Is Your Kettlebell Trainer (Really) Certified?
Before paying for kettlebell training make sure your instructor is Qualified.
Has your Personal Trainer simply “promoted” themselves to the rank of “Kettlebell Instructor” because they have a few years of weight-training instructor experience?
Ask yourself this….
- Would you consider doing a shark dive with someone who is solely trained in scuba-diving, but who has NO previous experience diving with sharks?
- Would you let your GP conduct open heart surgery just because they have a medical degree? NO! This would be both unacceptable and irresponsible!
- Would you pay a driving instructor to teach you how to drive an articulated lorry if they were only qualified to teach you how to drive a car?
So why pay a Personal Trainer to teach you kettlebells if they aren`t qualified? I hope you have answered you wouldn`t.
What you should do
Ask your trainer if they are certified and could you see their certification!
- Don`t be afraid to ask, if they are certified they will be very happy that you have asked them as they will have spent time and money on their education.
- Don`t let them away with saying they don`t need certified, or Kettlebells are just another form of weight training! This is what I hear unqualified trainers saying but this couldn`t be further from the truth.
Below are some of the top people in the fitness industry and even though they are leaders in their field they still have went and got certified to teach kettlebells:
Dr. Mark Cheng
Some Closing thoughts
Russian Kettlebell training (aka Girevoy Sport) is a great way to train and is not only fun but under the proper instruction you will see and feel the results they can give you fast!
Kettlebell training is not weight training that’s done with funny-shaped weights.
Exercises used in Kettlebell training DON`T translate into traditional weight-training exercises but yet allot of unqualified trainers try and use a Kettlebell to do a traditional gym dumbbell exercise: An example would be, they grab a Kettlebell and, try to perform a biceps curl! Or, even worse still, they will take a dumbbell or a free weight and try to simulate a Kettlebell movement such as the snatch! Ouch! This would be the same as trying to play football with a golf ball or using a squash racket to play tennis!
Training with Kettlebells is very different to working with dumbbells and free weights: It functional, dynamic and very effective Kettlebells will get you into peak physical condition, and FAST! It is up to you, however, as the client, to make sure that your Kettlebell instructor is (really) qualified!
I hope this article gives you a better idea of the difference between Kettlebell training and traditional weight training, and gives you some things to ask and look out for when looking for a Qualified Kettlebell instructor. There are many good instructors out there so don`t settle for second best.
Yours in Training