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Body mechanics- understanding your machine

There is no simpler way to say it: body mechanics affects the way that you perform an exercise, and makes you unique.

Yes, we have the same skeletal structure, yes, we have the same muscles and nerves, but that is where the similiarity ends.

Even the performance of a simple exercise will show particular characteristics that are only available to you due to your own personal body make up. Watch a group of people run, or walk down the street. How more unique can you get- even two brothers will move differently due to their own mechanical physiologic makeup. For sure, posture and injury play their part, but taken as a base, even the simplest of movements displays you in all your glory.

Watch another group perform the basic kettlebell swings and exercises, and again, the individuality arises again.

In amongst all of this, finding yourself, in your own training, and your own “sweet spot” in the performance of these exercises, is part of the challenge of learning the kettlebell.That sweet spot of each movement is dependent on

  • your flexibility and mobility
  • length of arms and limbs
  • body proportions, trunk to leg

Steve Cotter, Denis Kanygin and any kettlebell expert will tell you, you are unique and the way you move is particular to you. Of course, copy the fundamentals and understand what and why you are doing it- then find yourself in the middle of all this. And go for it!

Its a great feeling.



About Marc

international businessman and consultant, life coach, world traveler and wandering mystic who loves keeping fit and is endlessly learning how to lead a healthy life.

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