This is the no-nonsense guide that athletes, fitness enthusiasts, and strength and conditioning specialists have been waiting for. Kettlebells have been around for centuries, but it's only in recent years that the all-in-one handheld gym has taken the fitness world by storm. In 2011 alone, nearly 47 million Americans used some form of hand weights and the popularity of kettlebells continues to rise thanks to the way they help improve strength, endurance, coordination and balance. Few people are more knowledgeable about the benefits of kettlebell use than Steve Cotter. A leading kettlebell expert, martial artist and certified strength and conditioning specialist, Cotter has trained professional American Football teams, Navy SEALs and the United States Marine Corps. Offering extensive coverage on getting started with kettlebells, including setting goals, assessing fitness and using safe technique, this guide features step-by-step instructions for each exercise along with photo sequences depicting key movements.
Steve Cotter draws from a diverse background as a champion athlete and cutting-edge trainer in developing some of the most exciting programmes in strength and conditioning today. He continues to research and implement the most effective training methods in kettlebell training, martial arts, qigong, strength and conditioning, athletics and the human performance fields.
Chapter 1. The Kettlebell Advantage; Chapter 2. Getting Started With Kettlebells; Chapter 3. Exercise Principles; Chapter 4. Setting Goals, Assessing Fitness, and Training Safely; Chapter 5. Warming Up and Cooling Down; Chapter 6. Basic Exercises; Chapter 7. Intermediate Exercises; Chapter 8. Advanced Exercises; Chapter 9. Creating a Customized Training Program; Chapter 10. Sport-Specific Training Programs.