The Pull of the Kettlebell

Dustin Jones, Doctor of Physical Therapy, CSCS, Strength and Movement coach, and pulled in by the kettlebell.

Dustin Jones, Doctor of Physical Therapy, CSCS, Strength and Movement coach, and pulled in by the kettlebell.

What is it about the kettlebell that keeps us coming back for more?

Most of us didn’t set out in life to lift kettlebells, but here we are ... embracing the challenge of lifting heavy stuff with efficiency and power.

I believe that the beauty of the kettlebell is that, first and foremost, it is accessible no matter where we are on the fitness spectrum. 

We can lift light (and safe) and lift heavy (and safe).

We get stronger.

It seems to happen almost overnight. I know because we track the numbers.

To quote a member in class this morning, “Lori, the changes happened so fast!”

Indeed. That member has been training with us for two months.

We have a physical nature. And tuning into that physicality and challenging it makes us better at our other endeavors. 

Feeling strong and energized is what we experience when we leave the gym. 

We desire to be physically and mentally strong and ready for whatever life throws our way. Kettlebells help us do that with what I refer to as stealth strength.

To have the privilege of learning how to move well while maneuvering a heavy load makes us better for the unexpected ... who knows when we may be called upon to have strength to save someone's life in real life.

We notice the time efficiency of using kettlebells ... and that continues to pull us in. 

The social part too; we can lift kettlebells together and talk, laugh and applaud each other's progress.

In a 45-minute class, we stretch, mobilize the body, lift bells and get the heart-rate wherever you need it to be. Strength and cardiovascular endurance are built into the kettlebell, so to speak.

I don't believe it's possible to run out of ways to program with kettlebells and mix with bodyweight movements nearly anything else.

We handle barbells too, MovNat, and use the TRX, but the kettlebell still wins, hands down with us.

The Pull of the Kettlebell is mighty; try it out.