How Do You Measure Success with Kettlebells?

When people first meet with me we talk about their goals and they often ask how they will know if they are making progress or if this program is successful for them.

If you are being properly coached, it will be very apparent that you are making progress.

In general, our gym members want to stronger, move better, lose weight, have more energy and be able to excel in their sports such as running, rowing and cycling.

Since success is different for each person, there is no one standard answer for ‘how do you measure success with kettlebells.’ But for us, continual progress equals success. 

The progress is consistent, sometimes subtle, but very exciting to me as a coach. Here are some examples:

With member Shelly Reardon who has achieved success with kettlebells.

With member Shelly Reardon who has achieved success with kettlebells.

  • After a couple of on-ramp sessions, one of our new members said she was already feeling better and more in-tune to her body.
  • One of our members who has been training since April, just this week. kicked into high gear. The mobility, the patience with former sports injuries, and learning the technique all fell into place and she was a star in class ... moving well, feeling good, increasing reps (and with beautiful technique) and with no pain.
  • Another member, who is a former gymnast, increases her weights almost every class as she has beautiful technique and proprioception (awareness of limbs in space) and she is eating clean, so the sky is the limit.
  • There is a member who works very hard every session. She is quietly and patiently getting stronger and leaner. She is a very busy mom and professional who has made a 100% commitment to this and she is becoming very strong, very fast.
  • A member who has not been active for a long time smiles while she swings as she now understands how the swing works -- and learning this hasn’t come easy to her. One of her co-workers recently asked her if she was wearing a new blouse. No, she said, I just look better in my clothes now because I have some muscle.
  • A member is increasing her weights and improving her technique each session because she addressed her knee pain. She is really focused on what muscles to engage and when to relax. As a result, the weight she lifts is going up nearly every class. She said this is the best thing she has done for herself in 20 years.
  • A specialized sport athlete beat her entire basketball team in the number of chin-ups and squats she could do in the pre-season testing. She attributes this to our climbing and pull-up obsession at MoveStrong Kettlebells :) 
  • Two members came to us with sports injuries and are now injury-free and continually increasing in their strength and cardio endurance. One will be participating in the HKC.
  • Two men who like to lift heavy and get their heart rate up have been great about patiently implementing my cues to hone technique first. As a result, they see consistent strength improvements as well. They now enjoy the technique work that we do as they see how it translates into more strength.
  • A member said his running feels easier and he cut 30 seconds off his mile after he started training with us.
  • A member recently told me that training at MSK is one of the 'great joys of her life.'

Every member is achieving success in different ways thanks to their hard work and their desire to make this a life-changing experience, not just some workouts. 

Success should never stop -- there are always to new goals to set as current goals are reached.

As a coach, the RKC has given me the training and tools I need to help people become stronger and better athletes than they ever thought they could be. 

There is no ceiling on their success. There is no age limit. Constant improvement is achievable with the right balance of work, rest and smart programming. The kettlebell makes this possible for all fitness levels.

That is the beauty of this -- success is attainable for anyone who wants to work hard and is patient with the exciting and ever-changing process of getting stronger and moving more efficiently.