Great questions this week!
Q: How often (as in sessions per week) would you suggest training with kettlebells?
A: Kettlebell training can be effective with a variety of training frequencies, but what’s best will depend on what your goals and your fitness level. Generally speaking, to improve overall fitness or strength, a serious session 2-3 times a week can work very well. If you’re working on conditioning or a specific program/goal you may train more or less often: 2-5 times.There are some who enjoy training a little bit every day too. At first, make sure you’re letting yourself recover between sessions. Mobility work and active rest between sessions is always a good idea. People training for an upcoming RKC certification may also work on training hard two days in a row to mimic the workload at an event so that they’re able to get the most out of the experience.
Q: What do you think about doing “practice sessions” with the kettlebell (practicing swings, get-ups, etc.) instead of a specific workout program? Would I need to warm up for these types of sessions?
A: The idea of the kettlebell practice session is a very powerful way to train–especially if you’re really wanting to drill down on the techniques. There’s also plenty of ways to work your kettlebell practice into a circuit. As for warming up, taking a few minutes for joint circling, joint mobility is time well spent. Get-ups without weight can be a nice addition to a quick warm up as well before you really get going.