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Kettlebell Training as a Functional Tool

By May 27, 2009 October 20th, 2011 No Comments

As well as all the other benefits that we have looked at so far, kettlebell training also has the big plus of being a functional training tool. The “guru” of modern fitness training Paul Chek says the following:

” To begin with kettlebell training systems in general are highly functional. Functional exercises are those which improve a person’s ability to cope with the demands of their work or sports environment. The functionality of any exercise can be rated on it’s biomotor richness. Biomotor means “life movement” and so biomotor abilities are those abilities that are necessary for functional human movement in any environment where you must maintain your own centre of gravity over your own base of support.”

The basic swinging movement of the majority of kettlebell moves provide this functionality where the centre of gravity must be maintained. Nearly all of the exercises also involve integrated movements which strengthen groups of muscles at one time as opposed to just individual  ones. In addition there are many exercises that include the different planes of movement-sagittal (forwards and backwards), frontal (side to side), and transverse (rotational). The lifts are therfore great for developing great body strength and developing motor skills for many every day activities and sports.

Also to be remembered especially if you are thinking about home personal training for weight loss is that lean muscle has more of an effect on the metabolic rate, so these all over compound exercises will be very helpful in weight loss and fat reduction. Thereis lots more informantion on the knowledge page where you can find out even more personal trainer tips on how to be fit ans slim.

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