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What Class Should I Do?

What we do at Warrior Goddess Kettlebell training is quite different to Global Corporate Gyms or Personal Trainers.   We offer Personal Group Training using Kettlebells, Yoga & Martial Arts...
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Beginners Guide to Kettlebell Training

 Why I wanted to write this guide   When I discovered working out with kettlebells my thoughts about exercise and fitness changed.  I went from someone who really did not like to exercise and hated the idea of the gym or getting sweaty to someone who looked forward to the chance to swing my bell, learn new moves, get stronger and challenge myself with heavier weights.  But the kettlebell lover I am today was once a beginner that didn’t even know how to pick it up, let alone swing it and I really wish that I had found one place I could go that would teach me all the basics I needed to know to make my learning curve shorter.  So well, here is my attempt at just that!   It seems that not a day goes by without a new exercise or fitness trend being revealed. Kettlebells are not a fitness trend or a gimmick, they have been around for 100’s of years and trusted by some of the best for the incredible results they can generate.   In fact, they are the forefathers of modern day weight training. But in my opinion, history or no, they are the perfect…

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Ultimate Guide to the Kettlebell Swing

The Kettlebell Swing is the most important of all the kettlebell exercise but also the one that most of my goddesses struggle to master. And this is why I spend so much time on it with my beginner ladies. The kettlebell swing is based on the deadlift movement pattern and hits almost every muscle in the body.   “If you only had time to do one kettlebell exercise then the kettlebell swing would be my choice.”   Kettlebell Swing Overview The Kettlebell Swing should be thought of as a pulling movement. It targets the posterior chain and essentially you are loading and de-loading the back of the body as you accelerate and decelerate the kettlebell. Be warned the eccentric or deceleration part of the kettlebell swing is what causes muscle soreness so you could be walking like John Wayne for a few days following a good set of kettlebell swings!!     The kettlebell swing is a dynamic – explosive- movement. As the kettlebell descends from the top part of the movement gravity takes its toll and the overall weight of the bell increases, so a 8kg kettlebell will feel much heavier at the bottom of the kettlebell swing.   Also at the bottom of…

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Why Women need to do Kettlebell Training

6 Benefits of kettlebell workouts for women   #1 Conditions muscle but won’t beef you up   One of the first questions I get asked is “Are kettlebells going to make me bulky?” and my answer is that I’ve been trying to get bulky for years! No honestly, you will enjoy being lean, toned whilst still keeping those curves. Effective kettlebell workouts for women are very dynamic and cardiovascular in nature. Although the resistance element of kettlebell training will condition existing muscles it will not cause a huge amount of muscle hypertrophy or muscle growth. Great news for women who wish to add muscle tone without the bulk Plus ladies, you don’t have to worry about looking like a bodybuilder, women have 100 times less Testosterone, the male growth hormone, so it is very difficult for women to put on too much muscle.   #2 Sculpts a Glorious Goddess body   Kettlebell training burns fat and increases muscle tone fast. Most of the exercises are multijoint (compound) movements that link the bottom half of the body with the top half via the core muscles. Great for your abs! The body recruits 100’s of muscles in order to control and maintain balance of…

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Guide to Buying your First Kettlebell

So you are thinking of taking the step and getting your own kettlebell! Eek!  I am so excited for you. And it would be my honour to be your guide in insuring you do not make the mistakes or bad investment I have made in the past. Depending on the source you go to, there will be differing opinions on this, so I am recommending these weights based on how I see many beginners cope and with consideration to the type of training I do with my goddesses.   Absolute Beginners (those ladies who have never lifted a Kettlebell before). This is the most vulnerable group, as these ladies need as much focus to be on good form for the exercise, rather than being distracted by the struggle to hold a heavy weight too. One thing I can’t stand is feeling pressure to be strong already! I think some beginners put a lot of stress on themselves to be great, especially those who already train. Strength with Kettlebells takes time to build, and this cannot happen without first understanding what the heck you are doing. Making sure you can perform the exercise effectively before increasing the weight is SO important,…

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