Kettlebell Training | Start out light and then progress

When it comes to any kind of training, you always want to start off slow or light, and then progress. This same principle applies when you start lifting weights. Yes, I know some of you probably did a lot of resistance training in the past, but you should always give yourself a grace period to get  your body back into the routine of placing loads on muscles, bones, joints, ligaments and tendons again. Kettlebell training was not popular back in the day. Maybe in other countries, but here in the USA, it did not gain popularity until the late 90's or early 2000's. Trust me, when the gyms were super popular in the 1980's, people were doing a lot of aerobics and body building routines in the gym and that was it.  Okay, back on topic. Kettlebell TrainingWhen an individual wants to start doing a kettlebell routine, the best thing to do is find a class that specializes in this or find an experienced Portland personal trainer or fitness expert who can assist in showing you the correct form and techniques. I am just writing this brief blog post, because individuals should not just start lifting these types of weights over their head or mimic someone they saw on television, because it can create discrepancies with rotator cuff and even lower back issues if the techniques are not shown correctly. Here is a picture of 5lb kettlebell, yes it may seem small, but it is the perfect weight to show someone where it should be placed, how are you supposed to hold it and what the starting and end points should be.I would say most individuals are used to working with cable machines, dumbbells, and barbell exercises. When you start working with the kettlebells, most of the weight is focused on the round part of the weight, so if you are lifting this over your head gravity, momentum, speed can put various strains on your body, and the last thing you want to do is perform the movement too fast, too slow or incorrectly. That is why starting out light is a great way to get a feel for the momentum it can create with explosive quick moves. Once you get comfortable and your personal trainer feels like it is time to move up in weight, your confidence and your body will thank you in the long run. We want you too keep exercising for many years to come, so develop great habits early on so you can get the lasting benefits of exercise into your golden years.The Art of Personal Training by Kisar Dhillon107 SE Washington StreetSuite 137Portland, Oregon 97214503-953-0241