The kettlebell is a cast-iron or cast steel weight resembling a cannonball with a handle used to perform ballistic exercises combining cardiovascular, strength and flexibility training. They were developed in Russia in the 1700s, primarily for weighing crops. It is said that farmers who used them became very strong and used them to show off their strength during festivals. The Soviet army used kettlebells as part of their physical training and conditioning programs in the 20th century. They had been used for competition and sports throughout Russia and Europe since the 1940s.
Kettlebells can be an effective form of exercise for just about every age group if done correctly and safely. They are a very efficient piece of equipment that allows the body to exercise within its natural movement patterns. Russian Kettlebell exercises are especially designed to maximize explosive hip strength and power and this helps develop true athletic power and increase cardiovascular and muscular strength. The exercises also work on functional movements, which can improve everyday living.
Recently, Willow Valley Communities Fitness Coordinator Cody Sensenig received his Certification in Russian Kettlebell. Cody’s certification opens up an entirely new level of training and fitness for Willow Valley’s residents and Team Members and many have already added kettlebell training as part of their overall fitness routines. Cody says exercise and fitness is all about finding what works for you and discovering different ways that can challenge you from week to week. “While a different form of exercise may not always be the easiest, it may teach you a lot about yourself and what you truly can accomplish with some hard work.” Cody joined Willow Valley last year . He has a degree in exercise Science from Shippensburg University.
More about Cody’s certification:
The Russian Kettlebell Certification (RKC) is a 3-day certification that requires intensive training and preparation to complete and is considered the gold standard of all kettlebell training. Those who pass the certification have top physical skills and fitness levels and display safe teaching skills. In order to complete the certification one must demonstrate perfect technique on numerous exercises as well as a grueling endurance test on the second day of the certification. RKC holds these certifications all over the world and Cody took the certification Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.