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Benefits Of Kettlebells For Women – Amazing Bells

February 9, 2013

I’ve been talking about Kettlebells and how great they are for some time, but I haven’t really done a dedicated post talking specifically about the benefits of Kettlebells for women….until now.

benefits of kettlebells for womenToday I’m going to treat you like you’ve never touched a Kettlebell before, so if that is not the case, please bear with me. I’m going to go through the key things you need to know:

  • How Kettlebells Work
  • Why They Are Unique From Barbells and Dumbbells
  • How To Utilize Them

And I will of course include links to exercises and routines you can perform using Kettlebells. Finally there will be some information to help you get kitted out with a Kettlebell, how to choose the best weight for you, and where to buy one (or two).

How Kettlebells Work

Unlike other bells and weights, the Kettlebell’s center of mass extends beyond the hand. If you picture yourself holding a dumbbell or barbell, you can imagine that the center of mass will be around the hand in the middle. This is not the case with a Kettlebell, most of the weight will be on the “kettle” at the end of the handle.

What does this mean? Well, firstly that Kettlebells are designed for swinging, ballistic motions. These types of motions are what you do every day, lifting, moving objects etc. Kettlebells will build you “working” muscles rather than plain old “weight lifting” muscles. 1 Point To Kettlebells.

It also means that the Kettlebell is hollistic in nature. This means they are never working on just one muscle, but multiple muscles.

Want a “Full body workout”? The Kettlebell could well be your answer.

For women, this means that you can get a thorough workout, toning many parts of your body with just a few exercise variations. The Kettlebell is famous for being able to burn calories quickly. In fact, there are some workouts that can burn 500 calories in just 25 minutes. View the top DVDs here.

While you will be rapidly burning calories, the weight lifting nature of the Kettlebell means you will also be building muscle, but you will not necessarily be adding bulk, more likely you will be toning those arms, abs, shoulders, legs, all in one go. This is great for women as most women don’t want to add bulk, they just want to shape-up.

Why Are They Unique?

woman-with-fit-armsAs I touched up on earlier, the Kettlebell favors swinging motions that are closer to real life motions than other weight lifting motions. In fact, the Kettlebell is not strictly for weight-lifting purposes. It more closely represents High Intensity Interval Training, which is designed to burn fat, tone muscles, and give a full body workout.

Again, sounds perfect for ladies right?

Kettlebells might not a lot more repetitions of a particular exercise than a bar or dumb bell, but again, this just means more fat burn and more toning.Again, sounds perfect for ladies right?

How To Utilize Them The Best Way

As explained before, swinging motions are great. In fact, the Kettlebell Swing is the staple of any good exercise routine. I’ve posted previously a few videos of exercises you can try, so it is worth going to check them out.

One thing I have noticed about most Kettlebell beginners is that they are trying to use them in a similar way to more common dumbells. I have stated already that they should not be used purely for weight lifting purposes. They are aerobic too and should not be underestimated for their power.

If you approach them in a unique way, you will get unique results.

Make sure you start out by choosing the best weight for you as well.

 


Where To Buy Kettlebells?

I’ve put together a guide to buying Kettlebells online right here, go check it out.

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  • Mark February 12, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Had to change a tire on my wife’s car last night and my arms and wrists were sore after as the bolts were on way too tight. I could use a couple of these to build up my grip and strength again. never mind the missus I need a pair. When are you going to do a site for men? Have to say, love the training and ideas you put on here.

    • Dom February 13, 2013 at 10:04 am

      I felt like there were already some great sites for men out there which is why I chose to start off with one for women. That said, men can follow the exercises and routines here too, but women will get better results.

  • Pat McConaha February 10, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    I just bought a set of kettlebells for my woman… Hope she won’t take that the wrong way…lol I guess they will be my set if she reacts badly. Great post, my kettlebell friend

    • Dom February 10, 2013 at 5:36 pm

      so you bought them for yourself really ;)

  • Marina February 10, 2013 at 2:30 am

    Greta post, until now I didn’t know much about kettlebells. And the benefits is just amazing.

  • Johnney February 9, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    I’ve been hearing about kettlebell workouts for some time now but have yet to try. My wife has shown some interestbut is concerned about being able to use them effectively since she has carpal tunnel. Do you have any insights on that?

    • Dom February 10, 2013 at 7:50 am

      Kettlebells don’t create strain to the wrist, but due to their nature somebody who already has a strain might struggle with them. I’m not a doctor though, so it might be worth consulting one.

  • John Stewart Sr February 9, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    I used a trainer while I was recovering from knee surgery and she was really high on kettlebells. She thought they gave you a very complete workout

    • Dom February 10, 2013 at 7:50 am

      She’s not wrong, they are hollistic in nature, this means they workout multiple body parts in one go!