Kettlebells training combines the benefits of dumbbell training with a high intensity cardio workout to help you build muscle, increase power and get lean.
When I was working as a Fitness Coach, many times I would meet people wondering what those cannonball-like weights were and how to use them. Let’s see if I can answer your questions…
The history of Kettlebells is pretty interesting and goes quite far back. They were used in Russia in the 1700 for crops weighing. The farmers started using those weights for showing off their strength during festivals and since then the Soviet army begin to use kettlebells as part of their physical training.
From 1940 onwards Kettlebell have been used for training and competition throughout Europe and later on in USA, from the 1960.
The first instructor certification program in Kettlebells was developed in 2001, so we can consider this workout method as pretty new.
What’s the difference between a kettlebell training and a standard dumbbell training?
You can do any standard exercise with the kettlebells: from bench presses to rows, but the super-thick handles challenge your grip, and the position of the weight in relation to the handle (off-centre) works your core extra hard.
Have you ever heard about the word ballistic? Fast, or even better explosive, exercises are possible with a kettlebell. Snatches, Swings, clean and Jerks work major muscles, burn more body fat, and help building power, but they also add a new dimension to classic moves like chest presses and flys working the targeted muscle through a larger range of motions and you don’t need a wall-length rack of them to get a great workout.
Ballistic exercises are not the only one that you can benefit from, there are some unique Kettlebell exercises, such as the Turkish get-up and the Windmill, that will help you developing a rock-hard abs section and increase shoulder flexibility and stability.
As a result, many chiropractic are using kettlebells with their patients for rehabilitation.
Personally, I like to get results from my training and see them quite quickly.
I can ensure you that a balanced kettlebell training program combined with a solid healthy nutrition plan is a sure recipe for an hard-rock body, improving your fitness level and your strength too.
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