Do you use Kettlebells with your clients even though you are not "KB" certified?
I want to train my PT clients with Kettlebells but I'm not KB certified. In the past - I would tell them not to train with instructors who have not been properly KB certified/trained. But now I feel like I’ve limited myself from using a major (main stream) piece of fitness equipment. I know there is a fine line in KB trained instructors. I see so many teaching the swings in an unsafe way. Am I being over cautious?
In my opinion, it's as with anything else - the utility of the piece of equipment itself is all in how you use it. If I felt uneasy or uncertain in how I was using a KB, or if certification were REQUIRED before I could use it, then "yes," I would obtain a specialty certification.
I think there's a place for everything but I also think being sensible and training wisely is first and foremost.
As for getting "certified" in KB, I am wondering if whether or not pretty soon every move we make will require "certification" or shall I say "sub-certification"?
I do not train my clients with kettlebells. I also see other trainers use questionable form with kettlebells not to mention free weights too. I personally find kettlebells too invasive with the shoulder therefore, I use alternative movements and exercises that are just as effective with safety in mind.
We purposely do not leave kettlebells on the floor at the gym just yet because the majority of the population still does not know how to correctly swing the kettlebell let alone know how to do a proper Turkish Get-up.
I have found that most of the Kb exercises do transition nicely to the dumbbell also.
I have a 10/15 & 20 lb. kettlebell that I use in my boot camps. I teach the basic swing, windmill and 1/2 get up. I took classes from a friend who is an RKC trainer and incorporated into my own workouts, I then felt comfortable to train others.
I believe that we should understand how to use any equipment that we intend to teach to a client. That said, education on a piece of equipment doesn't necessarily mean the purchase of a specific certification.
And never teach a movement or exercise that you have not mastered yourself first. I do not use exercises with my clients that I have not performed properly myself and recently.