If you’ve spotted something in the gym, that looks like a bowling ball with a handle, you might be wondering about it. What is it, and what do you do with it?
Those are kettlebells, and they’re similar to free weights. They come in different weights, and you mostly use them to build strength. But a kettlebell workout will include more “swinging” type motions, so it’s a bit different from a free weight workout. If you’re curious, you might be interested to know that there are five main benefits to a kettlebell workout.
Build muscle strength. Since a kettlebell workout is essentially “lifting weights”, then you won’t be surprised to learn that it will help you build strength. However, many people find their design more comfortable to use, and the unique motion can actually build muscle more effectively.
Improve aerobic strength. However, a kettlebell workout isn’t strictly anaerobic. Performing the movements quickly and with repetition will boost your heart rate enough to qualify as an aerobic exercise.
Burn calories. Since a kettlebell workout can build muscle while also boosting your heart rate, you probably won’t be surprised to learn that you can burn a considerable amount of calories. In fact, the average 20-minute kettlebell workout can burn 272 calories. By comparison, 20 minutes of jogging will burn about 160 calories. This type of exercise is therefore a perfect choice if you’re following a weight loss plan.
Strengthen your core and improve balance. As you might imagine, swinging a heavy weight requires some serious balance. And that, in turn, leads to core strength.
Improve grip strength. This might not be the most motivating factor, but grip strength is more important than you might think. A kettlebell workout can be a valuable part of an anti-aging regimen.
If you’re feeling intrigued, consult your personal trainer or sign up for a kettlebell class at your favorite gym. You can also find more information via YouTube videos. As with all forms of exercise, be sure to use appropriate form and follow instructions to prevent injury. And if you need more information on a weight loss plan to help you achieve your health goals, give us a call to schedule an appointment.