Fit Tip: Kettlebell At Home
Put a little swing into your workout with an old school Russian exercise tool that does wonders for the body: the kettlebell!
Kettlebells are easy to get your hands on (they are now in almost every gym and fitness store) and even easier to learn. If you’re looking for an at-home workout solution that doesn’t require expensive space or equipment, a kettlebell is a great answer. Let us break down the bell for you!
What is a Kettlebell?
A kettlebell is a cast iron weight that looks like a cannonball with a handle and can range in weight from 3 to 80 pounds. The unique shape of the kettlebell allows for ballistic movements and swinging motions you can’t do with traditional weights. The kettlebell is so versatile that it can even replace barbells, dumbbells, medicine balls and cardio equipment.
- Kettlebells work the body from head to toe, creating a full-body conditioning workout.
- Kettlebells provide big results in less time. Since kettlebell training involves multiple muscle groups and energy systems at once, you simultaneously burn off fat while toning.
- Kettlebells increase resistance to injury because they help strengthen joints and improve range of motion.
- Kettlebells increase strength without increasing mass. Since your aerobic system kicks in as your heart rate goes up and your anaerobic system kicks in as you lift the weight, the result is lean muscle and reduced body fat.
The first step in using kettlebells in the comfort of your own home is choosing the right size. You should be able to complete eight to ten repetitions per exercise without setting the kettlebell down. Since you will be swinging up a storm, make sure you have adequate clearance on all sides. You can string together your favorite kettlebell movements to make your own workout. Here is an awesome list of exercises.
Ready to kick butt with kettlebells?