Kettlebells are a great way to build strength and power, but they can also be a recipe for disaster if you don’t follow proper form.
Here are three tips to keep your knees safe when training with kettlebells, so that you don’t end up with a debilitating injury:
1 – Always have your knees facing in the same direction as your toes.
Using the kettlebell squat as an example, a common mistake is to let the knees cave in when squatting down. Don’t do this! Being sure that the knees are pointed the same direction as the the toes keeps things safe and stabilized.
2 – Keep the knees stacked directly over the ankles or slightly behind them.
Back to our kettlebell squat example – a common mistake is to let the knees drift out and forward over the toes. Don’t do this! Keep the knees stacked right above the ankles. Doing this helps to protect our knees and ankles from injury.
3 – Take time to strengthen and stretch surrounding joints.
Strengthening and stretching the hips and ankles – especially before any heavy kettlebell movements – can be very helpful. All of the muscles in the hips and ankles support the knees, so it’s important to keep them strong and healthy.
Being careful and taking these precautions will help you stay safe and avoid knee injuries. If you want more in-depth help via expert video instruction, personalized feedback and more on learning how to use kettlebells safely and effectively, join our upcoming 28-day Kettlebell Tabata Challenge. Registration is open now, sign up at the link below: