3.1 What is functional movement practice using kettlebells?
Functional movement practice using kettlebells is based mainly on swings, on multi-joint movement that requires a high level of inter-joint coordination and high energetic expenditure. Practice is composed of exercises that improve movement ability and skills, and physical fitness components (power, strength, endurance, flexibility, speed, coordination, agility, balance, accuracy, reaction time) and as in life, practice using kettlebells also integrates several physical fitness components. Through practice, the body learns to function as a whole coordinated unit with proper inter-limb timing: through the brain and nervous system the message is transmitted to muscles that provide the power to move the body – several different muscles are required for performing each exercise. Some are mobilizing muscles (which create movement in the joints that are supposed to move) and some are stabilizing muscles (which prevent movement in joints that are not supposed to move and on which force is applied to try to make them move). The dynamics and flow of functional movement practice consume considerable energy. Such practice involves more muscle groups and combines both physical and cognitive elements (concentration, accuracy, coordination, balance and others). Exercisers learn how to perform daily movements more correctly and more efficiently, such as how to lift things from the floor and put them down, etc. One of the great advantages of functional movement practice using kettlebells is that in a given period of time, practice improves a large number of physical abilities. It combines accuracy with flow, as in yoga; strength and force, as in weight lifting and martial arts; and energetic expenditure as in running.