Recently, I have found myself just going through the motions at the gym, if I make it there at all. Bored with my workout, I decided it was time to try something else. Luckily, my friends Mike and Amanda Perry, both personal trainers, just opened up their own gym in North Chelmsford. One of their specialties is Kettlebell Training. Intrigued, I decided to give it a try. Two weeks later, I am hooked. I am already feeling stronger and tighter, especially through the abs and glutes.
A kettlebell is basically a big iron ball with a handle attached to it. It is nothing fancy to look at, but it is all you need to get a great workout, both strength training and cardio. Kettlebells can be lifted and swung in a variety of ways in order to work nearly every muscle in your body. Instead of isolating muscles, it integrates several muscle groups. Here is a video of someone doing a basic two handed swing. Notice how he keeps his back straight, hinges at the hips, and tightens up his abs and glutes at the top of the swing. Typically people with chronic back pain have a “lowerr-crossed syndome”: weak abs, weak glutes, and tight hip flexors. If done correctly, kettlebell swinging can be a great form of back rehab because it engages all of the core muscles. Also, in between sets a good trainer will have you stretch your hip flexors. Mike Perry, a certified level II Russian Kettlebell Trainer, tells me that he rehabilitated his back after suffering a disc herniation by using kettlebell training, and I can see how. On the other hand, doing kettlebell training without using proper form can cause serious injuries. For this reason, I recommend having a qualified kettlebell trainer if you want to start doing kettlebells. You don’t want to start swinging these things around if you don’t know what you are doing!
If you would like to try out kettlebell training, Mike is offering free workshops this month:
- Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 5:30pm
- Tuesday, April 17. 2012 at 6:00am
- Saturday April 21, 2012 at 9:00am
His new gym, Skill of Strength, is located in The Mill at 73 Princeton St (all the way in the back) in North Chelmsford.
If you are looking for a new way to burn fat, tone up, and increase strength and endurance, come check it out!