Frequently Asked Questions
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What is a kettlebell?
- A kettlebell is a hunk of iron with a handle on it. Kettlebells have been around for hundreds of years. They have been used extensively in the former Soviet Union by both the military and by athletes to build resilient, explosive, and powerful bodies. Kettlebells came over to the United States in 2001 when former Soviet Special Forces training instructor, Pavel Tsatsouline, published his book, The Russian Kettlebell Challenge.
Why should I train with kettlebells?
- Kettlebells are one of the best tools for all around physical development.
- Kettlebells are highly effective for developing strength.
- The official Soviet armed forces strength training manual declared kettlebell training to be “one of the most effective means of strength development,” representing a new era in the development of human strength potential (Pavel, Enter the Kettlebell, 2006).
- Kettlebells improve cardiovascular capacity.
- Siberian scientist Shevtsova (1993) recorded that men who trained with kettlebells had long-term decrease in heart rate and blood pressure. (Pavel, Enter the Kettlebell, 2006)
- Kettlebells improve body composition by decreasing fat and increasing lean mass.
- Gomonov (1998) found that elite kettlebll lifters had consistently low body fat.
- Voropayev (1997) found that top Russian kettlebell lifters increased their lean body weight by 21%
Are kettlebells safe?
- With correct instruction and used properly, kettlebells are surprisingly safe. Only 8.8% of the Russian National Team and other regional kettlebell teams reported injuries in training or competition. This is a remarkably low number, especially considering these elite athletes push their bodies to the edge.
I have a bad back. Can I train with kettlebells?
- Yes, with doctor’s approval.
Do I need to join a gym?
- No, you do not need to join a gym. Training is done at i.d. gym, located at 2727 N. Lincoln Avenue in Chicago (free parking adjacent to the gym). You do not need to be a member of i.d. gym to train with Jennifer.