I'm sorry to burst your bubble, but kettlebells are just a tool.
Nothing more, nothing less.
They are not the “Second Coming”.
They will not solve all your fat loss, muscle building, hormonal, financial or marital problems.
You can buy as many kettlebells as you like, but unless you understand how to use them and you accept the fact that getting to where you want to be – as far as you physique goals are concerned – is going to be a difficult and uncomfortable journey, you are not going to be very happy with your progress (or lack thereof).
You must be willing to get out of your comfort zone.
You must be willing to accept that losing fat and changing your habits is going to be difficult and challenging.
You must be willing to work hard.
This is just one of the most common mistakes that I hear about kettlebell training these days. Here are 3 more…
Mistake #1 – Kettlebells are NOT “The Magic Bullet”
Probably the biggest issue that I’ve noticed is that people see using kettlebells as their “magic bullet” and fail to understand that diet & lifestyle both play MAJOR ROLES – possibly more than the training effect – in the fat loss equation.
If we break things down into percentages with average training session taking 45 minutes, 3 times per week, then we’ve got a total of 2 hours and 15 minutes of TOTAL training time.
There are 168 hours in a week, so training only accounts for 1.3% of the total time that you have in a week!
Therefore, the question that EVERYONE needs to ask themselves if they are trying to lose fat, gain muscle or look better is “What am I doing in the other 165.75 hours (or 97.75% of the time remaining) in my week to help with my results?”
I call this “The Rule of 165”.
Training isn’t the be all and end all of looking great. There are so many more factors involved.
Losing fat is NOT EASY – although, the equation to do it is SIMPLE – so once someone recognizes that it is about more than training, then they’ll be in the right mindset to achieve all they can from any good kettlebell program.
A lot of what we teach as RKCs is the ability for our clients to move correctly and efficiently. This is the one thing that I often see neglected by trainers who start out with fat loss clients.
Correct movement is the foundation for ANY training program and something that needs to be addressed FIRST ABOVE ALL ELSE prior to anyone using any type of program – be it strength, hypertrophy, fat loss, whatever.
Without correct functionality and correct movement patterns, without cleaning up form and technique in your foundational kettlebell lifts and movements, clients will end up injured and/or not achieving anywhere close to their potential.
This is why the CK-FMS is part of the RKC family. The relationship between movement and being in incredible shape is undeniable.
Movement is the FOUNDATION of your house (your body). If you build your foundation with cracks in the concrete, no matter how nice your house looks, it will not be stable and will eventually fall apart.
After movement, the next issue that people don’t understand is that they need to gain/achieve an appreciable level of strength. This is something that was hammered home for me by the likes of Pavel, Geoff Neupert & Dan John especially.
I think Sr RKC Dan John had the best analogy when he said (and I’m paraphrasing) that strength is much like a glass that you are trying to fill. The stronger you are, the bigger your glass is and therefore the more you can put into it – ie. the easier it will be to achieve your goals if you have a certain level of strength.
So pound for pound, if you’re not very strong (if you’re working with a shot glass), you won’t get as great results as the individual whose got a goblet the size of the beast, if you know what I mean.
I guess the take home is that having a certain level of strength should be something that everyone should be gunning for – from housewives to 80 year old grandfathers.
That doesn’t mean that you have to train for strength prior to everything else. Strength elements can be built into fat loss programs and into programs that build muscle, but they should never be without.
You should always be trying to get stronger.
Maybe not Powerlifter strong, but strong enough that you can do a set of 5 chin-ups or 5 pistols.
Remember both of those exercises require no equipment whatsoever.
I apologize if what I've said above is something that you don't want to hear.
I apologize if I ever gave you the impression that getting in shape – especially if you're one who's been out of shape for years – is going to be an easy journey.
But then again…
[testimonial1_arial author=”Theodore Roosevelt”]“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to WORK HARD at WORK WORTH DOING”[/testimonial1_arial]
…and your health, well being and body are worth it.
Chris Lopez, RKC