Updated: May 1, 2020
For those that have a kettlebell and wondered how they could push their training forward I have 3 exercises using resistance bands that you could add to your kettlebell training that makes it so much more challenging.
What you'll need is a resistance band - Amazon Link - The one I used in my video is a similar weight to the purple colour band but also buy the red colour band as that is a good start. They're handy to have around for stretching if you can find something to loop it to, if you can't find anything to attach it to then you'll need to search for something called a door anchor.
The bands are used to develop reactive strength. When we do a movement there are two phases of contraction the concentric (shortening) and eccentric (lengthening)
The bands help to add in greater resistance during both phases with a goal of improve explosive power.
The example we'll use for this is the kettlebell swing, when the kettlebell is at the top of the swing and descending, the resistance band provides so much resistance that it pulls you down causing a greater explosive contraction during the up phase of the swing, forcing you to contract the glutes, driving the hips forward faster.
Athletes use this reactive method of training during their periodised plan, if an athlete is lifting heavy weights constantly there is a risk of burning out the athlete as there is a greater impact on their central nervous system and musculoskeletal system. Generally with a weight training plan there is greater risk due to the increasing external load, kettlebells allow you to train the same movement with higher repetitions without over taxing the body and causing injuries.
Kettlebell swings seem to have a greater carry-over effect with regard to maximising performance for other lifts so it's a great addition to your training plan.
If you don't believe me, look up Donnie Thompson, the first person to lift a total of 3000lbs in competition, who after years of back pain from a successful powerlifting career started using kettlebells as a way to supplement his training without damaging himself further.
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