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.
Today 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?
As 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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