Kettlebells & Functional Training
Being a sports and massage therapist, I worked with athletes from all kinds of sporting disciplines. It was always interesting to learn different anatomy when working on yogis, but some of my clients were ordinary people who wanted the “Hollywood superhero” body. Working through gym rats’ chronically tight muscles taught me about how hard it is for them to recover sometimes!
I had the pleasure of working with athletes and performers from most sporting, exercise, and movement disciplines. During my years spent as a sports therapist I worked with yogis who loved anatomy exploration but did have regular bodybuilders that were forever chasing the Hollywood superhero look for their muscles. Every once in while these gym rats would get chronically tight.
The muscles of experienced kettlebell enthusiasts become like steel when activated, but unlike power lifters and bodybuilders they are capable of switching off this state at will. They don’t have chronically tight short muscles.
While kettlebell lifters may not be as big as Olympic lifters, they still do manipulate their programs to build muscle.
A cast iron kettlebell is often smaller than the large bar used in olympic lifting and because of this many people don’t think that it can help with building mass but those who lift them swear by its results.
Kettlebell training is a great way to build strength, endurance and flexibility without the high risk of injury that comes from other forms. Powerbag workouts are the same, they provide an excellent full body functional workout.
It’s no surprise that Olympic weightlifting (and other strength training modalities) can help add mass, but adding too much functional bulk might not be the best option.
Forget back with biceps, shoulders with triceps or chest with abs. Replace it with squat and pull, bend and push, gait instead of rotate, say’s Dan Clay from: https://www.dangerouslyfit.com.au/functional-training-fitness-equipment/