By Oscar Del Ben
I started playing with kettlebells less than one year ago. I saw them used by many athletes and Crossfitters, so I decided to give them a try.
If you are new to kettlebells, this tool is essentially an iron ball with a handle at the top. You can do many exercises with them and expect great results in a relatively short amount of time.
When my kettlebell was delivered to my home, I was excited to give it a try, only to find that training with kettlebells is really tough.
Then one day I thought, kettlebell routines are like real life. Real life is hard, rich with surprises and emotions, but you need to play it hard if you want to get the most out of it.
So how can we compare kettlebell to life and what can we learn from it? Here’s what I think are the most important lessons I got from using them.
Push yourself constantly or remain behind
You have to constantly work on pushing your limits and reinforce your values. One way to push your limits is by practicing a new habit for 30 days. For example you might choose to wake up at 5 every morning for one month to see what happens. Or you could also try eating vegan and see how you feel.
Keep in mind that you don’t have to continue after the 30 days, unless of course you want to. Practicing new habits is important if you are trying new things that are outside of your comfort zone, as you’ll learn ton of new things by direct experiences.
Cheating is for losers
Before using my kettlebell for the first time, I thought it was easy to handle it, because I was already familiar with barbells. It took me only a training session to learn that training with them is hard. On the same line, you can’t really look for the quick fix in life. Even if you win the lottery today, that doesn’t mean you will be happy forever.
Quick fixes produce quick happiness, but happiness is going to leave as quickly as it came. Successful people know this and they work hard to build their empire by taking the right amount of time and doing things the right way.
Doing more does not mean achieving more
When I train with kettlebells, I know I only need to do a few repetitions. Great results can be achieved by doing less, if you just do the right stuff. When I write about productivity, I always remind that it doesn’t matter if you spend all your day responding to emails and making calls, as those are probably not the most important things you could do to achieve your goal. Focus on what provides the most result, and procrastinate on low value activities.
You still have to rest sometimes
If I train every day, chances are that I’ll become sick after a few weeks. If I always run fast in life and I don’t take proper rest, I become nervous, and if I continue to work hard every day and every minute I’ll become sick again. That’s why I like to sleep at least 8 hours per night and take a break every few days.
When I bought my kettlebell, I didn’t know it would have taught me so many things and at the same time provide a really tough workout. It was definitely something worth trying.