Thought I’d go into another question today. This one is from Olof in Sweden
I really like your blog and all you put in to your different sites. By occasion the former 5 time world champion master in Arm wrestling com by my small shop ( its so new so we just put it in order for the moment ) looked at our Kettlebells, told us he never heard about KBs before.
But, he was thrilled, and want me to start training the local Arm wrestling club with Kettlebells.
What sort of work out would you suggest for these athletes?
Best regard Olof
Thank you, Olof. This is a good question. And here’s why. It delves into the topic of when you should be using what tool.
If the guy is the 5 time world champion, I think the best advice would be to stick with what he’s knows. It must work!
However much I love kettlebells, in this case, they are not best suited to the job.
This ties into the discussion of functional strength. His function is to put other people’s arms down. To build that function you need stronger arms, wrists and hands.
From what I’ve seen of high level arm wrestlers, in their training they do lots of curls in various positions and lots of hand work.
The kettlebell does not lend itself to being curled. Yes, you can throw a towel around the handle and curl, but that’s not what it‘s best at.
There are ways you could use it to help out, but once again it’s not the best tool.
If you want to use the kettlebell for general fitness and strength just stick with the basics for these athletes. The swings, snatches, presses, etc.
On top of that they could do their specialization work (which should of course include lots of arm wrestling).
Though it may not be what you have wanted to hear, I hope it helps.
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