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The Role of Kettlebells in Strength and Conditioning: A Review of the Literature

Beardsley, Chris MA (Hons)1; Contreras, Bret MA2

Strength & Conditioning Journal: June 2014 - Volume 36 - Issue 3 - p 64–70
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000048
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ABSTRACT: STUDIES SUPPORT THE USE OF KETTLEBELLS FOR IMPROVING POWER, ALTHOUGH EVIDENCE FOR USING THEM TO IMPROVE STRENGTH AND AEROBIC FITNESS IS STILL EQUIVOCAL. STUDIES INVESTIGATING THE BIOMECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF KETTLEBELL TRAINING HAVE BEEN FRUITFUL, AND IT MAY BE USEFUL FOR DEVELOPING SPRINT RUNNING PERFORMANCE AND FOR INJURY PREVENTION. HOWEVER, WE STILL DO NOT KNOW THE OPTIMAL LOADS FOR MAXIMIZING SYSTEM AND JOINT POWER PRODUCTION, HOW THE MECHANICS, JOINT MOMENTS, AND ELECTROMYOGRAPHIC ACTIVITY CHANGES AS LOADS INCREASE DURING KETTLEBELL SWINGS, NOR WHETHER KETTLEBELL TRAINING TRANSFERS TO SPORTS PERFORMANCE.

1Strength and Conditioning Research Limited, Loughborough, Leicestershire, United Kingdom; and

2School of Sport and Recreation, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

Chris Beardsley is the Director of Strength and Conditioning Research Limited.

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Bret Contreras is currently pursuing his PhD at AUT University.

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