(By Vanessa Schneider)
The KFITUSA Kettlebell technique is known as a safer, accessible and fluid kettlebell style.
Kettlebell training is traditionally hardcore and known as a tough but extremely beneficial method of training. It is widely known to challenge fighters, supreme athletes and military troops in their ruthless training. Because of the hardcore almost “threatening” reputation of this way of training, a lot of “regular” people turn away for fear of hurting themselves even before they have tried it.
The objective of KFIT USA is not only to cater for the supreme athletic people out there but to also assure the more sedentary or “regular” person off the street, that this is a very beneficial way of training for functional movement, strength, mobility, toning as well as weight loss. The creators of KFIT are both Professional Dancers and Pilates Instructors so they have a very keen understanding of anatomy, body alignment, correct posture and the importance of injury prevention and management.
In many “traditional” kettlebell circuits the KFIT method is very controversial as we choose to do a couple of things slightly different because it is safer and almost eliminates the possibility of back, hip, knee and shoulder injuries. We also work with post rehab clients, therefore find the need for a safe method for management and rehabilitation of certain types of injuries. The KFIT method can also be adapted for sports specific training as well as many other special populations.
The danger of the original “traditional” Kettlebell swing is that it potentially puts a lot of strain on the spine. For anyone who is fit and has strong back muscles and flexible hamstrings, this might not be an issue.
Let’s face it for a vast majority of people this is a challenge, and when the hamstrings are inflexible it is impossible to keep a flat posture with the lumbar spine, therefore a very high risk as far as injuring the lower back.
Once the KFIT USA “squat swing” has been mastered, only then is it safer to attempt a kettlebell swing that requires the body to hinge mostly at the hips. The KFIT USA “squat swing” is a very effective Kettlebell swing that utilizes the posterior chain of muscles while protecting the mid and lower back and knees.
We also emphasize the posture of the thorasic and cervical spine in order to avoid and prevent the kyphosis look in the upper back. By effectively opening the chest and retracting the scapula, the tall and open upper back is very attractive and protects once again against back, shoulder and neck injury.
KFIT puts a lot of importance on core strength.
We effectively teach how to utilize the transverse abdominals in conjunction with the rectus abdominus and obliques. This is very important to avoid strain on the spine and the knees. Most importantly it prevents over-extension of the lumbar spine as most of the kettlebell movements are ballistic. If the core is not engaged properly and the hips are thrusted forward without control, the upper body has potential to “collapse” backwards which puts tremendous strain on the lumbar region. This is the culprit for progressively increasing lower back pain that eventually can lead to chronic pain or injury.
KFIT USA’s first priority is the safety and alignment of the body so that the kettlebell technique can be executed safely and effectively first and foremost. Once these very important principals have been drilled into the body, the body will be much more resilient against injury when attempting any difficulty of Kettlebell exercise.
The KFIT USA Kettlebell method is the method for everyone and anyone. Whether you are a supreme athlete, fighter or sportsman, a dancer, gymnast or acrobat, or whether you are a couch potato that wants to get fit and find a fun way to work out… this method is safe and effective for everyone from any walk of life.