Golfers such as Tiger Woods are revered for their tremendous skill and ability in the game of golf. Golf is a very physical game. Your body has to be conditioned have a long and injury free career. Through years of training the use of bodyweight exercises, medicine balls, stability balls, dumbbells, and many other tools have stood the test of time to condition golfers to compete at the highest levels. Recently there has been a reemergence of old school strength training tools. Kettlebells have been around for hundreds of years, and are quickly becoming the strength tool of choice by many athletes.
What is a Kettlebell?
A 'kettlebell' or girya (Russian) is a traditional Russian cast iron weight that looks like a cannonball with a handle. Kettlebells are not a new gimmick or fad in fact, they have existed for hundreds of years as a strength tool. Many of the legendary old-time strongman used kettlebells such as Arthur Saxon, Eugene Sandow, and Sig Klein.
Why are Kettlebells so effective?
Kettlebell ballistic exercises such as: the swing, the snatch, and the clean and jerk, develop tremendous explosiveness, in addition to strength endurance. Kettlebells teach individuals how to use his or her body as one unit. This is extremely important asset to golfers, who must utilize their entire body for the swing. For a golfer, the benefits of kettlebell practice are numerous. The various cardiovascular benefits notwithstanding, the gains in functional strength and overall coordination will increase power without a gain in weight. It will melt fat. This full body strength is critical if you want real world strength that will transfer from your training to your athletic activities.
Who uses kettlebells? Athletes such as Tiger Woods, members of the San Francisco 49ners
UFC Champions B.J. Penn, Frank Shamrock, Celebrities, such as Katie Heigl, Maria Bello, Bruce Buffer, Sly Stallone, Chris Gartin and model Paige Adams-Geller are taking advantage of training with the Kettlebell.
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