Kettle Bells are bell-shaped weights with a thick handle. Lifting and swinging the Kettle Bell enhances mobility, increases strength and flexibility, and improves cardiovascular fitness. Certified Kettle Bell instructor and British champion, Tim Joseph, teaches safe Kettle Bell techniques with a comprehensive training programme. The workouts are personalised, making them a great addition to any fitness routine.
Kettle Bell training is so effective that you would need to take up weightlifting, yoga, gymnastics and middle distance running all at the same time to imitate the effect is has on physical fitness.
Develop total body strength
The exercise movements allow multiple muscle groups to work together. It works on the theory that you shouldn’t take three days to isolate and train each muscle group individually, as you risk creating an imbalance and injury and can remain weak in key areas. To achieve total body strength, Kettle Bells work your body as one synergistic unit the way it was designed to do and develop the weakest links in your body to become functionally strong.
Improve cardiovascular fitness
This is a way to elevate your heart rate into cardiovascular training zones while resistance training. This is done because you are using the body’s muscle fibre, contracting it quickly under heavy load. This intense metabolic activity creates the oxygen demand and high heart rate of an intense cardio workout while remaining on the spot. If you want to get fit, burn body fat and improve muscular shape simultaneously, this is the way to do it in a time efficient way.
Become dynamic and powerful
A lot of the movements require fast ballistic contractions, which if done regularly will promote speed and power. If you are involved in sports, the fast dynamic application of strength is far superior to static, slow strength. The Kettle Bell requires you to use, and therefore enhances, the elastic potential of the muscle.
Stabilise your joints and tighten your core
Kettle Bell training is one of the best ways to stabilise your core and joints, and it also aids force transference through your body. Core stability is reliant on developing the muscles around your spine and torso and is improved with the torso pressurisation that is achieved with correct breathing.
Increase mobility and flexibility
Some movements are very similar to yoga and require a lot of flexibility. Open out your joints and stretch your muscles to their full potential, all with the benefit of added resistance. The process of performing a full range of motion allows for muscular balance and correct movement around your joints.
Improve coordination and body control
You must be precise with your technique and tell your body the patterns you want it to create. By doing so, you will develop the neural pathways to the contracting muscles, which will help you to control your body movement.
Available on a one-to-one basis or in small groups.
For more information, contact the personal training department on 020 7970 2050 or visit them on the 3rd floor to the left of the fitness desk.
You can also contact Tim Joseph our resident expert direct on 07793 073526.