Kettlebell Basics

Kettlebells are cast iron weights, varying from 5 pounds to over 100 pounds, shaped like a cannon ball with a handle for easy grasping. The kettlebell originated in Russia and was popular in the U.S. years ago, but has hit a rebirth in the last couple of years. The reason? Kettlebells offer a different type of training using dynamic actions targeting virtually every facet of physical fitness – endurance, strength, balance, agility and cardio stamina. People enjoy it due to the fact that it's difficult, efficient and you just need one piece of equipment.

The concept is to hold the kettlebell in one or both hands and undergo a variety of swings, presses, or pulling motions. Some movements have you changing the weight from hand to hand as the weight swings up or as you move laterally, needing you to stabilize the body and engage the core in an entirely new way. Various other moves need power from the legs and hips to move the weight, giving you an integrated entire body movement that is often missing with various other types of training.

One of the primary benefits to using kettlebells is that the workouts mimic real life actions; squatting, lifting, pulling, and pressing. All utilizing virtually your entire body to achieve these motions. This is a complete body workout that creates what is called 'functional fitness'.

If you've been doing the same old boring workouts, kettlebell training can revitalize your workout regimen.

If you're interested in getting started with kettlebell training, it's best to take a class or get some guidance from a seasoned trainer to get in-depth breakdowns of the workouts. Many of the swinging movements may be unfamiliar and an expert can assist you with your form and in selecting your weights.

 

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