Why Kettlebells Rock for Building Mental Toughness and All-Around Grit

by guest blogger, Forest Vance

Note: Forest Vance is a personal trainer, gym owner, blogger, author and fitness entreprenuer based out of Sacramento, CA. 


I just completed my first Tough Mudder.

It was awesome. I highly recommend it. (The Tough Mudder is a 10-12 mile obstacle course event designed by Brittish Special forces.)

Just FINISHING this event takes a LOT of mental toughness and all-around grit. It tests your physical and mental limits with obstacles like 12 foot walls, burning hay bales, dumpsters full of ice and water maintained at 35 degrees, and electrified wires.

I used kettlebells as a big part of the twelve week prep program I put together for myself and other participants at my Sacramento, CA fitness center. They were the near perfect tool.

Here are three reasons why:

1. Training with them properly REQUIRES mental toughness. Things like high rep swings and snatches are tough – both mentally and physically. (I’ll point you towards a resource for some sample kettlebell instruction and workouts here in just a bit.) And things that challenge you in this way have carry over to a lot of other parts of your life.

2. The WTF effect (borrowed this one from Pavel Tsatsouline, founder of the Russian Kettlebell Challenge) Train with KB’s hard, and the mental and physical effects carry over to many other parts of your life … sports you might be involved in, weight lifting, your cardio activities … and you’ll say WTF! :)

3. They’re just cool. A cannon ball shaped weight with a handle on it is just different and cool. It’s not what you see every day at the local big box gym. And this will keep you motivated and driven to train hard, train often – and get great results!

In conclusion, kettlebells are the perfect tool for building mental toughness and overall grit. Kettlebell training – done right – is HARD by nature.

Plus, training with kettlebells benefits you in many other parts of your fitness life – and, they’re just plain cool!

Thanks for reading, and keep training hard.

Note from David: As a kettlebell fan, I can say enough about fun and intense kettlebell workouts are. I also have a big “Ditto!” to Forest’s comment about kettlebells being “cool”. There’s something so primal about those simple forged iron “cannon balls with handles”.

For More About Forest Vance: Forest Vance Master of Science, Human Movement Certified Russian Kettlebell Instructor.  To learn more about how to get started with kettlebell training, head over to my kettlebell basics blog at http://kettlebellbasics.net – you’ll find tons of free kettlebell workouts and video instruction, and can even download a free copy of my Beginner’s Guide to Kettlebell Training! Hope to see you there.

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