Natale Marzullo, Francesca Caso


This paper aims to highlight the importance of using the kettlebell in today's functional training methodology. The kettlebell is effective because, thanks to its particular shape and its offset center of gravity, stimulates both general and sport-specific motor skills. Among the variety of theoretical models related to movement, the kettlebell represents the basis of new practical teaching strategies, in favor of performance and educational and experimental training skills. This paper includes proposals for exercises using the kettlebell, which can facilitate new motor experiences thanks to ballistic actions and slow lifting. The swing, in fact, is a movement that develops and improves not only conditional skills, but also coordination ones. The Turkish Get-Up, on the other hand, is an efficient exercise based on functional movements and primary motor patterns. Therefore, the benefits of such exercises are clearly useful to promote muscle tension and synergy of the kinetic chains involved. However, training sessions involving the use of this tool are no methods developed in the last decade, but have thousands of years of history, being already present in Persia, ancient Greece and Russia of the Tsars.


Kettlebell, Turkish Get-Up, functional training, movement, motor skills

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