I love kettlebells. My love affair started around 7 or 8 years ago. I’d watch power lifters doing swings and I thought to myself, “wow, that looks like fun to do, but because of my spinal stenosis, it’s probably off limits.” Wow, I can’t believe I ever even thought that. When the gym I teach at got some racks of kbells, I couldn’t resist wanting to use them. So I started researching. Reading whatever articles that had science backed studies linked in them and watching the masters on YouTube to study their form. Turns out they are great for your back along with everything else. Then I was asked to start teaching kettlebells at Equinox and the rest is history.
That’s a snippet of my back story if you haven’t heard it before. I have bad spinal stenosis with herniated discs and kettlebells make me feel great!
This exercise is more advanced. It has a lot of moving parts. If you don’t feel confident giving it a go, start with a very light kettlebell or dumbbell and ust walk thru the motions. Be sure to thoroughly warm up your hips, front and back and your shoulder girdle. Then test drive this exercise.
It works all the muscles you squat with, plus obliques and shoulders. It’s great for maintaining hip and shoulder mobility as you’ll soon find out.
Let me know how you like it! And feel feel to share with your friends.