What To Know before you deadlift a kettlebell

Transcript

This is the show where I share with you what to know before you deadlift a kettlebell.

It could be before you pick up anything, but a kettle bell is more interesting.

I’m wearing loose shorts, no belt.

I like to practice barefoot because it keeps me on my toes.

You might think that barefoot is a bad idea.

These weights are so heavy that even a steel toed boot doesn’t offer enough protection.

If the weight is dropping, then get out of the way.

It’s possible for them to bounce so be aware of that.

Practice this movement without picking up anything until it feels natural to you.

Pretend you are lifting the heaviest weight that you are able.

1. Stand over the kettlebell.

2. To avoid rounding your back, squeeze your shoulder blades slightly together.

3. Tense your leg muscles and imagine pulling yourself down into the squat.

4. Push your butt back.  It may feel awkward at first.

5. Your knees track in the same direction that your toes are pointing

6. Your weight is on your heels, your toes are loose

7.Keep your back straight, which is not the same as vertically straight up and down.

8.Keep your chin up and look straight ahead, the kettle bell hasn’t moved

9.Grip the kettle bell with both hands.

10.Stand up by snapping your hips forward and tightening your glutes.

That’s a kettle bell dead lift.

Repeat it until you’re comfortable with it.

When I was getting started, I hired Ajamu Bernard a world class certified kettle bell trainer who teaches and certifies other trainers.

But, what does it mean if a trainer is certified?

Well now, that’s a good question!

Sometimes, all it means is that someone handed over a certified cheque to get a piece of paper.

No tests, no verification that they know what they’re talking about, no proof that they can help you.

How do you judge someone’s expertise when you’re not an expert yourself in that area?

You can ask about the testing process they went through.

You can ask for proof that they are certified.

For example, Microsoft has a certification program for programmers, system engineers and database experts.

Lots of IT people attempt to pass those exams and fail.

Some people lie and claim to have passed those difficult exams.

But, Microsoft provides a website where you can verify credentials.

I’ve passed over 30 Microsoft exams and I’ll put a link in the show notes to my transcript.

If you want an IT department that defends and supports your business,then give me a call.

But I’m obviously not a certified physical trainer.

If your trainer disagrees with anything I say, then listen to your trainer.

I want you and the people around you to be safe.

Can I tell you a story about how important a healthy back is?

It’s about a man I knew well. He worked hard all his life.

If you were on the other end of him on a cross cut saw, he’d wear you out.

A strong man, hard worker, but he hurt his back.

Over the years, his pain grew, and he drank rye and beer to kill the pain.

The doctors weren’t able to do much for him.

He never had much relief.

He became a heavy drinker.

He crashed his truck into a gas pump while he was drinking.

He lost his licence.

No licence meant no job.

There’s no public transit where he lived.

So he stayed home, in pain, jobless, depressed and drinking.

Until one morning, he never woke up again.

His family suffered the loss both emotionally and financially.

What if he could have protected his back or got some relief from the pain?

I imagine he wouldn’t have had that downward spiral.

Don’t let that happen to you.

The stakes are high.

A good trainer will already have the equipment and the knowledge to guide you.

She’ll watch what you’re doing and make corrections.

Remember, if I can do it, you can do it.

Ok, enough about that.

Let’s do it again, facing the wall.

When you go to the wall it forces you to use good technique.

1.  Stand over the kettlebell.

2. To avoid rounding your back, squeeze your shoulder blades slightly together.

3. Tense your leg muscles and imagine pulling yourself down into the squat.

4. Push your butt back.  It may feel awkward at first.

5. Your knees track in the same direction that your toes are pointing

6. Your weight is on your heels, your toes are loose

7.Keep your back straight, which is not the same as vertically straight up and down.

8.Keep your chin up and look straight ahead

9.Grip the kettle bell with both hands.

10.Stand up by snapping your hips forward and tightening your glutes.

Be patient with yourself. If you’re banging your head against the wall, you’re doing it wrong.

How are going to remember all that?

You don’t have to, I’ve created an instruction sheet for you.

Email KettleBell@PandoWisdom.com and I’ll send you a copy.

You can tape it to your wall and follow the steps until you have them down pat.

OR you could loop this video back a couple of minutes and play the deadlift part again.

I’ve used a few expressions, like “staying on my toes”, “going to the wall” and “getting things down pat”.  If you wondered what I meant by those, then you should check out my “Fun with English” course because I explain those expressions and dozens more.

My thanks to my sister Sandy Bye from Brudenell for requesting todays show.

Is there something you’d like to know about?  Email me at IWishIKnew@PeterWhelan.com

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When would now be a good time to do that?

Thanks for watching!

Bye.

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