Parag Mhetre

How does the Kettlebell Snatch match up to Cardio

December, 2016
The Master Responds

Over the years we have seen various forms of cardio exercises or equipment like treadmill, cross trainer, etc., gain in popularity. It is not hard to understand that most people take the easy way out, thinking: “If I burn more calories I will lose weight; so lets’ choose a ‘treadmill’”.

The human body is very complex. I wish its physiology could have been simpler and easier to comprehend, but unfortunately that is not the case. The functioning of the human body has been studied for centuries and with the help of technology the mysteries of the human body are getting uncovered faster than ever before.

Training methodologies and physiology differs for everyone, but conditioning VO2max aspect or cardiovascular physiology aspect is overlooked in most cases. Taking into consideration the dynamics of the ‘Kettlebell Snatch’, I will explain here how in order to attain peak physical performance it is important to train for conditioning in any aspect of fitness or sport.

In 2006, the very first western based university study on the Kettlebell was conducted on oxygen uptake (VO2; defined as the amount of oxygen uptake on a whole body level, in a given time period), lactate production, energy output, and power. All were measured and analysed in terms of doing conventional types of cardio vascular training. When done correctly, the Kettlebell snatch delivered results that were much better than those for other conventional exercises.

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