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?
Aside from being a specialty piece of equipment, I view kettlebells as simply free-weight, and I use them that way. I imagine that there are specialty ways in which you can use these devices, but for ‘general use’ as simple free weight, I do not see the need for to add another certification. This is not without precedent since there are many other pieces of specialty equipment such as TRX, BOSU etc. that I, and other trainers use in their training repertoire without obtaining a specialty certification to do so.
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.