There are many forms of exercise available today, zumba, aerobics both in and out of the water, spinning, and weight training just to name a few. There are also many different tools that are used for exercise, one of the most popular is a kettlebell.
So what IS a kettlebell? A kettlebell is a large cast-iron ball-shaped weight with a single handle that is used to perform cardiovascular, strength and training exercises. It is an exercise in and of itself, designed to strengthen tendons and ligaments to prevent injury and to isolate specific targeted muscle groups for strengthening.
It is easy to use a kettlebell the wrong way, so you want to make sure that if you are wanting to get into this form of exercise that you take a class or get a DVD with the many exercises that are available with kettlebells. Kettlebell’s come in different weight sizes, it’s better to start small and work your way up.
The above picture is what a typical kettlebell looks like. The technique involved with this unique tool is swinging, keeping good posture and back rounded as you swing. One of the benefits of a kettlebell is that it provides a great cardio and strength exercise to your routine, and pumps up your heart rate quickly. Another benefit is that it’s portable. You can take them anywhere to get in a good workout, even a favorite park at a lunch break will work!
Another benefit is that kettlebells are easier on the body, when used correctly. They are not as tough on joints as the more traditional cardio classes, the movements should be smooth and flow from one exercise to the next while feeling more natural on the body.
All in all, kettlebells offer a great workout, you can even use them twice a week for twenty minutes and feel good about the exercise you put in for the week. It’s good for your body, better for your health, and acts as a stress reliever, what can be better?