In reading my fitness magazines over the past year I’ve noticed more and more reference to kettlebells.
It’s good to see these little canon balls gaining in popularity, especially since they’re a very effective workout. But I have to admit I feel a little territorial about them, I don’t totally like the idea of them going mainstream and being the latest fitness fad.
But putting aside the territorial feelings, I have to recommend them as an awesome fitness tool. These little puppies are going to be a part of me achieving my army strong challenge and a key to my fat loss goals.
So here are a few things about kettlebells:
- originated in Russia as early as the 1700’s (probably earlier)
- made of cast-iron
- looks like a canonball wth a handle
- an all-around fitness tool
- replaces barbells, dumbbells, belts for weighted pullups and dips, thick bars, lever bars, medicine balls, grip devices, and cardio equipment
- if you’re overweight, they lean you out
- if you’re skinny they add bulk
- they develop strength, strength endurance, general endurance, work capacity and balance
- they develop functional strength
- they improve athletic performance
In reading this, it almost sounds like an infomercial. “This is the last piece of exercise equipment you’ll ever need! Buy now while supplies last!”
The reality of kettlebells is that you’re going to bust your ass making them work for you. They’re not for people who think pink dumbbells make them sweat too much. You’re going to be sucking air and dripping sweat with these mothers…and it rocks.
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