Kettlebell Expert Lorna Kleidman Comments on NFL Player’s Impressive Fitness Regimen

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Patrick Willis of the 49ers is one of the best linebackers in the NFL, in part because of his intense workout routine, says a recent article in Men's Health News. Kettlebell champion Lorna Kleidman responds with advice for lay-exercisers, urging them to be inspired by Willis' example.

On March 4, kettlebells expert Lorna Kleidman responds to Patrick Willis’ training regimen – which has helped him become one of the best linebackers in the NFL and helped get his team to play in this year’s Big Game.

According to an article from Men’s Health News, “the average NFL play lasts 4 seconds. During that time, Willis might have to throw a 315-pound lineman out of the way, jump 39 inches to hurdle a halfback, or race 40 yards to slam down the ball carrier.” It goes on to describe the intense workout program that helps Willis prepare for every game.

Willis tries to improve every day, says the article, doing everything from squats to intense core muscle workouts to bench presses. While strength is certainly an important factor in his game, Willis said that his explosiveness comes primarily from his core muscles.

“The 28-year-old does a variety of drills every week that activate his core in different ways: V-ups, hanging leg raises, and hyperextensions build toughness, and bicycle crunches and Russian twists boost rotational strength,” reports the article.

“Not all of us are professional linebackers,” laughed fitness expert Lorna Kleidman. “But it definitely can’t hurt to train like one, as long as you plan your routine carefully and don't push yourself beyond healthy limits.”

Kleidman, a kettlebell trainer, praised Willis’ training ethic. Not only does he put in a consistent and intense effort to improve his body, says Kleidman, but it seems as though the All-Pro linebacker is very smart about how he approaches his training. Kleidman points out that your core is one of the most important target areas when working out. “Kettlebells provide another workout that puts a lot of focus on your core muscles, and you’d be surprised how quickly your body adapts and develops these muscles once you start a consistent routine,” she said.

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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