Are you hoping to get fit this year? Do you want a leaner, tighter figure? Are you looking for a way to change up your workout routine? Or do you simply want to burn some extra calories after a food-filled festive season? It sounds like it’s time for you to try… kettlebells!
Just what are kettlebells?
Kettlebells are the cannonball-shaped weights with a single handle. Used as an underground fitness tool in Russia for hundreds of years, kettlebells have really hit the mainstream fitness scene and is a must-have for every fitness enthusiast.
1. IT’S A GREAT SOURCE OF CARDIO
If you love high intensity interval training (HIIT) and all the advantages that come with it, kettlebell training is definitely for you!
Similar to HIIT, kettlebell training consists of short, intensive bursts of energy followed by quick rest periods. This allows your heartrate to elevate as fast and high as it would from jump training, and for your oxygen intake to increase. A study by the American Council of Exercise (ACE) found that eight weeks of kettlebell training two times a week improved aerobic capacity by almost 14% (that’s a lot!).
So, if you are looking to increase or maintain cardiovascular fitness, this type of training is ideal.
2. IT BUILDS MUSCLE
As well as being an effective source of cardio, kettlebell training will also provide you with a whole body strength and conditioning workout. Unlike traditional weights training which isolates particular muscles, kettlebell training targets multiple major muscle groups at once.
Through the actions of lifting and controlling the kettlebell your whole body – especially the core – is forced to contract as a group, allowing you to build both strength and stability. The result of this is that your whole body will become leaner, more toned and functionally stronger – making day-to-day tasks much easier.
3. YOU’LL FEEL THE BURN
Despite what we’ve been told for years, cardio is not the only way to slim down. By incorporating weights training into your workout routine you could enjoy a number of positive effects, including a trimmer figure and increased fat loss.
This is due to the fact there is a high metabolic cost from lifting or throwing weights around, particularly when you are using your whole body.
Still not convinced?
Scientists conducted a study to determine just how effective kettlebell training is as a workout. The study found that kettlebell training can burn up to 400 calories in a 20 minute session (yes!). That’s a whopping 20 calories a minute – the same that you would burn from running 1.6km in 6 minutes!
4. IT’S EASIER ON YOUR BODY
Kettlebell routines are usually designed so there is a smooth flow from one exercise to the next. These smooth transitions and fluid movements make it feel more natural for your body to move through the steps. This reduces the amount of tension that is placed on your joints, something many people experience during traditional weight training sessions.
However, to reap these benefits, good form is essential.
So if you are looking to get into kettlebell training (as we certainly are), take a session with a PT first to learn the correct technique.
Your body will thank you later!
5. IT'S GREAT FOR YOUR POSTURE
In an age where the majority of our time is spent either hunched at a desk or in front of a computer, it’s difficult to maintain (or in my case, even have) good posture.
As a result of this, the two most important muscles in our posterior chain, the gluteus maximus and the latissimus dorsi (AKA your glutes and lats), go unused.
Luckily, kettlebell training can change this!
Kettlebell training activates these dormant muscles – which must be stabilised to ensure correct form – and strengthens them.
This is achieved by using your glutes to forcefully lock out the hips, and by completing movements that have your body upright and extended, with your chest open.
Trust us, you’ll be standing taller in no time!
Kettlebell training can help you increase your cardiovascular capacity, get stronger, lose weight and improve your posture.
With so many benefits, it is difficult to think of a reason not to include kettlebells in your workout.
What to remember when buying a kettlebell:
If you’re looking for basic, you can stick to the cast iron kettlebell. No thrills here, but they do the trick, come in basic black or gray cast iron.
If you’re in need of something to help protect your floor, equipment or surroundings then you should consider coated kettlebells! From a basic black coat to colorful bright additions of flair, these are cast iron kettlebells that are coated with polyurethane, rubber, vinyl or neoprene.
All of our Kettlebells are made from quality materials that are guaranteed to be safe, comfortable and will last for a long time.
If you have never tried ordering Kettlebells online before, feel f ree to call us at 02 888 10 333 and ask questions about our products. We will be happy to assist you.