kettlebells versus bodybuilding and martial artsBy
“Where do I weigh in on this long-standing debate? Some weight training practices will indeed create sluggishness and a loss of tensile strength but only if the martial artist uses a body-building or train-to-failure approach. Any weight training will also diminish martial skill if it becomes the primary focus rather than a supplement to the martial arts skill training. Strength training, when the appropriate method is selected, will compliment and contribute to enhanced martial art skill, in the form of greater speed, power, flexibility and endurance.”
Steve Cotter (top kettlebell trainer and martial arts champion)
This is exactly where I went wrong back in the day. Back when I was involved in martial arts I decided to supplement my training routines with weight training and when I got injured I lost my focus for it and my focus instead went to the weights with bodybuilding style routines. I went back to martial arts and got my ass beat. Using kettlebells I feel I have reclaimed my athleticism. I will make my return again. This time it will be for real.