Lorna Kleidman Wants College Students to 'Swing in the New Year' with Kettlebells

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In a recent Oregon State University study, college physical education courses have dropped dramatically over the last century contributing to the rising statistics of obesity. Lorna Kleidman, in an effort to bring awareness to physical fitness, promotes the benefits of kettlebell exercises.

On January 9, following a recent study on the decline of physical education courses in colleges, Lorna Kleidman, creator of KettleX and kettlebells champion, challenges college students across the country to “swing in the new year” with kettlebells.

The study, conducted by Brad Cardinal, professor of exercise and sport science at Oregon State University, claims that “more than half of four-year colleges and universities in the United States have dropped their physical education requirements when compared to historic levels.”

According to the article, published by Red Orbit, Cardinal believes that “a weight and obesity epidemic has stricken our nation and policy makers and health experts are typically in full agreement that the overall amount of exercise for individuals must be increased.”

The article states that the study contracted data from 354 randomly selected four-year universities. A peak in exercise education, according to the study, found that 97 percent of students in 1920 were required to engage in physical education. Today, according to Cardinal’s research, “we see a staggering 34 percent of adolescents and teens between the ages of 12 and 19 who are overweight, with 17 percent falling into the obese range.” According to the 2012 Shape of the Nation Report, these rates have roughly doubled since 1980.

Lorna Kleidman, three time kettlebells champion and creator of KettleX, says that bulky equipment is too often substituted for singular weights like kettlebells. “When you see this enormous contraption and are suddenly unsure how this machine is going to help you shed unwanted holiday weight, and it won’t”, comments Kleidman. “Using kettlebells for just a few minutes a day can not only help you achieve you desired weight but offers a much more well-rounded method for fitness.”

Cardinal adds, “We see more and more evidence about the benefit of physical activity, not just to our bodies, but to our minds, yet educational institutions are not embracing their own research.” He continues, “It is alarming to see four-year institutions following the path that K-12 schools have already gone down, eliminating exercise as part of the curriculum even as obesity rates climb.”

Kleidman proclaims to college students everywhere that getting in shape begins with picking up the weight. “Let’s swing in the New Year and lose that holiday weight!”

Lorna Kleidman is a Three-Time World Champion and World Record holder in kettlebell sport and the most decorated kettlebell athlete in the country. She developed the innovative methods used in KettleX as a way to bring the benefits of the bells to everyone in an easy-to-use, comprehensive and fun format. Lorna has been teaching individuals and group classes for the past six years.

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