Why Use Kettlebells?
There is almost no end of exercises you can do with kettlebells, so it’s difficult to get bored. Staple exercises include the swing, the snatch and the press. But there are many more: the Turkish get up, the push press, high pulls, rows, windmills, squats, farmer walks, and more.
And of course, all of these can be combined with other exercises like lunges or pushups to add endless variety and to serve many different fitness goals.
Exercises for many goals
It’s hard to find a more versatile tool. Heavy work of various kinds can be done to increase strength.
Light to moderate weights can be used for an intense cardio workout and for building absolutely incredible strength endurance.
You can maintain very intense cardio work without the pounding of running and other high-impact workouts. If your knees hurt from your days of running, kettlebells may be a perfect way to stay fit without pain.
Easy to do at home
You can do kettlebell workouts almost anywhere, even in small NYC apartments! All you need is a couple of bells, or a gym with a few of them and a corner.
The ability to knock out a 15 minute work set at home, say, right after work when you’re tired or pressed for time, is an excellent way to stay on track with your workout plan.
Lots of people love kettlebells for their easy access and ability to stand in for a long trip to them gym when schedules are tight.
Help you lose weight
They are also an excellent tool for changing your body composition.
Of course good eating habits are the foundation for anyone who wants to lose weight, but a well-planned kettlebell program has few equals when it comes to getting more lean.
And you can replace your hour long runs, or stair stepper sessions, with a sharp, focused workout that is 20 minutes or less with even better benefits.
Low risk of injury
You can get injured doing any exercise, but not all exercises carry the same risk. The very low-impact nature of kettlebells make injuries very rare.
And they tend to reduce injuries in other ways, specifically by strengthening the lower back and posterior chain of your body.
Because they are off center when held, they also tend to increase overall stability strength along with supporting structures like ligaments and tendons.
Go casual or get technical
Kettlebells are fantastic for general fitness purposes, or to complement your main sport or hobby, and it doesn’t take long to become adept at this level of work.
But there is also kettlebell sport with competitions all over the region and the country, and if you’re the kind of person who loves to work on subtlety and technical detail, there is lots of room to grow in kettlebell work.
How You Can Train With Me
I primarily train clients out of CrossFit NYC (Flatiron and UWS), but you do not need to be a gym member to train with me. I also offer remote training sessions on Zoom.
This is for anyone who wants coaching and guidance on how to work out or lift weights (kettlebells or barbells), how to safely rebuild fitness after a period of time off, and it’s also great for accountability and learning. Each workout is individualized in order to help you meet your fitness goals.
These sessions are an in depth analysis of your movement to address weaknesses and mobility deficits that may be affecting your performance. It is for anyone who is coming back to training after an injury and is not sure how to get started.
It’s also perfect for athletes who have imbalances as a result of a sport specific training regimen. Last, if you’ve had problems with your performance and not certain what to do next with your training, I can help you figure out what may be holding you back.
I was the head programmer for CrossFit NYC for many years and have programmed extensively for private clients both in person and remotely.
I’ve developed the ability to design programs to meet all kinds of needs–strength building, weight loss, injury recovery, improve mobility and so on.
I’ll discuss your goals and history with you first, then develop a plan for you. I never use pre-built templates like lots of trainers. Each program is individualized to align with your lifestyle and fitness goals.
But since then I have done a set of 15 back squats with 235 pounds, and overhead squats with 145 pounds and completed a sprint triathlon.
Avery is more than a trainer. She takes a personal interest in each of her clients.