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 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.
Sure, why not, if you are proficient and can properly demonstrate, also it is weight appropriate, sure. I am not TRX certified but use it almost daily. I have no desire to get certified in KB’s, but I adapt it into my workout if it calls for it. If you don’t feel comfortable using them in your own workout then I would not recommend you use them to train someone else, simple-period!
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.
Very rarely and if I do it’s just holding them for load or simple “swings” but nothing heavy duty.
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”?