4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Do Kettlebells

There’s no denying it – kettlebells are so hot right now! Everyone and their dog seems to be swinging the ‘ole bells these days, and I am no exception.

For a while now I have become disillusioned with “gym” in general. I usually start out OK but after 2 months or so I become bored out of my mind, and don’t seem to see the results I’d hoped for. And so, for just over a month now I’ve been doing kettlebells (or as my wife likes to call them “Kettle-hells“) at a place called Flux Motion in Umhlanga.

And after a month of testing and experiencing the devastating results, here are 4 indisputable reasons why you should never do kettlebells…

1) Kettlebells Won’t Make You Big, They’ll Make You Strong

If you’re after “big guns”, spray on tan, ridiculously small speedos, and looking like a big pile of inverted trapezoids, then kettlebells are not for you.However, because it works your entire body as a unit, and because it is one of the best fat-burning exercises around, it will make you hard, lean, fast, and strong. But not freaky huge. Or tanned.

2) Kettlebells Will Hurt You… Badly.

When I rocked up for my first class I thought I was in pretty good shape and reasonably fit. Well… let’s just say that for three days afterwards I had to use specialised equipment just to get on and off the toilet! Muscles I didn’t know I had hurt in places I’m embarrassed to mention. It was ugly. So, if you don’t like short term pain for long term gain, stay away from the bells.

3) Kettlebells Will Correct Your Imbalances

We all have movement and muscle imbalances and asymmetries. Some fewer than others – like people who use kettlebells, for instance. And because it incorporates all your muscle groups in a functional and natural way, you don’t end up looking like someone who has done far too much upper body work and not enough lower body work. So, if you’re still into claiming massages from your girlfriend because your back is sore (again), don’t use kettlebells to fix your body. I’m sure you wouldn’t like how good it feels to know that your body is working exactly how it was intended to.

4) Kettlebells Won’t Allow You To Slack

If you’re into cruising the treadmill at a casual Level 5 and spending more time in the steam bath then in the gym, then I suggest you stay well clear of kettlebells. Because Flux Motion is all about classes, and because there’s always a trainer pushing you in those classes, it’s almost impossible to slack. And, because those classes are never the same, it never gets boring. Plus, it’s a fun “skill” to pick up.

The days of exercising simply to “look good” are out – pick up a kettlebell and join the revolution!

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27 Comments on “4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Do Kettlebells

  1. I couldn’t agree more with those 4 reasons “why you shouldn’t do kettle bells” ;)

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  3. I’ve been doing these for years and LOVE each and every day that I get to workout! When I first started using them, people looked at me like I was nuts. Now they stop and ask me about certain moves and swings. I’m happy to see more people getting into the bells!

  4. Fantastic post! Loved it!! I am thankful for working in a doctor’s office the days after my kettlebell workouts since our bathrooms all have the handicap bar *lol*

  5. I had to laugh. I followed the link from a friend of mine’s Facebook post thinking that you were really going to point out something wrong with KB workouts. Your sarcasm was appreciated.

  6. After seeing the title I was expecting some ill informed rubbish, thanks for the laugh :-)
    I went from 8 years of constant back pain and pain killers and at times hardly able to walk to IKFF teacher in less then 12 months, truly brilliant bits of kit that give fantastic results.
    To anyone who doesnt use them I say give them a try, but find an instructor who knows what their doing and can correct you to ensure your getting your form right and using them correctly.

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  8. Hmmm, I have been hearing a lot about them – I train BJJ and they have talked about getting bells for the club and I am now going to talk them into it!

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  11. It’s all so true. I myself think kettlebells are the greatest thing on earth. Being female, it’s the only workout I’ve done that has given me muscle tone & increased my endurance. I love the “hurt” after each workout. No room for sissy’s with the bells!

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  13. LOL!!!!!
    if you live too far away from the awesome Flux gym, you can get free classes online at LiveFitRevolution.org
    it’s a non-profit, dedicated to health and fitness through kettlebells! everything there is free – no catch :)

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  15. Nice article, I’d like to say that Kettlebells aren’t for most people but the truth is that most people do need kettlebell training, this is everyone’s fitness tool, that is a training tool that everyone can get benefits and results from…

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