A kettlebell is a piece of exercise equipment that improves cardiovascular health and builds muscle
with proper use. For lack of a better term kettlebells resemble cannonballs with handles.
On the face of it, the kettlebell isn't terribly impressive. So, what's the difference between swinging
a kettlebell around and hefting barbells or free weights?
Unlike a dumbbell or barbell, the kettlebell's centre of mass is offset from the handle, this means the weight constantly pulls away from your body and requires not only strength and co-ordination, but also the use of the other muscles through your arms, shoulders and your core stabiliser muscles. With barbells/dumbbells you only utilise a handful of muscles whereas with kettlebells you use around 600 muscles in a workout and exercise your cardiovascular system too – it's definitely a total body workout.
With kettlebells you’re not only exercising your major muscle groups, but also working the tendons and ligaments of your joints so they are very useful for developing functional strength and conditioning which transfers over into most sports and daily activities.
Celebrities love them , top football clubs Chelsea and Liverpool factor them into their training and
physiotherapists use them regularly in rehabilitation.
Kettlebells can be used by people of any age or fitness level and you don’t have to be super strong to lift them. They come in a variety of sizes and weights starting at 4kg up to 48kg!!!
Kettlebell workouts are dynamic, meaning that unlike standard weights, which are lifted carefully
and slowly, kettlebells are flung around, pumped and passed from hand to hand. It's a monster
workout and some trainers reckon an hour of kettlebells will shed a mammoth 1,500 calories
(compared with 300-400 for normal weightlifting or an aerobics class).
Kettlebells also provide countless variety in the types of movements and exercises you can perform, creating virtually unlimited training combinations. The diversity in kettlebell interval workouts will satisfy your need for variety as you train, so you’ll never get bored as long as you focus on training properly and learning basic kettlebell techniques. Overall, kettlebell training is a low-impact, high intensity training system that is portable, flexible to your needs and provides an excellent full body workout.
As with all resistance training there are some risks but these will be minimised by being taught the
correct technique by a qualified kettlebell instructor. Kettlebell training is known to actually help
prevent injuries and is used by physiotherapists for rehabilitation purposes.
The main thing to remember is that you will only work to your limits. With Kettlebells you don’t train to ‘failure’, you simply stop when you start to lose grip or technique or feel faint. Just stop straight away, rest and drink some fluids.