I was having a workout down at Bondi a couple of days ago (I like to sneak a quick workout in straight after boot camp while the kit is still out).
I had a big heavy bell in each hand.
A passer by stopped and began chatting to me mid-swing, he asked me if what I was doing was bad for my back.
After I finished my set I turned to him and said…. ‘only if you do it wrong’.
You see…. Even though the kettlebell has been used in the West for 20+ years and is now in every commercial gym… there’s still so much mystique about what it is… what it does and how to use it properly.
So I thought I’d write this blog for you today and debunk the 3 biggest kettlebell training myths….
Myth #1. Kettlebells are bad for your back.
B.S… The kettlebell is NOT bad for your back, bad technique is bad for your back.
When the swing is performed properly the majority of power should be coming from the glutes with assistance from the entire posterior chain working in unison.
If you’re getting a sore back from the swing then there isn’t enough hip drive on the way up… or you’re going too low on the way down.
Both easily fixable.
Myth #2. Kettlebells won’t make you bigger or stronger
BS, a kettlebell is just a weight… with a big ol handle on it.
If you do a 36 kg press with a kettlebell, you’ll get exactly the same training response as you would if you were using a 36 kg dumbbell.
It’s the volume, intensity and type of exercise you do that will determine your strength and size!
Myth #3. You don’t need proper instruction to train with the kettlebell
This ties in nicely with myth #1.
The reason so many people think that kettlebells are bad for your back is because they haven’t been shown how to use them properly.
You can’t just watch a few Youtube videos and expect to be able to train with them correctly.
Kettlebell training is a skill that must be learned and practiced.
With kettlebell training, no two reps ever feel the same… it takes relentless repetition to master the skill.
So.. those are my 3 biggest kettlebell training myths. If you have any of your own, hit reply and let me know.
Till next time!
P.S. If you’d like to learn kettlebell training from someone that has been taught from the best… AND been training with kettlebells since 2003… swing by the Dangerously Academy website and check out our upcoming kettlebell courses.