After meeting Sean Temple and training with him a while ago, I am an inspired and convinced Kettlebell enthusiast! If you have heard the buzz about this renewed form of training, but don’t know the facts, here is some information that will have you itching to try it!
What are kettlebells?
Kettlebells are cast iron weights in a ball-like shape with a handle for easy gripping. They range in size from about 2kgs all the way up to over 50kgs. The kettlebell originated in Russia and was popular in the U.S. decades ago, but has recently returned to trainers and trainees around the world with renewed vigour. Kettlebells offer a different kind of training using dynamic moves targeting almost every aspect of fitness – endurance, strength, balance, agility and cardio endurance. People love it because it’s challenging, efficient and you only need one piece of equipment.
How do I use them?
Kettlebell training involves swinging, pressing and pulling with your kettlebells in one or both hands. Some move require you to change the weight from hand to hand as you swing it up, or as you move sideways. This forces your body to engage your core and stabilise, more so than regular core exercises. Other moves require power from the legs and hips to move the weight, giving you integrated whole body movements that are often missing with other types of training.
What are the benefits?
Don’t worry – I don’t mean bodybuilder-type muscles or popping veins! There is an urban legend amongst ladies that strength training bulks you up instead of slimming you down, and this could not be less true! Kettlebell training helps to give you total body control and physical strength, and is not going to bulk you up unless you are enhancing your training with extra supplementation.
Superior Cardiovascular Fitness:
Whilst a strong body is excellent, a strong heart is even more crucial to your wellbeing. The various aerobic-style movements of kettlebell training will get your heart pumping, with the result being an indestructible cardiovascular system.
Strength training, if done effectively, can build stronger bones along with stronger muscles. Ladies, especially, are prone to osteoporosis and similar ailments and should take strength training seriously as early on in life as possible. It is possible to not only prevent these degenerative effects but also reverse them as well, so take it seriously!
The transformative benefits of a kettlebell workout are pushing it up my list of most effective training routines, and after your very first session I guarantee you will feel muscles working that you never knew existed!