Kettlebell Gains Boost Lifting

If you've hit a plateau working the same exercises in the same order 3 or 4 times a week, forget about adding reps, sets or resistance. Take a totally different approach for the next 10 weeks with supervised kettlebell training. A study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research suggests the strength and power gains can add something to your traditional weight training program.

Thirty seven volunteers were tested on bench press, clean and jerk, vertical jump and back extensions to fatigue before training with kettlebells twice a week for 10 weeks. Although the structured kettlebell routine didn't increase their vertical jump, improvements were seen in all other measures.

True Strength Moment: Dramatically changing up any weight training routine can produce very positive results. Just make sure you get expert instruction before swinging kettlebells if you aren't familiar with the proper form. Then check out today's Performance Blog at for another out of the weight room strength training alternative.
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