Are You Fit Enough To Use Kettlebells?
If you're reading this, on some level you must be interested in kettlebells. So why haven't you tried them? Who knows, but here are two reasons I hear often which may be holding you back unnecessarily, and a few easy tests to answer the question.
#1) You're Waiting to Get In Better Shape Before You Start
It’s tiny, cute, and you’ll hold it for hours: little Anna weighs 14 lbs - 60% more than our lightest kettlebell.
I just weighed my kitchen garbage for you. It was not full and it weighed 12.6 lbs. My 5-year old son carried it outside.
Three 2-liter bottles of soda weigh 10 pounds and are seriously awkward to hold since they don’t have handles. But I’d bet you anything you can do it and have carried far more than that around the store, back to get that thing you forgot, and back to the line – for a lot longer than 20 seconds or two minutes.
This is not to say that kettlebell workouts are easy. But if you start light and go slowly, you are fit enough as you are! Your belief that you can’t do it is powerful but most likely not true.
#2) You Can't Because Of That Old Injury/Your Knees/Your Shoulder, Etc...
Of course, you know your body best. But did you know that kettlebell training is often prescribed as physical therapy? I’ll never forget when Em first came to a class and couldn't lift her arm directly overhead without any weight at all. Six months later she was lifting 35-pound kettlebells straight up with perfect form, like a beast. A few more of our real-life members take this one on:
“I was looking for an exercise regimen that could work with my broken neck from a few years back, and some related shoulder problems from related nerve damage. Super excited to report that I've gotten almost all the mobility back in my left arm and am feeling pretty strong. That is, when my butt hasn't been kicked by a work out." -Dennis Glavin
"[After an injury] Everything I tried did not improve my left side until Kettlebells! In less than 2 months I can make a full, closed fist, hold and use small objects (like keys), and my left arm and shoulder has almost caught up in flexibility and strength with my right side. Kettlebells rock where therapy failed.” – Hafoc Yates