Kettlebell training can be a great way for people over 50 to get in shape, but there are some mistakes that often get made in the early stages of starting out.
In today’s article, we’ll discuss three common kettlebell beginner mistakes so you can avoid them and start seeing results sooner.
Mistake #1 – Bad Form
First and foremost, always use proper form. This includes keeping your core engaged, maintaining a neutral spine, and avoiding excessive swinging.
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Mistake #2 – Going too heavy too soon
Secondly, don’t go too heavy too soon. Start with a weight that is challenging but manageable, and gradually increase the load as you get stronger.
I made this mistake when I started – I thought, I’m pretty strong, I’ll go right to the 53 pound kettlebell! I quickly learned that KBs are VERY different from other types of exercise, and it’s best to start lighter and build up from there so that you can avoid injury and get the best results.
Mistake #3 – Quantity over quality
Finally, focus on quality over quantity. Rather than trying to do as many reps as possible in a short period of time, focus on getting the most out of each and every repetition that you do.
Every single time you lift the kettlebell, you should have a specific purpose and goal in mind for the exercise, the amount of sets and reps you are doing with it, and why you’re doing it the way you are.
This article detailed the top three kettlebell mistakes that people over 50 make and how to avoid them. If you are over 50 and looking to get started with kettlebells, also be sure to check out my new-and-updated-for-2022 new Lifetime KB Fitness program – it’s on sale this week at the link below:
Cheers to your success!
Master of Science, Human Movement
Certified Kettlebell Instructor
Corrective Exercise Specialist