One of the biggest problems when people rush out to buy a kettlebell is that they don’t take the time to learn the proper exercise technique. Instead, and there’s no nice way to say this – they use crappy (“less than optimal” doesn’t quite get the meaning across) technique.
They’re just interested in getting in a “great workout.”
The problem here is two-fold:
1. Crappy Technique leads to injuries.
For example, many people think that the kettlebell Swing looks like a squat with some kind of shoulder front raise.
Not even close.
That’s a great way to hurt your back or shoulders, or worse, both.
Just because you see some celebrity trainer on TV doing them, doesn’t mean they’re doing them correctly. (In fact, you can pretty much guarantee they don’t know how to do the exercise correctly. See the pics below of two famous TV trainers performing KB exercises not only wrong, but DANGEROUSLY.)
And getting an injury is one of the best ways to not burn fat. Obviously, if you hurt your back or shoulder, or knee, or anything, your ability to work out is severely hindered or even ground to a halt.
2. Crappy Technique reduces the amount of fat you can burn.
Here’s a secret:
It’s not how many reps you can do.
It’s how many reps you can do CORRECTLY.
Correct technique not only prevents injury as we just saw, but it also uses the right muscles at the right times and doing so actually makes your muscles work harder.
That in turn means they use more energy.
And that means you burn more calories.
And, when you do the right type of kettlebell workouts, that means you’ll not only burn more calories during your workout – you’ll also burn them long after your workout is over. (Up to 38 hours later!)
So make sure you take your time to learn the proper kettlebell exercise technique. The short term “trade off” you think you’re making by not going – and excuse the expression here – “ballz to the wall” – will pay off huge dividends in the not too distant future and the long haul.
Let’s take a closer look at this…
You know what else is a problem?
It’s a BIGGIE.
In fact, if left unchecked, it too can actually lead to what’s known as “adrenal fatigue” – where your adrenal glands become overwhelmed, basically shut down, and you end up fat. (Good times… Not.) We’ll cover it in depth on the next page: