One piece of equipment will give you strength, cardio and mobility
I’m Barrie, and I warmly welcome you to my monthly blog Over50andfit.ca.
I have a question for you: Where did the kettlebell originate?
Answer: it is thought to be of Russian origin, yet there is some evidence to suggest that it was used as far back as the Olympic games in 776 B.C.
My purpose is to introduce this versatile and unique piece of equipment to those who have never used it, and to affirm its innumerable benefits.
Let’s assume you have a good foundation of physical fitness. You can check your level of fitness at this site.
Meet the Kettlebell
In the simplest terms, a kettlebell is a weight with a handle. Since its introduction to gyms a few decades ago, this bulb-shaped and cast-iron weight has been touted as being able to provide a complete workout by itself. In 2002, the eminent Rolling Stones magazine named the kettlebell as, “The hot weight of the year.” Kettlebell exercises combine strength, mobility and cardio to give you very effective and efficient workouts.
Should you try the kettlebell? Why shouldn’t you!
It’s unique in that it provides an all-in-one total body workout. The design allows you to move the kettlebell seamlessly from one exercise to another. An added bonus is that the movements are multi-planer, so you will be working the all-important core from all directions. Its versatility and convenience have compelled me to incorporate it into my training regimen.
Does the kettlebell have benefits? Lots!
- Can be used for strength, endurance, flexibility and balance
- Improves core strength, mobility and stability
- Burns fat, increases metabolism, and improves cardiovascular health
- Improves balance, posture and stabilizer muscles
- Builds lean muscle
- Increases range of motion
- Improves posture and grip strength
- Will give you functional results
- Compact and portable
How to start training
If you have never used a kettlebell before, you are strongly encouraged to spend at least one session with a trained kettlebell professional. She will not only show you the correct form, but also will help you decide which weight of kettlebell to begin with – a crucial factor. It is better to start with a light weight and increase it later. Don’t make the mistake of trying to learn from videos, as correct form is imperative.
Some excellent kettlebell exercises can be found here.
Give the flexible and functional kettlebell a try. You just might surprise yourself how beneficial and enjoyable this form of exercising is.
I would be delighted to hear any suggestions you have, and also answer any of your questions at Over50andfit.ca
Yours in fitness,