You enter the gym, ready to let out all that stress, ready to feel good about yourself, ready to let the punching bag have it, but the equipment is all over the place.
That gives you two options: go home, sit in your favorite couch and think about exercising or, preferably, find a piece of equipment nobody wants and own it.
Believe it or not, but that’s when the kettlebell comes into play. With the same weight as a dumbbell but nowhere near as popular, this piece of workout equipment is usually ignored while there’s a queue for the bench press.
Here’s what you need to know to increase fitness, build muscle and burn that fat, while the people in the queue look on.
KETTLEBELLS: WHAT’S TO KNOW
Before starting on your way to a more muscular, fit you, let’s find out what there is to know about kettlebells. Most people come into contact with this fitness equipment due to a lack of equipment in the gym. Most gym-goers would rather hit the squat rack or the rowing machine or the dumbbells, which gives you a very effective way to put in a solid hour’s work without any interruptions or the worry about your kit getting pinched. Another factor that has driven kettlebells into the limelight is the growing popularity of sports such as CrossFit and Strongman.
Different types and sizes of waste have been used of old to increase fitness and but fat. Circus-men used similar weights to upgrade their physique.
On top of that, owing to their shape, these are the easiest weights to move around. They can easily be stored anywhere, your car, your garage or your garden shed. They can easily be adapted to your level of fitness. Fitness brands stock kettlebells in varying sizes and weights.
KETTLEBELLS OR DUMBBELLS; THAT IS THE QUESTIONS
This is by far one of the most asked questions according to Men’s Health. As with your nutritions and your diet, your overall goal will derive your workout strategy. If you’re a member of a training gym that is always busy, especially during the times when you visit, Kettlebells can prove to be quite favorable and beneficial. Exercises with the Kettlebell can also help increase your heart rate to burn extra fat and improve your core strength.
BENEFITS OF KETTLEBELLS
As your body’s biggest muscles, your posterior chain will hugely benefit from the Kettlebell. Similarly, these are an amazing tool for building base of strength and mobility. Better suited for carries, presses and swings, these can help with movements where a dumbbell or a barbell might be difficult.
During a study, participants worked out for 20 minutes with a kettlebell, and found out that it was the equivalent of running a “6 minute mile pace” and burned 13.6 calories per minute.
So, what are you waiting for? Grab a kettlebell and have at it.