Even though there is no magic trick to get workout results, using kettlebells—weights in varying amounts, each with handles attached—does provide an efficient and effective way to get healthy. If you do not have much time for training, and want to get the most of your workout, the kettlebell may be just the device or you.
Here are some of the best reasons to use kettlebells:
• Kettlebells are perfect for improving health by working the cardiovascular system, by increasing heart rate and oxygen consumption during exercise. This gives you a higher intensity than traditional weight regimens, and will take your workout to the next level.
• Studies have shown that incorporating kettlebell training into your workout can burn as many calories as running a six-minute mile. This increased productivity makes kettlebells an excellent choice for your overall health.
• In kettlebell training, different muscle groups are worked simultaneously, primarily because of the individual moves used with the bell—especially the swing and press exercises. Swinging the bell between the legs, and up in the air, stresses many muscle groups at the same time, and is a great workout for muscle health.
• The kettlebell combines strength training and cardio and is ideal for stability, balance, and the health of every muscle group.
The most significant factor in adding the kettlebell to your workout is in selecting the right bell weight for your fitness level. Too little weight becomes tiresome and useless to your fitness routine. Too much weight and you run the risk of injury to the elbows, wrists and shoulders.
Kettlebell training shouldn’t replace regular cardio and strength training. However, if you are looking for a little more than usual in your workout, adding kettlebells may give you the inspiration you need to exercise more often.
One note of caution, you should always have a little training under your belt before adding the kettlebell—using the kettlebell cold may lead to a higher risk of injury.