i have, of late, been giving quite some thought to the variety and breadth of kettlebell training that is around these days and what it is i offer to my clients and class participants.
i have taken a number of kettlebell certficiations, workshops, and courses and follow the work of a number of folks forging creative and awesome ways to train with kettlebells. from the straight up hardstyle brought to north america by Pavel Tsatsouline to the girya sport style of Valery Fedorenko, from the mma blend of Joey Alvarado, to the group kettlebell programming of Ajamu Bernard, a myriad fitness kettlebell variations are available.
there are strong differences in training philosophies which give rise to all manner of stylistic variations and nuances across this kettlebell universe.
in my classes, i offer a variety of styles and sometimes a meshing of styles, in order to achieve certain class outcomes. in my personal training, i coach hard style, or close to, or sport style depending on the goals of the client.
earlier this week in a class i taught, there was an interchange about the ‘proper’ performance of a movement. it was a great example of stylistic differences and it related to the execution of the kettlebell windmill.
here, Shawn Mozen of Agatsu, coaches straight legs (his students coach locked out knees)
and here, Pavel Tsatsouline of StrongFirst, coaches a soft forward knee
the training philosophies of these two men are quite different (check out their websites to learn more). and, in the world of strength, conditioning and fitness, the same movement may be executed differently to address different goals.
a part of my job as a fitness service provider is to work fast and furious to stay at the edge of industry knowledge and practice; to wisely and judiciously distill, synthesize and package that information; and, to deliver safe and effective services.
this week has been an awesome learning week!
i am indebted to the many brilliant minds with whom i have had the honour and privilege to study and work in the last dozen years. i am excited about the many courses and workshops i will be attending in the upcoming months. i am grateful for the challenges to my skills and knowledge offered by colleagues and the questions posed by clients and class participants.
move and be still, wendy