Using Kettlebells to Liven Up Your Workout Routine
Originally used for counterweights on market scales, for over 300 years kettlebells were the go-to tool of Russian bodybuilders, first appearing in a Russian dictionary around 1704. Today, they're an integral part of the arsenal of modern day workouts. There are few pieces of equipment as effective as kettlebells when it comes to losing weight and getting in shape. Working out with kettlebells can have a dramatic effect on how you look and feel. So let’s take a closer look at these amazing weights.
A Few Fun Facts About Kettlebells
- They have been around a long time. Kettlebells can be traced back to 1700’s Russia. They were very often the weights of choice in old school gyms, where the cannonball with handle looking weights seemed at home. You can now find them in just about every modern gym.
- The weights of the stars. Celebrities swear by kettlebells in their workouts, with the likes of Sylvester Stallone, Penelope Cruz, Jennifer Aniston, and a host of pro athletes all singing their praises.
- Kettlebells are calorie burners. Working out with kettlebells means targeting your entire body in an intense workout. Experts agree that you can burn about 20 calories per minute using kettlebells, 3X more than you would expect to burn in an aerobics class.
Working Out with Kettlebells
- Buy your kettlebells. It’s easy to find these weights, either online or at a sporting goods store. The cost of the kettlebells is often dependent on weight, so it might be a good idea to buy a set so that you can up the weight as you progress.
- Get a full body workout. One of the great benefits of kettlebell workouts is that they target a lot of muscles at once, while giving you strength and cardio training. They are also great for the core muscles, which helps with balance.
- Circuit training. There are several different moves that you can incorporate into a kettlebell workout, including swinging the weights and passing them from hand to hand.
- New equipment, same approach. Many of the exercises that you did with dumbbells can be adapted to work with kettlebells. People who have trained with dumbbells will feel a familiarity with the kettlebell moves.
- Perform other activities. Use kettlebells as part of a wider workout regimen. Perhaps do kettlebells every other day, with activities like yoga and walking performed in between workout days.
Tips to Get the Best Results from Your Workout
- Consult a doctor first. If you are over the age of 50 or have been sedentary for a while, talk to your doctor before starting with kettlebells.
- Get help from a qualified instructor. You can and will injure yourself if you do not use the proper technique when working out with kettlebells. Talk to a trainer or look for classes at your local gym or community center.
- Select the weight that is best for you. It is better to start with a lighter weight and build up as your body adjusts. It also makes it easier to learn proper kettlebell exercise form.
- Remain mindful. It is easy to let your mind wander when you work out, but it can also be dangerous. Stay focused on the task at hand and avoid the potential for injury or accidents when using kettlebells.
- Look after your hands. While kettlebells provide an excellent full body workout, they can also be rough on your hands. Prevent or treat callouses using moisturizing lotion or pumice stones. Any and all cuts should ne treated with antibiotic ointment to help prevent the risk of infection. Using workout gloves is always a good idea.
Working Out With Kettlebells Delivers Bang for Your Buck
Working out with kettlebells can deliver a fantastic workout in a short amount of time, making them perfect for people with a busy lifestyle. Kettlebells are versatile, come in just about any weight or color you might want, and can deliver cardio, core, and strength training all in one small piece. That's hard to beat. Pick up some weights and swing yourself to a leaner body.
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