If you have followed me for a while now you'll be well aware that I believe everyone should be doing some kind of resistance training on a regular basis. If you are unsure why, read this blog I wrote a while back (HERE). Not only do I believe it (and let me be clear that is is not a personal opinion based on emotion, it's an evidence-informed opinion) but just recently the the UK Health Authority declared that everyone should do at least two muscle strengthening workouts per week.
Everyone knows that exercise is good for them, but despite that too few people do much of it with any real consistency. Beyond walking to the fridge and back or angrily hammering the keypad on their mobile phone while taking part in some kind of pointless argument on social media. But the health benefits of exercise are incredible, to the point that it really ought to be a prescribed by doctors as a first line of defence against almost all forms of chronic illness.
I’m a nutrition coach and it never ceases to amaze me how little people understand energy balance. I have explained this in some previous blogs like this one (HERE) or this one (HERE). I have also done numerous videos on this topic, one of which you can see lower down this article. So, to help you stop pissing in the wind here is a brief introduction to how Calories work and how to estimate and track your Calories.
The hardstyle snatch is a full body exercise that develops explosive power, especially in the hips and shoulders. It can be used as a strength/power exercise or a cardio exercise. It also acts as a transition to other more complex kettlebell movements. Its origins are come from the world of Olympic lifting, where the barbell snatch is a staple lift alongside the clean and snatch (also adapted to kettlebell training).
The kettlebell swing is an excellent exercise. It incorporates one of the fundamental movement patterns – the hip hinge – it helps develop explosive strength, core and spine stability and cardiovascular fitness. Because I love me some kettlebell action I thought I would break down the swing and some of its common variations. Technique and form are super important when exercising, especially when you add load to that exercises and even more if there is a dynamic explosive element to that loaded movement. Many people do the swing wrong and put themselves at risk of injury.