Fit Tip: Keep it Old School with Kettlebell Workouts
September 25, 2012 / Category: Fitness Advisor
Change up your strength training routine and try out a kettlebell. A kettlebell is an ancient Russian exercise tool that is increasing in popularity for fitness enthusiasts. Shaped like a cannonball, it’s a cast iron weight with a handle. The kettlebell allows for ballistic movements and swinging motions you can’t do with traditional weights. Not only are the moves functional, but the dynamic nature of the swinging motion will increase your heart rate and burn some serious calories.
Many trainers will tell you that no single other tool can do it better. Kettlebells can replace barbells, dumbbells, medicine balls, and even cardio equipment. Choose the proper size kettlebell where you are able to complete eight to ten repetitions per exercise.
Know the benefits.
- The kettlebell helps to develop power in the hip thrust, the source of power for most athletics. Whether you jump, kick, throw or swing for your sport, the power comes from the hips.
- The kettlebell will help stabilize and strengthen your back. Some of the traditional Russian exercises condition your back from every possible angle. You can work on strength, flexibility and stability.
- Because the center of gravity is offset from the bell due to the handle, you can work shoulder strength, flexibility, and mobility.
- The handle and swinging motions also make the kettlebell popular for strengthening the wrist and forearm.
Start with the basics.
For more kettlebell workouts visit the Life Fitness Academy Kettlebell Exercises Playlist.