At Salecca we use kettlebells to develop power and speed. Imagine the body of a sprinter. They are lean with round muscle bellies – their bodies scream high end performance and just look at their powerful legs! If this body shape appeals to you, kettlebells are the tool you’ve been looking for.
The health benefits of developing power are increasingly important in our modern ‘slow’ lives. Power relies on the use of fast-twitch muscle fibres. These are activated when we move at high speed as we would when sprinting (and most of us haven’t sprinted since we were at school!) As a result, muscles that contain a high percentage of these fibres begin to shrink over time. You can see this in areas such as the shoulders or glutes (buttocks).
On a practical level, these muscles are used when we are in danger. If we fall, our body will use the fast-twitch fibre in our arms to lessen the fall by catching us, or if we need to get out of the way our legs will give us that boost of speed. For athletes, it can be compared to developing a 6th gear which helps you crush your rivals!
Power can be developed using barbells and through jumping, but for the vast majority of the population, these movements are dangerous. This is where kettlebells come in. They are far easier to learn and while you’re improving your mobility to perform other exercises with the bar, you can also develop your powerbase.
Kettlebell techniques are relatively easy to master and brutally effective. A few reps and you’ll be dripping with sweat. Our clients have a love/hate relationship with them…they love the round muscles and curves but hate the bruises!