Okay - now that I have your attention... let's never call it a "kettleball" again.
It's a kettlebell.
Awesome, now that's cleared up, let's move on.
So here's the thing. I actually remember seeing the Rolling Stone where kettlebells (and Pavel Tsatsouline) were written about, back in 2001. I actually didn't begin training professionally until February 2002, but fads and trends in the fitness industry were still on my radar. To be completely honest, I was pretty sure this was simply the "newest" thing to come out, something that was going to be forgotten around the same time as Billy Blanks and Tae Bo. However, it didn't vanish. Didn't really take off, but didn't vanish. Instead, hovering sort of on the outskirts of popular training ideas, achieving a fringe, hard core following over the coming years.
I still didn't pay much attention to them.
So, I started training with them. But just like the martial arts, I knew that a book or weekend seminar was hardly going to qualify me to use them properly, let alone incorporate them into working with clients - so I sought out a qualified instructor and began to really train with the kettlebell. And I realized that like the martial arts, it takes diligence, repetition, practice, and failure to properly learn to use these things - but that the physical rewards are exponential.
|My eyes!!! My eyes are bleeding!! Please stop!!!|
And for God's sake, do not use a Jillian Michaels or Bob Harper kettlebell DVD as your instruction.
"Lots of people swing a kettlebell - not everyone does a kettlebell swing." ~ Charlie Weingroff