Round out physical training with kettlebells

Dec 3 2009 - 12:17pm

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Staff Sgt. Michael Greer (left) receives instruction from Senior Airman John Porter. (Lee Anne Hensley photo)
Staff Sgt. Michael Greer (left) receives instruction from Senior Airman John Porter. (Lee Anne Hensley photo)

Physical training leaders -- are you looking to challenge your Airmen to help them meet the pending changes to the Air Force fitness standards? Ever considered kettlebell training?

With assistance from Staff Sgt. Michael Greer, a weapons loader with the 419th Fighter Wing, and other members of the 75th Force Support Squadron Warrior Health and Fitness Center staff, those who are interested in learning how to incorporate this fitness exercise, which increases strength, endurance, agility and balance, can begin learning now.

Greer and the fitness center staff will begin taking appointments to instruct PTLs on kettlebell training after Dec. 7 and will offer this training indefinitely thereafter.

"The kettlebell workout will increase one's cardiovascular and muscular strength," said Greer, who is a certified kettlebell trainer by the Art of Strength training center. "It is a functional workout that requires endurance and thinking about what you are doing in order to successfully complete the workout. It will help with the running portion of the PT test, also, because it makes you breathe and involves constant movement."

A kettlebell is a weighted ball with a fixed handle at the top. Kettlebells come in different weight categories to accommodate all strength levels. The exercises are basic, yet comprehensive, so Greer believes that it will not be difficult for PTLs to incorporate the kettlebell exercises into their routines.

"I like the functionality of kettlebells," he said. "They are easy to carry with you and you can do a full-body workout with just one weight."

Greer and the fitness center staff will be available to train PTLs in the kettlebell exercises Monday through Friday anytime after 7:30 a.m.

"We can also be flexible for those who work late and swing shifts," Greer added.

To make an appointment, call the WHFC at (801) 777-2762.

Greer also recommends people can learn more about kettlebells and see videos demonstrating basic exercises at the Web site, artofstrength.com.

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