When you are working out at any time, it’s important to pay attention to the signs your body gives you and to know how to do the exercise in question properly. Proper form is essential for all types of exercise – not just when using the kettlebell, to help you avoid injury and to get the most of your chosen exercise type.
Here are some common mistakes people make when using the kettlebell.
Your Kettlebell Is Too Light
It’s tempting to go lighter, but most people don’t use a heavy enough kettlebell to ensure they get a good workout. You don’t want to waste your time. You should not be lifting the kettlebell over your head for the proper workout. If you are, the kettlebell is too light.
Not Getting the Right Form
The right form is challenging to explain, but you can find out if you’re doing it right by paying for a couple of professional classes. You can also check out the proper form on a good YouTube channel with a certified exercise instructor.
You’re Too Weak to Do It Properly
If you cannot do a plank or do the kettlebell deadlift properly, you may be too weak yet. Instead, work on getting these two exercises right before you move on with other types of reps with your kettlebell.
Doing Too Advanced Exercises
Start with the basics like the kettlebell deadlift, and then work your way up to other types of swings and movements. You don’t want to do anything to hurt yourself, so build up your strength before moving on to advanced movements.
Doing Too Much Too Fast
Start with ten minutes, then work your way up. Most people tend to keep their kettlebell workouts to about 30 minutes once they are accustomed to doing it, but some people like to shoot for the 1200-calorie hour. However, don’t do that until you have experience and can do this right.
Wearing the Wrong Shoes
Don’t make the mistake of using walking shoes or running shoes to train with your kettlebell; it sets up your body for incorrect alignment. Instead, use flat shoes or go barefoot. This will help you avoid serious injuries.
You Don’t Do It Enough
When you start any exercise program, there is always a learning curve. Don’t give up while you’re still in that learning curve, or you will miss out on the benefits. Try to stick to every an every-other-day regimen until you learn proper form because once you do that, you’ll see a vast improvement in your fitness level.
Kettlebells are amazing tools for fitness. But like most things, you must know what you’re doing, do it right, and do it regularly to get the positive results that you desire. Finding a class to go to can help correct most of the mistakes people make if you find an excellent instructor.