Just like fashion trends come and go, same can be said about workout trends. Hundreds of years ago Russian bodybuilders were using cannonball-like equipment for strength training. Little did they know then that their workouts would be turned into classes in gyms across the globe 300 years later. The reason kettlebell workouts are so popular is they provide strength training, cardio, balance and flexibility all in one short workout.
According to the American Council on Exercise, one 20-minute kettlebell workout burns up to 400 calories. This is the same calorie burn as running at a six-minute mile pace for 20 minutes!
If you have never used kettlebells, you may want to check with your local gym or YMCA to see if they offer classes for beginners led by a certified kettlebell instructor as form and technique are very important to learn when doing this type of workout routine. Poor form and technique can lead to injury and you may not get the results you expect.
One of the biggest advantages of kettlebell workouts is they tend to target all the major muscle groups during a workout session, which is why I have included routines in place of individual exercises for this week's fitness round-up.
Here is a link to a video demonstration on how to do the 2-Hand Swing. This is one of the essential kettlebells moves you should try to learn when you are first starting out.
Kettlebell for Beginners
Kettlebell Core Exercises
Kettlebell Legs Workout
Kettlebell for Beginners: Strength-Building Moves
7 Calorie-Torching Kettlebell Moves
Beginner Kettlebell Cool Down
Have you ever used kettlebells or taken a class using them? Would this be a workout routine you would like to incorporate into your current exercise regimine?
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