Kettlebell Strength Training Anatomy (Paperback)

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By Michael Hartle, Pavel Tsatsouline (Foreword by)
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Reap the benefits of kettlebell training with Kettlebell Strength Training Anatomy! Used increasingly for strength training over the last decade, kettlebells enable you to mimic real-life movements, making it an extremely functional form of exercise. Unlike a dumbbell or barbell, where the weight is evenly distributed on both ends of the handle, the kettlebell has an asymmetrical design and offset center of gravity. Compensating for the uneven load requires that you put forth increased effort as you execute the exercise, thereby increasing strength, mobility, and stability.

In Kettlebell Strength Training Anatomy, veteran chiropractic physician and former nationally ranked powerlifter Michael Hartle provides an inside look at kettlebell training. Breaking down the muscles and tendons used in each exercise, Hartle helps you better understand the link between muscle development and performance.

From the deadlift to the snatch, you’ll find step-by-step instructions on how to execute the exercise, the muscles involved, the anatomical focus, and the level of difficulty. You’ll also find variations that allow you to modify the exercise to better fit your specific needs. Over 100 full-color anatomical illustrations depict the muscles used in the exercises. The Exercise Focus element shows how the exercise translates to a specific sport or activity. And an entire chapter of mobility exercises will help you reestablish neuromuscular patterns needed in your training session to help you move better and prepare yourself for further training.

With comprehensive coverage and expert insights, Kettlebell Strength Training Anatomy takes the guesswork out of training and provides a blueprint for developing strength, increasing power, and improving mobility. It is the ultimate resource for optimizing your kettlebell training.

Earn continuing education credits/units! A continuing education exam that uses this book is also available. It may be purchased separately or as part of a package that includes both the book and exam.

About the Author

Dr. Michael Hartle is a full-time chiropractic physician. He is also certified as a nutritionist (DACBN), chiropractic sports physician (CCSP), and strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS). He also holds the Master Instructor certification from StrongFirst ( He is the co-developer of the StrongFirst SFL barbell certification. Dr. Michael travels around the United States and the world teaching barbell and kettlebell certification courses. He is also currently working toward his PhD in exercise science at Concordia University Chicago. He has been practicing in Fort Wayne, Indiana, for the last 27 years.

A former nationally ranked powerlifter who has won several national titles with USA Powerlifting (USAPL), Dr. Michael was the vice president for two years in addition to being the drug testing chairperson for five years. He was also the chairperson of their Sports Medicine Committee for over 20 years, a committee he created in 1994. Starting in 1998, he was the head coach of the USAPL world bench press team for eight years, coaching the U.S. team to the 2004 International Powerlifting Federation World Championship team title. His best competition lifts are 705-pound squat, 535-pound bench press, and 635-pound deadlift, with a best combined total of the three lifts of 1,840 pounds in the former 275-pound weight class. For the next 10 years, he was playing semi-pro football as a defensive tackle—and loving it! His football team, the Adams County Patriots, won the National AA Semi-Pro Football Championship in 2008 and were undefeated for two years straight.

He treats patients from babies to senior citizens, and he trains and advises athletes of all levels, from youth athletes to NCAA student-athletes and professional athletes. He coached junior high football and track and field, volunteering his time, for 16 years. He has three sons and three grandchildren who keep him busy with their personal endeavors, including crawling, hockey, football, lacrosse, track and field, and, of course, academics.

Praise For…

“Doctor Hartle is one of the most experienced coaches in the iron game. Whether you are a newbie or seasoned pro coach, Kettlebell Strength Training Anatomy will help you lift safely and get stronger!”
—Pavel Macek, StrongFirst-Certified Master Instructor

“Kettlebell Strength Training Anatomy is an exceptional guide that not only provides a variety of kettlebell exercises but also includes anatomical references that are crucial for proper form and injury prevention. This book is a must-have for any serious athlete or coach.”
—Danny Castillo, MMA Coach, 22-Time UFC/Zuffa Fighter, and Two-Time NAIA All-American Wrestler

“When it comes to technical execution in movement performance, Dr. Hartle has the unique ability to prioritize what is most important to get the best possible outcome. Kettlebell Strength Training Anatomy is no exception.”
—Craig Rasmussen, CSCS, SFG, SFL, Coauthor of Secrets of Successful Program Design and Director of Coaching and Programming Education for Results Fitness and Results Fitness University

“There is no better way to establish a solid view of how kettlebells work in regard to the human body than Dr. Hartle’s Kettlebell Strength Training Anatomy. It is an amazing reference for anyone in the fitness industry.”
—Mark Valenti, TSAC-F, SFG2, SFL, Former Professional Highland Games Athlete

“Kettlebell Strength Training Anatomy is a comprehensive resource on how to incorporate kettlebell training to build maximum strength. This is a must-read for anyone who wants to become as strong as possible!"
—Tracy Cook, SFG2, SFL, 2022 USAPL National Champion and 2020 USAPL National Team Member

“Dr. Hartle showed me the way to rebuild my body, starting with the basics of safe movement and proper technique, and you can do the same using the principles you'll find in Kettlebell Strength Training Anatomy.”
—Larry McSpadden, Senior Vice President (Retired) of InGuard

Product Details
ISBN: 9781718208599
ISBN-10: 1718208596
Publisher: Human Kinetics
Publication Date: September 12th, 2023
Pages: 216
Language: English