’s finally happened – Kettlebells have become mainstream.
The other day I saw kettlebells at Walmart. You can get kettlebells at Target.
Kettlebells have been on the front page of industry equipment catalog Perform Better for the last six issues.
I’ve been saying kettlebells are the ultimate tool to lose fat for about 5 years now, and it looks like they’re finally starting to catch on.
Here’s the thing though – the kettlebell DVDs that are starting to come out for fat loss are mostly horrible.
I love Jillian Michaels, but I cringed when I heard she’s working on a kettlebell DVD.
Her form sucks.
The way she teaches kettlebell swings puts WAY more stress on your lower back than you want.
Ditto for about five other fat loss kettlebell DVDs that are on their way.
Easy way to spot bullshit: If the instructor is using a 5 or 10 pound kettlebell, you know they don’t know what they are doing.
Step One: They lift the kettlebell the wrong way and hurt their back.
Step Two: They get a lighter kettlebell and continue to lift wrong.
It’s total insanity.
Look, if I was doing ninja backflips and landed on my head and hurt myself…
…I wouldn’t find a softer place to land on my head.
I’d find someone to teach me how to do ninja backflips correctly.
Another note on 5 and 10 pound kettlebells – you aren’t going to get any results with a 10 pound kettlebell.
So if you see someone who is really ripped who is using a 10 pound kettlebell, you know that they got their results doing something else.
The Three Ways Celebrity Trainers Are Teaching You To Hurt Your Back With Kettlebells
1.) Pull with your arms
The kettlebell swing is not an arm movement.
Your arms should be loose.
If you pull with your arms it puts bad stress on your lower back.
The movement should come from your butt. It’s about snapping your hips.
2.) Swing too slowly.
If you swing too slowly, you will have to pull with your arms, and it will put stress on your lower back.
Think about it like this: Can you jump slowly?
Can you punch slowly?
Can you throw a ball slowly?
If the kettlebell swing is slow it’s wrong. If it looses it’s snap it’s poor form.
The slower your swing, the more it can hurt your back.
3.) Squatting The Swing
Squatting is up and down.
The swing is backwards and forwards.
When you squat the swing… it doesn’t get as much force and you have to pull with your arms.
When you pull with your arms it puts stress on your lower back.
Are we noticing a pattern?
All In Good Time
And you know what to look for as a red flag for who not to listen to about kettlebell training.
In the next three weeks I’m going to give you all a series of videos I’ve been working on breaking down the latest and greatest stuff that I’ve tested this last year. Lots of new stuff, you’ll be stoked!
Anyway, one of the videos I’m going to break down the training progression that I use in my kettlebell bootcamp to take people from never swinging a kettlebell to swinging like a pro in about 15 minutes.
In the past the only way you could get these teaching progressions were either from me in person, getting one of my books, or being a member of the Platinum Coaching Club.
This will be the first time I give it to you, the blog reader!
It’s going to have some serious Mr. Miyagi wax on/wax off kind of action, and it’ll get you swinging kettlebells like Daniel-san crane kicks. You’re totally going to dig it. Keep on the lookout!