If youíre interested in changing up your fitness routine, engaging in an efficient form of training that works many muscle groups simultaneously, and improving your coordination, strength, endurance, agility, and bone density, you might want to consider including kettlebell training in your regime.
Originally from Russia, kettlebells are cast iron, ball-shaped weights with a u-shaped handle for easy gripping. Contrary to traditional strength training, kettlebell training utilizes swinging movements that create a centrifugal force, which demands the engagement of muscles used for stabilization and deceleration. This training includes many whole body movements, engaging the core as well as requiring power from the hips and legs, creating strength and tone. Because a wide range of weights are available (5-100+ lbs.), kettlebells can be used for overall conditioning or bodybuilding.
The efficiency of kettlebell training lies in the fact that because so many muscle groups are engaged simultaneously, a very thorough work out is had within a brief period of time. Secondly, there is no need for multiple, gym-quality machines; only one or two weights are needed, making this training affordable and doable at home.
While there are quite a few DVDís available on kettlebell training, it is best to invest in a couple of sessions initially with a trusted trainer to ensure you are using correct form while doing these unfamiliar swings, and are using the appropriate level of weight. Otherwise, as with many forms of exercise, it will be too easy to pull ligaments, muscles, incur an aching back, sore wrists, and the like. With proper form, there is no need to get injured doing kettlebell training, and a tremendously fit and strong body to be gained. For optimum conditioning, balance kettlebell training with plenty of gentle stretching.