Wayne Francomb is a Qualified Advanced Personal Trainer & International Sports Coach, IKFF Coach and a Jujitsu Expert. He is also certified in numerous Health & Fitness qualifications and has been in the health & fitness industry for over 15 years.
Wayne's passion for Jujitsu became apparent at the tender age of 4. His dedication and determination awarded him his 4th dan black belt at the age of 15.
After graduating, Wayne continued his academic studies to obtain the highest recognized personal training qualification. His expertise combined with his fun effective military teaching techniques, have made him one of the most sought after personal trainers in the North west today.
Wayne discovered his newly found passion for kettlebells after extensive research into the fitness market for ways to improve his personal fitness and martial arts training. Shortly afterwards, Wayne qualified as an International Kettlebell coach with world renowned instructors Steve Cotter and Ken Blackburn from the IKFF of USA.
Wayne has now adapted this new approach towards his existing personal training company, his client base varies from sport Professionals i.e. MMA fighters, boxers, athletes, Tour de France and marathon competitors, the armed forces, business men and women to everyday people, wether it is you need to get fighting fit, excel in your sport division, improve mobility, or want general all round fitness to a prolonged life, then kettlebells is for you. Whatever the clients background, each client is treated with the same enthusiasm and respect
What is a 'kettlebell'?
A 'kettlebell' or girya (Russ.) is a traditional Russian cast iron weight that looks like a cannonball with a handle. The ultimate tool for extreme all-round fitness.
The kettlebell goes way back, it first appeared in a Russian dictionary in 1704 (Cherkikh, 1994). So popular were kettlebells in Tsarist Russia that any strongman or weightlifter was referred to as a girevik, or 'a kettlebell man'.
Why train with kettlebells?
Because they deliver extreme all-round fitness. And no single other tool does it better. Here is a short list of hardware the Russian kettlebell replaces: barbells, dumbbells, belts for weighted pullups and dips, thick bars, lever bars, medicine balls, grip devices, and cardio equipment.
Vinogradov & Lukyanov (1986) found a very high correlation between the results posted in a kettlebell lifting competition and a great range of dissimilar tests: strength, measured with the three powerlifts and grip strength; strength endurance, measured with pullups and parallel bar dips; general endurance, determined by a 1000 meter run; work capacity and balance, measured with special tests.
Voropayev (1983) tested two groups of subjects in pullups, a standing broad jump, a 100m sprint, and a 1k run. He put the control group on a program that emphasized the above tests; the experimental group lifted kettlebells. In spite of the lack of practice on the tested exercises, the kettlebell group scored better in every one of them! This is what we call "the what the hell effect".
Kettlebells melt fat without the dishonor of dieting or aerobics. If you are overweight, you will lean out. If you are skinny, you will get built up. According to Voropayev (1997) who studied top Russian gireviks, 21.2% increased their bodyweight since taking up kettlebelling and 21.2% (the exact same percentage, not a typo), mostly heavyweights, decreased it. The Russian kettlebell is a powerful tool for fixing your body comp, whichever way it needs fixing.
Kettlebells forge doers' physiques along the lines of antique statues: broad shoulders with just a hint of pecs, back muscles standing out in bold relief, wiry arms, rugged forearms, a cut-up midsection, and strong legs without a hint of squatter's chafing.
Liberating and aggressive as medieval swordplay, kettlebell training is highly addictive. What other piece of exercise equipment can boast that its owners name it? Paint it? Get tattoos of it? Our Russian kettlebell is the Harley-Davidson of strength hardware.
Kettlebells are like weightlifting times ten.