This piece of equipment is over 100 years old, yet has regained popularity recently. The first reason to exercise at Summit Fit Dojois that we train you to learn how to use kettlebells as a way of building lean muscles, losing weight, and increasing your conditioning. Kettlebells have been the latest rave in the fitness industry because they are safe (when used correctly), effective, fun, and different. The ironic thing about kettlebells though… they have been around for more than 100 years. And, all of a sudden they are gaining popularity again.
What Are Kettlebells?If you watch the Biggest Loser, than you may have seen kettlebells being used by many of the participants. If not, than let me explain. The best way to envision a kettlebell is to picture a cast iron cannon ball, that has a curved and smooth handle wrapping around two ends at the top. If you were holding it, you would have the ability to place two hands, side-by-side, on the handle, while the “cannon ball” was hanging below. Essentially, the kettlebell has an off-centered weight. Most tools for exercising are centered, such as a dumb bell. In this case, the off-centered weight creates and unstable piece of equipment, requiring the person using the kettlebell to stabilize your body when using it. And, when you need to stabilize your body more often, you tend to use more muscle groups, all over the body, rather than just an isolated area.
Why Are Kettlebells Such A Great Workout?Kettlebells will help trim your waistline and build lean muscles... all at the same time. Once again, the off-centered weight allows you to use what’s called — functional movement. Basically, movement that you would use on a daily basis. When you train with bar bells or machines, you need to position your body in a manner to fit the machine, not your body. In addition, many of the exercises used with a kettlebell uses several muscle groups, all at once, giving you a full and total body workout. For instance, when performing a common kettlebell exercise called the kettlebell swing, here are some of the muscle groups you use:
- Cavs (Lower Leg)
- Quads (Front of thigh)
- Hamstrings (Back of thigh)
- Glutes (Butt)
- Core (abs and obliques)
- Deltoids (Shoulders)
- Erector Spinae (Lower Back)
- Lats, Traps, Rhomboids, (Upper Back)
- Biceps & Triceps (Arms)