Written by Katie Dawkins
Why Should You Train with Kettlebells?
Kettlebells are an incredible training tool for many reasons. If you haven’t tried kettlebell training yet, what’s your excuse? We have loads of them hanging around the gym. It’s time to learn how to use one.
With one kettlebell you can have a complete, effective workout in a short amount of time. Most kettlebell movements are compound, multi joint movements. This means you get more bang for your buck. The kettlebell, with it’s thick handle and round bell, will challenge your grip strength and force your body to recruit stabilizer muscles to balance its offset center of gravity. This extra stabilization challenge is what sets the kettlebell apart from dumbbells and barbells. Your body will always be working to keep the kettlebell in a stable position.
Kettlebell training is strength training + cardio endurance combined.
There are two types of kettlebell movements: Grinds and Ballistics. Grinds are slow and controlled (think: Turkish Get Ups, Squats, Deadlifts, Overhead Presses). Ballistics are fast and explosive (think: swings, cleans, snatches, jerks). It’s best to start you workout with grinds when you are feeling fresh, and finish with cardio blasting ballistics.
Kettlebells will: build grip and forearm strength, improve your posture, build up your core strength, keep you mobile, and boost your power endurance. Time to get swinging.
Not sure how to use a kettlebell? Check out one of our KB Strength classes.
In every class, we’ll break down a skill, and then get into a sweaty, challenging workout. These classes will help you with technique, and give you a full body workout. Not into group fitness? I offer personal and small group training sessions. I’d love to teach you how to swing.
Try This Today!
Add this to the end of your workout. This should take less than 5 minutes. It will get your heart rate up and fire up your backside (think hamstrings, glutes, lats).
10 x 10 - 2 handed kettlebell swings, rest :10- :20 between sets