7 Reasons to try a Kettlebell Workout
The Reading Kettlebell Workout
1. THEY’LL HELP YOU GET A CELEBRITY BODY.
Worried these weights will make your body look like one of the Russian bodybuilders? Svelte and strong fans of kettlebell workouts include Jessica Biel, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Aniston, Penelope Cruz, Kim Cattrall, and Kim Basinger.
2. YOU’LL HAVE AN EASIER TIME PERFORMING DAILY ACTIVITIES.
Working out with a kettlebell is the definition of what fitness pros call a functional workout. That means it works your muscles in the same way as when you do everyday activities, like picking up a toddler, carrying your laptop bag, hoisting a gallon of milk, or lugging a heavy grocery bag.
3. YOU’LL FIRE UP MORE MUSCLES WITH EACH SWING.
One of the biggest mistakes novices make with kettlebell training is not taking a session or two with a certified trainer. The trainer can help you to learn proper form as well as be more creative with the movements. Sure, you can hold the weight in front of your chest as you do squats or lunges or use it to do arm curls, but if that’s all you do, you’ll be missing out on all the incredible three-dimensional movements it’s made for—and the effects those exercises can have on your body. By swinging the bell in different patterns, and then controlling the momentum to change directions, you tap into big powerhouse muscles (like your legs and butt) and smaller stability muscles (like your abs) throughout the workout.
4. YOU’LL LOSE MORE WEIGHT WHILE SLASHING WORKOUT TIME.
Kettlebell workouts can tighten an tone your entire body but the dynamic all-muscles-on-deck movements also burn a heck of a lot of calories—on par with running a 6-minute mile. Exercisers burned about 20 calories a minute, or 400 in a 20-minute session.
5. YOU’LL REALIZE YOU’RE STRONGER THAN YOU THOUGHT YOU WERE.
When you’re combining momentum with the strength of multiple muscle groups, you can lift more weight than you think you can.
6. YOUR POSTURE WILL IMPROVE.
Using so many muscle groups in conjunction means your core has to stay engaged 360 degrees to stabilize each and every movement..
7. YOU’LL BOOST YOUR REAR AND FLATTEN YOUR ABS IN ONE MOVE.
The Russian kettlebell swing is the foundation for many other kettlebell exercises, and it simultaneously firms your butt and your abs.