Over the weekend CrossFit I35 hosted StrongFirst Senior Instructor Delaine Ross for the SFG Kettlebell Course and it was a great training opportunity. I’ve been training with kettlebells 1-2 times per week since I became a member at CrossFit I35 in Dec. 2012, but there is still a lot to learn from a “beginner’s course” like this one. Delaine did a great job of making the course relevant for both experienced and new kettlebell practitioners. I came away with three big points from the course:
1) You cannot overemphasize form – kettlebell training in the SFG style is, on face value, simple. But like all simple things, the devil is in the details. SFG kettlebell training is all about mastering the movements before increasing weight, and as Delaine put it, “You are always striving for the perfect rep, which is unattainable…” (we had a bit of a Zen moment).
2) Consistency is king – this is really part of point #1 but one of the cool things about kettlebells, for me, is just how consistent the training is. Especially if you’re utilizing competition kettlebells like we have at CrossFit I35, even the size of the implement (the kettlebell) being used is the same as weight goes up and down. This, again, allows you to focus on form more than learning how to address a new piece of equipment or a new movement or skill. While it may sound like this could lead to boredom, there is an infinite number of ways to break the kettlebell movements down and string them together into workouts, so the variety that can be achieved is quite amazing.
3) Our kettlebell trainers are awesome – I already knew this, but this course really proved the point of how excellent Scott Lofquist and Christine Argo are as kettlebell instructors at CrossFit I35. We definitely own the niche market for kettlebell training in Kansas City and that also benefits our CrossFit work in many ways.
Contributed by Steve Agocs, D.C., SFMA, FMT Instructor, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer