The Importance of Taking Time Off From Your Kettlebells!

Probably one of the first things you might NOT expect to see in an article about kettlebells training is the importance of taking time off from your kettlebell training in order to achieve your best results. Kettle bell training is a kick butt, extreme form of physical conditioning, and the thought of even thinking about putting them down runs contrary to the idea. Bear with me though, and I think you'll come to see just how vital it is in several areas to make sure that you take some time off, both short term and long term, in the midst of your training regimen.

Let's look first at some of the benefits of taking some time off short term. Everyone's body is unique, and the response to intense training at a high level with kettlebells is different from one to another. It can also change with age. So therefore you need to understand just what the threshold is for your particular body. Some of us maybe comfortable working out heavily for five to six days a week, while others may only be able to reap substantial benefits from training three days a week. Whatever it turns out to be for you, it is essential to allow your body to recover from these intense kettlebell sessions (they are intense, aren't they?!?) to allow it to build strength and move forward. Too often we see people over-training, and subsequently doing the exercises while they are not rested enough, losing form and thus not getting the full range of benefit, and even going so far as to injure themselves. This can be avoided with a little foresight. Give yourself a proper time between sets, (not too much!) and also train when you are fresh physically, not after you've spent the morning laying a new foundation on your house. You get the idea.

When you do take time off from the kettlebells, don't substitute another heavy lifting or otherwise debilitating physical exercise in it's place. Take the time off.

It may be advisable to take a few consecutive days off once every few weeks. This will not effect your strength levels, and will refresh you, possibly laying the groundwork for a breakthrough if you find yourself on a plateau.

Once in a while you may want to take a longer break from the kettlebells. This is not only okay, but generally a good idea. Getting away from the constant training can be a good thing occasionally, enabling you to concentrate on something else for awhile. Many people use a break like this to take a session in another discipline, like yoga or a martial art, giving the heavy lifting a break but still learning and training the body, perhaps in an all new discipline. Many times this doesn't happen until it is forced upon people by injury. Better to plan this sort of thing yourself, than have it thrust on you.

However long your break, make sure that you do not try and resume training at the same level you did when you started your break. Ease back into it, and while you'll find that there is some catch up to do, your technique may actually be better and more precise for having allowed your body to completely recover. It is always good to review your basics when coming back in the fold, and soon you'll find yourself right back where you were, only this time refreshed and poised to move higher.

Training hard with kettlebells is a great way to push your body and mind to new levels of physical and mental conditioning. Make sure that you periodically take some time off to not only refresh your body and mind, but to refocus and reinvigorate your training as well. You be very pleased with the results!