Kettlebell training and exercises are great options for accessory work for a powerlifter. Each exercises below could find it’s place in a powerlifting programme or training regime.
Powerlfting requires high levels of specificty in order to be successful. This means that the bench press deadlift and squat should make up the bulk of your training plan, making kettlebells of little importance.
That being said they can still be a very usful tool to incorperate into your accessory work for the sake of adaptation and progression. Some of the exercises will have very different goals, some providing general movement capacity like the kettlebell windmill. Others like the single arm kettlebell press would be included in the vertical pressing volume for the week.
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Yes, in their accessory work once they have done the main part of their session which will revolve around the deadlift, bench press and squat. They can be used to add volume to the fundamental movement patterns like hinge and horizontal press or the can be great for core work and gpp like farmers carries.
Yes, but its probably not as effective as using a barbell. Powerlifitng as a sport is done with a barbell, so you can get stronger through kettlebell training but it will not apply as much to your powrlifts than if you did your strength training with a barbell. That being said doing some strength training with a kettlebell during the offseason or away from competiton can be a great way to stay health while taking a break from the main lifts.
No. The kettlbell swing is a great movement for improving explosivness, but will have little carry over to the deadlift especially if you have a high training age.
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