From a good friend of CrossFit Koncepts – Tony Rosa, RKC:
“One of the latest trends in fitness involves metabolic conditioning combined with strength training. Actually, it's not new at all. Crossfit has been using this model for some time now, and I clearly remember this type of training during Marine Corps Bootcamp! Without getting caught up in jargon and terminology, metabolic conditioning and strength training, better known as MRT - metabolic resistance training - taxes various meta...bolic pathways in ways that traditional training doesn't.
For the average person seeking to achieve an optimal fitness level, MRT is the most efficient way to train. Crossfit does this by employing constant variation of exercises to increase work capacity across broad time and modal domains - go faster, longer, under a heavy load!
When you add Kettlebells to this equation, you have an unbeatable system that you can use anywhere, anytime for the rest of your life. Bold statement? Well, according to many studies, properly structured Kettlebell training sessions can burn almost twice as many calories as standard weight training routines. In fact, according to a major study by the
American Council on Exercise (ACE) in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin, “The use of kettlebells has grown immensely over the past few years, as they can offer a great bang for your buck when it comes to time spent exercising and quality of results,” says ACE’s Chief Science Officer Cedric X. Bryant, Ph.D. “A person can easily burn several hundred calories in a brief period of time using these iron orbs, which makes them appealing to those looking for time-efficient results. Kettlebell-themed workouts and kettlebell-only gyms are popping up everywhere in order to cater to the high demand of this growing fitness trend.” The full study can be found here at www.acefitness.org/getfit/research.aspx.
Okay, so there you have it. Kettlebells produce results, period! Here's another fact you may not be aware of. Crossfitters can achieve the SAME results using Kettlebells as they can with Barbells. Yes, you read it correctly. Virtually, every lift you perform in Crossfit can be done with Kettlebells, so if you are pressed for time, or don't have the time or inclination to learn technical Olymplic Lifts, the Kettlebell is a perfect alternative. As the area's only RKC and Crossfit certified Kettlebell instructor, I will ensure you learn how to use this tool both safely and effectively.”