I welcome you to the kettlebell studio.
Have you ever seen a kettlebell at the gym? I’ll guess no, but they have actually been around for a really long time. This incredible fitness tool actually first appeard back in early 18th century where Russian strongment were (appropriately) called ‘kettlebell men’. This article is about the kettlebell and the incredible power of kettlebell training.
Over the past few decades, thousands of professional and amateur athletes, police and military forces and people just like you and me have utilized kettlebells to build powerful, lean and agile bodies. Sadly, they never gained mainstream attention like some other fitness tools you might be familiar with.
Kettlebell training is drastically different from moder resistance training. First, modern resistance training puts focus on specific muscle groups while kettlebell training places focus on specific movement patterns. Second, Secondly, 2nd, old-school weight training places focus on building strength whereas kettlebell training puts focus on developing functional strength. Finally, modern resistance training separates cardio and strength training whereas kettlebell training combines them. These are important differences to understand.
What is the number one benefit of kettlebell training? We all know that the issue of ‘lack of time’ is the most excessively used excuse for not maintaining a healthy lifestyle. What makes kettlebell training so appealing is that it slashes your time in the gym by integrating weight, flexibility and cardio training all into one incredibly effective training routine. Plus, you won’t need any other piece of equipment. In less than 30 minutes, you’re on your way to an incredible body. The other great thing about kettlebells is their incredible versatility. Thousands of kettlebell routines are out there for you to take advantage of.
Now before I end this post, I’d like to show you my favorite kettlebell routine. Any kettlebell exercise can be used for this simple routine, but for the purposes of this article let’s use the powerful kettlebell swing. What we’re going to do is alternate between 30 seconds of (intense) kettlebell swings and 15 seconds of rest. Keep alternating between swings and rest for 6 minutes – or whatever you can manage. I guarantee you’ll be breathing heavy and your heart rate will skyrocket. Once your cardiovascular fitness reaches a certain level, you can start doing multiple sets of this routine.
That’s the story of kettlebells. Thanks for taking the time to read this post. I hope you enjoyed it!