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Benefits of Kettlebells

The Active Nation team are excited to share this month’s How To video with you, in which our trainer David will demonstrate some fantastic kettlebell exercises. If you’re new to weights, then start off light!

Check out our top five benefits of kettlebell training and we might just convince you to pick one up for your next workout:

Builds strength without bulk

Kettlebells are great for shaping a lean, toned, and firm physique with a focus on building strength, rather than muscle bulk. They are especially good at working your core, lower back, and glutes. Whilst kettlebells can be used for deadlifting, a lighter weight kettlebell makes for a simple and effective addition to cardio workouts.

Instant calorie burner

Kettlebells provide a super quick way to shed some pounds. A study by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) found that the average person burns around 20 calories per minute during a standard kettlebell workout, meaning you could burn 400 calories in a 20-minute workout![1]

Easy to store

Buying your own kettlebell is a great investment since these nifty weights are far easier to store in your own home than barbell or dumbbell weights. Kettlebells are also much cheaper and more compact than machines.

Functional workout

Kettlebell training can work out all the muscles that you use in everyday life, making daily activities easier, whilst also improving your posture. The fluid swinging movements often used in kettlebell workouts are also easy on the joints. So be kind to your body and pick up some kettlebells!

A great physical AND mental workout

Surprisingly, many kettlebell workouts also work your brain. The swift swapping of the weight between hands, and transferring of weight between different sides of the body, requires focus and coordination. This makes a kettlebell workout mentally stimulating too!

If you agree with us that kettlebells are a fantastic way to exercise the body and mind, then why not try out some of the kettlebell exercises demonstrated by our trainer David.

 

[1] http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/american-council-on-exercise-ace-study-reveals-kettlebells-provide-powerful-workout-in-short-amount-of-time-83876187.html

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