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Here are FIT’s top 5 reasons why everybody needs to try getting sweaty with a kettlebell
If you’ve eyed-off the kettlebell equipment at the gym, but never really knew how or why you would pick one up, now is the time. Kettlebells are amazing for a full-body strength workout with benefits and the science is there to prove it. The other perk? Gaining some serious gym cred: the cannonball with a handle is completely old school cool.
Here are FIT’s top 5 reasons why everybody needs to try getting sweaty with a kettlebell:
1. Cardio, strength and balance at the same time
The reason kettlebell training is so effective is because it combines cardio, strength and balance in one workout. A research study sponsored by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) has shown that kettlebell training significantly boosts aerobic capacity, whilst also improving core strength and dynamic balance.
2. A time effective full-body workout
Training with kettlebells is perfect for the time poor and those who like their workouts to be short and sweet, but still kick butt. Kettlebell training has been proven to burn over 20 calories every 60 seconds, which is pretty amazing stuff! Doing a full-body kettlebell workout can take 30 minutes or less and will have you burning fat and toning muscle. The ACE research has even suggested that kettlebell devotees could be enjoying twice the results in half the time compared to using other exercise methods.
3. It’s for all fitness levels
Are you a beginner, a pro, or somewhere in between? Either way, kettlebell training is right for you. That’s because kettlebell exercises are easily tailored to any fitness level. For those just starting out with an exercise regime, kettlebells are a great way to introduce resistance to movements like squats and deadlifts. For experienced trainers, the more complex moves like the kettlebell clean and press will provide a difficult challenge and rewarding results.
4. It makes you strong and lean
One only needs to take a look at Gerard Butler in the Hollywood epic 300 and know he prepared his buff physique for the role with a kettlebell regime to understand that it works. It really works. Using kettlebells trains all the major muscle groups with functional movements rather than isolated exercises to create strong and lean muscle. Kettlebells have also been shown to offer a superior intensity workout than standard weight-training routines, meaning you can increase strength and develop muscles more quickly.
5. It’s fun and convenient
All you need is that one piece of trusty equipment, the kettlebell, and you’re set to experience all the benefits above. It’s fun to try something new and a fresh workout routine can be great motivation to keep improving your fitness. Not to mention, how convenient it is! A kettlebell workout isn’t confined to the gym and can be done anywhere you have a few metres of space around you. Why not take your kettlebell regime outside to your local park and get some fresh air while you’re at it?
Disclaimer: Not all exercises suit everyone. Always listen to your body. If you have any existing medical conditions, injuries or are pregnant, please consult your healthcare professional before undertaking a new exercise regime or workout.