In part one of this “Kettlebell for Seniors” series, I outlined the benefits of kettlebell training for seniors and provided a sample KB workout …
(For the record, I also mentioned that I’m personally not a big fan of the term ‘senior’. The images it conjures up are far different than the folks in the 50+ age group that, for example, I’ve met and trained with at RKC events. I have personal training and boot camp clients that defy ‘senior’ in every sense of the word. And I certainly won’t be excited about being called a senior myself 20 or so years from now )
I still get emails almost daily, though, with questions about exercise progressions/regressions, modifications, technique pointers, etc. for this specific demographic … so I thought I’d put together a list of the top 10 articles/videos/etc. on KettlebellBasics.net for seniors:
1. The Kettlebell Swing
The most basic of HardStyle kettlebell moves – I start all of my kettlebell training clients, no matter their starting fitness level or goals, with some kind of variation of the swing.
2. The Turkish Get Up
Along with the swing, the TGU completes the core duo of HardStyle kettlebell moves. This post includes a video showing the 1/2 get up as well … a valuable variation of the exercise when you’re just getting started.
3. A Beginner Kettlebell Workout
Simple yet tough workout that incorporates the swing and TGU.
4. My Kettlebell Story
My personal story about how I got into kettlebell training, and how you can learn from the mistakes I made when starting out.
5. How To Select The Right Size Kettlebell
How to figure out the proper size kettlebell to start with.
6. The Kettlebell Squat
The next kettlebell exercise you should learn after the swing and TGU.
7. Troubleshooting the Turkish Get Up
A great post about common problems – and fixes – folks experience with the Turkish get up.
8. Perfecting Your Kettlebell Swing
A post that breaks down your kettlebell swing form further, covers some common mistakes and how to fix them.
9. Kettlebell Workout For Seniors
Part one of this series that details a kettlebell workout specifically designed for seniors.
10. Two Easy Exercise Mods For KB Beginners
Examples of two exercise modifications/regressions for kettlebell beginners – with video.
In conclusion, there are some special considerations older people should keep in mind when training with kettlebells. This post points you towards the best information on this blog on the topic of kettlebell training for seniors.
That’s it for now – have a great week!
Forest Vance, RKC II
PS – Stay tuned for more details about a complete kettlebell workout program I have coming very soon designed specifically for seniors … and make sure to sign up for my email list if you haven’t yet to get first news of when it’ll be available!