Scott Sonnon (RMAX - CST) - Official Kettlebell Foundation [3 AVIs]
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You have heard of kettlebells, haven?垯t you? If not, you?垯re still living in a cave. Well, not too long ago, everyone just assumed that they were cannon balls with handles. Now, they?垯ve become an international sensation, a staple of celebrities like Sylvester Stallone, Jessica Biel, Jennifer Lopez, and Matthew Mcconaughey, by professional sports athletes such as Lance Armstrong and Reggie Saunders, pro teams like the Boston Celtics, San Francisco 49ers and Tennessee Titans, and by military and security organizations like the US Marine Corps and the US Secret Service.
Like Clubbells, they were first embraced by professional fighters, since they offer an instant neurological strength carry-over into the realm of mixed martial arts competitions. That?垯s why fighters such as the indefatigable Randy Couture and of course the interminable Fedor Emelianenko adopt retro-tech tools such as kettlebells and Clubbells.
Because of their design, kettlebells deliver similar benefits for which Clubbells have become so highly regarded:
Highly portable. Because these tools can be used anywhere, they set you free from dependence on the gym. One of my students in Germany even opened the trunk of his Mercedes to show me how he had converted the spare tire compartment into a storage locker for his Clubbells and kettlebells - his "portable gym". Sports teams can easily take them on and off the field for integrated conditioning. Mixed martial arts gyms can use the equipment on the mats without fear of damaging the expensive covering. Military units can deploy them in the field.
Highly inefficient tools. Like Clubbells, kettlebells force you to become more efficient. This is contrary to gym machines, which dictate your range of motion. If you are not forced to control your own movement, you literally lose that capacity. Machines are useful in rehabilitation, when you must learn to reactivate a particular tissue. However, continued use of machines means you will lose the ability to "sling" force from one muscle to the next. Because all physical movement is a synergistic act of cumulative force development, only a chaotic tool, with unpredictable movement, enables you to gain control over your environment, and gives you the potential of movement mastery.
Displaced center of gravity of the kettlebell, and to a much greater degree the Clubbell, allows you to use significantly less actual weight to elicit the same training effect. That leverage disadvantage requires greater force production than if the weight were much heavier but balanced in the grip like a dumbbell. Since the actual weight is so much lighter, the soft tissues don't accumulate the stress and damage that they do with compressive equipment, such as dumbbells and barbells.
A weight you can swing in 3D. Though to a much lesser degree than Clubbells, some kettlebell movements allow you to swing rather than merely lift the weight. The tractional force involved in such movements creates space between joints, rejuvenating them with nutritive and lubricative flow. The world is three-dimensional, and you must train that way if you want to be simultaneously graceful and powerful. Swinging weight also allows you to exponentially increase force production. Because of torque, swinging a weight twice as fast creates 4X the force production. Compare this with lifting a dumbbell, where you must increase the weight geometrically to gain a static improvement in training effect.
Extreme range strength. Clubbells and kettlebells improve your movement through dynamic and extreme range flexibility, providing you with agility, reactive strength and deceleration training. The profile of the kettlebell, and to a greater degree the Clubbell, can be taken through a range of motion greater than any other equipment can.
A fit, functional physique. Due to the nature of the movements, torque, traction and displaced center of gravity, Clubbells and kettlebells cascade all of the attributes desired in fitness: power, strength, speed, endurance, cardio, stamina, and agility. As a result, these feral tools of inefficiency carve you into what many have called the chiseled features of an ancient Greek statue.
As an early adopter to any alternative method which could give me the edge, I was first exposed to kettlebells in Russia in 1996 with sport-specific applications for mixed martial art and submission fighting, as well as with combat-specific applications in special military and special purpose police unit physical preparedness. I was intrigued, just as I'd been when exposed to the Tajikistan sambo team's use of club swinging while coaching the world sambo championships in Kaunas, Lithuania. I continued my studies throughout Russia and Eastern Europe for the next 6 years, but I would meet the kettlebell again.
In 1998, one of my seminar attendees was a former USSR Spetsnaz Physical Training Instructor and military Master of Sport in kettlebell lifting named Pavel Tsatsouline. We had a great time together, and we shared techniques and tools over the course of several years. I brought Pavel to the internet for the first time as a subject matter expert for the strength and conditioning forum on an early version of my RMAX website. He co-presented on my forum with another luminary, the late Dr. Mel Siff. We had many great conversations together at RMAX, and I learned a great deal from Pavel's kettlebell lifting technique.
Many of Pavel's "Russian Kettlebell Challenge" instructors were also my clients, because they sought knowledge of how to use my joint mobility and body-flow materials to compensate for the personal and professional challenges that result from serious kettlebell lifting.
In 2007, world kettlebell lifting champion record holder Valery Fedorenko asked me to join the advisory board of the World Kettlebell Club. As an Honored and World Master of Sport in kettlebell lifting, there is really no one more qualified in the discipline than Coach Fedorenko. I began intensive study of the movements of Valery's technique, dissecting each and every biomechanical component and assessing their sequential summation of impact upon the body.
Later that year, as the US Coach, Valery asked me if I would give his people the edge in competition. He also wanted me to give his entire coaching staff the tools to properly prepare their clients for kettlebell lifting, and to compensate for the over-specializations which happen from training any technique repeatedly. Valery is a world champion and a national coach. He knows that when something is needed you go to the best expert in that field. I do the same with my staff of professionals from diverse backgrounds of subject matter expertise. And as you?垯ll discover, when it comes to mobility, no one knows it better than me.
Because of my genetic background of having suffered from a joint disease which doctors called osteochondrosis, and because of my learning disabilities with an array of dyslexia, I had to develop a surgically precise method of skill acquisition. Movement to me is more art than science, and I studied every field from neuroscience to psychophysiology, and biomechanics to biotensegrity. Only with a broad range of motor analysis did I acquire the ability to coach movement at a world-class level.
I began compiling my notes and experiences into a concrete structure, associating each joint mobility exercise with its complement component in the traditional kettlebell lifts, and providing an unloading release for each of those components through the compensatory movements I've assembled and created over the years.
I presented this information next to Coach Fedorenko as he introduced his Kettlebell Fitness Course with universal success. Due to the demand from so many kettlebell enthusiasts around the world, and only a limited amount of travel time to conduct workshops, I compiled these programs into a digital format.
The result was The Official Kettlebell Foundation, which I've successfully taught across Australasia, North America and Europe.
My coaching style developed as one for whom healthy fitness does not come easily or lasting. Although I train many professional athletes, fighters and celebrities whose livelihood depends upon their healthy fitness, people like myself find the greatest attraction to my attention to each and every Devil hidden in the details, my absolute ascription to incremental progression of baby steps, and my organic ??God?垯s eye?? view of exercise only as a means to the end of making you healthier and longer-lasting.
I offer you my best in coaching: my holistic view of wellness, of which strength conditioning remains only a contributor, my integrative approach to breathing in the precise biomechanical fashion which enhances performing without impinging upon your health, priming the joints and soft tissue for work so that you remain smooth, cushioned and moving pain-free, and unloading and releasing the tissues from tension so that you can recover almost immediately without any fear of injury or tear... and yes, I offer you the best coaching in the most efficient technique every created for kettlebell lifting by the world champions and record holders who cannot afford to deviate from perfect form.
Please enjoy and I hope to see you at my next workshop!
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