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The Windmill Is A Valuable Addition to Your Kettlebell Exercises

Kettlebells provide an enormous amount of flexibility in terms of the exercises that you can do with them. Some of these exercises train balance, proprioception, mobility, strength, and endurance in really creative ways. Not only do exercises like this provide a great deal of benefit, they keep athletes challenged and engaged.   The kettlebell windmill is one such exercise. This exercise is performed with the kettlebell in one hand at a time. It works on mobility through the shoulders, thoracic...

Kettlebell Swings: Simple but Very Effective

The kettlebell swing exercise is one of my favorite exercises for metabolic conditioning, warming up, and even core training. It’s a relatively simple exercise to master, works most of the muscles of the body, is rhythmical in nature, and is conducive to having teams perform the exercise.   Let’s start with how to perform the exercise. This exercise begins with the kettlebell on the ground. Approach the kettlebell and straddle it. I like to have the feet about shoulder-width apart....

Work Your Entire Body With These Kettlebell Lifts

Kettlebells are great tools for metabolic conditioning, muscular development, and strength development.  They are also a good exercise tool if you don’t have a lot of time to train.  This post is going to give you three simple exercises that you can do with kettlebells that will train most of the muscles of your body.   Kettlebell swings The kettlebell swing is a great exercise for people that don’t have a lot of time to train.  To perform this exercise,...

Combining Exercise Modes

We hear a lot about the “new” exercise modes such as kettlebells, suspension training, core training, etc. It’s difficult to find enough hours in the day for everything especially if, like me, you still want to focus on the weights as well as speed / agility training. With that in mind, I wanted to use this blog to share how I’m doing this and some of the thought that goes into this. First, I still lift five days a week....

Are Kettlebells Best for Increasing Maximal Strength and Power?

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Kettlebells, while a popular tool, suffer from a an interesting combination of a paucity of research on their effectiveness, techniques, safety, and programming along with an overwhelming amount of hype and marketing.  I’ve written quite a bit about the lack of research supporting them and (due to the beginning nature of it) it’s lack of usefulness (for example, if you swing a heavy kettlebell for 12 minutes it will increase your heart rate).  Lake and Lauder, in the current issue...