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Kettlebell Training and Muscular Fitness in Men

Researchers compare periodized versus nonperiodized swing protocols.

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To improve muscular endurance with kettlebell swing training, a periodized 6-week training program produced significantly more improvement than a nonperiodized one in a study of 28 trained adult men in their 20s. In contrast, there were no differences in gains in muscular strength and power between these protocols.

The study is available in the International Journal of Exercise Science (2022; 15 [4], 526–40).

See also: Muscle Activation During Kettlebell Exercises

Shirley Archer-Eichenberger, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, is an internationally acknowledged integrative health and mindfulness specialist, best-selling author of 16 fitness and wellness books translated into multiple languages and sold worldwide, award-winning health journalist, contributing editor to Fitness Journal, media spokesperson, and IDEA's 2008 Fitness Instructor of the Year. She's a 25-year industry veteran and former health and fitness educator at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, who has served on multiple industry committees and co-authored trade books and manuals for ACE, ACSM and YMCA of the USA. She has appeared on TV worldwide and was a featured trainer on America's Next Top Model.

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