You’ve probably seen them in the gym, big and very impressive at the first sight. Yes, kettlebells actually are really impressive, but it shouldn’t stop you from trying this kind of a workout. Kettlebells can help you achieve amazing results if the technique is right. Want to know why they are so amazing? Then continue reading!
A kettlebell reminds a bowling ball: Only it is made of iron and has a handle on it. It also comes in different sizes, starting from really small ones (8lbs) and ending with impressive ones (105lbs). Kettlebells have been used in Russia for a long time and came to the UK and US in the 1800s; however, Ancient Greece is believed to be their true origin. Back then, similar handles were added to cinderblocks, because people wanted to move them around with it.
These days kettlebells are considered one of the best equipment for weight training, along with dumbbells and barbells. However, in some ways, they are even more effective.
When it comes to barbells, the answer is quite simple: They cannot be used everywhere. For example, if you intend to train at home, it could be hard for you to find a place where you can put the barbells and a bench. Moreover, it could also be very expensive and dangerous as well; you’ll always need someone to secure you when you’re doing the barbell workout.
Why not dumbbells then? True, they can be used for training the same muscles group the kettlebells train. The last ones, however, are more heavy – and more effective because of it. And if all of this doesn’t sound convincing enough, just look at these 5 amazing advantages of kettlebell training.
You don’t need to have a big room to store them, you don’t need to invest much money into it, and you don’t need anyone to secure you during training. All you have to do is to choose a kettlebell of the right size and start your workout.
If you’re doing it right, it will feel more natural and easy for the body to handle. Not all kinds of workouts could guarantee such result. For example, jumping could lead to breaking down the joints sometimes, while running could lead to pulling a muscle. Kettlebell basic training, however, is based on smooth transitions and fluid swinging movements, therefore being less traumatic.
While it might seem like kettlebell workout is the upper body routine, actually, it isn’t like that. Even basic swings help making the whole posterior chain (shoulders, back, glutes, and hamstrings) stronger, and all you have to do to achieve such result is to never round your back and continue swinging. Moreover, you could also try a full body training based on kettlebell usage; it is easy to find examples of such ones online.
Kettlebell workouts are good not only for your muscles, but for your heart too. Did you know, that performing kettlebell swings makes your heart rate go up just as effectively as different forms of jump training? If you do it right and do it intensively enough, you burn as many calories as you would during a cardio workout. Moreover, you strengthen your muscles at the same time.
Some of us prefer to take it slow, enjoying simple kettlebell swinging, while some like more intensive training like HIIT or Tabata. If you train with dumbbells or barbells, you will have to choose between them, as it would be impossible to lift a barbell quickly during an intensive training. However, you won’t have to choose if you train with kettlebells. Swings and other kettlebell exercises could be easily tailored to other types of workouts.
There’s another amazing thing about kettlebells. While they are easy to work with and effective at the same time, they could also be used by everyone, no matter what their current physical level is. However, if you do not want to strain yourself, you’ll have to pick a kettlebell carefully. Try going to the nearest sports equipment shop or to the gym and picking different kettlebells. If you could hold one with two hands easily, this means you should try a heavier one. A kettlebell of a right size has to be hard, but not impossible to hold.
I hope that this article will encourage you to give kettlebell training a chance! Good luck!