16 Apr Kettlebells Vs. Treadmill: The Latest Research

(#62) Kettlebell training versus graded treadmill exercise, which is more effective?

There’s a brand new published study that answers this question.

In this week’s episode I’ll break down the new data and explain the practical applications.

What does this really tell us?

What can we learn from it?

And, where did the study fall short?

I’ll answer these questions and more in this week’s show.

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For your reference, the study is “Comparison of Two-Hand Kettlebell Exercise and Graded Treadmill Walking: Effectiveness as a Stimulus for Cardiorespiratory Fitness.

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  • Patty R
    Posted at 10:53h, 17 April Reply

    As a KB enthusiast the title of the study itself speaks volumes about how NON-conclusive this study is. I agree it’s a start though. Take any cardio addict and put KBs or other weights in their hand and ask them to perform a circuit and see what unfolds.

    • Scott
      Posted at 16:46h, 18 April Reply

      Yep, just a starting point. LOTS of questions and variables that could really tell a better story. Some good came out of it though and it is VERY encouraging to see more data in this area.

  • joseph
    Posted at 20:53h, 17 April Reply

    Nice podcast Scott! How do indoor rowers like the Concept-2 stack up to kettlebells? Do you think kettlebells would come out on top?

    • Scott
      Posted at 14:14h, 18 April Reply

      Thanks Joseph.
      That would be interesting.
      Lots of variables to consider, but all things being equal, think KB’s win for the same reasons.
      The added benefit of improved strength with kettlebells. Plus, all the other “intangibles” from KB’s.
      If I had a choice to do KB swings (or snatches) or Concept-2 for strength and conditioning, that would a very easy decision -:))

      • joseph
        Posted at 07:39h, 19 April Reply

        Thanks for the helpful feedback Scott! This made me think of Mark Reifkind’s article ‘The RKC As a Stand Alone System’…”Six basic exercises: swings, getups, cleans, presses, snatches, and squats. What could be simpler? And what could be harder when done with optimal form, loads, and intensities? The combinations are endless as are the loading possibilities. For those looking for a true mind body challenge as well as the fastest way to get in the best possible shape I can’t think of a better system to use.”

        • Scott
          Posted at 20:32h, 22 April Reply

          That’s always a great article to reference (by Rif).
          Thanks for sharing Joseph.

  • Sammy
    Posted at 11:13h, 18 April Reply

    Not to crap on the study cited in the podcast, but I think a better study would have been kettlebells vs. running or sprinting on a treadmill instead of brisk walking. I don’t think it takes a study to determine that kettlebell training is more effective than walking.

    • Scott
      Posted at 14:07h, 18 April Reply

      No doubt about it Sammy, I agree!
      I think (hope) we’ll start to see more appropriate comparisons in the future as “researchers” start to discover there’s something more to the bells!
      Great comment.

  • Jim Gagne
    Posted at 16:03h, 22 April Reply

    Hard to imagine anything I’ve tried being more effective than KB’s, but it would be interesting to compare KB swings with brisk steep uphill walking, such as up a mountain or stadium steps.

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