ABSTRACT: THE KETTLEBELL (KB) IS A WIDELY USED TOOL THAT IS OFTEN RECOMMENDED FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF MUSCULAR STRENGTH, POWER, AND ENDURANCE. ALTHOUGH A FEW STUDIES SEEM TO SUPPORT THE USE OF KBS TO ACHIEVE THESE TRAINING GOALS, THE RESEARCH RESULTS ARE MIXED. GIVEN THE POPULARITY OF THE KB AS A TRAINING TOOL, IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACHES AND OTHER FITNESS PROFESSIONALS INSIST ON HIGH-QUALITY EDUCATION/CERTIFICATION AND SAFE AND EFFECTIVE COACHING TO SAFEGUARD THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF THEIR ATHLETES, CLIENTS, AND PATIENTS WHEN USING KBS. THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE OFFERS SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS AND A PERIODIZED KB PROGRAM. FOR A VIDEO ABSTRACT OF THIS ARTICLE, SEE VIDEO, SUPPLEMENTAL DIGITAL CONTENT 1, HTTP://LINKS.LWW.COM/SCJ/A131.
1Math/Science Department, Kapi'olani Community College, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii; and
2Honolulu Club, Honolulu, Hawaii.
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Will Jonen is an instructor of Anatomy, Physiology, and Exercise Science at Kapi'olani Community College, Honolulu, HI.
John T. Netterville III is a head coach for the Orange Kettlebell Club.