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What is a Kettlebell?
A kettlebell is a traditional Russian training tool that has been used since the turn of the century to develop full body conditioning and fitness.
A kettlebell looks like a cannon ball with a handle. The shape of the kettlebell allows for unique positioning of the weight directly above your center of mass (unlike a DB or BB which must be held in front of the body) and allows you to keep your hand and wrists in neutral alignment, which enable for greater endurance and longevity in the core lifts so that you can produce a much higher volume of exercise and thus greater conditioning and fitness.
Some of the benefits of kettlebell training include:
Certified Kettlebell Teacher (CKT) Level 1 Certification:
The IKFF CKT Level 1 course is perfect for beginning, intermediate and even advanced k-bell practitioners. You will learn the proper mechanics/alignment, breathing and groove (k-bell trajectory and position) for all the classical lifts.
The IKFF prides itself as being an evolving and ever improving organization – thus, you can feel confident that you are truly learning a cutting edge system and methodology that will deliver results while at the same time ensuring you and your client’s safety.
The CKT Level 1 course focuses on two high level points:
1. Mastery of the basics – You will learn all the fundamental kettlebell exercises, several variations and most importantly, the key physical training principles underlying and associated with each movement.
What will you learn at a CKT certification?
• The classical kettlebell lifts and their variations!
The IKFF prides itself on producing coaches that are the gold standard in the industry. Thus, our criteria for passing is strict.
All CKT Level 1 candidates must pass a stringent assessment in order to successful complete the requirements and achieve the Level 1 CKT distinction. The assessment is to be the performance of all level 1 techniques (swing, clean, press, push press, snatch and squat). Jerk is taught in Level 1 because it is an important lift and one of the key lifts tested in Level 2 CKT courses. However, because of it's relative complexity, some Level 1 candidates will not quite have the timing and execution mastered before the completion of Level 1 courses. So you will be taught the lift, but will not be required to test on the Jerk until CKT 2. For all lifts, form is checked to assure effective understanding and performance of the movements. In addition to the technical assessment, all registrants must pass the following Level 1 test. This is simply a test of minimum standards for Level 1 and a building block for continuous progression in abilities. Thus, the focus is on lighter weights and lower volume with exceptional technique.
Men: Hand-hand Swing: 20kg x 100 – switching hands after each rep is completed
*The above is performed one right after the next with no rest or breaks inbetween exercises.
In the case that a candidate is unable to successfully demonstrate competence in one of more of the Level 1 techniques, the student will receive a Certificate of Participation and will need to subsequently demonstrate correction of the techniques. There are numerous avenues in order to accomplish this, including attending a review Level 1 course, testing in person with an IKFF regional representative or by providing video evidence of the corrected techniques.
Upon, registration you will receive:
Post Certification benefits:
CKT’s are required to update their certification status every three years. This will be based on calendar year (not the actual date). Thus, if you became a CKT in March 2010, you would need to be re-certified sometime before the end of 2013.
The goal of the re-certification is straight-forward – continuing education. We are consistently learning and being exposed to new information. Thus, it’s important our coaches stay abreast of updates to the CKT program and remain on the cutting edge on what’s happening in the fitness world.
The pricing for the re-certification is dependent on when you choose to attend. Those who re-certify early will get a significant discount. Below is a pricing break-down:
• Re-certification in the next calendar year: $300
Upon completion of a re-certification, your CKT status will be updated for 3 years AFTER your original expiration. As an example, if you attend a re-certification on March 2010 but it wasn’t set to expire until March 2011, your certification will be good until the end of 2014.
If you choose to attend a CKT in the same calendar year in which you were certified, this will be defined as a “CKT Review” and will not update your CKT status for obvious reasons (It’s the same calendar year).
• CKT review within same calendar year: $225
Being that this is a new policy, 2010 will be the start year for all CKT’s. Thus, all CKT’s have 3 years to update their status via the protocol listed above.
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