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?
A certification is only as good as the instructor who possesses it. If you have taken the time to educate yourself in the proper use of kettle bells, there is no reason not to teach the use of kettle bells. If you do not feel prepared to teach this type of exercise, do not proceed.
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.
Yes. When it suits the client and the client’s goals, and is within my understanding and competency to teach.
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.
Yes. I have been using Kettlebells for over 7 years now, so I feel very comfortable with teaching them to my clients. There are some great certifications out there, with RKC on the top of my list. I teach one-on-one and small or large groups. I also incorporate them into my circuit programs and boot camps.
I agree with the majority of the trainers and don’t believe people should use kettlebells unless they are properly trained. I went to an IDEA fitness convention workshop involving kettlebells the instructor was very knowledgable and competed with kettlebells. He had injured his shoulder, elbow and wrist using the kettlebells. It is so easy to hurt yourself using a kettlebell your hands have to be precisely placed in order to avoid injuries. I feel it is to big of a risk for me personally to use them. My cousin got certified in kettlebells and after he was finished with his certification his hands were full of calluses and blood. He stated it was one of the hardest things he has ever done. So knowing that information I don’t feel comfortable having someone use a kettlebell under my guidance without myself holding that certification.
I agree with both LaRue and Kurt.
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.