Let me be straight upfront. If I only had to choose ONE piece of equipment to train with the rest of my life, it would be a Kettlebell. And that’s coming from a skeptic.
In a relatively short period of time (I’ve been working out for over 15 years and have been using Bells for the last year or so) I completely fell head over heels for Kettlebells in all shapes and sizes.
okay that might be a lie *
So what are Kettlebells and why are they so special?
Let me break it down for you.
Kettlebells are canon-ball-shaped weights with a handle on them. They should remind you of a tea-kettle.
Their shape allows you to perform movements that can’t be replicated with dumbbells or barbells, giving you an all-round fitness experience which no tool can do better.
One of the key benefits is that it makes the entire body work together in most exercises, which makes it possible to train strength ánd cardio at the same time. How convenient is that?
forget about those hours on the crosstrainer
Because most movements put the entire body to work, the workout is very time-effective. A short 30-45 workout will give you all the effects that a 90 minute machine based gym session would do, and most probably more.
Kettlebell workouts increase athletic performance, melt fat and dramatically increase the cardiovascular health.
oh, and did I mention it gives you abs and glutes of steel?
…There’s a downside to all of this. HARD WORK.
The movements are not easy since multiple joints and muscles are being put to work. So getting someone experienced and certified to teach you would be strongly recommended. (like me)
“Kettlebell training is not for sissies but it is not elitist. Dr. Krayevskiy, father of Kettlebells, took up training at the age of forty-one and twenty years later he was said to look fresher and healthier than at forty”
-The Strongfit Certification Handbook
If this is you, contact me and we’ll make it happen.
The price of admission is a strong spirit and attention to detail.
* Because of their movement types, Kettlebells should start at around 16-20kg for men and 12-16kg for women.
for lower weights, you may as well grab a dumbbell.