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Kettlebell Training

Kettlebell Training

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.

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Terri Hall

Terri Hall lives in the Hudson Valley with her family. In addition to writing, Terri works with public television and radio stations/networks in the area of new media, and leads workshops on authentic and empowered living.


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12:02PM PDT on Mar 26, 2013

I meant lose it.

12:01PM PDT on Mar 26, 2013

move it or loose it. motion is lotion.

2:44AM PDT on Mar 26, 2013

Yes, kettle bell workouts are great to get in shape and to stay fit ! Its easy to follow and to do the exercises, watching the step by step instructions on DVD.Excellent for fat burning too!

2:39PM PST on Jan 19, 2013

I have old cast-iron irons ...but I would just hurt myself ..

9:03PM PST on Jan 18, 2013

i have been using kettlebells for few years now ..yes they are very effective ..and it is easier to maintain correct posture and form ,when you are working with kettlebells has been adopted for crossfit ..and you can train hard with it in various ways with less risk of injuries.

2:24AM PST on Nov 5, 2012

Very interesting, thanks!

6:48PM PDT on Oct 12, 2012

I am a klutz,I will hurt myself swinging cast iron

6:10AM PDT on Aug 7, 2011


7:52PM PDT on Apr 20, 2011

Terri, I never heard of kettlebells and can't wait to try
them. I love exercising and I am always looking for
new methods and equipment.

7:47PM PDT on Apr 18, 2011

Gardening is enough exercise for me, ta!

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