Thanks to shows like the Biggest Loser, exercising with a kettlebell has become a mainstream method of exercise. People all over the world are using a kettlebell to replace long trips to the gym, burn fat and develop that lean toned athletic look that we all know we want. Here is a small list of the top 3 benefits you can get by using a kettlebell.
1) Muscle Development
The kettlebell has the capacity to work out any part of the body you desire. The variety of muscle stimulation is because of its versatility and compact nature.A good kettlebell workout is meant to have you use your whole body at the same time. This is called co-contraction. When we use co-contraction to our advantage while using a kettlebell we will cause a greater number of muscles and muscle fibers to be used during a given exercise. You will start to see changing in different parts of your body at an incredible rate.
• Core Strengthening– The transverse abdominus or TVA is a muscle that looks like a giant belt that wraps around your waist, its job is to stabilize the torso during activity. One of the best ways to exercise the TVA is to bilaterally load the body during exercise. Using the kettlebell for arm strengthening drills will strengthen your core muscles and tone your midsection.
• Arm Strengthening– Your arm muscles will show a great amount of development. Kettlebells implement basic to complex moves that increase your grip strength, endurance and flexibility in the upper-arm area.
• Lower Back and Glute Shaping-The most popular exercise performed with a kettlebell is called a swing. This particular workout is used to simultaneously engage the whole body. The glutes and thighs benefit from this workout by the movements of the whole body, shaping and toning this area for a tighter aesthetic
2) Tackle Cardio without other Machines
The kettlebell was designed to kill a few birds with one stone. Due to the explosive nature of most kettlebell exercises, your heart rate spikes substantially allowing you to combine the benefits of weight training with cardio in less than half of the time.In a study done by the American council on exercise, a kettlebell was shown to burn up to 1200 calories an hour. This is an incredible find because the only thing that compared was cross country skiing at a fast pace uphill.
Kettlebells are compact, versatile and great for working out anywhere.You can bring these weights to hotel rooms, the beach, when you are out camping or even staying in during a rainy day. It is great to fill your spare time for a quick workout to ensure you achieve a toned body. Paired with a strict diet you will be able to tone your whole body in a very short amount of time. You will get results faster and stave away that sedentary lifestyle. Have fun working out freely by switching up your workout to what you want to develop.