The benefits of using Kettlebells in your workouts
A kettlebell is a cast-iron weighted ball with an attached handle. It is used to perform a variety of ballistic and functional exercises. In comparison to a dumbbell, the weight of a kettlebell is not distributed evenly, meaning the weight is shifted centrally, beyond the hand. This makes exercises, such as swings and snatches, more challenging. Most kettlebell exercises combine cardio, strength and flexibility training, making it a great all-in-one training tool. Here are a few reasons why you should consider adding kettlebells to your exercise arsenal.
Kettlebell workouts combine cardio, strength and flexibility training.
Cardiovascular (aerobic) exercise has many health-related benefits, such as reducing the risk of obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, stress, depression, anxiety and some forms of cancer. Strength (resistance) training is designed to improve muscular strength and endurance, muscle tone, weight loss, joint function, bone density and mood. Flexibility training lengthens and stretches your tissues, which may help prevent injury, increase range-of-motion and create better balance for posture.
Running, cycling and swimming improves cardio, weight training improves strength, yoga improves flexibility . . . . kettlebell workouts combine all 3! This means you will gain the benefits from all types of training in a shorter period of time.
Kettlebell exercises are great for melting fat, building lean muscle and improving cardiovascular health
Dynamic kettlebell exercises help strengthen postural and stability muscles.
Dynamic kettlebell exercises are great for developing functional strength, core stability and muscle balance. For example, the kettlebell swing is a dynamic and ballistic momentum exercise that works the posterior chain muscles or the muscles you can’t see when standing in front of a mirror. This includes the glutes, hips, hamstrings, back and core muscles. Strengthening these muscles will help improve other exercises, such as squats and deadlifts.
Kettlebell exercises help build lean muscle and melt fat.
If fat burn and muscle tone are a few of your goals, then training with kettlebells will help you achieve them. Kettlebell circuits are a good way to burn calories and improve lean muscle tone without bulking up. Most exercises recruit a large number of muscle groups, which increases metabolism and calorie burn. You will even continue burning calories after the workout!
Kettlebell workouts require minimal amounts of space.
You don’t require a gym to do kettlebell training. Most static exercises can be performed in the comfort of your own home. Kettlebells are relatively small too so they can be stored anywhere in your home and can even be used as a door stop!
I am a fully qualified kettlebell instructor. If you want to try a kettlebell workout, get in contact with me to book a session. I have workouts for beginners and experienced individuals so anyone can take part.