The kettlebell is a cast iron weight used as a popular exercise tool in today’s fitness world. They are typically found in CrossFit gyms and athletic training facilities, but are becoming ever more popular at private training studios and health clubs.
Kettlebell exercises are intended to increase total body muscular strength and endurance, cardiovascular endurance, balance and stability, and agility. They are used as a functional, total body exercise to condition the body as a whole. Each precise kettlebell exercise or movement is designed to engage multiple muscles at one time.
Kettlebells vary in weight (like dumbbells), thus allowing every fitness enthusiast the opportunity to train with them. They typically range from two pounds all the way up to 100 pounds. Kettlebell safety is crucial and you should seek the advice of a certified kettlebell trainer. It is also important to start slow (low weight and easy movements) then gradually progress to heavier weights and more difficult movements. Proper use of kettlebells require strength, coordination, and a lot of practice.
Each exercise involves multiple joint movements, thus allowing the body to be susceptible to injury if not performed correctly.
Benefits of Kettlebell Training:
- Improve muscular strength
- Improve muscular endurance
- Improve balance and stability
- Reduce the risk of injury
- Improve circulation
- Increase energy levels
- Improve sleep
- Good way to modify existing workout routine
Beginner Kettlebell Workout:
Below is a beginner kettlebell workout routine and I recommend performing two to three sets of 15 to 20 repetitions at a light to moderate weight. Good luck!!
February 2nd, 2010