Kettlebells are like dumbbells, but better! These round weights with handles allow you to use them in ways you couldn't with a traditional hand weight. Kettlebell workouts include a lot of swinging the weight around which in turn engages your core muscles to help you get stronger, faster. Kettlebells are used in many popular weight training programs, and are perfect for developing an at home program that targets multiple muscle groups at the same time. Working out with a kettlebell requires concentration and when done properly can help to develop full body fitness, strength, and stability. Because kettlebells are designed in weights ranging from 2 lbs. all the way up to 100 lbs. you can start slowly to build up muscle strength, without worrying about hurting yourself with too much weight. Since you likely only need one set of weights at a time, kettlebells offer you a very affordable at home workout option, without having to make a huge investment in equipment, or find room in your home for a large exercise machine.
Finding exercise routines with kettlebells is easy, there are tons of websites and videos online that can guide you through using the weights to target different muscle groups. To get started, check out these moves from FitSugar. There are also more advanced routines that can be purchased on DVD or online so you can really make a difference in your body shape and muscle strength. We like this kettlebell workout from Jillian Michaels.
Why Workout with Kettlebells?
People who work out with kettlebells find that they get all the best of their workout, including increased flexibility, fat loss, and sleek muscle definition. Since kettlebells can target all major muscle groups and provide all types of body training, you also get more of a workout in less time, which is perfect for people who don’t have a lot of time to work out. You can find kettlebells wherever exercise equipment is sold, or you can try online retailers (although because of the weight you may find shipping fees are a bit high). Remember to start off very slowly – you don’t want to hurt yourself with excessive weight or too fast of movement. If in doubt consult a personal trainer, and always clear a new exercise routine with your physician first.Photo: vinszent