Working with kettlebells is a rewarding experience, but it takes a while to get used to them. Since they’re not commonly used in commercial gyms and can look very intimidating, most people don’t use them until they start training at a specialized gym like TS Fitness.
When you start using kettlebells, don’t panic. At TS, there is a wide range of weights available, so you’ll be able to find something appropriate for each exercise you’re assigned.
When you grab your first kettlebell, you’ll notice that the handles vary in sizes. They get thicker as you go up in weight, so don’t be surprised if the heavier kettlebells you use for exercises like the deadlift are thicker.
Grip pads are gloves are recommended if you find that the kettlebell handle is rough. However, you should use your bare hands at some point to get used to gripping the kettlebell.
On exercises like the swing and kettlebell clean, your grip should be more relaxed than you think. It might seem illogical, but keeping a relaxed grip reduces the friction in your hands and allows the kettlebell to swing more freely. It also saves your forearm muscles from unnecessary pressure.
Some kettlebell exercises require you to maintain a “racked” position, where the kettlebell is resting on your arm, shoulder, chest, or some combination of all three. For these movements, there are a few things to keep in mind.
Take off any fragile jewelry, and flip around or take off your Apple watch. In the long run, this can save you from damaging anything on your wrist as the kettlebell sits on your forearm.
Another common problem is bending at the wrist. Your wrist should remain straight anytime you use the kettlebells, as though you were about to throw a punch. In the long run, holding a straight wrist can save you from injuries or problems down the road.
If you’re having any other problems with kettlebells, let our coaches know and they’ll help you troubleshoot!