Safe Kettlebell Workouts
It is really fun to bring home a new fitness toy to play with. You have spent the money, you have made your goals, and now it is time to get after it. We have all been there. But it is important to use every piece of fitness equipment in a controlled way so that you are safe and actually get fitter and stronger rather than injure yourself or anyone else. If you want to start working out with kettlebells, here are some tips that will help keep you safe and making steady progress.
1. Make sure you have enough space
Kettlebell workouts involve movements that you might be unfamiliar with if you have done much training in a traditional gym, or have followed programs out of magazines. You will be swinging a weight through the air, and will be standing up from the ground with a kettlebell pressed overhead. So rule one is: never contest for space. Make sure the area around you is clear, that the surface you are on is level, and that there are no pets or children in the vicinity.
2. Do not push too hard, too soon
This isn’t specific to kettlebell training, but it does apply. The surest way to slow down or stop your progress (or motivation) is to work too hard in the beginning. Use an appropriate weight and use appropriate speed for the movements. Learn good habits from a kettlebell instructor and work within your limits.
If your face is turning purple, you’re probably working harder than you need to. If your jaw is clenched and you have excessive tension in your body, you’re probably working harder than you need to. Our bodies don’t learn as well when they’re in a rigid, uncomfortable state.
So challenge yourself, but slow down enough to become familiar with the movements and never push into pain.
If you use kettlebells correctly, your life will change in ways that you will love. You will get stronger and feel better. If you use them incorrectly or unsafely, they may still change your life–but in ways that you will not enjoy.
Be safe, have fun, and you’ll make great progress.