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The following routine is built on three movements: figure 8’s, windmill’s, and the getup. All three movements are intended to enhance the foundation of any program. More specifically, they will increase strength, flexibility, and endurance of the core and pressing stabilization muscles. For a detailed breakdown please see the accompanying blogpost “Kettlebell Core Routine.”
The Nature of Kettlebells
By its nature, the kettlebell may very well be the most versatile strength tool in existence. A single kettlebell can provide you with a platform to improve all aspects of fitness. Strength, power, cardiovascular output/endurance, mobility/stability, and flexibility can all benefit from the implementation of kettlebells into a training regimen. What is more, is that the nature of its most basic movement, the swing, translates into more real world applications than its traditional weight room counterparts. For example, honing your skills on the bench press will make you a better bench-presser. Sure, it will increase strength through your chest, shoulders, and triceps, but I would be hard pressed to believe that anyone will encounter a real world application that so closely mimics its movement. That is not to say that traditional weight room lifts do not have their place; they most certainly do. I am simply driving home the point, that if you scrutinize the sustainability of your program (time, energy, resources required, and gain), then implementing a kettlebell regimen into your training is a more superior methodology than not. Does the kettlebell offer all of the versatility a weigthroom has to build the mirror muscles? No, however it will certainly enhance your ability to do so.
The following routine is built on three movements: figure 8’s, windmills, and getups. All three movements are intended to enhance the foundation of any program. More specifically, they will increase strength, flexibility, and endurance of the core and pressing stabilization muscles….