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?
I don’t believe anyone should train another person with any piece of equipment without understanding how to properly use that equipment themselves. Kettlebells are great to train with (and have been since WAY before they became mainstream). I understand your concern, having seen instructors use/teach these with bad form myself. If you can perform KB exercises with proper technique (if you can tell when others aren’t, you probably are) then you shouldn’t have any problems incorporating their use into your clients routines. I am not certified and my clients regularly use them. I’ve attended a few KB classes with respectable instructors in the past but, they really aren’t so complicated that you need a certification to show the basics. If you want to utilize some of the more advanced techniques then I would suggest going to a good KB instructor and get them to train you for a while, that’s what they do. If you want to do KB specific training then I would definitely get the certification first, so you are able to teach the beginner to the advanced. I would feel limited without my KB’s.