Get Your Free Week Trial Today! | 317-407-4512
BLOG

Views from the Box – An Ode to Kettlebells

We utilize kettlebells more than just about any CrossFit program I have seen, for a number of reasons. First and foremost, they are actually incredibly safe. If there is one criticism of CrossFit which in my judgement holds water, it is the high rep Olympic lifts done during conditioning. In the sport of CrossFit, barbell cycling is definitely important. Multiple snatches, cleans, jerks, and clean and jerks are done in many of the workouts in the CrossFit Open, as well as the Regionals and the Games. That being said, barbell cycling is also probably the movement most likely to cause injury. As you tire, form tends to go down the drain. With exterior weight, loss of form causes injury over time. A single rep done incorrectly is not going to kill you. 50 incorrect reps may.

With a kettlebell, we can get equal conditioning stimulus, still build muscle with a weighted movement, and do so in a much safer way. The reason for this is that when you use a kettlebell incorrectly, the movement simply does not work. If you do not use your hips on a swing, your movement will be jerky and if it does not force you to stop for lack of ability, any half decent coach will be able to see the issue immediately and step in to fix the problem. If the weight is too heavy on a kettlebell snatch, it is difficult to power through it, and again is easy to spot as a coach. Therefore, we can catch the problem movement before it turns into an injury.

All of this being said, I was curious as to why kettlebells are not a staple in many CrossFit programs. Turns out, the answer is actually very simple: it has never been used in the CrossFit Open, which 95% of all gyms program for. Remember, CrossFit is a sport, and the CrossFit Open is the competition in which nearly every CrossFit athlete competes. When the box has 20 people wanting to compete in the Open, it is at least part of the coach’s job to program for that desire.

For Summit Strength & CrossFit SSP, we will continue to use kettlebells a lot in our programming, as they build awesome grip strength, teach the hip hinge better than any other piece of equipment, and also develop unilateral strength which is often overlooked in CrossFit workouts.

Other Posts You Might Like

Why am I not losing weight?

“Why am I not losing weight?” How many times have you asked yourself, your best friend (they’re tired of you asking, by the way) or even your coach this question? To be honest, we hear this sometimes. Usually it is from someone who just started CrossFit and hasn’t really given the time for results to … more »

Am I ready for CrossFit?

We are asked, “Am I ready for CrossFit?” multiple times every week. The knee jerk reaction is to say yes. Then I got to thinking if that’s really true, or not. The biggest cliche in CrossFit is that everyone can do CrossFit. Ask any well-intentioned, experienced CrossFit coach or athlete and they will say, “CrossFit … more »

10 Fat Loss Tips

I had an interesting conversation with a client the other day, and I believe many of us can identify with the same goal they shared. This person told me they had been battling the feeling that looking better really is a major reason they workout. This being part of the why behind their effort made … more »

WOD for Julie & the Fight Against Colon Cancer

This Saturday, April 13, 2019, the Summit Strength community along with athletes from other Indianapolis boxes, came together to honor the life and memory of Julie Mills, who is the inspiration behind the creation of Summit. Summit also accepted donations in support of the Colon Cancer Alliance, a leader in the fight against the disease. … more »

Achieve Your Goal

There’s a reason you hire a coach – which is what you’re doing when you join our box – and it is to achieve your goals. If you could accomplish everything you want on your own, there would not be a reason for you to work with us. The biggest mistake I see when working … more »

Disciplined Positivity

This weekend I was chatting with one of our members, Evan Nisonson, and he said something profound. “I think the key, really, is having disciplined positivity.” I have no idea where he first heard that term, but it is exactly the mindset we’re striving to achieve with our members at Summit. We focus on mindset … more »

Ready to transform your life?