Kettlebell training can be an absolute game-changer to your workout routine, combining the five main components of fitness: endurance, strength, agility, flexibility, and balance.
The kettlebell itself is a cast-iron or steel ball of varying weights, with a handle on top. It is different from other types of weights due to its unstable force during handling – the key to the effectiveness of the exercises.
Below are 10 of the top reasons to incorporate kettlebell training into your fitness regime:
- Uses compound exercises which have been proven to be the most effective in improving functional strength and body composition (comparative to exercises focusing on isolated muscle groups).
- Combines cardio and strength training for maximum muscle mass + fat burn.
- Burns more calories than steady cardio (treadmill / elliptical) or isolated strength training alone.
- Works at high intensity for short periods of time (most workouts are under 30 min) so great for those in a time crunch.
- Can be done from home – no need for a gym membership!
- Strengthens tendons and ligaments around joints to help prevent injury.
- Off-centered weight targets stabilizer muscles.
- Works abs as it is requires you to engage your core in almost every lift.
- Increases coordination and balance.
- Used as a rehabilitation technique for back & shoulder pain as kettlebell workouts combine the three main components of rehabilitation: flexibility, stability, and strength.
Below is one of the best full-body kettlebell workout I could find, as well as a full list of alternative kettlebell exercises:
(source: gb Personal Training)