Have you found yourself admitting to one or more of the following statements?
“I don’t have any time to work out.”
“I am not getting results from my current workout.”
“I want to increase my stamina and get in better shape.”
“I’m bored with exercise – I have no motivation.”
Sound familiar? Whatever your reason for slacking on exercise, Kettlebell training is a great way to shake things up.
What is a kettlebell and what does it do for me?
A kettlebell is a cast-iron ball with a handle attached to it. Its origin goes way back to the 1700s when Russians used it for weighing crops. Farmers got stronger by using them and decided to show off their strength during festivals. Through time, European armies and athletes started using them for strength and conditioning.
Today, kettlebells are used for the same advantageous reasons. Let’s address some of the previous excuses and statements, starting with:
I don’t have time to work out.
Kettlebells are a great way to get a whole body workout. Because they use many muscles at once, you get an efficient and effective workout. Instead of spending hours at the gym, running on the treadmill, followed by doing a circuit on the weight machines, try something a little more dynamic and time saving. Kettlebells work your cardiovascular system as well as your musculoskeletal system. You can get the same benefits as cardio and strength training in about half the time. If you don’t have time to get to the gym, kettlebells are a great way to get in an at-home workout. They take up little space and aren’t that expensive.
I am not getting results from my current workout and I want to get increase my stamina.
The reason many people don’t get results, is they aren’t challenging themselves enough. As previously stated, kettlebells work many muscle groups, which can be very challenging for someone who hasn’t used them before. Movements utilize multiple muscle groups, strengthening not only the muscles, but the ligaments and tendons, as well. By changing what you do for exercise; you shock your body – keeping it guessing. Kettlebell workouts can be performed in a circuit, timed interval or thrown in between your usual strength training exercises. Instead of running on a treadmill for 30 minutes straight at a moderate pace, try incorporating kettlebell swings every few minutes to change your intensity and increase your heart rate.
I am bored with exercise – I have no motivation.
Kettlebell training is fun. You aren’t just sitting on a machine or curling dumbbells in front of a mirror. You get to move around and perform movements you didn’t think you could do. Instead of thinking, “What days am I going to do cardio? What day should I do resistance?” you can enjoy getting the benefits of both by doing kettlebells. It is a great way to switch things up.
The list of benefits is endless – are you ready to try it for yourself? The best way to learn how to use kettlebells is to work with a certified personal trainer or take a small group kettlebell class. Innovative offers Kettlebell Klub – a small group training class – every eight weeks. Stop in the club for more details.