If you walk into most any fitness center, you will see kettlebells sitting around. They are the cannonball shaped weights that have a big handle attached to the top. They come in size ranging from four pounds to over 150 pounds. While you may know what one is when you see it, you may not know how they are used in getting fit. You might think kettlebells are relatively new to the fitness scene, but they have been around for over 100 years in one form or another. So now that you have a little background on this piece of equipment, you should probably learn how to use them.
How are kettlebells used?
Kettlebells are not dumbbells. The bell shifts your center of gravity lower than with even the largest dumbbell will. This is what makes it great for working out the legs, back, and arms. Many exercise variations are possible with the kettlebell. A trainer can help you learn how to use them properly and develop a routine that will work out your entire body.
A very common exercise done with a kettlebell is the kettle swing. With this exercise, you set the kettlebell about a foot in front of you with the handle parallel with the tops of your toes. After bracing the feet and setting the core, you squat down and grasp the handle with both hands. Pushing off from the feet, you pull the kettlebell back between the legs. Then, using the momentum of the bell, you swing it towards the front up to about chest height. After reaching the apex of the swing, you let it swing back through the legs then repeat.
What makes working out with kettlebells better?
You might wonder what benefits a person gets when working out with a kettlebell compared to other exercise options. Here are a few reasons they are such a good option:
The best way to avoid potential problems when first working out with a kettlebell is to get the advice of an expert. Set an appointment with Ralph Roberts at the Downtown Athletic Club. As an experienced personal trainer, he can help you learn how to use a kettlebell properly and how to integrate it into a complete exercise routine. Give him a call today.
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